The FN Five Seven and the Glock 42

  1. radelahunt
    13 December 2014: The FN Five-SeveN and the
    Glock 42


    Introduction
    Today was my "birthday" range visit, so I
    decided to try out two handguns that I am interested in: the FN
    Five-SeveN and the Glock 42. This is basically a sort of
    review of the two guns, but it's also an article about what I
    did at the range on this day.



    The FN Five-SeveN


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    The first thing I noticed about this gun is
    that it's not abnormally large in hand. For a duty, or full
    size, handgun, it was easy to handle. It wasn't overly
    heavy, until loaded with ammo, but even then it wasn't that
    bad. I had no complaints about construction. The
    trigger felt wide for no apparent reason, so I didn't like the
    trigger as much, but it worked. The ambidextrous safety was
    fantastic. Now mentally 20 rounds seems like overkill, but
    the bullets aren't as wide in diameter as 9mm, so the grip wasn't
    abnormally wide, either. It felt about as wide as my Glock
    19 (double stack 9mm).

    I think what got me was how narrow the barrel
    is, and how small the ammo is. I usually thought of 5.7x28
    as being almost as big as 5.56. Yeah, I'm a newbie. It
    was definitely not the size of 5.56. This is why I was
    thinking the gun was going to be heavy and have an overbearing
    recoil. I was wrong.



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    Shooting it wasn't so bad. It was a new
    gun, and I was more concerned with feel and recoil than trying to
    aim like a perfectionist. I was instantly amused at how
    small a hole it punched in the target. Supposedly these
    bullets are designed to yaw or tumble when they hit a soft target
    (humans). I guess if that's how they're compensating for the
    size of the bullet, so be it. I remember loving the P90 gun
    on Counter Strike "back in the day", but I am wondering about how
    much practicality a round that needs to tumble to be effective
    will be.

    If I wanted a gun for the "zombie apocalypse",
    this would not be it, due to the lack of availability of the ammo
    in terms of scavenging, and how expensive it would be to
    stockpile. For the ZA, I'd prefer 9mm or 5.56 or 7.62.



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    The Glock 42
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    Oh my goodness! First, it's .380
    ACP. I don't like how expensive .380 ACP is, nor 5.7x28, but
    .380 ACP is cheaper than 5.7x28, and more plentiful, believe it or
    not. You can get it in Federal Hydra-Shok and other good
    defense loads. Second, the gun! It felt great!
    I am definitely buying this gun next, if I ever save up the
    money. It was very shootable, recoil was easy, and it felt
    great in my hand. This is definitely the gun I'd want to own
    for those situations where I need something .380 ACP that's small
    and easier to conceal than my Glock 19. Again, I didn't try
    to really aim very hard, I just wanted to experience recoil and
    feel. I love it!



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    Working On My Technique


    The rest of what I did today was work on my
    technique. After 200 rounds today, I felt a lot better about
    my marksmanship, but I still want to improve more. After 200
    rounds of hard concentration, the next thing I wanted to do is
    rent the Uzi and blast some stuff, but alas that wasn't an
    option. But what I did was work on my trigger technique,
    something that, apart from slowing down, my range officer and
    mentor thinks is my problem. Funny how I've gone through
    1200 rounds as of today and never truly understood proper trigger
    technique as it applies to Glock (i.e. making sure your trigger
    pull is perfectly straight backwards). Moving my wrist (i.e. not "locking" my shooting arm in a straight line) and not bringing my face closer to my shooting arm's shoulder were two more bad habits that I had to correct. Here are my targets in chronological
    order:



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