Questions of FN Five-seveN...

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by JoeB1987, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. JoeB1987

    JoeB1987 New Member

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    After visiting the range several times (twice every weekend :D) after purchasing my first handgun, I'm looking for another.

    I really like the look of a Five-seveN and the idea of a handgun that holds 30 rds. and has low recoil. Sounds like heaven. It's not the most pleasing weapon to the eye, but that's a moot point; It's all about function.

    Anyway, no range offers this as a rental, and I can't find them in stores (can't even hold it before considering the purchase.) I know I could order one online and get it sent to a local dealer, but I don't want to take that leap before even touching it.

    My questions are:
    Do any of you own, or have experiance with the 5.7? If so, would you recommend it as a purchase?

    Also, is it not legally possible to purchase rounds for this gun due to it being AP rounds? I wouldn't understand the thought process behind selling/buying a gun that you couldn't purchase rounds for (unless it's advertised as strictly for LEOs.)
     
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  2. c3shooter

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    You might want to check that "deep penetration" thingy. There are a couple of different cartridges. The GOOD stuff- you can't buy. That is the AP. I would also humbly offer my opinion- and it is only my opinion- that AP makes for a lousy anti-personnel round- unless you are shooting at someone protected by armor. Interesting little gun- would not be my first choice for a defensive arm.
     

  3. JoeB1987

    JoeB1987 New Member

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    I guess I cofused the terms 'armor piercing' and 'penetration'. They are related, but using one term does not imply the other, this is true. My blunder.

    Still the idea of a handgun that offers 30 rounds, low recoil, and the possibility of armor piercing capabilities sounds nice.

    And this would be more of a plinking and accuracy/target shooting gun for me. However, are there any rounds comparable in power to the AP rounds offered for legal purchase?
     
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  5. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Well we know whacked out Muslim terrorists like them. It's the weapon that Hasan used at Ft. Hood.

    It's a novelty/niche weapon to me. Interesting to have in a collection, but too bulky to carry, round cost is too expensive for fun, and too impractical for defensive purposes.

    I would bet you'd have significant over-penetration problems with that round. If BG comes through the door and you fire this, who knows where that errant round is going to stop.
     
  6. JoeB1987

    JoeB1987 New Member

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    Alright, I get it... Too expensive to be a plinking gun, and not a good choice as a personal defense weapon. Unfortunate.:(

    <sigh...>

    Still an attractive piece none the less.
     
  7. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    JoeB, the people are just offering their opinions, so if you want one then get one. That is my opinion. I've seen places like Sportsmans Guide selling the 5.7 rounds that did not seem to be overly expensive. Right now, Cabela's is listing the 40 grain V-Max rounds for $120 per 250. By comparison, they have Winchester .38 special LRN at $100 per 250. Also, the 5.7x28 mm ammo is compatable with the PS-90 carbine. If you get both the FNH Five-Seven and the PS-90 carbine, you will have two guns that fire the same round. :D
     
  8. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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    We sell the 5-7, although, there really quite pricey. At 2800 feet per second and the ability to shoot through Kevlar, I find this firearm very interesting but not practical for my use. This firearm is very light and has a toy-ish feel.

    I have not been able to shoot one yet because the 5-7 exceeds are indoor range limit on velocity and I haven't been invited outdoors as of yet.

    If you can afford it and this firearm is truly what you want, as responsible firearm owners it's our job to keep firearms from falling into the wrong hands, so buy it and enjoy.
     
  9. JoeB1987

    JoeB1987 New Member

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    Not gonna do it.

    I was turned on to it for the low recoil/high capacity making it an excellent gun for practicing with and defeating my autonomic imbalance (or compensating for it.) Plus, I was hoping if I was spending one-large on something, that it could also be used for home defense. Unfortunately, this round is impractical for home defense as stated.

    And I don't want the civilian model P90. I've heard that the clip actually has rounds stacked end-to-end. Heard that dropping one could set off one hell of a chain reaction.

    For what I'm looking for, might as well spend $200 on a nice semi-auto 22LR.

    Thanks for all your help guys,
    maybe I'll own one down the road when I have more disposable income.
     
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  10. SGT_Calle

    SGT_Calle New Member

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    I too was attracted to the Five-seveN as my second pistol and slowly came to the same conclusion. I also still think it's a very neat pistol. I did handle one somewhere (don't remember where) and noticed that b/c of the length of the round, the grip is unusually wide front-to-back. I still may pick one up eventually.
    I can comment to the quality of the FNH pistols however. I chose a FNP-45 Tactical as my second pistol and I am really in love with it. It shoots like a dream and the build quality is quite nice.