FN Five-seveN Review – excellent pistol with an expensive price tag

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The FN Five-seveN pistol is a rare gun that you’ll instantly fall in love with despite its steep price point. Thanks to its impressive design, performance, and firepower, you’ll find the FN Five-seveN pistol quite appealing. The gun was also featured prominently in the new Netflix feature 6 Underground starring Ryan Reynolds.

Developed in the early 1990s and features a cold hammer-forged barrel that uses a chrome lining for extended use. It was initially designed to NATO specs as a personal defense weapon. The 5.7x28mm typically loads bullets ranging from 25-40 grains with velocities exceeding 2,000 FPM, making it perfect for close-quarters combat. One unique thing about this gun is that it features a 5.7x28mm cartridge which the gun is built around.

Read More about the 5.7x28mm at Wikipedia.

Without a doubt, the FN Five-seveN pistol is the unicorn of the gun world. It is highly impressive, powerful, lightweight, and performs well in extreme temperatures. It could even be developed on the same production line as the 5.56x45mm NATO round.

Impressive ballistic specifications

  • The FN Five-seveN boasts of an effective fire range of 200 yards, even though the maximum range of this gun is set at 1651 yards. 
  • It has a total weight of 6.0 grams, which surprisingly is half the weight of a 9mm.
  • Rounds typically have a projectile mass of 25-40 grains
  • Velocity: 2,350 ft/s

Impressive Design

The all-powerful FN Five-seveN is a full-sized pistol with compact weight. It features a polymer frame with some internal components made from steel. Although this gun has a long grip that is thinner than most full-sized pistols, which makes it a bit uncomfortable for some hand sizes, it has ambidextrous controls that are uniquely placed to allow for easy trigger manipulations.

Given the size of the grip, it looks a little odd, but you’ll get used to it with time. And because the gun features a round with uncommon ballistics, it comes with adjustable rear sights for both windage and elevation, giving users a pleasant shooting experience.

Due to the size of the 5.7x28mm cartridge, you can fit in 20 rounds into a single magazine.

Did we forget to add that this gun has a brilliant magazine with flawless design? Oh yes, its magazine is unique, lightweight, and holds up to 20 rounds. As a matter of fact, they load in a similar fashion as the standard AR magazines.

Range time

Shooting the FN Five-seveN pistol is an absolute joy. Its lightweight polymer frame guarantees a comfortable shooting range while loading magazines is a stroll in the park. Unfortunately, its trigger isn’t that impressive; nonetheless, this is compensated with a crisp break and moderate pull weight. Whether you are a novice shooter or a seasoned vet, you’ll instantly fall in love with this beauty.

Look and accessories

This fantastic gun has an extraordinary and futuristic look. It comes in either an all-black finish or tan frame with a black side. Designed with the end-user in mind, this gun has a rail that can be outfitted with a light or laser. Also, you can use a threaded barrel with this gun.

Read our article on the Best Pistol Lights.


Can the FN Five-seveN be used as an effective carry gun? There is a lot of disagreement among professionals as to whether it can, but here is what we think. While the FN Five-seveN pistol was designed as a full-sized pistol it’s dimensions are not much different than many Glocks and other polymer pistols that people carry every day. I think the real concern people have is whether the 5.7x28mm is a round you would trust with your life.

Regardless of what you think, there is no denying the fact that this gun is extremely lightweight, has a nice trigger, incredible magazine capacity and in my opinion plenty of stopping power. Sadly, it is pretty expensive to use as its ammo is currently around $0.50 per round.

Basically, it all boils down to a personal choice as to whether this is a perfect carry gun or just a fun range toy to impress your friends. I’m not particularly eager to sit on the fence as I believe that there are lots of options for full-sized EDC and this should easily be included.

In a Nutshell

Without mincing words, the FN Five-seveN pistol is impressive. From its ergonomic design to its remarkable performance and accuracy, this gun is one of a kind and will leave you breathless every time you fire a shot. If you’re on the lookout for a tactical style pistol that is sleek and reliable, you’ll definitely find the FN Five-seveN pistol absolutely worth it.

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  • Upgradable camera system since GoPro makes regular model updates
  • Ability to use ProTune function to capture a higher bitrate for more control in post-processing
  • The GoPro can be removed and used in other environments
  • Flying blind can teach you a solid foundation of flying skills based on fully understanding your environment and real-time spatial relationships.
  • The remote is smaller, more lightweight, and doesn’t have the bulky smart device attachment.
  • You can add Lightbridge and have the same visual feedback as the Phantom 2 Vision+ with the GoPro but it’s a costly upgrade

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  • Flying without a first person view can be very difficult when you’re a beginner to cinematography techniques.
  • GoPro Wifi upsets the flight controls and is only suitable for very short distances. This makes the built in GoPro video transmission useless when flying.
  • Registering true depth can be very difficult without live visual feedback
  • GoPro camera distortion which can be intense when shooting at ultra wide and wide settings. (Note that this can be corrected fairly easily in most editing packages)
  • Cannot remotely trigger recording, still / video capture, or change settings during flight without returning the drone home.


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Caliber Ascent: 16.4′ fps / 5 m/s
Descent: 9.8′ / 3 m
Hover Accuracy Vertical: ±3.9″ / 10 cm
Horizontal: ±3.3′ / 1 m
Maximum Altitude Above Sea Level: 19,685′ / 6000 m
Flight Time 23 minutes (depending on conditions)
Flight Control System
Vision Positioning Frequency: 50 Hz
Velocity Range: Below 26.2 fps / 8 m/s (6.6′ / 2 m above the ground)
Altitude Range: 11.8″ to 118.1″ / 30 cm to 300 cm
Operating Range: 11.8″ to 118.1″ / 30 cm to 300 cm


Operating Environment: Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting (> 15 lux)

Frequency 2.400 to 2.483 GHz
Communication Distance 6561.7′ / 2000 m (outdoors and unobstructed)
Receiver Sensitivity 1%PER: 101 dBm ±2 dBm
Transmitter Power EIRP: 20 dBm
Working Current 1.2 A at 7.4 V
Connectivity 1 x USB type A female for mobile device interface
1 x Micro-USB female for firmware updates / assistant software 1 x Charge port
Lightbridge Support Yes; compatible iOS or Android mobile device with USB required
Mobile Device Holder Compatibility: Tablet or smartphone
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C

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