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FN 5.7 for self defense? What are your opinions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenMan0352 View Post
    I would like to add that I lent mine to my little brother when I still had one and he took it as a backup firearm while hog hunting and was able to drop a hog with one shot using it. Again to me it is plenty gun especially if you use a good round. I believe he was using T6B


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    Elite ammunition has a round, S4M, that goes 2400 feet per second out of the pistol. That's what I have my sights set upon, if it ever becomes available in stock. They only have 1000 rounds available which I certainly have no need for.


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    To answer the OPs question, no, I wouldn't buy a 5.7 gun for self defense. I have several criteria when choosing a self defense weapon - reloadable caliber, ammo that is easily bought at a local store, and a reasonably priced gun (in case I use it, I don't want a $1k+ gun confiscated).
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    I'm thinking that a PMR 30 in .22 mag would be a more economical choice...IF you are into that sort of thing. Personally I am in the camp of a Glock 26/19 or M&P-9C or 2.0 would be a better all around choice. Just my .02 worth!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDRGlock View Post
    Elite ammunition has a round, S4M, that goes 2400 feet per second out of the pistol. That's what I have my sights set upon, if it ever becomes available in stock. They only have 1000 rounds available which I certainly have no need for.


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    Its a great round! Hopefully they get the quantity amounts back to normal. Have you tried emailing them? The owner is pretty cool and I believe you can contact him fairly easy on the FN forum


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    I just have to stay with my 45AP or my 10mm. Just too many (IF's) for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5lima30ret View Post
    I'm thinking that a PMR 30 in .22 mag would be a more economical choice...IF you are into that sort of thing. Personally I am in the camp of a Glock 26/19 or M&P-9C or 2.0 would be a better all around choice. Just my .02 worth!
    this is my carry gun. I don't see replacing it.

    As for the PMR, it's finicky with ammo. Rimfire isn't very reliable because of primers.

    I was just wondering if anything had any recent on the round.



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    Quote Originally Posted by drift View Post
    I totally get that people like the .22TCM, but just as FN makes the majority of 5.7 weapons, the .22TCM is seemingly a Rock River only firearm. And they aren't that much cheaper.

    Moreover, as I search Midway USA, and Brownells, I note that neither of them have any .22 TCM ammo in stock, but they do have plenty of 5.7 x 28. Where I can find the TCM, I can only find one maker, and it's not that much cheaper than the 5.7.

    I like the TCM. I do. But I fear the round will fade into obscurity much quicker than the 5.7. I don't see the draw of the 22TCM short of being a reloader.
    I don't know about you, but a $600 RIA vs a $1000+ FN is a considerable price difference.

    I can find .22TCM ammo on the shelf at least two retailers in my area, usually .40-.50 a round...

    We'll see as to longevity; RIA has introduced it in long gun platforms, and I personally think it would kick butt in a PDW-sized AR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenMan0352 View Post
    Its a great round! Hopefully they get the quantity amounts back to normal. Have you tried emailing them? The owner is pretty cool and I believe you can contact him fairly easy on the FN forum


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    I haven't picked up the gun, yet. I am also picking up 1000 rounds of ammo.

    I'm waiting on the shipment of ammo to arrive to get the gun, and then pay cash.

    For me, it's not a matter of the cost of the gun or the cost of the ammo. I'll still enjoy it as a range gun like my Large Bore Magnums. It's just fun to master different firearms.

    I just wondered if it were a viable gun for self defense.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuda66 View Post
    I don't know about you, but a $600 RIA vs a $1000+ FN is a considerable price difference.

    I can find .22TCM ammo on the shelf at least two retailers in my area, usually .40-.50 a round...

    We'll see as to longevity; RIA has introduced it in long gun platforms, and I personally think it would kick butt in a PDW-sized AR.
    Yes $400 is a difference, but it's the cheapest part of ownership I figure - unless you're a collector.

    I saw they, RIA had a bolt action. Two things about that, a bolt is great, but for a round that size, you absolutely have to have a semi. Second, a 6lb bolt? What the heck, that's a lot of weight for a massively scaled down .223.

    Like I said, I like it, but it's not enough like yet. A little PDW comes out that's 5lbs, I'm buying in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDRGlock View Post
    I haven't picked up the gun, yet. I am also picking up 1000 rounds of ammo.

    I'm waiting on the shipment of ammo to arrive to get the gun, and then pay cash.

    For me, it's not a matter of the cost of the gun or the cost of the ammo. I'll still enjoy it as a range gun like my Large Bore Magnums. It's just fun to master different firearms.

    I just wondered if it were a viable gun for self defense.


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    It wouldn't be my first choice for a carry or home-defense gun, but if it was what I had available, I'm sure it would be more than adequate.
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    I like the 5.7. It's a quality gun. I'd have no hesitation in using it for self defense. Never wanted for ammo. I bought about 2012 off the used market for a pretty good price and never regretted the buy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDRGlock View Post
    this is my carry gun. I don't see replacing it.

    As for the PMR, it's finicky with ammo. Rimfire isn't very reliable because of primers.

    I was just wondering if anything had any recent on the round.



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    I have an older Ruger Single Six w/ the .22 mag cyclinder that I have thousands of rounds through it and I have never had one not go bang. OTOH in .22LR I have had up to 10 duds in one box of a 100. IME ,22 mags tend to be more reliable than .22 LR.
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    I am a fan of it ...The best stuff for it is the green tips imop ..Easy to get and hot enough to do it

    I think FN should bring some of the older models back to help with sales ..I speak to the DAO model and the fixed sight model they made at one point worked better for carry imop

    And SS190 is legal to buy and own in most states the trick is to find it
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    Here's my take on this:

    It's a cool gun but...

    It has a fat grip due to cartridge length and capacity

    Ammo is exclusive to the manufacturer, and thus is expensive and hard to find

    The overall cost is exorbitant

    It is very high velocity, and the ammo doesn't expand much, so over penetration is a worry. If I really want the 5.7mm cartridge, I would rather pay the extra money for a ps90. 50 rounds, compact for home defense.

    its neat, but severely cost prohibited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K.O.D. View Post
    Here's my take on this:

    It's a cool gun but...

    It has a fat grip due to cartridge length and capacity

    Ammo is exclusive to the manufacturer, and thus is expensive and hard to find

    The overall cost is exorbitant

    It is very high velocity, and the ammo doesn't expand much, so over penetration is a worry. If I really want the 5.7mm cartridge, I would rather pay the extra money for a ps90. 50 rounds, compact for home defense.

    its neat, but severely cost prohibited.
    Ammo has gone way down ..The blue tip is 17 or less a box now and American eagle can be had for 15 or less ..Not 9mm cheep but close

    And the older models I think were slimer
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