Several months back, I noted that Smith & Wesson was working on a .22 Magnum Rimfire pistol. It looks like in the mean time, S&W’s engineers have noticed the expansion of the market for the 5.7x28mm FN cartridge, and have gone back to the drawing board.

In response, Brett Curry has designed a gas-operated, rotary barrel pistol.

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  1. John M. says:

    This is interesting. I’m not sure they’d get me to run out and buy one, but at least it’s not just another off-brand Glock.

    If I’m not mistaken, there are no comparable semi auto pistols in .17 HMR. I think even the rifle guys have struggled to make semiautomatics work with .17 HMR, though maybe that’s old info.

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  2. Wild, wild west says:

    Sure do seem to be lots of folks jumping on the 5.7 bandwagon all of a sudden.

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    1. John M. says:

      I mocked 5.7 a few days ago on the Ruger thread, but I don’t think it’s a bad round. There are actually some cool guns for it, like the Kel Tec that takes the FiveseveN magazines. It would be nice if there were enough demand that a round with .22 Mag-class energy were able to be delivered with centerfire reliability.

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