When it comes to tactical-style pistols, the FN Five-seveN stands apart. And that uniqueness begins with the 5.7x28mm cartridge the pistol is built around. Our own Lauren Young recently broke down some of the high point on why she loves the FN Five-seveN.

Initially developed for personal defense weapons (PDW), the 5.7x28mm commonly loads bullets ranging from 25 to 40 grains. Velocities typically reach more than 2,000 fps from a PDW, slightly less from the Five-seveN pistols.

Developed in the early 1990s, the FN Five-seveN features a cold hammer-forged barrel. That barrel utilizes a chrome lining for extended use. A polymer frame sports a checkered grip and serrated trigger guard. Meanwhile, up front, a Picatinny rail provides ample area for light/laser attachment.

The controls offer tremendous versatility. The forward-mounted safety lever is ambidextrous. Located just rearward of the trigger guard, the magazine release delivers the ability to reverse to either side.

Finally, single-action operation and 20-round overall magazine capacity highlight some of the pistol’s more endearing features. The Five-seveN comes in black and Flat Dark Earth. The pistol retails for $1,435.

“The FN Five-seveN is becoming one of my favorite pistols to shoot,” Young said. We agree, you can’t go wrong with the Five-seveN.

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FN Five-seveN Specifications

  • Caliber: 5.7x28mm
  • Operation: Single-action
  • Overall Magazine Capacity: 10 or 20 rounds
  • Overall Weight: 21 ounces (without magazine)
  • Barrel Length: 4.8 inches
  • Overall Length: 8.2 inches
  • Twist Rate: 1:9″ RH
  • Overall Height: 5.7 inches
  • Overall Width: 1.4 inches
  • Tigger Pull: 4.4 – 7.87 pounds
  • Sight Radius: 7 inches
  • MSRP: $1,435

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