by Ric Hubbard
January 1, 2020
I am the Publisher and Editor of Ready Magazine. It is my intention to share my experiences as I become more prepared with the readers of this website. As I grow more knowledgeable, so I hope you will too.
It’s about time!
For quite awhile I have been following the 5.7x28mm cartridge introduced in 1991 by FN. While most argue its usefulness as a defensive round for civilian use, my curiosity has been more about its uses for small game hunting and target shooting. I feel like it could be a great pot gun round for hunters and low recoiling training gun for new shooters.
Up until now you had only a few choices to shoot it. The FN PS-90, the FN-57 or the AR-57 upper were the common choices. I have seen a few others advertised, but alas, no real reviews. Because of the high cost of ownership on these, I have not had the chance to test my theory. Ruger may have changed that.
On December 31st they announced the Ruger-57, a new handgun built around the 5.7×28 round. While the suggested retail is $799, the real world price is usually lower and is still more affordable than the $1300 or more price tag on the FN-57. Ruger describes the new gun like this:
” Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is thrilled to introduce a cutting-edge new platform – the Ruger-57™ pistol. The Ruger-57 is a full-featured handgun wrapped around a standard capacity, 20-round steel magazine, chambered in the high performance and low-recoiling 5.7x28mm caliber.
The most touted feature of this new pistol is its impressive ergonomics. The slender steel magazine is surrounded by a glass-filled nylon frame featuring an optimized texture, making for a natural and ergonomic grip. Despite the longer cartridges, the trigger reach is no longer than many common 9mm Luger handguns. All of the controls are easily accessible, like the 1911-style ambidextrous manual safety, robust slide release and the reversible magazine latch.
The flat-shooting 5.7x28mm cartridge is recognized for its superior ballistic performance. The lighter weight projectiles have significantly less felt recoil than 9mm Luger, allowing quicker sight reacquisition.
Rounding out the package is a windage and elevation adjustable, serrated rear sight and rapid acquisition fiber optic front sight for fast, accurate shooting; Picatinny-style accessory rail; and Secure Action™ fire control which combines Ruger’s reliable and proven internal hammer with a short, crisp trigger pull and a positive reset. To top it off, the slide is drilled and tapped for easy mounting of optics with a separately available optic adapter plate, available at ShopRuger.com.
“The Ruger-57 is destined to become one of America’s favorite handguns,” said Ruger President and CEO Chris Killoy. “This pistol is soft shooting, accurate, powerful and just plain fun to shoot.”
The through-hardened, billet steel slide with lightening cuts features enhanced front and rear cocking serrations. The steel barrel features a black nitride treatment for wear resistance, and the fire control housing is precision CNC-machined from anodized aluminum. The pistol is 8.65″ long and weighs 24.5 ounces. It ships in a lockable hard case and includes two, 20-round steel magazines (10-round, state-compliant model also available). ”
I hope the gun is a success and I hope to get my hands on one to test and evaluate. Since Ruger is listening about this cartridge, how about a PC Take Down rifle in 5.7?
Get more information on Ruger’s news site
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