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FN Five-seveN 5.7X28mm

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by MovedWest, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. MovedWest

    MovedWest Well-Known Member

    Wondering if anyone here owned or used an FN Five-seveN pistol? It looks intriguing, but no one in my area has any experience with it. Looking for opinions.

    Link to FN Herstal info

    Looks like similar logic to the .17HMR.

  2. Kind of Blued

    Kind of Blued Well-Known Member

    I don't think you'll have any luck here. I don't think any THR members have an opinion on the Five-seveN or the 5.7x28mm cartridge...


    Just kidding. I'd get some popcorn going.
  3. greenr18

    greenr18 member

    err no not really the only similarity is small caliber bottle-necked case bullet, thats where the similarity ends.
  4. PTK

    PTK Well-Known Member

    I carry one as my primary. I've tested various loads out of it and I have NO problem carrying it as a self-defense pistol.
  5. MovedWest

    MovedWest Well-Known Member

    That's the similarity in logic I'm referring to. As for performance, it's supposedly a whole new ball game.

  6. PTK

    PTK Well-Known Member

    With FMJ bullets, it IS a whole different game. Think 10-14" penetration with very little recoil, plus the bullet is 40gr and yet moving fast enough (~1950FPS) to damage flesh as if it were a rifle round, and the gun loaded with 21rds is lighter than an empty 1911.

    Heck, even with the "lead free" 27gr bullets, you're getting 8-10" of penetration and a horrific wound cavity.

    Personally I wouldn't carry the blue tip varmint rounds, though. :)
  7. Trustin

    Trustin Active Member

    kicks a lot like a .22 magnum. shoots accurate as all get out, and feels like a Lego gun. grip is like holding a 2x4, but decently comfortable.
  8. OMG! I like the look of it, I like the ballistics, accurate to 200m!!! Not sure I really believe that. I do not like the price at all, and the ammo seems a bit out of range for me too, at $129 for a box of 50.
  9. MatthewVanitas

    MatthewVanitas Well-Known Member

    You must be looking at defensive ammo. Plinking ammo is 40c a shot, which isn't cheap, but isn't much more than .45 ACP is these days.

    Supposedly Federal is supposed to start making plinker ammo for it, which could bring the price down below that of .45 ACP. A lot of folks are still in "goodness 5.7 ammo is sooooo expensive" mode from years ago when 5.7 was 80c a shot and .45 ACP was 20c a shot. Now there's far less difference in price.
  10. MovedWest

    MovedWest Well-Known Member

    Agreed it's a pricey pistol, which is why I threw this out there. Not sure where you're looking for ammo, but here's a link for some more affordable stuff:

    5.7 Ammo @ Able's

    It does look like a nice carry piece. :D

  11. From what I can tell, this ammo is only imported for LE/Mil now. I would love to try one out, but probably won't be buying one until and if I can find one used. Seems very popular. Maybe what I was seeing is old info:)
  12. MovedWest

    MovedWest Well-Known Member

    Surprising lack of recoil for such a beast of a round! Good info on the grip. Reminds me of firing my buddy's 10mm Glock. I'm a bit accustomed to revolvers for my large caliber pistols, so this is a consideration. But a round of that size makes sense to have a large grip in an auto.

  13. PTK

    PTK Well-Known Member

    My pistol cost ~$950, came with three mags, and factory carry ammo is $18/50. Where's the problem?

    And yes, the grip is rather long front to back - my SO has trouble holding it with just one hand.
  14. MovedWest

    MovedWest Well-Known Member

    PTK - Holy crap! Those are some stout numbers! How is it for reliability? Any info on range and ballistics? Have you seen the damage firsthand on any critters?

    Another thing that interests me as a black rifle owner is this:

    AR-57 upper

    Call me crazy, but this transfers into versatility and bulk ammo discounts for rifle and handgun!

  15. PTK

    PTK Well-Known Member

    Reliability... well... hm, over 3k rounds now and not ONE SINGLE MALFUNCTION.

    Read that again. Three thousand rounds, zero malfunctions of any kind.

    I've seen what a blue tip varmint round does to a squirrel, no issues there. Haven't seen what the LF or what the 40gr FMJ rounds do to flesh, only ballistics gel and armor.

    Range, figure 100 yards out of the handgun, 200 yards on the blue tip out of the carbine, 300 yards+ with the FMJ stuff.

    Best part? Those are actually realistic numbers for effective range. :D
  16. reading up on cartridge statistics, it has around the same energy as +P 9mm and .45
  17. PTK

    PTK Well-Known Member

    How dare you post that... I thought the 5.7x28mm was a weak round akin to a .22wmr?

  18. Hk91-762mm

    Hk91-762mm Well-Known Member

    How about chambering a premium rifle[Kimber etc] for the 5.7 rnd.
    That would be a great little varmint getter.
  19. PTK

    PTK Well-Known Member

    I think FNH is going to make a bolt action 18-22" barreled rifle chambered for this, actually?
  20. usp9

    usp9 Well-Known Member

    I like it. I paid $700 for the pistol and $15 a box for a bunch of ammo. When that's gone I'll have to pay the $20 abox it is now, but until then...

    I do wish the trigger were better but that's really my only beef. It's accurate, stays remarkably clean, loads easier than any gun I own, and is very reliable.

    For the record; I do not think they explode unless the owner does something really negligent and/or stupid.

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