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Some weeks back a pard asked a question about the FN-5.7, and the discussion turned to the merits of the KelTec PMR-30.

 

Couldn't find the original thread, so I figured I'd use some free electrons to post this article from Cheaper Than Dirt comparing the two.

 

http://cheaperthandirt.com/blog/?p=24044&utm_source=EmailDirect.com&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=20120729-Chronicle-Vol1Iss6+Campaign-Rev1

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Interesting. Of course anything stamped with FN's logo will be pricey.

Personally, I'm not crazy about the cartridge though.

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Under whelmed by both of them. Ammo for both is too expensive to make a good plinker, most clubs won't let you shoot 5.7x28 at steel targets, so that rules the FN out for most competition and while I wouldn't want to get shot by either cartridge, neither is what I would consider adequate for self defense, although I can see both of them filling a niche role for people who have physical conditions that preclude them from using a larger caliber.

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I'm not sold on the 5.7 either Bob. Seems like a solution in search of a problem.

 

Given the choice, I'd probably go with the KelTec. At least ammo for it can be found at WalMart.

 

The 5.7 was a solution to a problem: How to penetrate kevlar helmets and light body armor at 100 meters with a personal defense weapon. Unfortunately, the AP ammo is not available to civilians. Without the AP ammo, there isn't much of a point to the 5.7 round other than just as a novelty. Sure, you can get a lot of capacity in a pistol with those little bullets, but as you said, the Keltec PMR provides that too at a much lower cost (both pistol and ammo).

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Bad Hand is right - that old Tokarev round is pretty peppy.

 

Here's the results on a vest ... http://www.brassfetcher.com/index_files/Page1242.htm

 

And the first post here has more links ... http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?83361-Proven-the-7-62x25-Tokarev-Kevlar-Penetration-Issue

 

And here it is on a helmet (3rd page in) ... http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot29.htm

 

Seems the boys at FN were either trying to re-invent the wheel, or come up with a round with such limited application that it's almost a niche product with no real practical value.

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