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Date Posted: December 06, 2011
FN Herstal Five-seveN
Shelley Sargent
The FN Herstal Five-seveN is a inventive firearm that shoots a unique round.  FN’s 5.7 x 28mm round was initially designed for NATO to replace the 9x19 Parabellum catridge with a round that had greater range, accuracy and terminal performance than the 9x19 and could also penetrate body armor. To match this round FN Herstal developed the P90 personal defensive weapon and the Five-seveN pistol.


The Five-seveN, first introduced in 1998, is a polymer pistol that whose magazines hold 20 rounds of this distinctive 5.7x28mm cartridge. Weighing in at just 1.6 lbs the Five-seveN is popular among civilians for home defense and carry, the minimal recoil of the firearm has been likened to shooting to a .22 Win Mag and makes the gun extremely popular for casual shooters looking for something fun to plink with at the range.

The Five-seveN comes with ambidextrous safety levers, mounted conveniently above the trigger guard for quick access when shooting with either hand. The magazine release button is reversible so that the gun can be comfortable to use for both right- and left-handed shooters. The grip angle on the FN Five-seveN is the same 18 degree angle made popular by the Browning High-Power and M1911 platforms. While the grip is thin and lengthy the grip angle and texturing make the gun easy to hold and comfortable to shoot.

On the inside the Five-seveN isn’t quite what it looks to be. The slide is made from steel but incased in a polymer shell , creating a greater resistance to corrosion and preventing unwanted light reflection. The seemingly hammerless firearm is equipped with an internal hammer. The barrel is hammer-forged, chrome lined and extremely accurate. The firearm also comes with an integrated accessory rail and the buyer’s choice of three dot sights or fixed C-More Systems day or night sights.

Found in TV shows and hit movies such a Battlestar Galactica and the Hit List as well as video games such as Counter-Strike and Rainbow Six the space-age Five-seveN has made a name for itself in pop culture. However, the use of the firearm extends beyond Hollywood. The Five-seveN is the weapon of choice for military contracts worldwide and is found in the hands of over 300 law enforcement agencies in the United State alone, including the U.S. Secret Service.

The unique Five-seveN pistol is for sale at West Coast Armory’s Pro-Shop and is available for rent in the Indoor Range.




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