Instapundit points out the press is being silly when it comes to the FN Five-Seven. ThisÂ Wired article actually isn’t too bad, but some interesting tidbits from it:
Gun control group The Brady Campaign says itÂ bought and test-fired a Five-Seven, and that it successfully penetrated a police vest. That said, it doesnâ€™t seem quite accurate to call the Five-Seven a pocket-sized assault rifle. Its barrel would give it a lower muzzle velocity than a PN90; likewise, it strikes me as unlikely that it would give a shooter much more accuracy and effective range than a standard pistol. And plain-vanilla pistol round can be devastating enough: Think of theÂ Virginia Tech shooter, who used a Glock 9mm and Walther .22.
Wired at least seems to know the basics, or did some research before spouting about cop killer guns. The Brady’s once again don’t offer the complete picture. All police armor is not created equal, and I have little doubt the round they used penetrates the lowest level of body armor, which are of the older generation. But so would a hot 9mm round, or a 22 magnum. Also, the round the Brady Campaign tested with is no longer available on the civilian market (or any market, it was discontinued).
UPDATE: It has to warm the heart to see a Brady press release over at Opposing Views bringing up the old “magazine” v. “clip” debate in the comments. It’s reminiscent of the old Brady Blog, back in the days before Reasoned DiscourseTM took over.