Gun Review: FN Five-SeveN

113 responses

  1. avatar
    Patrick Carrube
    August 14, 2010

    Cool gun and I wouldn't mind shooting one. By your review and by the numbers on paper, I certainly won't be bucking down 12 Benjies for it! The boxes of ammo I did find were at Sportsman Warehouse and they were $30 for a box of 20! That's more than rifle ammo!

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    Bruce W. Krafft
    August 18, 2010

    I was lucky and got one for only $1000, and it is now my primary carry weapon. My ParaOrdnance P-14-45 was just getting too bloody heavy. As for ammo, Sportsman's Guide ( http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/browse/browsea… ) carries it for $21.37 for 50, $99.97 for 250 and $194.97 for 500 (with 10% off if you pay to join their 'buyers club' which also gets you frequent $10 off coupons). Admittedly I live about 20 miles from their warehouse so my shipping is less than most, but I have been consistently happy with their prices, products and service. Also if you reload or know someone who does, you can also pick up once fired brass on GunBroker for 5 to 10 cents apiece.

    And I am *really* happy with my FiveseveN, which I bought on the theory that A) any gun that makes the Bradys soil their panties *that* badly must be a good one, 2] with the election of B.O. we would be seeing a new 'improved' AWB (I know, a politician who lied, what are the odds) and iii} that 30+1 rounds with 2 20-round backups is probably *way* more ammo than I need, but I would prefer to stop shooting after I run out of BGs and not after I run out of ammo.

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    Bob H
    September 8, 2010

    Able Ammo is charging $21 for a box of 50 Hornady 40gr blue tip (SS197SR). Cheaper than Dirt has it for $19.45 a box. You were apparently pricing the lead free ammo which is expensive in every caliber!

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    Matt O
    September 15, 2010

    I am a 6 foot, 225 lb. police officer and this is my duty weapon. With a Streamlight TLR1 on rhe rail and SS190 (LE only) ammo, riding in a Safariland model 6285 SLS holster, it’s still WAY lighter than the reliable Glock Model 22.

    I have fired well over 2500 rounds out of the pistol, of all of the available ammo types with zero malfunctions and trenendous enjoyment.

    I will say that I only opted to carry this pistol over the larger (and proven) .40 S&W caliber after a lot of research and hands on time with it.

    A great majority of my decision was based on a few things.

    A). Although I’m a fairly strong fella, and I took a lot of grief from my fellow cops about my “little gun” the LOW recoil enabled me to make 20 consecutive, accurate head shots in about 3 seconds from 7 yards. This thing is like shooting a laser. The capacity of the pistol (20+1) is a strong positive too.

    B). The LE only SS190 ammo available to me will penetrate body armor and most “household” light barriers, while yawing in soft tissue creating an impressive wound channel and stopping after 11 inches or so, which is comparible to the larger bore penetration numbers.

    C) Practice ammo cost is about $20 for 50 rounds of the SS197 stuff. Seems comparible to practice 40 ammo for that price.

    D). As a cop, I’m guessing I stand a pretty good chance of having “my shootout” during a traffic stop. I have seen what 40 cal bullets will (not) do when shot into a car trying to neutralize an occupant. I tested the SS190 LE ammo against a car and it will defeat door skins, the window mechanisms inside, windshield glass, car rims (steel and alloy), and all the things that are between me and the threat. That’s stuff that the 40, 9, and 45 just won’t do, as I have seen 1st hand in real shootings and during training/testing.

    E) The muzzle velocity of the 5.7 is high enough that when soft tissue is hit, it tears the elastic tissue, much like a rifle round. A standard handgun round will typically allow the elastic tissue to remain in tact and the bullet hole “closes”, restricting blood flow and leaving muscle in tact. This would likely prolong your threats ability to fight. I’m for neutralizing the threat as FAST as possible.

    As far as the safety spoke about above, I simply don’t use it. Much like I never did on my first semi auto duty pistol in the mid 90′s (Smith 4006). After all, the only true safety is the operator. I do agree the positioning could be better, but its a non-factor to me, but may be of great importance to someone who actually uses it.

    I have owned this pistol for three years and have carried it daily as my duty pistol for a year. I can honestly say it was worth my money and I have not been unimpressed as of yet.

    The only complaint I have is the failure of FNH to make the sights a bit more modular so I could replace the factory sights with low light/night sights of my choice.

    In my opinion, a great defensive weapon that is light enough to be carried concealed, big enough to serve as a duty pistol, hyper accurate, low enough recoil for even the smallest female (like my 13 year old daughter) to shoot accurately and quickly and high enough capacity that one mag oughta do ya.

    What’s not to love! (Besides the price)

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      joey_tucker
      November 27, 2010

      Thanks for all of the great info on the 5-7. We are unfortunately in a day where we have to carry in our churches because of bad guys. In a church that seats 4000 plus, an issue we always have to consider is post penetration should we (God forbid, and I hope he does) ever have to fire our weapons. I am intrigues by this pistol for personal as well as professional purposes. Definitely thinking about purchasing one for myself. Wonder if we should consider them for carry inside our church. Hmmmmm? just a thought. Thanks again for all the very helpful info on the weapon. Joe

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        Robert Farago
        November 27, 2010

        Statistically, most people have less than a 50% hit rate. So what happens to those bullets that don't hit? That's a penetration issue—not over-penetration. In a crowded church, I'd think about a Taser first. And training. Lots and lots of training.

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        David Uzi
        April 19, 2013

        ..I like facts…While some may not like this gun, the truth is still irrefutable..
        ..A Tazer ..
        1)..’Will not’ keep everyone, from pulling the trigger..
        2)..’Will not’ work through a thick coat or body armor..
        3)..’Will not’ work, beyond a few years..
        4)..’Will not’ handle more than one threat..
        …A 5.7 or most any gun,
        1)..’Will’ do all of the above….

        ..The concussion..??
        ..My logic is infallible…

    • avatar
      Don McDonough
      April 10, 2011

      Thanks for the credible discussion. I have been ogling this gun for a good while (I own the FN45) and I think I will take the plunge soon for a high capacity yet lighter carry weapon.

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      Atson
      November 23, 2012

      Whenever I use a new gun I lay it on a table, grab it and point. It should be pointing dead on without using the sights. I have found that with the 5.7 it is comes up slightly off to one side due to the grip design. Do you have this problem? Any suggestions? Thanks, A.

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    steve
    September 15, 2010

    Splint where the 5.7 excells is in motels,apartments, and mobile homes with thin walls. The reason is this…let’s say behind the criminal you are aiming at is a wall,and on the other side of it is a childs bed with the child sleeping in it. When you pull the trigger the 5.7 is most likely too not exit the bad guy and enter the child in the next room. Case 2 you are five feet away from the criminal who in in your family members bed on top of your child or spouse doing you know what to them. If you use a. 45 230grain ball ammo it has 22/24″ penetration to exit the criminal and enter your family member under the criminal. Are they worth shooting to stop the criminal? Here is an in home test you can do on yourself. Satnd with your back against a wall and a tape measure next to your ribs against the wall. From your stomachs front measure nine inches towards the wall. The five seven stops around ten to thirteen inches more like 9/13″. Now from the wall measure 22/24″to represent the.45. Now after it exits it will travel farther than 22/24″because of nothing but air and sheet rock after it leaves the bad guy. Oh did you see how nine to ten inches on the five seven is half way into the vital organs and not past your back? At that point the avoidance of PTP (PostTargetPenetration) value the five seven brings to the table of debate is extreme…like in a crowded parking lot of people at a store or mall. Now you see why the Secret Service like it in our overly sue happy society…lower chance for collateral damage against people near the target.
    just a thought for you to consider. ;)

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      Robert Farago
      September 15, 2010

      I'm . . . dubious. I reckon that PTP or "over-penetration" is something of a non-issue. How many people are killed by bullets that went through a bad guy? Compare that number (should anyone be able to find it) to the number of people killed by bullets that MISSED their target. If you look at the number of bullets the average policeman shoots for each hit, well, PTP is not the issue. As far as home defense is concerned, my first priority is to get my kids behind me.

