By: Friedrich Seiltgen

Copyright © 2022

Fabrique National has added plenty of new features in a redesign of its legendary Five-SeveN.  It’s equipped with optics-ready capabilities, enhanced ergonomics, and improved controls.  It is available in both matte black and flat dark earth (FDE) with a standard capacity of 20 rounds.

Vice President of Sales for FN America Chris Cole had this to say about their new pistol:

The FN Five-seveN pistol has been immensely popular since its introduction.  Its original design capturing the performance of the FN designed 5.7x28mm cartridge made it an instant success, and it’s positioned to do it yet again with the dynamic redesign of the FN Five-seveN MRD.  with the addition of an integral optics mounting system on the slide, an already accurate pistol now redefines what handgun accuracy means.  We’re truly excited to bring this new pistol to market with features our customers want in their favorite FN caliber.


It has an all-new frame design with a reshaped backstrap, improved grip ergonomics and texturing for superior control.  It also has a 5-slot Picatinny rail molded into the dust cover for lights and other accessories as well as a crisp trigger with a 6-pound, 2-ounce pull.  It’s also equipped with an oversized ambidextrous safety and reversible magazine release for the lefties out there.


It has a factory-machined optics cut slide (with polymer cover) for mounting optics quickly without a gunsmith as well as aggressive slide serrations with an enhanced slide cover, which improves cocking control.  It also features a cold hammer forged, target crowned, match grade, 4.8-inch barrel along with raised iron sights that will co-witness with most Red Dot optics.


Type: Delayed blowback, single action, internally housed hammer

Caliber: 5.7x28mm

Magazine capacity: 20

Sights: 3 dot adjustable rear, photo luminescent front, with Micro Red Dot ready milled slide

Barrel Length: 4.8 inches

Overall Length: 8.2 inches

Height: 5.6 inches

Width: 1.35 inches

Weight: 25.2 ounces

MSRP: $1,449



Yes! What’s not to like! You get a high-quality, out-of-the-box, optics-ready pistol in the smoking hot FN 5.7x28mm caliber, which creates a flat shooting pistol with low felt recoil!  Get down to the FN dealer, and see if the Five seveN MRD is the right pistol for you!

That’s all for now folks!   Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas.  And as always – “Let’s Be Careful Out There.”

Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department.   He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms, and Active Shooter Response.  His writing has appeared in RECOIL, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International.  Contact him at [email protected]