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Old 12-12-2012, 07:22 AM   #1
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I Kind of Want an FN Five Seven...

Is it worth the rather princely price of admission?

A buddy of mine says yes, but that's just one opinion.

What do other 5-7 owners think?
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:38 AM   #2
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I like the look and feel, never been lucky enough to fire one.

Life is short, if you want one, buy it.

Post a range report.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:18 AM   #3
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I bought one for my daughter a few years back, but have custody as she is presently living in NYC. We've fired it a bit and it's a very nice gun, accurate, mild recoil, reliable and......loud! The report is a high pitched crack.

MM, if you'd like to try it out sometime, look me up.

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Old 12-12-2012, 09:41 AM   #4
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lusted after one for years. high purchase price along with exclusivity of ammo are the only two things holding me back
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:45 AM   #5
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Is it worth the rather princely price of admission?

A buddy of mine says yes, but that's just one opinion.

What do other 5-7 owners think?
I'm in the same boat.I kinda want one...

A buddy of mine has one as his EDC. He knows guns, so that's good enough for me. So it's on the shopping list, but maybe not right at the top.

That said, I agree: If you want one, buy it.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:56 AM   #6
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I have 2 of them. Love it.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:05 AM   #7
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I provided some testimony to local politicians who were actually trying to ban sale of the product after the TX shooting.

My point to them was that this was essentially a proprietary system marketed by FN with ballistic characteristics similar to many other rounds. As a result of being relatively expensive and being overlapped by many other products, there was unlikely to be any particular public safety concern. For example, the .22 Winchester Magnum (rimfire) has a max of around 320 ft lbs of energy compared to up to 400 ft lbs for the 5.7 and 420 for the 9mmP.

It's also true that as a result of those factors, it may be a bit of a rare bird and even collectible. I have a Smith & Wesson 1006 chambered in 10mm ACP that I shoot just for the fun of it. That round has some crazy ballistics: energy of 650 to 750 ft lbs.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:08 AM   #8
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lusted after one for years. high purchase price along with exclusivity of ammo are the only two things holding me back
Ammo availability is another reason for my hesitation-- we're pretty mainstream around here.

For that matter, I'm not sure where I'd even buy the pistol yet.

I really do like what I've read about that 5.7 mm load, though: rifle cartridge characteristics in a pistol. This is, in fact, the reason I haven't splurged for a 1911 even with its easy weapon/ammo availability.

Coupled with a PS90, it seems like you'd have all the home/personal defense bases covered with ammo common to the two.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:21 AM   #9
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Unless your home invader is coming at you wearing Level IV body armor, 5.7mm is expensive overkill. Get one if you want, but don't try to have a valid reason, there isn't one.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:35 AM   #10
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Get one if you want, but don't try to have a valid reason, there isn't one.
That about covers everything we discuss around here.

I only ask about the 5-7 because I don't go into high-dollar purchases without doing some research, mostly to find out if what I'm eying has any glaring deficiencies.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:45 AM   #11
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Unless your home invader is coming at you wearing Level IV body armor, 5.7mm is expensive overkill. Get one if you want, but don't try to have a valid reason, there isn't one.
Yes there is, if your hands can't take much recoil

If I move from MA I'll probably get one, or the 22 TCM looks interesting too:



Plus it's in a 1911
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:32 AM   #12
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yes there is, if your hands can't take much recoil

if i move from ma i'll probably get one, or the 22 tcm looks interesting too:



plus it's in a 1911

this!
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:49 PM   #13
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this!
My only worry is the only guns I can find chambered for the round are this 1911, and then a guy is doing some custom work with it in 1911's that are 50% more expensive, and some M-4's. Having the 9mm kit come with the gun helps a bit with that though. If the ammo dries up hopefully by then I'll be able to fire a 9mm without an issue. Right now I can handle a 38 special out of a S&W model 52 but even then I'm only really getting one shot in any defense situation because I have to let the recoil bring the gun up a decent bit to lessen the load on my hands/wrists.
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:24 PM   #14
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Has anyone reloaded for it ? I reload most calibers that I shoot and with the cost of ammo for the 5-7 it only makes sense to order up a set of dies if you're going to shoot it with any regularity. I think it's a pretty decent round ballistically. I wouldn't mind having one in the safe.
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:33 PM   #15
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Has anyone reloaded for it ? I reload most calibers that I shoot and with the cost of ammo for the 5-7 it only makes sense to order up a set of dies if you're going to shoot it with any regularity. I think it's a pretty decent round ballistically. I wouldn't mind having one in the safe.
There's a lot of annoying little things that get in the way:

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