      Anyway, I understand the Secret Service's need to avoid PTP in a huge crowd or on an airplane. But even that goal isn't as important as, gulp, stopping power. The FBI figures penetration is the critical factor for effectiveness. So . . . the 5.7's lack of penetration actually works against it. In theory.

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        JustAGuy
        June 13, 2013

        But don’t forget the fact that the shape of the 5-7′s round allows it to penetrate body armor which for the military is very valuable to have that capability in a handgun

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    Todd
    September 29, 2010

    Excellent review!

    Even after months of research, I was hesitant to purchase the FiveseveN for one reason: the "theory" of high velocity and how that reacts post target. There's a lot of misinformation out there about the 5.7 round and I'm delighted to see you guys seem to have it right. I ended up purchasing a new FS last week and have 150 rounds down the pipe so far. I am in love with this gun. It's unconventional design certainly gets double takes at the range but more importantly, the performance seems to be flawless. I actually think the relocated safety switch is genius. For me, it feels more natural to reach for the safety on the barrel than at a traditional 1911 position.

    Pick up an FNH catalog next time you're in your local gun shop. This company is impressive to say the least. From their historic relationship with John Browning, to production of his famous Hi-Power, to their uniquely designed modern warfare offerings, as well as the less-than-lethal product line, FN is a formidable firearms manufacturer that is on the leading edge of firearms design.

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    Todd
    September 29, 2010

    I would ask those who haven't yet seriously looked at or shot a FiveseveN, do so soon. Plunking down $1k seems nothing for the 1911 crowd – perhaps $1k for a "plastic" gun is taboo for some. For this shooter, it was the best investment I could have made.

    Finally, to address the ammo issue – the reviewer quotes some hefty price points for the 5.7 ammo. I have yet to pay more than $21 per box of 50. I pay that, or more, for 9mm. I predict as this gun becomes more popular, the ammo will become more available by more manufacturers, thus declining prices are in its future. FN has built an entire line of products around the 5.7. Lest we not forget it was FN who first produced the 5.56 and the 7.62 ammo that is commonplace today. I don't think a company with FN's reputation would invest in technology that will be obsolete anytime soon.

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    Splinter_Cell Fan
    October 5, 2010

    I'd love to own a Five-Seven some day. I play Splinter Cell Conviction and the Five-Seven is my favorite weapon of choice. I'd love to fire one in real life.

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    Doug
    October 24, 2010

    I've looked at the Five Seven for over a year. Wasn't sure about it. It seemed pricey for a small caliber pistol. After shooting one at our local gun shop, I fell in love with it. Mild recoil, lots of power and a joy to fire. The fun factor on this pistol is a TEN. I am now a new owner a Five Seven.

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    Zack
    October 28, 2010

    I own this gun ($1030), extremely accurate and very powerful high velocity round, the accuracy will amaze you (the PS90 is insanely accurate). I've always bought H&K in 45 ACP, so their was no price difference for me. Light weight, high capacity, very low recoil, low noise make it popular with the ladies too. The 5.7 x 28mm is the round of the future, it already makes the 22 magnum obsolete, in time it will replace other cartridges. I like the 5-7 safety, it was a major selling point for me, partially because I never, never keep my guns on "safe." My biggest complaint with most new semi auto pistols is the spring loaded pressure safety like Glocks, S&W, Kimber ect . The safety devices on those guns add more springs and more [plastic] moving parts, all things that break over time, and in my opinion generally make the gun less safe in a defense/combat situation. For anyone considering purchasing the USG or PS90 should consider that the 5.7 cartridge is a gamble, it may replace other cartridges or it may become obsolete itself. This gun represents the most recent advance in ballistic firepower available to commercial/civilians at this time.

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    Rich H
    November 4, 2010

    NATCHEZ HAS ROUNDS FOR 19.99 a box of 50. get your facts correct. This is the best handgun I own and I own alot of pistols.It is perfect for beginners and professionals alike. Women will have no problem with the recoil of this weapon. It is built to last and built to work. Chamber is nowhere near as sloppy as some Glocks I have shot. This pistol has the fastest rate of fire and is easy to fire fast and keep the muzzle on the taget. Isnt that what its all about? People who dont own this pistol are simply jealous of it as you cant compare too many pistols to it. Excellent wound channel,blazing fast fps,what more do you want?

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      Lars
      October 2, 2013

      You lie, or at least now you are now wrong. Natchez does not even carry 5.7.

      November 2010? lol Didn’t see that. Sorry Rich. But currently, the only place to buy 5.7 is auctions and the quality of it all is horrendous.

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    Jay
    December 4, 2010

    I own several semi-automatic pistols including the FiveSeven USG. All pistols have pro’s and cons. I don’t worry about cost as I make a good living so that eliminates cost as a con or a pro. The FiveSeven is the most accurate pistol I have ever fired at 21′ or 50′. Realistically most self defense situation for most people are likely to be within a 21′ radius. I can place cvs or cns shots with any caliber weapon at that distance but rapid fire tight grouping is best with the FiveSeven as is a double tap. The low recoil and flat trajectory are simply outstanding including for longer range shot out to 50 yards ( not a likely SD scenario and hard to convince a judge or jury on that). I own Glocks (19 and 23), XDs (.45 ACP tactical and 9mm subcompact with extended mag). I also own 12 and 20 gauge Mossberg’s and a Beretta Cx4 in .45ACP. I know and use all these weapons well and can imagine optimal use situation for any. Yet if I had to and could pick only one for SD purposes I would pick the FiveSeven. It is light, highly accurate, easy to rapid fire and at the end of the day has more ammunition with 20 rounds in the standard magazine, than is likely to be necessary for 99.99% SD scenarios within a 21′ radius where you are likely to have only one maybe two aggressors. I smile at posts which make it sound like people are imagining themselves in urban or suburban warfare type SD situations. Let be realistic those are rare enough events that most gun owners will never need to fire a weapon in SD. The FiveSeven with adequate shot placement and bullets to spare is a good defensive weapon. Two in center mass and if need be one in the head and it’s over. The bullets will tumble and yaw more often than not and expand too if you use any of the loads available to civilians. I trained my wife on the XD 9mm subcompact with a crimson trace. But I am taking her to the range to introduce her to the FiveSeven because even with her small hands I know her followup shot placement and timing will improve with a FiveSeven.

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    W.N. Pete Petersen
    December 12, 2010

    This handgun is the best for self defense that I have ever used.
    [1] easy to clean
    [2] easy to shoot
    [3] Accurate
    [4] My wife loves shooting it. She much prefers it to other handguns.
    [5] I love the thing and the expense in defense of home and hearth was well justified

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    Tony
    December 31, 2010

    I saw this weapon in a shop 3 years ago for under $500.00 There is no other reason than greed for the type of increase the Five-Seven has.

