Talk me out of buying a Ruger 57!!

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by Monofletch, May 6, 2020.

  1. Monofletch

    Monofletch Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    719B9FCA-446C-46FE-8B19-153B15BA7122.jpeg Hey guys.
    I am inches away from buying a Ruger 57. Other than the cost of ammo why shouldn’t I buy this gun???

    Model: 16401
    Caliber: 5.7x28mm
    Capacity: 20+1
    Barrel Length: 4.94"

  2. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    I got nothing. It looks like a winner to me. Buy it.
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  3. Rhinoknives1

    Rhinoknives1 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 1, 2013
    I’ve never had any issues with any Ruger I purchased. They had some issues with their first semi-auto 9mm. But that was back in the 80’s....


    Sep 7, 2016
    I had the FN five seven and it just got boring, feels like 9mm and honestly there's not enough evidence proving the cartridge is a man stopper, for every story you hear of someone getting a headshot on a hog and dropping it instantly you hear a story of someone using it in self defense and having to mag dump someone, I'd look elsewhere is all.
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  5. garddogg56


    Jan 9, 2012
    Talk you out of a 57;)NO:pBUY IT:thumbsup:
  6. Monofletch

    Monofletch Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    It’s a full frame pistol... I don’t intend to use it for self defense or CCW.


    Sep 7, 2016
    Yeah, that was my first answer though, for fun at the range it just got boring is all.
  8. Wannabe Rambo Guy

    Wannabe Rambo Guy

    Feb 11, 2020
    Those things fire almost as bad as coach Pete's passing call against the Pats
  9. 3fifty7

    3fifty7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 24, 2016
    What’s ammo run for that, about a buck a shot ?
  10. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    The 5.7 round is mostly a curiosity IMO. It's cool, but I can't think of a practical use for it.

    I think it would be a fun range gun though.
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  11. Charlie_K


    Jul 16, 2012
    It has an external safety lever on it.

    What more reason do you need to not get it?
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  12. Monofletch

    Monofletch Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    It’s a toss up between that and something in .357 Sig!!
  13. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    I'd pass on it. Expensive ammo that can be hard to find in some cases, and you need sunglasses it you fire it at night. I agree with Mitchell, a range toy.
  14. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I see it as mostly a range toy with ammo that I suspect is more difficult to obtain than many others. But if you have an itch for something less common, go for it.

    I have no problem with an external safety. What's it matter if it is mostly a range gun?
  15. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    It looks like a pricier version of the Keltec PMR30.

  16. CVamberbonehead

    CVamberbonehead Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 6, 2017
    If you want to spend that kind of money on ammo, and have all that muzzle blast for a fancy 22 magnum, then Id say get one. Looks like a better version of an FN, for half the price.
  17. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    Hmmmmm. In that case you could buy .357 Sig pistol along with .40 S&W and 9mm conversion barrels.

    That would be a pretty versatile combo.
  18. dodgeem33

    dodgeem33 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2006
    What happens if there is a zombie apocalypse and the only box of ammo you can find is and you'll be safe.... Seriously though I have an FN57 and it's a hoot, not sure they have it for the Ruger but FN has a 10 round extension for the magazine so 30 rounds in a handgun(that's more reliable than a .22 magnum auto)
  19. Monofletch

    Monofletch Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    Oh, damn.....
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  20. Scott321


    Jul 20, 2016
    I like the 5.7 round, although I only own one firearm that shoots it. That being said, although YT reviewers, i.e. MAC and Paul Harrell had positive comments on it's function, MAC goes on to state that the Ruger 57 doesn't have a firing pin safety, and the Ruger 57 manual states that "when carrying the pistol with a loaded magazine in place, the chamber should be empty..."

    For some, either point isn't a consideration. The decision is really up to you.

    I'll add, around here, a box of 50 FNH brand self defense 5.7 is about the same price as WWB 45 JHP. Not cheap, but less expensive than some popoular 9mm SD rounds in my area (mail order not allowed), i.e. Fed HST 9mm at $1.50 per round in some shops (e.g. Cab...'s pre-pandemic, and not including our county's added tax on ammo).

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