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First Look: Ruger 57 Gives Shooters Another 5.7x28mm Option

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Been waiting for an affordable 5.7x28mm pistol? Then the newly minted Ruger 57 is for you.

How The Ruger 57 Breathes New Life Into The 5.7x28mm:

You’ve got to love the oddballs of the world. The 5.7x28mm more than qualifies as one. Not that’s a bad thing. Just, the petite, yet powerful bottleneck pistol cartridge only ever captured a smattering of the handgun-buying public’s imagination. In turn, that small, though dedicated,  cadre of shooters has a scintilla of firearms options to choose from … mostly from FN. Now make that Ruger too.

With the 2020 SHOT Show on the horizon, the prolific gunmaker has unveiled one of the more intriguing offerings of this young year—the Ruger 57. Chambered for the wonderful oddball, the polymer-framed, internal hammer-fired pistol has the potential to breathe new life into the 30-year-old cartridge, if for no other reason than it’s relatively affordable.

Yeah, a $799 MSRP might not sound like a blue-light special in the day and age of budget striker-fired. But lined up against other 5.7x28mm pistols, carbines and AR pistols—most starting north of $1,000—it’s a downright steal.

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Ruger does a good job outfitting you with the Ruger 57 for the price, to boot. Perhaps of its most eye-catching aspect is the one most cherish in guns chambered for the cartridge—capacity. The Ruger 57 has 20+1 rounds on tap (10+1 round models are available), impressive in a pistol a hair over 4-inches in height and 1-inch in width. To boot, it also comes in at a manageable 21-ounces.

Very similar in looks to the company’s Security 9, the Ruger 57 also mirrors some of the pistol's internal qualities. Like the Security-9, the Ruger 57 is outfitted with the company’s Secure Action Trigger, a partially pre-cocked double-action design and is, as mentioned, hammer-fired. Though, unlike the 9mm—a locking breech—the 5.7x28mm pistol is a delayed blowback system, which should make it shoot like a laser beam.

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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is thrilled to introduce a cutting-edge new platform – the Ruger-57™ pistol. The Ruger-57 is a full-featured handgun wrapped around a standard capacity, 20-round steel magazine, chambered in the high performance and low-recoiling 5.7x28mm caliber.

The most touted feature of this new pistol is its impressive ergonomics. The slender steel magazine is surrounded by a glass-filled nylon frame featuring an optimized texture, making for a natural and ergonomic grip. Despite the longer cartridges, the trigger reach is no longer than many common 9mm Luger handguns. All of the controls are easily accessible, like the 1911-style ambidextrous manual safety, robust slide release and the reversible magazine latch.

The flat-shooting 5.7x28mm cartridge is recognized for its superior ballistic performance. The lighter weight projectiles have significantly less felt recoil than 9mm Luger, allowing quicker sight reacquisition.

Rounding out the package is a windage and elevation adjustable, serrated rear sight and rapid acquisition fiber optic front sight for fast, accurate shooting; Picatinny-style accessory rail; and Secure Action™ fire control which combines Ruger's reliable and proven internal hammer with a short, crisp trigger pull and a positive reset. To top it off, the slide is drilled and tapped for easy mounting of optics with a separately available optic adapter plate, available at

“The Ruger-57 is destined to become one of America's favorite handguns,” said Ruger President and CEO Chris Killoy. “This pistol is soft shooting, accurate, powerful and just plain fun to shoot.”

The through-hardened, billet steel slide with lightening cuts features enhanced front and rear cocking serrations. The steel barrel features a black nitride treatment for wear resistance, and the fire control housing is precision CNC-machined from anodized aluminum. The pistol is 8.65″ long and weighs 24.5 ounces. It ships in a lockable hard case and includes two, 20-round steel magazines (10-round, state-compliant model also available).

Ruger 57 Specs
Capacity: 20+1
Grip Frame: High-Performance, Glass-Filled Nylon
Barrel Length: 4.94″
Overall Length: 8.65″
Barrel Material: Alloy Steel
Barrel Finish: Black Nitride
Front Sight: Fiber Optic
Rear Sight: Adjustable
Slide Material: Alloy Steel
Slide Finish: Black Oxide
Weight: 24.5 oz.
Slide Width: 1.20″
Height: 5.60″
Grooves: 8
Twist: 1:9″ RH
Suggested Retail: $799

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