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    MDE
    February 19, 2011

    I worked 12 years (Part Time) at a gun shop. One of our customers who purchased one suggested we do a test. We took the Five-Seven into the country along with a .460 Rowland and a .50 Desert Eagle. Our target was a balast out of an F-4 Phantom. A balast is a hard lead block about 6″ High, 10″ long and 3/4 thick.

    We put the target at 12′. The .460 Rowland penetrated farther thant the Desert Eagle round. The Rowland Penetrated about 75-80% through the balast. We then shot the Five Seven using hollow point ammo. The round penetrated the same distance as the Rowland.

    It might not be a lab experiment but it has some good horse power behind it. I think it would be a serious health concern to anyone on the receiving end.

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    Andi
    February 22, 2011

    Been researching ever since I read it in tom clancys books. I love it but can’t purchase one for another three years. (not 21 yet) anyone wanna guess what will happen with it by then?

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    Babar
    March 2, 2011

    My brother recommended I might like this website. He was totally right. This post truly made my day. You cann’t imagine simply how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

  18. avatar
    love my 5.7
    May 16, 2011

    Fired many, best weapon I’ve owned or fired!

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    jam gun
    May 20, 2011

    was searching websites for good quality information on purchasing my first gun. it seems the only people that has bad things to say about the five seven are those that never owned one. This is the first website i came across with experinced post and i have to say i am sold should be purchasing mine in the morning

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    Shep
    June 13, 2011

    I own two of these and would never part with either of them. I buy ammo for $22.95 box of 50, all three types, hollow point, red tip, and blue tip. I read about the weapon in a magazine on my second tour in Iraq. As soon as I came home I bought the first one I saw for sale. The second came later on a deal. I carry either a Spring Field compact or one of my small frame Glocks when out and about but one of the FN’s is in my vehicle. Nothing like having 60+ rounds at the ready in half the space of a Glock. If you get the chance to buy one DO IT!

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    Doug
    June 13, 2011

    Wow, great information about what appears to be a great gun. I shot one the other day for the first time and that prompted me to do some research into them. The more I read the more I am convinced. I have a Glock 19 and have owned or shot several other handguns and this is the most accruate, nicest shooting pistol I have tried.

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    racer88
    June 25, 2011

    Love my 5.7. Finally got wifey to try it at the range tonight (date night). She loved it. It was only her 3rd time to the range, and she put every round on the silhouette target in a place that would make it a bad day for a bad guy.

    The 5.7 is simply a breeze to put many rounds on target in a very short time. Muzzle flip is nearly non-existent.

    I pay $19.95 for a box of 50 rounds. That seems to be the going rate on most of the online ammo dealers. Slightly more than what I pay for a box of .40-cal FMJ range ammo ($16 – $19).

    PS… Great review!

    • avatar
      daniel
      May 11, 2012

      where did u find this ammo?

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    Just Another Gun Lover
    July 27, 2011

    Pistol shooting is my favorite hobby, and this pistol is in the top 3 pistols that I want to shoot, for sure! The other two pistols are the Desert Eagle and the .500 S&W.

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      Corny
      September 12, 2011

      Interesting you like your 500. I got the 460 Magnum and I love it because it can cycle cheaper ammo, but they are both fun guns.

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    George Sib
    September 11, 2011

    Just purchased my 5.7 two weeks ago and fell in love immediately. Light weight, accurate and a blast to shoot. My son always wants to borrow it at the range! Ammo no more expensive than 40 cal. We have 2 HK P30 9 mm, one with the LEM trigger. Also an HK USG 40. None come close to the trigger feel and accuracy of the 5.7. My wife’s favorite gun to shoot. We come home from the range refreshed, not exhausted. Fun factor is a 10 and I would feel comfortable depending on this gun for home defense-God forbid. Hopefully these guns will continue to be available in the future. Just find one to try at the range and you will become a believer.

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    DrPeterVenkman
    September 12, 2011

    Been carrying a 5.7 now for years.. No doubt its an amazing weapon. I’m a point shooter, & I can hit a paper plate @ 100 yards no joke. Hard to do that with many other guns. .I have first hand seen the Penetration of this gun,.. it is a factor. Please dont Lynch me but I got mine for 700$ brand new in Brownsville Tx. @ a place called Chuck’s Guns, But guns are MUCH cheaper down there. Many People dont know this but you need to check with your state, many states.. in the fine print wont allow anything “Concealed” smaller than .32 caliber. I’m not a huge Glock or plastic gun fan, but this baby is one great gun. & this is coming from a mainly 1911 man. Do not underestimate this pistol. It is unusually light feeling… if you intend on having to use your gun for any part of hand 2 hand. I’d perfer something steel.

    Thx for the ear time
    Pz.

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    Black Campbell
    September 29, 2011

    I’ve had and carried a FiveSeven since about seven years, and have had a PS90 for the same time. I have zero complaints. My first 5.7 had 30000+ rounds put through it and the only reason I sold it to a friend was to get the new one with the fixed sights (yes, I prefer fixed sights…I tend to parallax shoot being left handed and right eye dominant.)

    Almost no recoil, accurate further than I am, very very light, so you can carry it all day without ache. Penetration is better than most of the nay-sayers claim, and judging from the number it did on small game, I’m confident that it would be effective. (It bloody PULVERIZED bone!)

    For concealed, I usually go with a wee Kel Tec, but when it’s not an issue, I’ve got the FiveSeven.

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    Brent
    October 17, 2011

    What an amazing weapon . It is so easy to manipulate. I did my research before buying this weapon and it paid off. I knew for a fact that I didnt want another rifle or another handgun. So how about both. A handgun that shoots a P90 round. Some may complain about the price of the 5.7 and the ammo. I say quality versus quantity. There are many pistols out there that are poorly made. The FN5.7 is not one of them. Its price and ammo should reflect it’s quality.

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    Doug
    December 4, 2011

    Why would anyone want to rely on the opinion of people who cannot differentiate between its and it’s or your and you’re?

    If you cannot get something so simple correct then….?

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    DENNIS H. JOHNSTON
    December 8, 2011

    After much research for an optimum carry gun, the 5.7 won hands down. What a sweet gun to shoot. Almost no muzzle flip and the 20 round capacity is very appealing. The SS197 SR ammo is extremely effective on both bone and tissue. I love this firearm. After carrying it for about 2 weeks I hardly notice that it is there.

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    Fredi
    December 9, 2011

    just bought my five seven 3 weeks ago. Should i go with the 195 or 197 round for personal protection.

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    John
    December 13, 2011

    I bought one and absolutely loved it! I sold it and a thousand rounds of ammo and the 5 extra clips on consignment to a local gun shop to pay bills. I felt horrible afterwards and I miss it. If I buy another handgun I want a 5.7 and a .45. Ioss my 5.7. What a gun.

