Ruger 57 5.7×28 Pistol Review
Looking for an easy to understand Ruger 57 5.7×28 pistol review? Look no further, Kurt has put his thoughts on the Ruger 57 5.7×28 pistol in the video and written review below. The all-new Ruger-57 is a special gun that uses the 5.7×28 pistol cartridge. It’s a small-caliber, high-velocity pistol cartridge which is based on the 5.56×45 NATO round. This round is very fast and is delivered to its target around 2,000 feet per second.
What are the advantages of the 5.7 pistol and cartridge? First, the 5.7 round is a reduced sized bottlenecked case that almost replaced the 9mm NATO cartridge due to its ability to penetrate Soviet armor. The 5.7x28mm round has its center of mass towards the rear of the bullet which tends to make the bullet tumble or pitch forward. Therefore when it hits its target, it creates a much larger wound cavity after impact which also helps the bullet’s energy transfer to the target with less chance of the round over penetrating out of the target endangering whatever might be behind it.
Where is it being used? The 5.7 cartridge and the pistol is being used both in military and police in over 40 countries that include Canada, France, Spain, Greece, India, Poland, and of course the US. In the US this includes the US Secret Service, in some Navy Seal units, and the Federal Protective Service as well.
What’s the downside to it? Its definitely hard to find the negatives in this round or this pistol but for some, there is a downside. The first is cost. Until the Ruger 57, the FN version of the pistol had a healthy price which is around $1100-$1300. This high price helped keep it in the niche market, but with the Ruger 57 pistol at $699-$799, I do expect this will change, and if Ruger can get enough of these pistol to the shelves this will become a very popular gun in the coming years. Second, some say the cost of 5.7x28mm ammo is a major detriment but I don’t really think it is. Think about it this way. The cost of the civilian-grade rounds is about $20-$25. per 50 rounds depending on the type of grain size of the bullet. So when you compare it to the ammo that is closely comparable to it, which is .45 ACP (e.g. Speer Gold Dot 230 grain HP $28 for 50 rnds) and other caliber rounds (e.g. Federal Premium .40 S&W 155 grain HP $28 for 50 rnds.) it doesn’t seem that expensive to me. I am willing to bet that most people who are going to consider this pistol would likely have a 45/40 caliber pistol in the safe. It’s all how you look you look at it and what you compare it against.
All in all, we find this pistol to be very fun to shoot, easy to maintain, cost-effective, and very effective at target engagement. We highly recommend you take a serious look at this pistol for a future home in your safe.
Ruger Specs from the following site: https://ruger.com/products/ruger57/specSheets/16401.html
- Impressive ergonomics include an easy trigger reach, 1911-style ambidextrous manual safety, robust slide release, and reversible magazine release latch.
- Through hardened, billet steel slide with lightening cuts is drilled and tapped for easy mounting of optics with a separately available optic adapter plate, available at ShopRuger.com.
- Windage and elevation adjustable, serrated rear sight and rapid acquisition fiber optic front sight for fast, accurate shooting.
The alloy steel barrel features a black nitride treatment for wear resistance.
- Steel magazine provides double stack capacity without unnecessary bulk.
- Textured, ergonomic frame provides a secure and comfortable grip.
- Utilizes Ruger’s safe, reliable, and proven Secure Action™ fire-control system with protected internal hammer and short-stroke, double-action trigger. The bladed-safety trigger is comfortable, pulls smoothly, breaks cleanly, and has a positive reset.
Safe, easy takedown with no tools or trigger pull required.
- The inspection port allows for visual confirmation of a loaded or empty chamber.
- Picatinny-style accessory rail for easy mounting of lights and lasers.
- Safety features include: 1911-style ambidextrous manual safety; an integrated trigger safety; light-weight firing pin; neutrally balanced sear with significant engagement and strong spring tension; and hammer catch to help prevent the hammer from contacting the firing pin unless the trigger is pulled.
- Magazine drops free on release for convenient reloading.
- Also includes: two steel magazines.
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