NEW 5.7x28mm Products SHOT Show 2020
It looks to be the year for the 5.7x28mm cartridge! It seems like everyone and their brother is wanting to make this cartridge available to the masses. Why? I have no idea, but they are. Anyway, Ruger kind of led the pack, but we’ll go over everything that’s coming out so far for it.
Yes, you’ve probably already heard that Ruger is making their budget version of the Five-seveN. So, let’s go ahead and knock out the features quickly.
Standard 1911 style manual safety.
20rd magazines (10rd for you unfortunate souls in ban states)
Optic Ready Models
Weight: 27 ounces
Something interesting to note, it appears that the Ruger 5-7 is striker fired. The FN Five-seveN is actually SAO hammer fired believe it or not. I believe this and the $699 MSRP are going to make the 5.7x28mm cartridge a little more popular, but it might also make the Ruger-57 more popular than the Five-seveN and it’s odd index finger safety.
2. Diamondback DBX
This one kind of flew under the radar. Diamondback came out with their on SBR/Pistol thingy-mah-jig for the 5.7x28mm cartridge. It takes Five-seveN magazines, standard AR-15 triggers, it utilizes (or can) the SBA3 brace, AND, AND it weighs under 4lbs fully loaded. And don’t worry Ruger fans, Diamondback does plan on making a variant that accepts the Ruger-57 magazines that will undoubtedly be cheaper to buy.
The Diamondback DBX does appear to be an extremely compact package with the unfolded length being 25.4″ and it’s equipped with an 8″ barrel. For those that are worried, it will be coming with the Magpul handstop so your hand doesn’t get in the way of the barrel.
Image From: Guns America
3. Speer 5.7x28mm
Before 2020, plinking ammo for the 5.7x28mm cartridge was pretty high, and I believe it’s going to be sitting at the price it’s at for quite a while. Why? Well, limited guns+limited producers=$$$$.
Fortunately right along side the Ruger-57 release Speer announced that they would be released a Gold Dot loading for 5.7x28mm and if memory serves me right, a line of Lawman as well.
Hopefully this means that the ammo costs won’t be insanely high for too long. Especially with all the new 5.7x28mm shooters that will undoubtedly be out there in a couple months.