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    Richard Arias
    December 23, 2011

    The gun was built as a military pistol and it shines in that purpose. It is light, easy to shoot quick and accurate. And being that you can extend to 30 rounds. A fully loaded 30 round five sen clip is ironically about 7 oz.almost 8. So for every 1 pound of weight you have 60 rounds of ammo. A fully loaded 10 round clip in the much hyped 1911 is about 8oz. So you have all the weight with 1/3 the ammo. And a 1911 is double the weight. In military use your concerned about killing ability not stopping power as hyped in CCW situations.The M4 sees more use because of the same principle. If stopping power was so important then why aren’t more troops using modernized Tommy guns or if you are a 9mm guy MP5s? Why not shotguns? Slugs can have a 25 yard accurate range and 00 buckshot can surely be a “one shot stop”. But again same problems as comparing a 1911 to the Five Seven. Heavier gun, ammo, harder to shoot and less ammo to shoot with. Yes a .45 acp will do more damage IF you hit your target. And like any experienced soldier or officer will tell you shot placement matters most.The things people forget in military and police use is panic shooting, shooting for extended periods and shooting injured. The five seven does well for each of these. Panic shooting is when the adrenaline is pumping and bullets are flying at you and unlike the range you are in cover or running for it. So your time to point aim and shoot is cut in half. A gun with minimal recoil and muzzle flip makes it easier to fling bullets quicker at greater distances with accuracy. And as I mentioned before with 20-30 rounds you have more chances should you miss. Brings me to shooting for long periods. The five seven being lighter in gun and ammo means that in combat if your a soldier or officer you will experience less fatigue and like with higher recoil loads the shock isn’t playing hell on your muscles, joints and bones. Many soldiers can tell you that allot of middle eastern outposts have single squads for entire areas. A few ranger friends of mine and a marine cousin have told me stories of being attacked and running out of ammo being forced to use CQB and bayonets. And in large part this was due to panic fire and on the M9s part crappy sights.Shooting injured even more so in the event that your forced to shoot off hand is easier because of having a lighter gun with accurate ammo at a higher volume. Physics dont play against you as much and again more chances when they do. The five seven makes allot of situations have a lower percentage of being killed because it was built smart. The 97 Hollywood shoot out is a big one if your a cop. The five seven with its police and military ammo would have ended that quick. In military and police use it adds up to less dead good guys and more dead bad guys. And your in the cartels its the other way around.Bottom line the pistol is expensive because it is built right with a forged hard cromed barrel. Being polymer makes the frame and slide not needing to be forged to be tough and there is the added benefit of not having to worry about heat treat and warp flaws. No tool markings no break in periods. And it has all the function you get from a $1,000 plus pistol 1911 or otherwise. And it has “match” grade accuracy. I personally have fired a 6in group at 50 yards and a 10in group at 100 yards on a man sized paper Target. Yes you can buy cheaper ammo for 9mm and 45acp. But it is cheap ammo with cheap powder that often stinks and smokes up the entire area. Cheap ammo is less accurate and can be a lain to clean after only a few clips. The safety at the trigger should be no challenge for a good shooter who knows modern weapons and shooting techniques.I thinly your article photography is good but the rest blows. It is written from a view that has nothing to do with the intended use of the pistol. It is like a bad Michael Moore film that ignores facts and more wants to get a pre determined notion across. It is not an objective and broad experienced opinion. It’s more like a die hard muscle car reviewer reviewing the Handai Genesis. The car is amazing, but not seen because it is being viewed in tunnel vision.

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    Vic Novak
    December 26, 2011

    I am a 67 year old male with weak hands and I have had a 5.7 for a few years and go to the range with my son as many times as we can. The weapon is easy to shoot, fun, accurate and we pay $20 a box for ammo. If it keeps me shooting for a lot more years then it pays for it’s self. Easy to clean is another point as I use it as home protection also.

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    michael seaborn
    December 28, 2011

    I agree with and commend Mr. Arias for his well thought out and written response. There is much wisdom, knowledge and truth in his assesment of the weapon itself. I am 54yrs. old served in the military and a large metropolitan police department for twenty seven years. I have been unfortunate enough to have been engaged in several shootouts with felony offenders. It is not like the movies or television, untill its over your adrenaline is pumping and what is a short time seems like forever. I own this weapon the fn 5.7 pistol and find it both manstop kill capable, and extremely accurate with the ability to put large volumes of bullets downrange at any distance. This by far is most important when engaged in a shooting situation. You have a weapon with littel recoil accurately placing rounds at one or multiple targets. This fact allows the shooter to advance in attack or retreat to cover. Either way your adversary wil be more likely to stop his engagement of you, or fire blindly with less chance of stiking you. I have been witness to good police officers who were good shots at the range but but did not fair so well in real life situations. I will close by saying I believe this weapon is a excellent choice for law abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families with. Remember those who have fallen protecting your way of life and hope that no more ever have to.

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      Richard Arias
      December 29, 2011

      @ michael seaborn- allot of the reviews on this site fallow a similar one sided joking view of the gun in question. Running through a tactical course with the five seven with different targets not only at different ranges but levels of hight and varied size would make even a “range jockey” could see the five seven’s intend purpose and reason to be designed as it is. Most military and police units are on a tight budget, so a $1,000 dollar pistol is a luxury that most literally can’t afford.

      I own a T-33 Tokarev of the Polish make. I happen to think that the 7.62×25 85gr. Tokarev round would be an awsome round and where I would have gone with the five seven or the “seven six” as you would have to call it. It is a heavier round that has more “punch”. I rent the five seven at my local range for ironically $7 an hour. When plinking steel plates the five seven leaves a smear where the tokarev leaves a small dent. The standard winchester fmj are about 1500 fps and about 500ft/lbs. That is higher than allot of .357 magnum rounds!

      The only people who bash the five seven are people who don’t consider the whole picture. If I were to design a gun to appeal to the traditional view of a military pistol and the ground breaking modern view the five seven shows I would use the tokarev in general as a base. If new tokarev were made from Aircraft grade aluminum that would be a good start. A trigger mounted safety could be used. A trigger mounted safety with tokarev in double stack and a duracoat finish… That would be really nice balance between weight and dcapacity. Between recoil and the “punch” of the round. I believe it would get allot of respect from the “traditional crowd being a Browning style design. And the Glock crowd would like it because it is light and high capacity.

      I actually prefer the tokarev to the 1911 and if it were made my way it would put the Baretta M9 to shame. It would even adress some hate points the above bias review writes on the five seven. It would not be as wide a grip, it would be heavier to help prevent limp wrist. But being aluminum it would not be near as heavy as a M9 or 1911. It also would not have the “plastic” crack that the FN and Glocks get. Since the Tokarev is a Russian war gun I don’t think its combat ability could be hated. It was designed to be easy to mass produce.

      It would be an amazing military pistol with a proven round and design. But I don’t have 20k to make a prototype to show for military trials. And with the market it like the five seven would only have a mid sized cult following. And like the article review here allot of people will just miss the whole point.

  35. avatar
    ThePistolGuy
    December 28, 2011

    What moves the FN 5-7 to a different league is combining it with the offerings from Elite Ammunition. They have 30 grain 5.7×28 ammo that leaves the pistol at 2100 fps+ up to 2300 fps I believe. Videos show various rounds punching through Level IIA vests then 9+ inches of gelatin. Invest in a few boxes of “nothing comes close” ammo from Elite Ammunition, load a 30 round extended mag for your FN 5-7, and you will possess a sidearm that will handle anything coming at you short of armor plate wearing invaders.

    The 5.7 round has taken deer, feral hogs, and been used by the Houston police department “successfully”, as well as the maniac shooter at Ft. Hood.
    FN knocked it out of the ball park with the deadly duo of the FiveSeven and PS90. Great to see a quality review on these outliers of the pistol world. There is nothing even close to them in capabilities.

