FN Five-SeveN Handgun in 5.7 x 28 Pt. 1
A friend of mine has loaned me his brand new FN Five-seveN semi-auto pistol for a review and range report. I haven't had a chance to get to the range with it yet, but that should happen this weekend.
The gun has a nice feel, and seems to come up on target very well for me. The heavily stippled grip surface is almost TOO rough, and on a high powered handgun would probably tend to tear your hand up a bit, but from folks I've talked to who have fired the Five-seveN, recoil is about on a par with a .22 long rifle. We'll see!
The magazine is a plastic double stack affair, holding TWENTY rounds, yet still fitting into the grip. That's kinda cool, as I suspect when it comes to stopping power this is something of a lightweight.
The basic gun has metal parts only where they absolutely HAVE to be metal, everything else is plastic. I'm old fashioned, I guess, as I prefer a little more steel in a handgun, but to be fair, they couldn't get it down to the 1.7 lb. weight they have without lots of plastic. (Oops, "Composite")
Speaking of ammunition, the 5.7 x 28 ammo is currently rather expensive, but FIOCCHI has signed an agreement with FN to start producing ammo both in European and american facilities. Hopefully this will help bring the price down.
The ballistics of the 5.7 round are interesting, although I don't have a lot of numbers yet. This round in a FN has a whole lot of velocity, so it should shoot really flat, and I would suspect that it's pretty dang accuarate, too!
Once I've gotten in a little range time, I'll post part two of this report. Guess I've gotta go to the range this weekend.
Oh well, if I hafta..........