There’s a lot of talk in the gun world about the FN-Five-Seven. It’s regularly demonized as a cop killer. The folks at The Firearms Blog put some of the claims to the test with both the sporting ammunition, and with the S190 armor piercing ammunition that is not available to civilians. Their conclusion?
- SS197 sporting ammunition from a handgun will not penetrate IIIA armor
- SS190 armor piercing ammunition from a handgun will defeat soft body armor
- 5.7 from a 16â€³ barrel will slice through body armor, but only FMJ will defeat stronger stuff
- Surplus German helmets are really, really strong
Read the whole thing. Without the special SS190 armor piercing rounds, which are restricted to government and law enforcement only, the Five-Seven won’t penetrate soft body armor, and won’t penetrate tougher armor even with SS190 unless it’s fired from a rifle.