  36. avatar
    ethereal
    January 3, 2012

    your review feels very bias i got mine for 800 and the ammo is 20 not 30 a box also the safety is great as thats were your finger should be when not ready to fire and the holster has a button to release witch is placed in the same spot as the safety so your not loosing any time on the draw. you said “in the usual testing process) to a depth of 10.5 to 11 inches.” i dont no were you got that number as i have personlay seen it go through almost a 3 ft block after going through standerd cop armor with hallow points you also said the round “tumbles” no it dose not this round even hallow points go through level 2 armor at 75 yards and ap ammo is rated at for level 3 armor

    the only draw backs to this gun is its a bit bulky for cc fine for oc and cost of ammo “witch i see going down in years to come”
    “i relise my grammer is bad its a disorder so dont discount the point made”

    • avatar
      Michael Dean
      March 29, 2013

      It’s pathetic that you even have to defend yourself and the grammar issue. Why others feel the need to impart sarcasm and attack others on issues (such as grammar or writing skills) that have no bearing on the subject matter at hand simply evidences a small minded person who lacks the requisite knowledge to intelligently be involved in the actual discussion.

      In short, I’ve suffered from dyslexia for years and have always had difficulty with spelling. Despite the fact that I still graduated number one in my law school class, people still enjoy finding fault with my spelling.

      I find it laughable to encounter this type of person when they lack the actual knowledge or possess the ability to articulate on even basic issues.

      Rise above the fools and hold your head high.

  37. avatar
    wayne Grow
    January 14, 2012

    I am a small guy. About 5’6 160 lbs. I have recently been carrying a CZ RAMI 75 in 40 cal. I now carry only my new FNH 5.7. Its not to big for my small hands and shoots like no other hand gun I have ever shot or owned. I am even comfortable w/ the safety design and have no problem what so ever w/ adapting to its positioning. I love it and truly hope that the round is picked up by other manufactures as well as other weapons designers. It is the most friendly in all aspects of shooting such as recoil and accuracy. My entire family is able to shoot this weapon from my wife to my two young daughters whom are young the oldest being 13. Thank you FNH for a great and superior designed weapon.

    • avatar
      Jack in the Crack
      July 8, 2013

      Wayne, you could say that again….

  38. avatar
    wayne Grow
    January 14, 2012

    I am a small guy. About 5’6 160 lbs. I have recently been carrying a CZ RAMI 75 in 40 cal. I now carry only my new FNH 5.7. Its not to big for my small hands and shoots like no other hand gun I have ever shot or owned. I am even comfoetable w/ the safety design and have no problem what so ever w/ adapting to its positioning. I love it and truly hope that the round is picked up by other manufactures as well as other weapons designers. It is the most friendly in all aspects of shooting such as recoil and accuracy. My entire family is able to shoot this weapon from my wife to my two young daughters whom are young the oldest being 13. Thank you FNH for a great and superior designed weapon.

  39. avatar
    Jeremy
    February 15, 2012

    Ammo is not that expensive.. you can get a box of 50 for $20. which isn’t too bad if you can afford a $1000 pistol.

  40. avatar
    John
    February 28, 2012

    I’ve paid as little as $17.99 to as much as 23.95 for my 5.7 ammo here in PA. Now I reload them for almost half that. However it is not a simple process for the fragile 5.7 case but it’s fun to do. I rarely shoot my Five Seven because of the ammo costs and reloading aggrivation but still love it. I have other CCW pistols and revolvers to choose from and don’t want to carry an expensive gun for a CCW. Just one thats reliable and accurate and pray I will never have to use it.

  41. avatar
    Sedim
    March 4, 2012

    Thank you for all the great articles in your publication.

    My question is where did you get the numbers you mention in this article?

    “In the run-up to International Elvis Tribute Week, let’s put it this way: 23,000 Five-SeveN buyers can’t all be wrong. That’s the annual total. ”

    Thanks.

    • avatar
      Robert Farago
      March 4, 2012

      From FN.

      • avatar
        Sedim
        March 4, 2012

        Thank you for your quick response.

        Do you know of any annual numbers on the P90/PS90? (Which of course uses the same 5.7X28mm cartridge as the Five-Seven). Is it the same kind of volume?

      • avatar
        Robert Farago
        March 4, 2012

        No, sorry, I don’t.

  42. avatar
    SCAR-H Enthusiast
    March 8, 2012

    @ “The Secret Service is down with that.”

    What do you mean in plain language? Does your colloquial usage mean the Secret Service likes the fact that 5.7×28 bullets tumble when they hit their target?

    Or that they don’t?

    I wouldn’t think bullet tumbling would be a good thing if you’re trying to put down a body-armor-wearing gunman attacking a high-value target. At least I wouldn’t want it to tumble before penetrating the body armor layer.

    Anyway, what exactly was your point since I don’t know what is meant by the “down” reference?

    • avatar
      Matt
      April 1, 2012

      the bullets tumble after entering ballistic gelatin, or the target. much like 5.45mm russian ammunition which tumble and breaks. a tumbling bullet creates a larger wound channel and therefore a higher shock to the target. these tiny 5.7 cartridges create a would channel roughly equal to a .45 acp in ballistic gel with 5 inches more penetration. yes. that is a good thing. the only firearms that bullets tumble before hitting their targets are bryco/jennings.

  43. avatar
    JJHunt
    April 12, 2012

    Like the individual from the keystone state said, price of ammo is a lot more affordable and competitive than when it first came out. Ammo isn’t as much of an issue anymore, but the price of the firearm still stands strong. I did catch my favorite gun shop selling a “lightly used” one for $850. I guess a 15% discount was good enough for someone. By the time I made it back the next week it was gone. Oh well, I guess my wallet finally got to hold onto some money for once.

  44. avatar
    walt whiddon
    May 19, 2012

    i just got mine i havent shot it yet this is the only auto hand gun i have ever liked i grew up with single actions like the ruger black hawks. but i love the way it fits my hand i cant wait to shoot it.

  45. avatar
    chad haire
    May 26, 2012

    HMMMM.. let’s see: For years we were told that a 9mm bullet didn’t have enough caliber for serious stopping power. Even the .30 carbine rifle, pushing a 110 gr. pill at 1850 fps. wasn’t good enough.. Yet now this tiny 22 cal bullet is all the rage because it can punch through a vest? Get serious please!! Even with an expanding projectile, there isn’t enough stopping power or caliber going on here. If you shoot some 400 pound bad guy, you had better do a head shot, or he might make you eat it. Another overpriced FN product that won’t sell.

    • avatar
      Michael Dean
      March 29, 2013

      Don’t you think that the government agencies which decided to utilize this cartridge and firearm completed extensive research before going forward?

    • avatar
      Doug K
      May 27, 2013

      You obviously do not understand physics. The velocity of the projectile is just as important as the size of the projectile.

  46. avatar
    PK
    June 19, 2012

    I own several handguns. A P226, 3 Beretta FS92s, 1 Beretta 92L Parabellum, and of course, my favorite, the FiveSeven. I also have an AR-15 and M-16 Full Auto (5.56). As far as I’m concerned, the only Concealed Carry pistol I prefer is the Five Seven. It’s accurate (I’m accurate to 2″ @ 100 ft) and I carry 3 mags at 30 rounds a piece.

    I’ve been kidnapped before and I vowed it will never happen again. I can tell you the penetration of the FiveSeven with the right Ammunition is just absolutely amazing.

