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    Hello Everyone: I was wondering if anyone has the FNH 57n, 5.76X28mm? I was at my local gun range and was looking at one. I am a recoil sensitive shooter and so I carry 2 Ruger LCR .22lr revolvers as my concealed carry. I cannot tolerate the recoil of even a .38 in an S&W 4 K frame. The manager was kind enough to let me try their FN 57n that they rent for free with 5 rounds to try (very nice of him). While there was more recoil than my .22LR it was gentle and tolerable. I am thinking of ordering one.

    I have a few concerns such as the size of the pistol and the cost and availability of ammo. Will there be ammo in the future? I believe this pistol and one carbine use this ammo? Any opinions on this pistol would be appreciated. Thanks and have a great evening.

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    Hi, Handguns.

    The 5.7 is a fine firearm and pleasant to shoot as long as you have your ears on. The only problem is the cost of feeding the beast. The best ammo you're able to purchase at this time is FN's SS197SR, The low cost alternative made by Federal isn't worth the money! Compare the ballistics of both brands and you'll see why, Federals 40 gr, fmj 1655 fps 243 ft. lbs, FN's 40 gr. V-Max 2034 fps 256 ft. lbs. The cost of the ammo seems to be going up each year and the number of manufacturers aren't... something to keep in mind if you're thinking of spending the money for this FN offering. There was a long period of time a year or so ago when you couldn't find any 5.7 ammo around anywhere, will it happen again? Who knows?

    Don't misunderstand me, I really like the pistol and it's potential. It has FN quality throughout it's construction and the accuracy is very acceptable as well. If you can absorb the initial cost and continuing feeding without complaint then you'll be happy with your purchase. As an alternative with similar ballistics you may want to research a .22 mag pistol if you can find one. AMT/Javelin made one some years ago, Kel-tec has one out now, Ruger is rumored to be making one, and there are a few revolvers including short barreled ones available by S&W, Taurus, Ruger, and Charter Arms. Hope this has been of some help. Take Care.

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    I have owned one years ago. I also have previously had two PS90s. I just got rid of my last PS90 yesterday. I got tired of always trying to get ammo. The stuff isn't cheap. Its starting to get available again. But, I rarely ever shot my last PS90, because I never wanted to touch my ammo stash - because itw as so hard to find. It has been two years now that I have waited before ammo has become available locally... Factory ammo (the american eagle 5.7 is manufactured very poorly).

    The pistol might fit the bill for what you want - have you held one? The grip is very wide - front to back... Since, the cartridge is so much longer than a regular pistol cartridge.

    Also, the gun doesn't seem to be quite as accurate at traditional handgun ranges - like 7 yards. That was what frustrated me. Yes, I could easily hit the target, but I never could hit the VERY center of the target, like I can do all day long with any 9mm handgun. I know I am only talking an inch or two, but it was frustrating, at such close distances. However, at further ranges, that is where it shines.

    Anyway, I have heard the same thing from many others, so it wasn't just me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wild View Post
    Hi, Handguns.

    The 5.7 is a fine firearm and pleasant to shoot as long as you have your ears on. The only problem is the cost of feeding the beast. The best ammo you're able to purchase at this time is FN's SS197SR, The low cost alternative made by Federal isn't worth the money! Compare the ballistics of both brands and you'll see why, Federals 40 gr, fmj 1655 fps 243 ft. lbs, FN's 40 gr. V-Max 2034 fps 256 ft. lbs. The cost of the ammo seems to be going up each year and the number of manufacturers aren't... something to keep in mind if you're thinking of spending the money for this FN offering. There was a long period of time a year or so ago when you couldn't find any 5.7 ammo around anywhere, will it happen again? Who knows?

    Don't misunderstand me, I really like the pistol and it's potential. It has FN quality throughout it's construction and the accuracy is very acceptable as well. If you can absorb the initial cost and continuing feeding without complaint then you'll be happy with your purchase. As an alternative with similar ballistics you may want to research a .22 mag pistol if you can find one. AMT/Javelin made one some years ago, Kel-tec has one out now, Ruger is rumored to be making one, and there are a few revolvers including short barreled ones available by S&W, Taurus, Ruger, and Charter Arms. Hope this has been of some help. Take Care.
    Thanks for the informative and detailed reply Shipwreck. I also had concerns about the ammo. Since my OP I purchased an S&M M&P 9 which has low recoil for a 9mm. Since then I am also seriously considering purchasing a Beretta Storm 9mm which due to its rotating barrel has even less recoil. I truly like the FY 57N since I believe that it is a unique and highly functional caliber. Unfortunately the caliber does not seem to have caught on. I was wondering if the cost of the pistol was more in the $600 range and the caliber as a cut down .223 instead of a .224 (I believe that 5.7X28mm come out to) the ammo may have been more popular. I do not know if is possible to bring the cost of the pistol down but a $1,300 pistol is beyond the budget of many. Heckler & Koch are not that popular in the US and I believe it is due to cost.

    Nevertheless thanks for the info and I will hope that the caliber becomes more available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HandgunsAreGreat View Post
    Thanks for the informative and detailed reply Shipwreck. I also had concerns about the ammo. Since my OP I purchased an S&M M&P 9 which has low recoil for a 9mm. Since then I am also seriously considering purchasing a Beretta Storm 9mm which due to its rotating barrel has even less recoil. I truly like the FY 57N since I believe that it is a unique and highly functional caliber. Unfortunately the caliber does not seem to have caught on. I was wondering if the cost of the pistol was more in the $600 range and the caliber as a cut down .223 instead of a .224 (I believe that 5.7X28mm come out to) the ammo may have been more popular. I do not know if is possible to bring the cost of the pistol down but a $1,300 pistol is beyond the budget of many. Heckler & Koch are not that popular in the US and I believe it is due to cost.

    Nevertheless thanks for the info and I will hope that the caliber becomes more available.
    PS I picked up two Ruger LCR .22 magnum revolvers and obtained Hornady Critical Self Defense FTX ammo made for short barrel .22 magnum. According to their tests it has 15" penetration in ballistic gel. I also obtained some Speer Gold Dot and Winchester PDX1 .22 mag. ammo for short barreled handguns. I carry them together sometimes or one with my 9mm as back-up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HandgunsAreGreat View Post
    Thanks for the informative and detailed reply Shipwreck. I also had concerns about the ammo. Since my OP I purchased an S&M M&P 9 which has low recoil for a 9mm. Since then I am also seriously considering purchasing a Beretta Storm 9mm which due to its rotating barrel has even less recoil. I truly like the FY 57N since I believe that it is a unique and highly functional caliber. Unfortunately the caliber does not seem to have caught on. I was wondering if the cost of the pistol was more in the $600 range and the caliber as a cut down .223 instead of a .224 (I believe that 5.7X28mm come out to) the ammo may have been more popular. I do not know if is possible to bring the cost of the pistol down but a $1,300 pistol is beyond the budget of many. Heckler & Koch are not that popular in the US and I believe it is due to cost.

    Nevertheless thanks for the info and I will hope that the caliber becomes more available.

    Well, I bought one around 07 or 08 and it was around $850 or so. They used to be available under $900. Of course, other guns were cheaper too.

    I have owned several pX4s over the years. The rotating barrel seems to do more for the 40 cal cartridge than it does for 9mm. To me, a 92FS has the same or slightly less recoil than a PX4.

    The only gun that I have owned that had less recoil than my 92FS is a 5" steel 1911 in 9mm.
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