New Guns: Ruger-57 Pistol

The 5.7x28mm polymer framed handgun is lightweight and comes with 20-round magazines.

Ruger-57 pistol
The new Ruger-57 pistol chambered in 57x28mm with a 20-round standard magazine.Joseph Albanese

The recently released 5.7x28mm pistol, the Ruger-57, was on hand at Range Day paired with Federal’s new American Eagle ammunition in the speedy little caliber, which until now has primarily had a home in the FN firearms for which it was designed.

The large but lightweight handgun benefits from an ergonomic grip that feels more like that of a 9mm handgun while housing a 20-round magazine for the longer 5.7mm cartridges. That slender steel mag is surrounded by a glass-filled nylon frame featuring an optimized texture. The trigger reach is also comparable to many 9mm handguns.

The 1911-style manual thumb safety is easy to engage and disengage while staying out of the way of your grip while shooting. Controls also include a robust slide release and a reversible and easy-to-activate magazine release. The slide is hardened billet steel with lightening cuts and enhanced front and rear cocking serrations.

The rear sight is adjustable for windage and elevation, and the frame includes a Picatinny accessory rail.

The slide comes drilled and tapped for easy mounting of optics. Instead of including a variety of mounting plates with the gun that you won’t use, Ruger has them available individually for many popular handgun optics. SRP: $799. Booth #11940. (