    In my car, as a backup, I have the AR-15 and the P226 (which I don’t really appreciate as much as the FiveSeven). I can tell you that LE get’s real weird when they know I’m carrying a FiveSeven with 3 mags of 30 (90 rounds).

    I will say though, that it’s usually a funny situation and I always get into a long discussion over why I chose that weapon as my primary defensive weapon, even though they don’t seem to understand why I need 30 +1. My answer is simple and clear. If one doesn’t put them down (and it almost definitely would), two will.

    I usually alternate my round mix in my FiveSeven. So if the primary doesn’t do it, the secondary does.

    I had an old chevy truck that I didn’t really want anymore so I decided to see what a FiveSeven could do to one head-on. 2 shots and the engine was useless (never mind the radiator.. it went clear through it into the Engine block).

    So as far as I’m concerned, if someone has an issue with the FiveSeven having enough stopping power, then all I can say is.. I hope their body is as hefty as the front grill + radiator + engine block of a chevy truck.

    Keep in mind this was shot at 50 ft. So.. If it comes down to the ability to defend yourself, I would say the FiveSeven is the pistol to have.

    I will say though that I have had to pull my AR-15 in one instance, but it’s amazing how the single shot off a FiveSeven at the body of a rice-burner (honda I think) made the attackers think twice. I just casually walked to the trunk and pulled out the AR-15 at that point and simply said, “your choice.. live or die” and I’ve never seen anyone tear out of there as quickly as they did even with their rice burner clearly with a damaged engine.

    Gotta love those FiveSevens.. They’re definitely my defensive weapon of choice.

    I make it a point to never fire at the person first, but simply to demonstrate what firepower I have at my disposal. I also tell them I have 30 rounds left (very calmly). You’d be surprised at how quickly they back down.

    How many times have I been in this situation? 3 in the last year. So how do I respond? FiveSeven and a fully loaded AR in the trunk (which I’ve only had to pull out once).

    Nobody gets hurt (so far).. and one of those times, I had 2 guns pointed @ me. No.. I’m not a drug-dealer.. Just a high-profile target, unfortunately. I still wonder why I don’t wear a vest full time.

  47. avatar
    PK
    June 19, 2012

    One more point.. It’s amazing how lousy a shot most people are.. Can someone please explain the pointing the pistol at you sideways thing? God knows I can’t figure it out.

    • avatar
      Michael Dean
      March 29, 2013

      Some lame movie producer decided that it added an element of bad-ass and presented well on screen. Ever since then, the ignorant and untrained have adopted the stance as “cool” They fail to realize that cool won’t save their sorry ass.

  48. avatar
    PK
    June 19, 2012

    oops.. almost forgot.. I have a 357 magnum as well.. Talk about a waste of money.. completely useless in my eyes.

  49. avatar
    Ken Borgie
    June 25, 2012

    What a wonderful bunch of reviews and information about the 5 x 7 – what would intelligent people do without the i. net? I do agree that the price of $1100 (retail $1300) is too high, but what has not gone up lately. I noticed that there is a lot of mussel-flash with the 5 x 7.
    Just imagine what Ob will do if he gets re-elected with his A.G. Thug Holder still in charge. God help us, but we Americans still have our 2nd Amendment – how big again is the world’s largest private ARMY? Provided there are not too many sheeples that will be afraid to defend themselves.

  50. avatar
    Bill
    July 13, 2012

    “If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom,-go from us in
    peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands that feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon
    you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!”

    ~Samual Adams~

  51. avatar
    Badkarma 1
    July 22, 2012

    All that and it makes a nifty short range varmint cartridge too! I might retire my Romainian TT-33, as my I.O.M. 5.7 is working on the resident groundhog and raccoon population very well! Can’t wait too see what it will do to a coyote!

  52. avatar
    chad haire
    September 2, 2012

    well let’see, we have been told for decades the 7.25 and 9mm rounds were too small, the 30 carbine at 1800 fps was too small, the 223 in the M16 was too small, yet somehow this even smaller cartridge is a super-stopper wonder pill???? What a load of crap. Another goofy FN product that’s a lame attempt to reinvent the wheel with a absurd price tag–like many of their other products. Only a pinhead would carry something like this.

    • avatar
      steve guerra
      November 24, 2012

      Stand a hundred yards away and lets see how good this 5.7 is at say 5 inch groups while I have other guns and many calibers and a lot more experience than most weekend warriors here I will guarantee the FN 5.7 is one the best handguns ever made and the power of this little round is substantial when pushed at 2050 fps.

    • avatar
      Richard
      February 25, 2014

      Pinhead? I”ve been in combat, have you? Write a letter to the families of the ft hood shootings who’s loved one’s DIED because of the killing power of this round.

  53. avatar
    Sean
    September 30, 2012

    Nothing beats a good old 1911 in .45 ACP for self-defense. You don’t need more than 8+1 round for self-defense. If you need more than two rounds to drop an assailant, don’t even carry a gun. Go practice tactical shooting, shot placement and how to keep your cool under stress and come back. You don’t need 17 or 20 rounds unless it’s a weak one with which you need to double or triple tap and you’re engaging multiple targets.
    Adrenaline will make you live the event very slowly, whereas in fact it goes down extremely fast, trust me on that. If you do than alone, you’re plain crazy anyway.

    But if all you need is a self-defense pistol, get a good .45 ACP, that’s all you’ll ever need. I’ve been carrying mine for the past 22 years or so, both in the military, as a LEO, and as a civilian in a difficult part of the world, and never regretted it.
    That’s only my modest opinion.

    That being said, it a neat gun and probably fun to shoot.

    • avatar
      Pete David
      January 14, 2013

      A partner got shot 3 times by a .45 ACP on a run and never noticed until I told him he was bleeding. Sorry, but you’d have better luck selling ice to an Eskimo than all the blabber about a .45 ACP being the best round. If the .45 ACP was the best, I promise you that the Secret Service would use it to protect our president, but they don’t. Time has passed you by. I love my 5-7 as does the 5’8 170 pound gentleman who was hit 3X by a FMJ .45 ACP and never knew he was hit.

      Oh, you gave away all credibility when you said that nobody needs more than 2 shots. Clearly you’ve watched too many movies. I hate to be so critical of your post, but it reeks of a movie addict who has no grasp on reality.

    • avatar
      Danny Griffin
      January 26, 2014

      Sean, you should tell that to a suburban cop by the name of Tim Gramins. He now carries 145 rounds of 9 mm ammunition on his person on the job, as he says, “every day, without fail.” That is because he survived an encounter with an attacker that would not go down, even though he was shot 14 times with .45 ACP – six of those hits in supposedly fatal locations. Gramins had to fire 33 times to get those 14 hits. And even then his attacker survived the ambulance ride.

      One year ago this month, a man named Paul Slater broke into a Georgia woman’s house while her husband was at work and chased her and her two children into a crawl space leading to their attic. When he opened the access door and attempted to enter the attic after them, she emptied her .38 revolver in his direction, hitting her attacker five times in the face and torso. That’s pretty good shooting by anyone’s standards, much less for a frightened woman crouching in a confined space trying to protect her two young boys. That didn’t kill him. She told him to stop or she would shoot him again, knowing that it was an idle threat as her gun was now empty. But fortunately for the family he did stop his attack that day, and after the mother and her sons ran past him to get away he was able to leave the house and drive away. He lived to stand trial.

