FN America, LLC, the creator of the 5.7x28mm cartridge, has released two new options to shooters who own 5.7-chambered firearms — the FN DFNS for personal protection and FN GUNR for training and range use. FN now offers a total of four 5.7 loads available to the U.S. consumer market.
The development of the 5.7x28mm cartridge and FN P90® began in the late 1980s in anticipation of a potential NATO PDW contract that would eventually be called Project 90. By the 1990s, FN was well underway with sales of its P90, already in service internationally.
The FN Five-seveN was developed in the mid to late 1990s and would see service worldwide later that decade with the original FN Five-seveN DAO along with its CIP-standardized ammunition. It, along with its PS90 carbine counterpart, were introduced to the U.S. commercial market in the mid-2000s. NATO standardized the caliber in 202.
“Since the NATO standardization of 5.7x28mm, there has been tremendous growth in the category and we recognized the need for reliable defensive ammunition and affordable ball ammunition for training, which is why we’re pleased to introduce the FN DFNS personal protection and FN GUNR training loads,” said Chris Cole, vice president of sales for FN America, LLC. “FN has spent many years perfecting the design and manufacturing process for 5.7x28mm ammunition.”
FN DFNS (SS200) is the first 5.7x28mm ammunition perfected for personal protection. FN DFNS achieves 2,067 fps muzzle velocity while delivering approximately 286 foot-pounds of energy from the muzzle. The 30-grain jacketed hollow point bullet contains a copper-tin powdered core designed to expend energy quickly and efficiently while cycling reliably. DFNS has been certified by independent testing to meet the FBI’s ammunition testing protocol to ensure that this high-performance round delivers accuracy and consistent expansion.
The new FN GUNR (SS201) 5.7x28mm training round is a 40-grain full metal jacketed cartridge with a high-quality brass case and boxer primer. It has an 1870 fps muzzle velocity.
FN’s 5.7x28mm ammunition is available in 50-round individual boxes or 500-round bulk pack cases.