The gun is a specialized gun. It was designed as a sidearm to compliment a military carbine. Itís a good gun for penetration. I will keep that in mind when its a primary concern (like defeating body armor).
I personally like a bullet with weight and proven killing power. .45, .357, .40, 9mm .38. Anticipating your response that the gun has documented kills, so does a Ruger MKII .22lr.
I think that most of us can agree itís a large pistol. Of course if you are a cop thatís not a big deal as you can strap it onto your WIDE duty belt in a duty holster. This is a big deal for concealed carry.
Wow. 20 rounds. I guess us old-timers carrying revolvers with 5-7 rounds are behind the curve? Should we worry that we are under armed?
My point here is as a carry gun, I donít see the plusses outweighing the minuses. It looks like a fun gun, and if itís all you have itís the best carry gun for you. Other than fun, I donít see how you can reasonably debate its value on any plane over a Glock, 1911, SIG, H&K, Smith.
I am toying with the idea of transitionong to a K frame revolver
I will sit in the shade with and shoot my MKII ALL DAY
I say what all the time (hearing loss)
I find it increasingly difficult to get a hard focus on the front sight w/o glasses
I have WAY TO MANY stories about shooting that start with "remember that time"
I carry the FiveseveN concealed every day all day and feel very confident with it. The light weight and recoil provide comfort and follow-up shot accuracy. I don't know what the circomestances may be if I find myself in a "SITUATION" but I like knowing that I have twenty one very quick and very accurate shots available for most any distances. I especially like the fact that the chance for over penetration is lower than with a bigger caliber. I couldn't forgive myself if I were responsible for injuring or killing an innocent bystander because of over penetration or two much recoil.
I used to carry a Beretta 92 and I like it, but since I got my FiveseveN I feel that for the many different situations that can arise where deadly force is necessary it is the best "All Around Tool" for the urban life.
I practice all the time and feel more capable and comfortable than when I carried my 92. :smt1099
I still dont think I am sold on the 57 being the best "all around tool for urban life". I dont think such a thing exists. At best it would "one of the best" and I would still not see it in that department.
I note your previous gun was a large duty style pistol as well. If you were allready using a dress around gun for concealed carry, the transition would have been easy. Have you tried a compact pistol such as an HK P2000SK, Glock 26,27,33,30,36,29, Walther PPK, 3"1911, J frame revolver for concealed carry?
[QUOTE=Old Padawan;73112]Every person is different in size and thoughts.
I like the weight combined with the round capacity and very low recoil of the FiveseveN. I have shot other more compact weapons and enjoy them also but not the recoil. I am an old fart and I would rather not have to fight the recoil in the chaos of armed conflict. I do practice all the time and shot placement at night while shooting off hand and shooting multiple rounds very fast while going to cover when there are bystanders etc, etc, etc, is a potential disaster. For me and my urban life, this is the best all around tool. But as you say, everyone is different, and I respect that.
I'm kinda itchin for one myself :smt023
I started wearing it as a range gun because it is so light even with three magazines and that's a real plus. The other reason is rust. I can't find a spot on it that can rust on the outside of the gun. Love to see you get one shipwreck to compliment your other FN. I'm planning on getting the Beretta PX storm to compliment my CX4.
Well, Bud's is selling them at a good price right now, but I don't know...
The next gun I wanna get is a Beretta 84/85 Cheetah - Just always wanted one. Not sure if I will get a Five Seven or not.
I believe Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell has one as his standard issue. 20 round mag's.
Hi, new to the thread. Been reading these posts and see the same "conversations" I have seen other places....ballistics, gelatin, cost, size, speed, etc. Much of the information these conversations are based on are old (ie. no recent updates), static (chronographs, etc), and superficial. I have personally spoken with more than one police officer regarding a subject hit by the 5.7 X28mm. There were no doubts. One exclaimed that the M.E. asked him "What did you shoot him with..?" in surprise of the damage and differences from other witnessed wound cavities. Does this mean it's an absolute stopper....no. But several gents have survived multiple gunshots by .357, .45acp, etc. as well. Does this mean they are not? No. The difficulty with the 5.7 is real world stats. Not enough people have been shot by them, especially the pistol. Many agencies have moved up to the .40, yet some still swear by the 9mm. "Evidence" abounds to surround both arguments. Many administrators do not allow a .45ACP or hollowpoint ammo because of reported, erroneous conclusions....many made by trainers.
Regarding gelatin.....I wouldn't hang my hat on any of that data. More than one round has performed poor with gelatin only to later due quite well in living tissue. If you're shooting someone with an interior temperature consistent with gelatin, they're already dead. Let me know when 98 degree gelatin comes out.
Comparisons to .22mag is also only through "measurable" data. Although similar in numeric performance, the bullets are designed differently both physically and in which they are scheduled to react ballistically.
More people are killed with smaller calibers than any other. Small calibers do work, depending on the circumstance. The number one consideration for defense is shot placement. Period. A 5.7 to the heart will out due a .45acp to the arm just about every time. If the 5.7 allows you to place multiple, rapid shots on target; why not use it? If you are able to do the same with a 45ACP, that is different you easily have a choice and most likely would choose the larger round. If you can't, I wouldn't rule out the 5.7. Many LEO's stay with 9mm for this very reason....they hit better with it.
The FN should not be elevated to "THE" firearm when comparing. It is "A" firearm, with several shooter/ballistic/design benefits. It also has unknowns and negatives much like many other firearms. I would not discount the Tac Teams, foreign or domestic, that have chosen to use it. They generally do not use crap firearms of any sort. If the FN was the price of a Glock, and the ammo the same, these conversations wouldn't take place. They would be all over, and there would be plenty of real life data to look back on. Likewise, if a Glock was the price of an FN, they wouldn't have such a large share of the market, regardless of performance.
Our department had one for T&E and we found it accurate, dependable, simple, and had "0" failures of any kind. I would say a weapon that is easy to shoot (fast and accurate), and dependable should definitely be in consideration. I wouldn't necessarily pick a .380 over my .45ACP, but I wouldn't want to be shot by a .380 either!
Place a 5.7 in the chest or the pumpkin, and I would say doubts would subside quickly. I wouldn't worry about lethality, performance, reliability, etc. This one has it. Personal preferences should be more of a factor here. As an LEO/SWAT'er that carries all the time, I have no issue with the FN. I'd carry it in a heartbeat and feel confident, even without the AP rounds.
Sorry for the length on my $.02
Hey, that was a great post. :smt023:smt023
im pretty sure i`ll pass on this 5.7 gun.ive shot it a few times,a friend has one.for the price i would go ahead and get a HK 2000.
i think if the length of the FN was an inch and a half shorter it would be a lot more popular.at least with me it would.
Where would one buy the absolute least expensive 5.7 pistol? And I wonder how cheap that would be? My recollection of advertisements I have see puts it at about $750 ish at best. :smt102
My shop has one for $930. Gander Mountain wants over $1000 for it so they can rip people off.
I have seen them around $809 or so at Houston gun shows.
I really, really want one but I'm just not yet ready to shell out $800 + for it. :smt076
I just got back from a gun show here in Tyler and the cheapest I found one for was 779. When ever I shop on Bud's I add $50 to their price for shipping and FFL paperwork. Bud's had the best prices a while back but it seems they are getting more expensive lately.