  54. avatar
    Phil H
    October 9, 2012

    Just attended a huge gun show on Sunday; 7 Oct, in Lewisville, TX. The FN 5.7 was not to be seen. All the vendors know all about it, but it cannot be seen. No one on the floor had it. Where would one be able to see it to purchase it?

    • avatar
      Rich H
      October 24, 2012

      I just saw my first one up close and personal at Gander Mountain. I had heard about the grip and wanted to hold one before committing my hard earned $$$. Just bought one of these off a gun shop from AZ and should have it probably after the weekend. I also own the PS90 and love it. I think the Five Seven might even replace my Glock 19 if what I read proves to be my experience too.

      If the guy from PA who reloads this round is still around I’d like to know what reloading equipment you use for this round?? I’ve been spending alot of time researching it and am also getting ready to commit to reloading to up the fun of shooting this awesome bullet. (I’m going to do some easier reloading at first with the 9mm before advancing to the small 5.7 x 28 which I hear is not a beginners reload.)

  55. avatar
    pete
    November 21, 2012

    Does anybody have any experience with a 5.7X28 with a can on it? bought the gun because i have seen after market threaded barrels called FN today to see if they sold threaded barrels or which one they recommended. the tech i talked to said that if i shot it with a suppressor the gun would wear out 15 times faster. he said they had threaded barrels they had made for the millitary but they dont recommend useing them and that it basically turned your gun into a throw away pistol.

    • avatar
      Rich H
      November 21, 2012

      I found EFK Fire Dragon has threaded barrels for the 5.7 but personally don’t have the experience you sre looking for. Have you considered contacting fnhusa and asking them your question?

    • avatar
      Jim B
      December 20, 2012

      I had my barrel threaded but damn if I can remember who did the work, it was years ago, but I think it was a place called Tornado Technology. I never heard this about wearing the pistol out with a silencer and would like an explanation of just how that is supposed to happen. Increased back pressure? I don’t get it.

      Well mine show no sign of wear whatsoever. I use a SWR Spectre II on it. Of course it is not quiet but quieter. I even bought some sub-sonic ammo for it from Elite but didn’t think the slight reduction in sound, if any was worth it.

      The nice thing is you can use a .22 silencer on it, at least the Spectre II you can. It does make the gun hearing safe although not as quiet as a .22 rimfire. The wearing the gun out issue is something I have never heard before and honestly I am a little skeptical of.

    • avatar
      Danny Griffin
      January 26, 2014

      http://www.eliteammunition.net/57x28mm_parts/custom_threaded_barrel.html

      But it’s expensive, even though it includes minor work.

  56. avatar
    josh
    November 21, 2012

    Excelent review, but becoming dated. Average ammo price has droped $7 per box since. Average gun price has fallen as well.

    One thing overlooked: the “odd safety” gives you a tactile reminder of its presence. It took me about 2 seconds to addapt to the safety, not 3000 rounds or 1800 clams. Your finger is already on it, and simply sweeping said finger down to the triger deactivates it.

  57. avatar
    S.CROCK
    November 27, 2012

    I think this is a cool gun. however puting down 1k+ for a gun where ammo costs twice as much as 45 ammo, and the ammo is hard to find… well that just doesn’t seems justifiable. plus this guns claim to fame is penetrating stuff (car doors, armor, etc.) and ammo capacity. theses don’t help me, i aint planing on shooting armor. for HD, this thing would go through my house. and ammo capacity… i live in the wonderful state of CA (sarcasm), so that doesn’t help me.

    • avatar
      Jim B
      December 20, 2012

      I bought mine years ago. It was the first gun I ever bought on a recommendation without even knowing what the hell it was. A friend called me and said that such and such site had this gun for $800 and it was a deal. I was doubtful but he said to trust him, it was a deal.

      So I order it and when I pick it up I thought “My God, this is like a BB gun!” I didn’t like it one bit being used Hi-Powers and 1911s. However after some time I began to get used to it.

      The safety is not where one would expect but remember this gun was designed for the military, for 19 year olds that probably had never shot any gun let alone developed habits, good or bad. Once you get used to the safety is is really in a great place. It has the added function of letting you rack a round or remove one with the safety on, something a 1911 cannot do. a design flaw in the 1911 in my opinion. Oh no! There can’t be anything wrong with a 1911! Yeah, I know. Well I can think of a couple of other things wrong with 1911s even though I love them.

      I grew up with guns and they had safeties of all sorts. You learn to work them and remember which gun you’re using. It is not a big deal. Besides that is really a great place for a safety, right where your trigger finger should be.

      OK, it isn’t a gun you are going to have engraved. It is definitely a work gun and that’s all it will ever be. However, it will look just as good (or just as ugly) years from now. It certainly isn’t going to rust and the finish isn’t going to wear off. It’s the most plastic gun I own.

      It has other nice features besides being easy to shoot well and all the other things already mentioned. It is easy to rack the slide. My girlfriend has problems with this on most autoloaders not being very strong. Not this one. It has those ‘bumps’ that allow one to get a hold of it. It is her favorite center fire to shoot, especially with the silencer attached. I have noticed that FN has been advertising them to women. I see why.

      I think the gun is a winner but I admit it is way overpriced. I mean really, what do they have into the gun? $50? Now I have seen them selling for $1200! I guess my friend was right urging me to buy one years ago even though $800 seemed outrageous at the time.

  58. avatar
    Loïc
    December 21, 2012

    Fun fact about this gun, it’s from Belgium but we can’t buy it in Belgium, like almost all FN products..

  59. avatar
    Tmysze
    December 29, 2012

    Well allot of great info about the 5.7 l! I currently own, HK P2000SK .40, SIG 2022 .40 cal, the brand new beretta 90two 9mm, Colt customer hybrid AK47, and was looking at the PS90 possibly buying! However although I have never liked a single action hammerless semi-auto I must admit I am very intrigued by this weapon! I have yet to shoot one, matter a fact I (in the last three years) started competing! I am currently looking to put one in my hand and get a sense of feeling! I do not know (at least I haven’t asked) anyone that currently owns one of these 5.7′s so it’s been a challenge looking for one less the Internet! As soon as I get ahold of one, I will add my personal comments of this particular weapon! Thanks for all the great read!! Btw remember if you ever have to defend your self or your family, if you are going to own any type of gun, I suggest not only practice practice Practice, but never pull one unless you are certain you are either going to use it, or are confident enough that you will never let it get taking away from you! I know, it’s not a fun thing to kill anyone period! It changes a person! Respect is the #1 thing with any weapon!!

  60. avatar
    Kagalaska
    March 7, 2013

    with an ir laser on the rail and a pvs 14 on the nogin plus 30 in the grip this peice is insane for hoggin 4 legs or 2 :)

  61. avatar
    jim
    March 23, 2013

    I just bought my second five seven. They are a one of a kind pistol. I own the best ammo u can buy.

  62. avatar
    SGT VISE
    May 14, 2013

    I’ve heard a lot of people complain about the saftey. I don’t get this, whether your carrying it as a primary or a secondary the saftey is operable on both sides as your trigger finger moves into position. It’s a remarkable location that I find a plus. A minus is the 75.00 a box for ammo. Glad I stocked up early.

  63. avatar
    Jason @ Pistol Packin’ Dad
    May 20, 2013

    Nice gun, expensive. I’ll stick with my Glock.

