opinions of the five-seven

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by westley, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. westley

    westley New Member

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    I am thinking about buying a five-seven and I would like to hear other people's experience with them.
     
  2. bartwatkins

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    I have one - opinions:

    Pro's:
    Very very light
    Very fun to shoot
    Accurate
    Extremely reliable
    Well made - very precision construction
    Easy takedown & cleaning
    Very cool round that it shoots
    Very low recoil
    My kids LOVE it - one of their favorite guns to take shooting.

    Con's:
    Expensive
    VERY expensive ammo/round (sometimes hard to find too)
    Large/hard to conceal

    Overall the pros outweigh the cons - it is a very cool gun to own.
    Practical?
    Probably not as much (but what does that have to do with this hobby of ours?)

    I say go for it if you have the funds...
     

  3. westley

    westley New Member

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    Thank you for the input.. seems like I will be adding to my collection soon
     
  4. JD1969

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    Try and shoot one first. Ammo can be found for $20-25/50rnds. I find them a little awkward in my hand, but I am sure with time I could get used to it. I have a friend that owns one and I have shot it a decent amount.
     
  5. Overkill0084

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    I was looking hard at one a while back. They are exceptionally cool, at least in concept.
    However, I feel that the guns are stupidly expensive. $1K+ for what is, lets be honest, an awkward looking plastic pistol.
    Ammo is not cheap, but to be fair, .44 mag is about the same or worse.
    I couldn't justify the cost for my needs. YMMV. I'd like to see the caliber catch on with some other makers to help bring the costs down. IMHO, it's just a bit too narrow of a market. Whatever you do, I'd see about a range rental to see if it's your cup 'o' tea.
    Worth noting: the pistols seem to pop up pretty regularly on the used market. Keep an eye out when looking to buy.
     
  6. sweeper22

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    If you can afford to add (and feed) one as an extra toy, they're pretty cool.

    As a primary handgun option? Not for me. There are just more practical options out there with far easier appetites to satisfy. But they're decent for pistol varminting, extended range target shooting, and also appeal to recoil sensitive folks. The dimensions and ergos of the gun are pretty strange. If FN made this damn thing available for $700, they'd probably make the difference back in ammo sales (just a thought/suggestion) to a bevy of new 5.7 shooters. They've sort of priced their way out of this platform gaining longterm market traction IMO.

    A little too oddball and expensive for my tastes and needs. I can afford to spend $1100 on a firearm...just not this one. Wouldn't be on my 'top-10' handguns I'd choose to own, but might make the top 20.
     
  7. therewolf

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    I'd get one, but I've always wanted a .44 Mag auto since

    I was a kid.

    I've got a DE44, and the 5.7 is

    to my mind, in the same category,

    and one is enough.

    But a friend of mine is talking about getting one,

    and I'd love to try it out.
     
  8. JD1969

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    My friend got his used (very lightly) for $700+transfer. I think he did well on it. A couple of other things. It almost feels like a toy, it is light to the point of being a feather, even with a full mag. There is very little recoil. I still cannot group with it very well, but it's not my gun so I cannot dial it in to my preferences. Now that I reload, I have a rule that I will not buy a caliber that I cannot reload for (.22 excepted). Yes it is possible to reload the 5/7 but it is not easy and not really cost effective. The cases have a polymer coating to help with feeding and if that coating is worn off the gun will not feed reliably. It is a cool gun though and always gets attention at the range.
     
  9. johnbrowning

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    I too would like a 5.7. I rented one at the range since one has to use their ammo I shelled out an extra $35 for 50 rounds. Ten minutes later I plopped down another 35. To make a short story long, I enjoyed the gun. I have since read an article that a 22 mag will give you similar ballistics Now a 22 mag. seems closer to the front of my wish list behind 2 or 3 others or if I go to a gun show and something follows me home then it's not my fault Check out 22mags.
     
  10. sniper762

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    did you know that they will penetrate body armor?
     
  11. johnbrowning

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    Can one purchase the bullet that will defeat body armor?
     
  12. sniper762

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    any factory loads do..............its their high velocity
     
  13. johnbrowning

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    Are you referring to the 22 or 5.7? If you mean the 5.7 FNH manufactures. 3 or 4 different types of ammo different color tips to signify. Blue is their civilian load.
     
  14. westley

    westley New Member

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    Thank you to all who gave some input....also yes I was aware that the round was capable of penetrating body armor
     
  15. sniper762

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    its the velocity of the 5.7 round that makes it penetrate, not the bullet type
     
  16. Cracker7

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    One of my friends keeps telling me to get one. I do agree they're pretty cool, but for the money there are so many better choices. Atleast for me.
     
  17. sniper762

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    the 5.7 pistol and the 5.7 bullpup rifle were designed, built and demonstrated to the army in the mid 90s in an attempt to sell them on it to no avail. dont know why it took so long to offer it to the general public.
     
  18. johnbrowning

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    The body armor used by law enforcement can be penetrated by most hunting rifles with FMJ ammo. During the North Hollywood Bank Robbery the body armor of several officers was penetrated by a 7.62x39.

    To stop centerfire rifles body armor needs the plates like military body armor.
     
  20. therewolf

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    Body armor is limited. You know anybody who wears it all day,

    all the time? The lighter stuff will dependably stop most

    pistol rounds, and you still have blunt trauma.

    It's sort of like trading off being shot for being hit

    with a baseball bat.

    In a nutshell, body armor isn't some magic solution. There's

    always a trade-off.