It was the first – and for a long time, the only – pistol designed for 5.7x28 mm ammunition.
At Eurosatory, Paris, from 13 to 17 June 2022, FN Herstal is going to introduce a totally redesigned Five-seveN pistol, named Mk3 MRD.
The Five-seveN pistol was developed in the late 1990s as a companion for the then innovative P90 SMG in the same caliber.
For many years the 57x28 mm cartridge could only be fired in those two FN firearms.
Five-seveN Mk3 MRD, improved ergonomics
The enhancements and improvements were long overdue for a pistol whose ambition is to compete in the military and law enforcement market of modern polymer guns. The “new” Five-seveN Mk3 MRD now has a fully revisited design in line with the latest FN products – the FN 509 series in particular – with a more squared slide, aggressive and spaced front/rear serrations for easier cocking and press check, a more angular trigger guard and a multi-surfaced texture for the grip, to improve shooting control and comfort.
Most importantly, in the new configuration the Five-seveN features an optics ready slide, compatible with most commonly used mini red dot sights.
Mechanically, there are no differences compared to the previous Five-seveN, which means that it is a semi-automatic delayed blowback pistol with a concealed hammer. Magazine capacity is still 20 rounds, just like in the old configuration. Barrel length is the same too, at 4.8"/122 mm.
From the original previous version, the Five-seveN Mk3 MRD takes many nice features, including controls, overall grip frame shape, and adjustable-height mechanical “suppressor” sights to allow co-witnessing – an optional long threaded barrel and sound suppressor are available.
The revamped Five-seveN is available in black or flat dark earth (FDE).