Like the other guns we tested, it has an accessory rail suitable for mounting any number of tactical tools. The front sight is a little tall, and users commented that its appearance slowed them down a bit. This did not surface in shooters' ability to lay down some very fast aimed fire on the range though.
We had a little trouble keeping the SS195LF bullets in the ballistic gelatin blocks. The first two flipped end over end inside the blocks in the first 9 inches, then exited about 45 degrees from the direction of travel. The third behaved a little better, flipping five times before exiting after about 12 inches.
Although leaving the gelatin is not entirely desirable, the end-over-end flipping is an excellent way for the cartridge to deliver its terminal performance. When some agencies originally tested bullets fired from an AR15, they found that this destabilization after hitting something made the carbine safer in urban environments. Because the bullet tumbled, it was less likely to continue to penetrate things like sheetrock or other materials, making it safer for the public. While we could not conclusively say that this is an added benefit of the FiveseveN system, our preliminary tests suggested that it should be investigated.
Not every agency has a need for speed. It is evident, however, that lightweight, fast shooting guns firing high velocity cartridges have its place in law enforcement.
Lindsey Bertomen is a retired police officer who teaches at Hartnell College in Salinas, California.