I think its the ultimate hiking pistol, light weight + hi mag cap + amazing accuracy + easy to conceal with a back pack, not to mention an extra box of ammo takes up almost no space, there are definitely a lot of pros that come with packing the five-seven.
I would carry my five-seven hiking except that i have s&w .38 j-frame that is a little bit lighter and smaller and if something happens to it i'm only out $400.
I have tried to justify it for hiking but I cant really be sure. I know the round is great against those 2 legged varmits, but up here we have Bears. I am not sure about the 5x7 agianst brown, black and grizzly bears, even with 20 rounds.
This pistol is definately for everywhere. If I were in a part of the country that had lots of critters bigger than I am I would make a different choice. Black bears can be a nuisance, and occasionally they need to be put down. Realistically, I think that people put too much stock in bear attacks. It's almost as if they were wishing for a bear attack, imho. The two legged kind of animal is what I am most concerned with when I am in the woods away from civilization.
Good post and precisely why I originally bought a 5.7; it is light weight (no excuse for not having it with you), accurate (easy to hit what your aiming at), flat-shooting (allows plenty of distance between the shooter and their target) with lots of firepower (21-31 rounds (enough said)).
Yeah, living on the east coast I don't worry about animals. The 5.7 is my carry weapon. I hike often and rarely on hiking trails, and since a backpack and hip holster don't mix I open carry with my holster stuck right into where the waist buckle of my pack is. Once I drew it when I came into company with a bear but the creature ran away. Good thing too. I didn't feel like the 5.7 would have stopped that bruin. But, like I said, I'm not worried about animals.
I was always of the opinion that if I lived up north, I would carry a Glock 20 (10mm) with high speed 180 gr bullets. Those come out as I recall at about 1,400 ft/s.
But I do not believe that northern bear would be stopped with any handgun ammunition, unless the skull was penetrated. I still think that the animal would do sufficient damage before it bled to death.
When I lived in Canada, I shot a medium sized brown bear with 30/06 at about 150 yards. Bullet tore through the lungs and riped out big chunk of the right shoulder blade. The bear still ran up a tree that was 200 yards away and stuck 30 feet high. I had to get him down with another shot through the lungs - and he STILL hung there - for about 20 seconds.
Hence, I would surmise, that effective shot placement is the key. Since most handgun ammo will just bounce of the bears skull, I would opine to say that the 5.7x28 197 aimed at the head would do the job (penetrate).
Aside from that, the gun has very little recoil and hence subsequent shots can be made easier and more accurately than those of the .44 magnum variety.
But to get that head shot when the animal is running at you at 45 mph with his head bobbing all over the place is going to be a tall order no matter what gun you have.