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FN 57 - good, bad, indifferent?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by marktx, Apr 21, 2008.

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  1. Guns_and_Labs

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    After another couple thousand rounds, I have to say I'm impressed.

    It won't knock over thick steel plates, but it will penetrate and disable completely quite a number of other targets. And it WILL go through some backstops. I've seen the holes to prove it at one of our indoor ranges. I've used it on everything up to and including wild hogs, and I've yet to have anything that was really hit hop away. I'm not saying the above bunny didn't hop away, I'm just saying I've seen all my bunnies (and a badger, a couple of pigs, and a coyote) down for the count.

    The trigger gets better, the mag disconnect is trivial to disconnect, and you eventually get used to the light muzzle compared to your favorite 1911. Once past all that, it is pretty darned accurate.

    I've started carrying it in the field regularly (after I saw it destroy a pig), and I'm thinking I may put it on my CCW. It's certainly light enough for daily carry, unlike my 10mm. It doesn't knock down like the 10mm, but that bullet has some impressive terminal ballistics. And I mean terminal.

    I saw that happen with a 12 ga, the stopping power of which I would not have doubted.
     
  2. Big Boomer

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    You should do a search on OOB firing (out of battery) apparently there was some serious issues with these firing OOB up to a quarter of an inch causing catastrophic failure in the handgun.

    Many guys checked theirs at home, reloaded rounds with just primers and pulled it out of battery and tried firing. They all just about pooed themselves with the results.

    Thread can be found here:

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=362563&highlight=5.7+oob+firing
     
  3. Jason_G

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    I think it's good for what its intended purpose is. It's meant as a compliment to the P90 and have the ability to fire the same ammo (I know I'm preachin' to the choir). For a person who is on a vehicle crew or something, the P90/FiveseveN duo makes perfect sense. For civilian use, I honestly don't see the appeal other than as a novelty or conversation piece. The "good" ammo is restricted, and there are so many widely available calibers that make bigger holes than the 5.7. That's not to knock the caliber or the pistol at all, I think they have their place, I just don't see much need for it for my uses. I think there are better choices for a dedicated SD gun, but I wouldn't want to be shot with a 5.7 either. Same opinion about the H&K 4.6, too.

    I guess put me in the "indifferent" category.

    Jason
     
  4. Guns_and_Labs

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    Investigation showed that it was not OOB firing, but a handload issue.

    The OP on the issue posted FN's response here:

    http://fnforum.net/viewtopic.php?t=7781&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=70.

     
  5. old_ironsights

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    It'll piss off a ferral boar, but that's about it. My brother-in-law wasted a shot with his 5-7 "toy" and it took us about an hour to track down the hog. That doesn't speak to the accuracy of the weapon, but it does address its effectiveness.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. TexasRifleman

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    I enjoy shooting mine but it hasn't had to kill anything but paper IPSC targets so far.

    I'm about 800 rounds in and it's never failed once.

    Trigger sucks but you get used to it, or at least learn to deal with it.

    Mine's VERY accurate.....

    It's a handful.....fat grip and all

    I dunno. I like it but it's certainly not at the top of the list for "best handgun"
     
  7. ohioshooter

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    I bought one about 3 weeks ago and I love it. It's not my carry gun but it's definitely a nice piece of 'art' so to speak. Some people buy guns as a novelty and most that have 10 or more pistols probably have a gun that has withstood time (glock, h&k....etc.) that is preferred.

    Most newer guns in my opinion probably aren't carry pistols anyway cause they haven't been around long enough to go through the rigors of the above mentioned pistols. With that being said, I own a 500 S&W and it's not a gun that i use often but I like the joy of collecting something that I think looks great and has great craftsmanship so having a gun like the FN or any other crazy sounding round doesn't mean it has to be a carry gun or serve as a gun that has to 'prove itself worthy' in order to be bought. Can we just buy a nice gun just for the sake of craftsmanship anymore...lol.
     
  8. Guns_and_Labs

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    Yeah, it's not the optimal wild pig hunting handgun (think hot 10mm or 44mag), since the commonly available ammo is the wrong load for that thick hide of the boar. The wild pigs I shot with the FiveseveN were all head shots, behind the ear, and they were DRT -- I wouldn't have tried the shot otherwise.

    I do think it's interesting that some tests seem to indicate that it will penetrate Level II vests with the military ammo (which I can't get, of course) and still incapacitate -- but I've no idea how vests and wild pigs compare.
     
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