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Tokyo Marui Five-seveN
  • Manufacturer 
     Tokyo Marui
  • Model 
     Five-seveN
  • Capacity 
     26+1
  • Weight 
     760g
  • Power 
     230fps
  • Power Source 
     134a
  • Blowback 
     yes
  • Hop-up 
     adjustable
  • Shooting Mode 
     semi
  • Construction 
     reinforced ABS

Pros

Consistent fps
Great finish and build
High capacity magazine
Little to no slide wobble
No barrel wobble
Consistent hop
 

Cons

Recommended for 134a only for long durability
Does not carry full trademarks
Hop adjustment requires partial dissasembly
This may be out of stock due to its popularity
 

Verdict

The Tokyo Marui Five-seveN is a highly ergonomic pistol which has been long anticipated for. Its overall performance of this pistol can probably be enough to hold your own corner when used in a skirmish field due do its large capacity magazine, tight groupings and snappy recoil even when used with 134a.
However as a critic, the logo and the markings on the grip and slide will not satisfy your criteria as a good replica.
Given the markings on this replica is not authentic, the groupings and the feel of the recoil is enough to put a smile on your face as you use this beautiful pistol. If you?re a fan of the FN 5-7 and would like a reliable and skirmishable pistol, this is it. Go buy one now!

 

Background

The Five-seveN pistol was designed by FN company (Belgium) as a matching sidearm for the P90. The P90 and Five-seveN share the same ammunition, using the 5.7x28mm SS190 cartridge. The main reasons for using that ammunition was to provide good penetration power on targets that are using modern body armor, while keeping weapons' weight, dimensions and recoil as low as possible without compromising the stopping power. According to various sources, the Five-seveN pistol is capable to penetrate a PAGST vest at 300 meters and standard CRISAT (kevlar + titanium) vest at 100 meters.

The Five-seveN is a delayed blowback operated, semi-automatic firearm. Featuring a polymer slide, frame and rail. The gun is available in two versions: Five-seveN standard, intended for military use, and Five-seveN Tactical, intended mostly for Law Enforcement users who carry handguns as a primary weapons. The only difference between Standard and Tactical models is in the trigger type: the Five-seveN standard features Double Action Only trigger with long trigger pull and no external safeties; The Five-seveN Tactical featured Single Action trigger with short and light trigger pull and ambidextrous safety switch, located on the frame above the trigger. Both variants are striker fired, with internal firing pin safety. The sights are fixed, with optional night sights (with luminous dots inserts) available

the FN 5-7 comes in the usual box you would expect from TM
Including a manual and the other usual bits.
The 5-7, ready to go.

Initial impressions

This pistol comes in a familiar TM style packaging with a glossy finished box, ASGK serials, warning labels etc, nothing new in terms of packaging from TM. Although this is soon to change as you open the box because you're about to see the Five-seveN right before your eyes! Inside the box you will find a small bag containing a manual, user warnings, usual targets and a ram rod which seems to be a standardized item for all TM pistols these days.

Upon handling the pistol and its magazine, the Five-seveN doesn't feel flimsy or too much like a toy at all. The weight of this is almost identical to the real steel counterpart, the construction and finish on this is decent as the mold lines are not obvious or leaving any gaps between the 2 halves of the slide or frame looking just like the real version. Its contoured grip allows the user to have a very comfortable hold without losing control of the weapon. Although this contoured grip is ambidextrous with the contoured thumb rest on both sides, this offers better comfort for the user compared to the other pistols that may have the thumb rest causing mild discomforts in the palm of your shooting hand.

Is this the new 'Tokyo Marui - Herstal' logo?
This is the original logo.
Note the bump on the grip, this is not common on the real steel version.

Perfomance

The safety design on the Five-seveN is also ambidextrous and very easy to use as it is right above the trigger right where the trigger finger goes when you?re not ready to fire the weapon allowing easy and quick access to the safety mechanism. Furthermore, towards the rear of the slide there are two tabs, one either side of the slide. These tabs are there to allow the user to cock the slide much easier even when it is in a wet condition.
Although the TM Five-seveN is designed for use with 134a, this still offers fairly decent recoil when the weapon is cycling. Firing at 230fps on 134a isn't as bad as it seems, considering the hop up mechanism on this pistol is very consistent, firing a 6inch grouping at 20metres and 3inch at 5metres. This may improve once the hop up rubber has bedded in after some use. The sight base on this pistol is also of a decent length, at 17cm (just under 7inches) giving less of an error margin on the iron sights when compared to a pistol with a shorter sight base. The slide and outer barrel are also very sturdy and moves very little at all. There is usually a slight wobble with the slide on GBB pistols and also between the outer barrel and the slide, giving a more inconsistent shot grouping, this isn't an issue with the Five-seveN. A few players are running these pistols on green gas straight out of the box, for now there aren't any noticeable problems with this but it is not recommended as it puts extra stress on the moving parts on the pistol.

Groupings sheet at 20m.
Groupings sheet at 5m.
The 5-7 iron sights.

Verdict

The Tokyo Marui Five-seveN is a highly ergonomic pistol which has been long anticipated for. It is a very popular item and many retailers have trouble keeping up with the demand. This is most likely due to the pistol being a good performing, yet realistic replica to compliment the P90 load out or many people just want to have a 5-7. Maybe there are plenty of Jason Statham fans out there wanting the "Crank" impression in the skirmish fields too, who knows for sure? The overall performance of this pistol can probably be enough to hold your own corner when used in a skirmish field due do its large capacity magazine, tight groupings and snappy recoil even when used with 134a. However as a critic, the logo and the markings on the grip and slide will not satisfy your criteria as a good replica. Given the markings on this replica is not authentic, the groupings and the feel of the recoil is enough to put a smile on your face as you use this beautiful pistol. If you?re a fan of the FN 5-7 and would like a reliable and skirmishable pistol, this is it. Go buy one now!