Steve at The Firearm Blog links to pictures of FN Herstal’s new model of the Five-seveN pistol, which features standard 3-dot fixed sights as opposed to the adjustable sights featured on the USG version. This model is so new, that as of this writing it’s not even up on FN’s website that I can find.
I’ve always been fascinated by this gun. I don’t know what it is, maybe it was too much Counterstrike in my formative years, but this is a gun that I have always desired to own, but have been scared off by the nearly $1000 price tag on the retail models. Hopefully the new Standard model will street price for around $800, which is a price where I almost might maybe consider laying down the cash for one. The problem with the 5.7x28mm cartridge though is that I can’t use it for anything – it’s not legal for IDPA, IPSC, Steel Challenge, and it would be lousy for bowling pins. I would essentially have a gun that I would only use to carry for self-defense, that wouldn’t share mags with any of my other guns, uses a weird and expensive cartridge, and does not share a manual of arms with my other guns.
Sure, I still want one, if for no other reason than it makes Sarah Brady cry. I won’t buy one unless IDPA makes a new “sub-caliber defensive pistol” category, but it’s fun to dream.
Speaking of guns from FNH, I have been hearing anecdotal reports from friends in the shooting sports that their FNP line of pistols are pretty sweet. They’re all DA/SA polymer framed guns, available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP – and while everyone else is running off and buying Glocks, M&Ps, and XDs, the FNP pistols are quitely starting to grab their own share of the market. Michael Bane really like his .45 ACP version, and the price on these guns in any caliber is really quite reasonable. If you’re looking for a full-sized polymer framed defensive gun, you might want to check out the FNP guns. The FNP-9 and the FNP-40 are also both approved for USPSA Production Division, so there is the potential for additional use there.