Ah, the FN FiveseveN. Cramming 20 rounds of what essentially amounts to a .22 on a massive amount of steroids into each magazine, this is a truly unique firearm that I’ve personally been intrigued by since it was introduced to Counter Strike back when CS first became standalone. A Belgian design by FN Herstal, this pistol is unique in that it heavily features polymer in its construction; even its slide appears to be polymer! In actuality, it is a steel slide wrapped in a thin polymer shell. This not only affords the pistol another layer of protection from external wear, but more importantly helps to keep the weight down; both the overall weight and the reciprocating mass that is forced to move back and forth incredibly quickly each time the gun cycles. The most notable and significant effect that this slide lightening has on the end user is that it allows the recoil impulse of an already comfortable cartridge to be even softer, but anyone carrying the gun regularly will appreciate the fact that the fully-loaded full-size pistol weighs a scant 1.6 lbs. Each Five-seveN is hammer-fired with a fully enclosed/hidden hammer mechanism, an ambidextrous safety in a unique location that’s easier to manipulate with your trigger finger than the thumb that most shooters are used to swiping the ‘go switch’ with, and newer models like this one are single-action with a nice, crisp trigger pull right around 5 lbs. This all comes at quite the price, though; with the pistol normally selling for around $1200. Yikes.
I still have a few more of his firearms that I’ll be getting to in the coming week. To check out a couple of more pictures of this Five-seveN in the mean time, check out my Flickr or take a look at Aesir Tactical & Armory’s website for your FFL needs.