Most Unexpected Drop Of 2019… The Ruger-57

 

What in the wide world of sports is going on at Ruger? They have been steadily dropping new models in advance of the 2020 Show Season coming up in January, but nothing has really been earth shattering. A sweet new 8 shot 9mm revolver that might, albeit probably not make S&W wake up a bit? Cool. How about an LCP in 22 LR for practice and cuteness factor? Ok, whatever. Then, out of nowhere comes the Ruger-57 to take a big ol dump in FN’s messkit.

Alright, so first off… What is it? Well, it’s basically an FNH Five-SeveN, made by Ruger. It’s not quite as blocky, and the controls look a little more user-friendly overall, but you can definitely see the outward resemblance, and I’d bet the inner workings are fairly similar as well. Like the FN, it holds 20 rounds of 5.7x28MM ammo. The other specs are pretty similar as well, with the Ruger being very slightly larger in the barrel and overall length department (boring spec sheet is at the end of the article).

 

But Dat Price Tho

The single biggest difference, as expected, between the Ruger 57 and the FN Five-SeveN is the price. Based on what we know at the point, the Ruger 57 is going to have a street price of about $575-600, as opposed to the $1100 generally seen for the FN.

 

Feeding The Beast

Of course, one of the ongoing problems that has plagued the FN Five-SeveN, and is sure to impede the Ruger 57 somewhat is availability, and price of 5.7 ammo. Well, we’ve also heard rumors that at minimum Hornady and CCI/Speer are both set to release more offerings in the cartridge in the coming weeks. Hopefully, we’ll also see a steadier supply of the Federal American Eagle FMJ load, since CCI/Speer and Federal both fall under the Vista Outdoor umbrella.

 

Top 5 Places To Buy Cheap 9mm Ammo

Let’s talk about something everybody needs, cheap 9mm ammo. Why focus on 9mm ammo in particular? Basically, it’s 2019, and if you aren’t shooting 9mm as a primary pistol cartridge, you need to re-evaluate your life choices. It’s now an undisptued fact that modern 9mm ammo can give ballistic performance on par with 40 S&W, 45 Auto, and pretty much every other handgun cartridge. 9mm ammo can easily be 30-40% cheaper than 45 ammo, especially when you’re buying in bulk, and all of this before you add in the fact that 9mm is easier to shoot, gives you more capacity, is lighter to carry, but I digress. Anyway, here are the Top 5 places in our opinion to make your next order for 9mm ammo.

 

#1: Short Round Supply Co.

Our #1 pick for 9mm ammo is actually a relative newcomer to the online retail space. Though the store itself is new, Short Round Supply Co. is run by World Champion Steel Challenge Shooty Boi B.J. Norris, who is no stranger to Gun Nuts readers or the shooting industry as a whole. Their prices are pretty damn good to begin with, but where they really shine is shipping. Not only do they charge a pretty fair flat rate for any size order (ammo is stupid heavy) Short Round Supply has a “SuperSonic Shipping Guarantee”, so if your order takes more than 2 business days to ship, it’s free. Yep, your order up to $500 could be free if they screw up, so I’d imagine they have a pretty high degree of confidence.  They also claim that most orders only have a 2 day transit time, though I’m sure that mostly depends on where you are since ammo has to go by ground shipping.

 

#2: Palmetto State Armory

It’s hard to have a list of places to buy stuff and not include Palmetto State Armory. PSA is a perennial favorite for people looking for low-cost AR parts, but they turn out some great freakin deals on other stuff, like bulk 9mm ammo. That being said, they aren’t known for super fast shipping, so make sure to order in advance.

 

#3: Lucky Gunner

If you’ve bought ammo online, you’ve probably heard of Luck Gunner. They’re doing a lot of things right, with an easy to navigate website, and solid selection of the main offerings you’ll need. They also offer an awesome knowledge base have done EXTENSIVE ballistic testing on most every defensive ammo offering on the market. They ship fast, but do charge closer to actual rates, so if you’re ordering a lot of bulk 9mm ammo, it can add up.

#4: Midway USA

Midway USA often isn’t the very cheapest option to buy 9mm ammo, but you can buy with peace of mind that you’re buying from a super-well established business with a great reputation. They have a huge selection of 9mm ammo to order online, and were one of the first to push the envelope on shipping speeds in our industry. I’ve placed an order the morning of Cyber Monday, potentially the most backed-up someone will ever be on the shipping side, and still had my order ship within a few hours. So, even if you end up paying a couple more bucks per thousand for 9mm ammo, you’ll know it’s on the way quick.

 

#5: Your Local Big Box

Have a Cabelas, Bass Pro Shop, Academy Sports, or any number of big box stores around? Take a look for bulk 9mm ammo there. Especially during holiday sales, they can sling some incredible deals, and most offer an in-store pick-up option, so if you’re in a hurry to hit the range with your 9mm, you can get ammo in a hurry.

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