  64. avatar
    Andres
    June 18, 2013

    Shot my buddies five seven and I loved it. To pricy for my wallet, but I hope to be able to afford one in the future. Great Gun!

  65. avatar
    gary knolla
    July 9, 2013

    I bought my 5.7 a couple months ago and I simply love it. I payed to much for it and I’m still paying to much for ammo but it is what I wanted. I think the safety is different but I don’t let it bother me I have shot all types of guns living in north Idaho we hunt kill and eat everything that moves and the amount of ammo u can carry at such lightweight I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

  66. avatar
    Lars
    October 2, 2013

    Just traded two glocks for a 5.7 in August, worst trade/purchase I have ever made.
    The gun itself is quality, but the round is worthless. Ammo quality and availability is horrible, reloading almost impossible. Loud as hell, muzzle flash from hell and worthless for nighttime defensive.

    Wish I had never met the 5.7. Will be selling very soon.

    • avatar
      Tony
      October 23, 2013

      If you’re gonna sell it, contact me!
      I have a BHP and a 1911 and I love them both but want something lighter and smaller to carry but still with real stopping power.

    • avatar
      Richard
      February 23, 2014

      Tell the famlies of the soldiers killed by the terrorist using a 5.7 what a bad round it is! Jeez

      • avatar
        Lars
        April 14, 2014

        Ya, I’m sure there is a large number of terrorists using a 1800 dollar Belgium 5.7. I have no idea what attack you are referring to but whether a certain caliber can kill someone isn’t the argument, a .22 can kill someone but I’m sure not going to pay 1800 dollars for one that shoots inferior civilian ammo at $1 a round. If one could reload it it might be worthy but most ammo manufactures are not even going to make 5.7. So you tell me is a 1500-2000 dollar handgun that shoots lightweight very over-priced non-reloadable ammo who’s stock could disappear overnight a intelligent purchase? I sure feel dumb for trading for one. Why even reply? It’s my experience and opinion, not yours.
        As to the guy asking to buy it, I sold it in March 1300 and bought two new glocks.

  67. avatar
    Envirosafe
    October 23, 2013

    I run a business. http://www.pestcontrolcharlotte.net and take the Five Seven to my office every day at 1800 Camden Rd #1071 in Charlotte NC. The Five Seven is light and is my favorite weapon period.

  68. avatar
    Robert
    November 18, 2013

    I’m retired police. I’ve carried a .38 model 15, model 66 3.57, Walther ppk/s .380 Smith 645, and a Sig Sauer p220. I’ve been shot at and I’ve shot back. I carry my Walther if I’m going to be walking about. I have my five-seven if I’m in my vehicle.
    I buy my carry ammo from Elite Ammunition (S4M). I’m not worried about anything smaller than a grizzly bear when I have the five-seven. I have seen it take four hits,point blank, from a Smith 645 (230 grain hydroshoks) to knock a big guy down. He was out of the hospital the next day. He asked for more after the first two hits saying “Ah, yeah do me again”. My point is, I trust the proper 5.7 round more than .45 for defense. I like 21-31 rounds per magazine too.

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    Ernesto
    February 8, 2014

    I’m not very knowledgeable about guns, but I was introduced to this weapon on my first business trip to Mexico and noticed that my bodyguard as well as most of the bodyguards that were protecting us carried the 5-7. They explained to me that since we were in high threat areas (cartels, kidnappers etc.),they chose the weapon because it has been proven effective for them in many life and death situations. Looking forward to gettting my hands on one.

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    Gordon Wagner
    February 13, 2014

    WHOA! Just now I learn that my nanny state of California FORBIDS THE STANDARD 20-ROUND FIVE-SEVEN MAGAZINE? I thought that chicken manure applied only to rifles. How do idiotic laws like this get REPEALED? That’s pretty much a dealbreaker.

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      Richard
      February 23, 2014

      Suggest u move like I did from my native state 10 years ago. No state income tax here in NV, shall issue state & close enuf to visit family in KA

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    sedat
    February 14, 2014

    I’m oturiy in Turkey and I want to buy this gun, I know how to get….

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    Richard
    February 22, 2014

    Wow, what a laugh I got reading the review on the FnH “Five Seven” and the comments from shooters who probably can’t afford one! I can’t afford one either – but I bought one – after carrying (legally) a 1911 in .45ACP for over 20 years. 1. If you haven’t heard of the IHOP massacre in Carson City, Nevada – google it. I was at a sales meeting at that very IHOP less than 48 hours prior to the madman with a fully auto AK entered the restaurant and murdered many. How do you defend against such firepower? Yeah, never bring a pistol to a gunfight, but this idiot set the rules. 2. What did the raghead terrorist at Ft. Hood use to massacre 13 soldiers and wound scores more? He used an FnH 5.7. DEADLY WEAPON. Now I don’t go anywhere without my 5.7 and I have 20+1 with another 20 rounds on my hip. My 1911? 16 rounds total. Accuracy. I’ll challenge ANYBODY using a belly gun (glock 9mm) or a 1911 to a match and I’ll put $10K on me winning it. Range? Let’s shoot at FIFTY+ yards – I do it all the time with my 5.7 and hit 5 inch steel EVERY time. Misfires? NEVER has happened in 2 years of ownership. Expensive rounds? Reviewer quoted a price for a box of 25. Hello? They’re sold in boxes of 50 and they cost $28. Do the math. Killing power? Ask the families of the Ft. Hood victims – I don’t give a damn about “wound channels”. Easy to clean and it’s so light, you don’t know you’re carrying it. ’nuff said! Again, the folks who don’t like the 5.7 are just pissed they don’t earn enough money to buy one. They’re worth every penny!! Get a new job and buy one, you won’t be disappointed.

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      Lars
      April 14, 2014

      What a talker you are, keyboard warrior.

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        Richard Bowen
        April 15, 2014

        Yeah, I learned how to type before spending 22 years in the USMC. But the Corps showed me one thing on the keyboard – the ‘delete’ key! Next. . .

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    Steve
    March 12, 2014

    Can you dry fire this gun without harming the firing mechanism?

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    Tony
    April 15, 2014

    To all of you who complain about the cost of the gun and the ammo I have one question. What’s your life or your families life worth?
    I will be buying one as soon as I move to Arizona because California laws suck. I don’t care about the cost of the gun or the ammo, it’s not like I’m going to be shooting thousands of rounds out of it.

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      Richard Bowen
      April 15, 2014

      Right on Tony, get out of KA just like I did 10 years ago – and I was born/raised there. Don’t listen to the posts on this website regarding ammo availability. EVERY sporting goods retailer where I live in Nevada has the ammo – $28 for 50 rounds (blue tip). And you’re right – unlike .45 ACP (which I love), you don’t need to shoot many rounds to get good with the Five Seven. The “green tip” ammo is all over the Internet. The “blue tip” has the same energy as a .38 special and the “green tip” is the same as a .357 magnum. Practice with the “blue tip” and carry the “green tip”.

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      Fredi
      April 15, 2014

      Not sure why people complain about the price of the gun or the ammo. I bought mine 3 years ago for $950. I find that to be reasonable for any higher end gun. As for the ammo, it comes in a box of 50 and I can buy it from my local gun dealer for $18 a box. With that said I have about 500 rounds stocked up and he has them available on his shelf. Not hard to find at all.

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    Lovely shekhawat anokhu
    April 19, 2014

    I very interested in this work. and my nice choice it

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