About FNH 5.7 Ammo
The 5.7mm ammunition, also known as the 5.7x28mm cartridge, was developed by FN Herstal, a Belgian firearms manufacturer, in the early 1990s. Here are some potential advantages of using the 5.7mm ammo:
Advantages of 5.7mm Ammo
- High Velocity: The 5.7mm cartridge is designed to achieve high velocities, which can result in a flatter trajectory and improved accuracy over longer distances.
- Low Recoil: The 5.7mm cartridge produces low recoil, which can make it easier to handle for shooters of all skill levels. This can be particularly useful for law enforcement or military personnel who need to fire quickly and accurately in high-stress situations.
- Lightweight: The 5.7mm ammunition is relatively lightweight, which means that a shooter can carry more rounds without adding too much extra weight to their loadout. This can be advantageous for those who need to carry a lot of ammunition for an extended period of time.
- High Capacity: Firearms chambered in 5.7mm often have high-capacity magazines, which can hold up to 30 rounds or more. This can be especially useful for those who need to engage multiple targets quickly or for extended periods of time without needing to reload.
- Armor Piercing Capability: Some variants of the 5.7mm ammunition, such as the SS190 and SS198LF cartridges, have armor-piercing capabilities, which can be useful in certain tactical situations where a shooter needs to penetrate body armor or other types of protective gear.
Features and Benefits of the 5.7×28 ammo
Quantity: 500-round box
Caliber: 5.7 x 28mm
Grain: 40 grains
Great for target shooting and small game hunting
|Personal defense weapon
|Place of origin
|40+ nations see:
|Rebated rim, bottleneck
|5.70 mm (0.224 in)
|5.53 mm (0.218 in)
|6.38 mm (0.251 in)
|7.95 mm (0.313 in)
|7.95 mm (0.313 in)
|7.80 mm (0.307 in)
|1.14 mm (0.045 in)
|28.90 mm (1.138 in)
|40.50 mm (1.594 in)
|0.90 cm3 (13.9 gr H2O)
|228.6 mm ( 1 in 9 inch)
|Boxer Small Rifle
|345.00 MPa (50,038 psi)
Specifications On The 5.7 x 28mm
Caliber: 5.7 x 28mm
Number of rounds: 50
Pistol Ammo Type: Target
Grain weight: 40
FN 5.7 x 28mm Blog
FN Herstal started the design of the 5.7×28mm cartridge in the late 1980s when body armor was becoming standard combat equipment and the modern-day battlefield required a more appropriate and more effective cartridge.
Moving away from gel and paper, there’s empirical evidence suggesting that the 5.7 is effective. Over forty countries have adopted the 5.7, including the USA at a federal and state level, most notably, the US Secret Service. According to an article from the Dallas News, the Five-seven is sought after by Mexican drug cartels for its effectiveness, and FN’s pistol can fetch $5,000 on the black market because of its performance, especially against armored targets.
As macabre as it might be, I reluctantly note for purposes of this discussion (and because someone was definitely going to say something about it in the comments anyways if I didn’t) that the 5.7 round was used in the most deadly American on-base shooting of all time, killing 13 and wounding over 30 when an Army major-turned-terrorist used the Five-seven in an attack against fellow soldiers.
5.7x28mm VS 9mm — Which Is Better?
How does the 5.7×28 ammo stack up against the 9mm, and should you consider it for personal protection?
The issue with the 5.7x28mm is to find a load that expands reliably and yet will also provide a minimum of 12-inches of penetration, or if it doesn’t expand that it offers enough velocity and an early yaw cycle to provide sufficient terminal performance similar to a rifle. The 5.7x28mm is a very fun cartridge to shoot, has impressive velocity and can be used effectively for personal protection with good shot placement. Its light recoil makes it very easy to shoot well and quickly.
What’s in the Box
FN 5.7 x 28mm sporting cartridges. From left to right: SS195LF, SS196SR, and SS197SR.
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