5.7×28 – The Fanciest Defensive .22

5.7x28mm has had a resurgence in popularity with several new pistols and carbines joining the offering slate and some additional ammunition support.

It is a round to take seriously, the Belgian armed forces use the FiveseveN MK2 as their standard sidearm. This bucks the tradition of NATO 9mm’s and the FiveseveN pistol, the P90, and the 5.7×28 round have a few other serious niche homes they inhabit.

But there is also skepticism on whether or not the higher speed 40gr projectiles can serve as well as traditional 9mm, especially for the increased expensive logistically of fielding the rarer round.

A few more rounds in the magazine and the stupendously light recoil are well and good, but does it serve?

Watch Garand Thumb’s video and let us see, together.

My opinion remains that if a heavy .22LR, like Federal Punch, and .22 Magnum can be considered adequate then 5.7×28 is more than fine. It is likely better in certain niches, like with S&W’s easy to work M&P.

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. editor@gatdaily.com A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.