Speer Gold Dot 5.7x28mm Self-Defense Ammunition

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Speer Gold Dot 5.7x28mm

Up until recently, this author was thinking that no matter how cool the 5.7x28mm FN cartridge is, its fate is quite concerning. But things have changed. As you know, yesterday Ruger announced a 5.7x28mm pistol, the Ruger-57, and what we’ll talk about today is Speer’s newly released Gold Dot 5.7x28mm defensive ammunition. Well, looks like Ruger and Speer breathe a new life into this little cartridge.

Below you can find the description of this new Speer ammunition offering as seen in the company’s press release:

Insist on more from your 5.7x28mm. Speer® has broken new ground for the cartridge with an all-new Gold Dot® load—the first 5.7x28mm round specifically designed for self-defense. Like all Gold Dot ammunition, the bullet is built using Speer’s exclusive Uni-Cor® method. The jacket is bonded to the core one atom at a time, virtually eliminating core-jacket separation and creating a projectile that’s accurate, tough and consistent through all common barriers. High-quality brass, reliable primers and specially formulated propellant produce optimal feeding and ballistics in 5.7x28mm firearms.

The bullet weight of Speer Gold Dot 5.7x28mm ammunition is 40 grains. It will be sold in 50-round boxes with an MSRP of $51.95 – that’s a little over a dollar per round MSRP. That may sound quite expensive compared to the 5.7 ammunition offerings from other large manufacturers currently available on the market, however, bear in mind, that with the Speer Gold Dot we are talking about defensive high-end ammunition and considering the company’s ability to design outstanding self-defense ammo, their new 5.7x28mm cartridges may become the ultimate defensive round for those of you who trust their lives to the guns chambered in this caliber.

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What do you guys think? Will the Speer Gold Dot make you give the 5.7 a try or even switch to it as your self-defense round of choice or do you prefer sticking to less exotic guns and ammunition?

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Hrachya H
Hrachya H

Managing Editor Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying the history and design of guns and ammunition. Should you need to contact him, feel free to shoot him a message at Hrachya@TheFirearmBlog.com

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  • Charlie Charlie on Jan 03, 2020

    Looks like street prices are going to be about $35 for a box of 50. I can live with that, especially if the cases are actually nickel plated instead of FN's lacquer/polymer coated cases. That FN coating has been a loser in my reloading book for years.

  • Boris Pistoff Boris Pistoff on Jan 28, 2020

    For the last three years or so I've shooting my Excel pistol with 5.7x28 made by at least four different outfits. I can hit just about anything with FN's Belgium 27 gr. On the other hand Federal's is nothing but garbage and Fiocci's 40 gr. are just as bad. I have found a source for green tip 5.7 and I am ready to get some of that in the next few days. Now, the Excel pistol is a huge piece of iron, so I am waiting for Ruger's. Does anybody know where and/or when Speer's will appear on the street? Also, does anybody have a date for the Ruger 57? I would appreciate any info on this.

    For the time being I rely on a Zastava M57 with a cartridge (7.62x25) that is absolutely phenomenal. I really like bottle-neck cartridges because of their efficiency when well designed. Oh well, I said too much already.