Ruger 57 Pistol Review Better than FN 57?

Posted by Gunprime Staff on 09/22/22

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc is a known brand in the gun making industry with a number of bolt-action rifles, lever-action rifles, autoloading rifles, single-shot rifles, shotguns, and semiautomatic pistols to its name. In 2019, the gun maker brought out the Ruger 57 pistol chambered in 5.7x28mm.

In this Ruger 57 pistol review, we’re going to take a look at the pistol’s overall build design, the kind of magazine it uses, felt recoil, and other details about the gun. By the end of this post, you’d have learned about or increased your knowledge about the Ruger 57. Without further ado, let’s dive in.

Build and Design

In terms of size, the Ruger 57 measures 8.5 inches from the muzzle to the rear and 5.5 inches from top to bottom. Speaking of weight, the Ruger 57 is 1.44 pounds. It’s a lightweight firearm. The trigger pull weight is 3.86 pounds. The Ruger 57 pistol has a 5 inch steel barrel. Overall, the pistol is fairly large, but lightweight, pointable, and shootable. 

The firearm features a one-piece billet steel slide and there’s a black nitride finish on the slide that makes for an excellent look. The slide has both front and rear serrations. The pistol has a drill and tap plate at the rear of the slide for red dot sight installation.

When it comes to sights, it has a fully adjustable steel sight on the rear and fiber optic front sights. Both help you when it comes to aiming. The grip holds up in the hand comfortably and features laser engraving all around it.

Magazine and Ammunition

The Ruger 57 comes with two steel 20-round magazines. This metal mag seems like a plus because other guns of the same “caliber” often come with plastic polymer magazines. The metal design of the mag, however, makes it thinner than standard mags, but that doesn’t affect its grip or performance.

The Ruger 57 shoots 5.7x28 caliber ammunition. In terms of pricing, the 5.7 ammo can be more expensive compared to 9mm rounds, for example.


The Ruger 57 is a soft shooter that has a very light recoil impulse, yet the velocity of the bullet coming out of it is just amazing. The projectile can travel as far as 2,000 fps. Worth mentioning also is that the pistol is a flat shooter.

All in all, the Ruger 57 pistol is a nice, budget-friendly pistol for women, short people, anyone new to the gun community, and even seasoned shooters looking for a personal defense weapon.

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With a MSRP of $850, you should be able to get this handgun at a lower price range of $600-$700 from your local dealer.  With its low-felt recoil, it might be a great option for you or anyone in your circle who is not accustomed to firearms with large recoil forces.

That said, here is a question. Have you tested the Ruger 57 pistol? If yes, how does it feel? We’d like to know your take in the comments.

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