I must say that I'm a little mystified by this pistol. I'll get to that in a bit, but first let me offer a quick overview of its virtues: it's light weight but solidly built, it has very low recoil, it points nicely in the hand, it has good factory sights, and it has a perfectly adequate trigger (meaning that if you like the Glock-style trigger with lots of takeup and crisp reset, you'll like this; if you like the 1911 style trigger, you might not).
Oh, and it's plenty accurate:
This pistol certainly seems to do the job.
But as I said, I just don't get this pistol. I don't understand what it's for. It fires these:
These are the FN 5.7 x 28 mm cartridges it's chambered for, with a quarter and a .45 ACP for scale. Hornets. Fast hornets: 23 grain bullets will fly downrange at 2800 fps (!). It's really the opposite of the .45 shown here, which is ten times the weight and less than a third the muzzle velocity.
And for the life of me, I can't imagine what you'd want this for.
Sure, in a rifle, it looks like it'd be a fine varmit cartridge, along the lines of the .22 Hornet. The velocity would keep it flat shooting out to a couple hundred yards, I'd think. What value that has in a pistol is beyond me.
The Brady crowd is annoyed by this pistol, and periodically comes out with hyper-ventilating oh noes it's teh armor piercing ammo!!!1!!eleventy!
Only problem with this is that the ATF says it's not armor piercing.
And so while I can appreciate that this gives the vapors to the Usual Suspects, I don't understand what this is for. I don't understand the design goal. It looks like a rifle cartridge in a pistol form factor, which gives you all the disadvantages of a small caliber with all the disadvantages of a pistol.
Oh yeah, and it's fifty cents a shot, so you're paying ten times what you'd pay for .22 LR. As an intellectual exercise, it was fascinating, but I don't see one taking up space in my gun safe any time soon.
I'm not any kind of gun or shooting expert. I like shooting, and shoot a fair number of different guns, but I'm really a dilettante. Your mileage may vary, void where prohibited, do not remove tag under penalty of law.
I don't do scientific, repeatable tests. There's no checklist, although that's not a bad idea. I write about what I like and don't like, but it's pretty much stream of consciousness. Opinion, we got opinion here. Step right up.
I'm not a shooting teacher, although I do like to introduce people to shooting. Maybe some day I'll take the NRA teaching class, but until then, you get a dilettante's view. You'll get opinion here, but if you get serious about shooting, you'll want to get someone who knows what he's doing to give you some pointers. It can help.
And oh yeah, shooting things is fun.