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Ruger adds the 5.7×28 to it’s line up.

by Ric Hubbard • January 1, 2020

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.

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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