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FN Five Seven

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Chromaflage, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. Chromaflage

    Chromaflage Oregon Member

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    Maybe I've lived in a ballistic vacuum all my life. But I recently learned of a pretty cool handgun round - 5.7 x 28. I've done a search on this forum and have found nothing for discussion on this round or the FN Five Seven handguns. Does anyone shoot one? With a muzzle velocity of 2100+ FPS and a potential effective range of over 200 yards and maximum range of nearly 2000 yards. Sounds like a fun long range hand gun. Any feedback from those who have one of these or have shot them?
     
  2. Chromaflage

    Chromaflage Oregon Member

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    OK, so I searched the forum for 5.7 and Five Seven and got nothing. After I posted here, I also searched for PS90 and several 5.7 posts showed up. Strange.
     
  3. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    There are a few threads + look for videos on YouTube. The FN 5.7 pistol can have a Burris Fastfire mounted on it, extended (30 round) mag; threaded barrel (done at Tornado Tech, Hillsboro), various types of ammo, suppressor such as a Sparrow.

    When I grow up to be a man I will have all the above.
     
  4. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    Try searching for "FiveSeven" without the space too. I picked up one a couple months ago but have only taken it out once. They're a blast to shoot and seem pretty accurate. I didn't do any long range shooting or shoot very many rounds. I picked up a couple boxes of FNH ammo which is kind of expensive.

    Also check out http://www.fivesevenforum.com
     
  5. ripcity

    ripcity Milwaukie Active Member

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    I love shooting mine. I just picked up a used one off here a few months back and I'm glad I did. The recoil is almost absence. I haven't shot long range yet, but I've messed around at 50 to 100 feet and everything seems pretty accurate through those distances. I will be reloading for mine due to the high price of ammo. Like Drew said, the fiveseven forum is a great resource for this gun.
     
  6. Rich7944

    Rich7944 Kent, Wa. Active Member

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    There are some governmnet agencies that have started using the 5-7 pistol ever since the one guy went crazy in Texas on I think it was Fort Hood.
     
  7. ar57

    ar57 Independence Member

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    They are fun to shoot, The down side is the expansive ammo, E A ammo @ over 2500 FPS.
     
  8. NoviceSquared

    NoviceSquared portland Member

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    It's a 22 for rich people. :p
     
  9. Rich7944

    Rich7944 Kent, Wa. Active Member

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    Wish they made it in a compact, I'd buy one in a second.
     
  10. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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  11. Rich7944

    Rich7944 Kent, Wa. Active Member

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    That really is an interesting read. Now go down to Fort Hood and tell the people that they shouldn't have died, can't do it because they are dead from the 5.7 round. the small round allows the firearm to hold alot of bullets.
    Can't say it would be my go to gun for self defense unless the intruder had a bullet proof vest on but they don't typically come in and tell us that.
     
  12. wou42

    wou42 Portland Active Member

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  13. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    Never said people couldn't die from it...people can die from a .22LR as well. Just not a round for serious use.


    I have shot the 5.7 into many a vest, and the round will not consistently penetrate them...and that's with a worn out level II over 7 years old.
     
  14. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    22mag is cheaper and so is a 9mm
    I've heard a couple different places that it's another 22mag type round.
    As far as thew round count,I have 30 round mags for my glocks and the KelTec 22mag holds 30 rounds.
    That school shooting has more to do with some lucky shooting by the shooter than the actual 5.7 caliber gun.Sometimes cold and calculated make for some accurate shooting

    Anyway,the one thing that may make it better than the 22 mag is the necking of the cartridge
    22 mag is notorious for being a jam-o-matic round,because of it's length X diameter.
    So does the 5.7 feed perfectly,or kinda like the 22mag?

    And I looked at some ballistic gel vids that showed that the commercial rounds don't quite penetrate a kevlar vest.
     
  15. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Yeah,the kids from their Mom's basement is who I'd get my info from

    First thread I read on that site was "yeah well you're stupid" "No you are"....
     
  16. 45 for me

    45 for me Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have a FiveseveN and I like it. I don't think it is the best all around defense caliber, but I do think it is servicable, from what I have seen shooting it. Some things I like about mine:

    Adjustable sights
    Very light - even loaded
    Decent trigger
    Very slight recoil, more than a 22lr, less than 9mm.
    Safety location & rail

    In fact the recoil is so slight, that with a good grip, you don't lose the sight picture, so you can fire aimed shots as fast as you can pull the trigger. It does shoot accurately at long range, and is the only handgun caliber that puts holes in the steel handgun target I own (only with EA ammo brass bullets and granted a .223 puts much bigger holes).

    Does all that make it a better defense gun than a 9mm,40,45 etc. Maybe not, but it is not a 22lr. The Kel-tec PMR is a better plinker, because it costs half as much and so does the ammo. I do know that it has been 100% reliable, and as stated above 22 mags can be a little finicky

    The ammo is expensive, I paid about $17 a box (by case qty) but it is not that much more than 45acp.

    These are just my opinions, but I actually own and shoot one, so they are informed by that at least. I wouldn't buy it as my first gun, but I have a lot of handguns, and I thought this one was interesting, and I do like it. I wouldn't be afraid to carry it.
     
  17. wou42

    wou42 Portland Active Member

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    I was referring to the actual tests, not the posted comments. In the link provided is a very thorough set of tests that is documented in video form. To keep it simple, all you need to do is watch the video, not read if you don't wish to.
     
  18. hackercat13

    hackercat13 Steilacoom, WA Active Member

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    Seems legit......:laugh:
    An awful lot of threads seem to contain some variant of the above arguement. I have my eye on one of these after tax returns this year. I got to shoot one thanks to a nice stranger at our gun club, it is accurate and low recoil. Plus it was used extensively on Battlestar Galactica, so its cool factor goes waaayyyy up!
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  19. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    I forgot a Surefire x300 (now being phased out, so price is only around $180 on the street.) Maybe even the x400 (also being phased out for the 400-3 green laser model). A space gun needs attached toys.
     
  20. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Nothing bad about you brah,just the site.Yeah most times the kids in the basements are the best at finding links on the webberneter

    It is an interesting gun,since I won't buy a keltec 22mag,but the price of $8-900 is a little steep for a plinker.
    I have rifles for 100+ shots anyway