FN Five-Seven for self defense?

FN Five-Seven for self defense?

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    FN Five-Seven for self defense?

    What do you think? I'm not going to use one, but I was curious about the purpose of such a weapon?


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    Don't know if you'll get alot of expansion out of those. I'd image those would punch right through a bad guy. If you got it, use it. Better than nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonesnofoa View Post
    Don't know if you'll get alot of expansion out of those. I'd image those would punch right through a bad guy. If you got it, use it. Better than nothing.
    +1 on that
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    This gun was designed as a distance weapon for those who can not carry a rifle (people driving trucks in a convoy comes to mind, not exactly easy to move around an ar-15). It comes factory sighted at 350 meters. Most police departments say you can't use them because they round doesn't qualify as a pistol round, but it does qualify as a rifle round. Go figure.
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    I would love to own one of these, i have heard they are a blast to shoot.

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    They are fun to shoot, but being as the grip is usually the hardest thing to conceal, I'd shy away from this one as the grip is a little on the large size.

    Over penetration is another issue.

    Ammo availability is another.

    Holster selection is null.

    And that front just looks like it would catch on anything.

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    FN RESTRICTS The Military spec ammo ( which will penetrate body armor ) from
    sales to civilians.

    The available commercial ammo reduces performance down to about the level
    of 22 magnum rimfire.
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    I've handled this gun...holds no interest for me...
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    I'll second that.

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    If you have average or smaller hands, it's big. FN can do much better for ergonomics.


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    I'll agree that it has a very large grip and would be a problem to CC.

    The round is designed to petal open just like any other hollow point and penetrate. it also starts to tumble and yaw after a couple of inches to make a larger permanent wounding cavity.

    the shop I frequent has about 20 boxes sitting on the shelf as of last Friday.

    Galco makes holsters for it I believe along with a single mag carrier. Even Blackhawk makes a Serpa holster for it.

    And as for the 22 magnum performance, that might be true. If, of course, 22 magnum gets over 2100 fps from a pistol and about 2600 fps from a carbine.

    And yes, I'm talking about the commercially available SS195lf rounds.

    Now, with the corrections done, which will most likely go in one eye and out the other, I still would not carry one of these. As mentioned the ergonomics are horrible to me. I'd rather carry my glock 34 (or substitute in a Glock 17) with 17+1 rounds of Ranger RA9TA, or better yet, the same number of DPX rounds, due to the larger calibre. And I'd only be giving up 3 rounds to the FiveseveN.

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    IMO, the gun is more a novelty than it is a combat pistol.
    "Just blame Sixto"

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    I carry the Fn five seveN. I use the cross breed super tuck holster. It disappears on my body frame. It holds 20 plus one cartridge's. The 197sr
    has a plastic tip on it. I shot my target at 100 ft away and hit dead on.
    The bullet tumbled through a foot thick tree creating a good size hole on the other side. The bullet is a bit longer than a 22 rim fire but travels almost 3 times as fast. I would not like to be hit with that round. I carry it because of the weight 1.3 pounds and the recoil is very low. It has a fat grip but I have big hands. Right now to the best of my knowledge
    there is no night site yet. The only tactical advantage is, if some one is shooting at you from a long distance away he would not hit you but you
    can nail him from afar. It is like having a mini riffle on your hip.
    To close for missiles, switching to guns.

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    Thats all well and good phoneguy, but if you are shooting beyond normal combat distances you are going to have a whole lot of explaining to do to a man wearing a black robe who sits high behind on a bench.

    To each his own though...
    "Just blame Sixto"

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    FNH USA has interesting guns.I agree with Sixto as far as this gun is more a novelty.But,to each his/her own!

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