On Point Firearms received this communiqué from Fabrique Nationale last week and thought our clients might be interested in the information. Apparently, there has been some confusion and bad advice given to some law enforcement agencies regarding which type of 5.7x28mm ammunition they should use in their weapons. Here’s what FNH USA said:
“SS190 Duty Round (BATFE RESTRICTED to LE only) - This is the recommended duty round for all weapons (P-90, PS-90 and FsN).
SS198 LF Training/Duty Round (FNH Restricted to LE through LE distributors) - This is now the recommended training round for LE agencies. Its velocity is the closest to the SS190 and therefore no sight adjustment is necessary. The SS198 LF can also be used as a duty round for individual officers who cannot obtain SS190 through their department.
SS195 LF Sporting Round - This round will continue to be the optimum round for the FsN handgun for commercial sales. It will still work as a LE training round, but be aware that it does not travel as fast as the SS190 or SS198. So, there may be trajectory/impact issues on target.
SS197 Sporting Round - This round will continue to be the optimum round for the PS-90 carbine. PLEASE NOTE: The SS197 will not reliably cycle a P-90 sub-machine gun and should not be used as a training/duty round for the P-90 or FsN. It can be used a training/duty round for the PS-90 although we cannot guarantee it will be effective against body armor. It can be used commercially in the FsN but the pistol will have to have the sight adjusted up to accommodate the lower velocity.
SS191 Tracer (BATFE RESTRICTED to LE only)
SB193 Sub-Sonic (BATFE RESTRICTED to LE only) - For use in P-90's with suppressors.
Five-seveN Pistol - For Law Enforcement, only use the SS190 as the duty round. The SS198 LF round should be used as a training round in this pistol. The SS198 can also be used as a duty round for individual officers. The SS197 sporting round is not very effective out of this pistol and because of its slower velocity the rear sight has to be elevated to a point that the sight adjustment screw may fall out. The SS195 can also be used as a training round if needed.
For commercial use the SS195 is the optimum round for the FsN pistol. The SS197 can also be used as a commercial round in this pistol.
P-90 Sub-Machine Gun - Only use the SS190 Duty Round and SS198 Training Round in this weapon from here forward. Departments can also use the SB193 and SS191 ammo if they choose. AGAIN, the SS197 will not cycle this weapon in full automatic fire.
PS-90 Carbine - For Law Enforcement, only the SS190 should be used as the duty round. The SS198 can be used as a duty round but we cannot guarantee it will defeat body armor. The SS198 can also be used as a training round. The SS195 can be used as a training round, but again be aware that it does not travel as fast as the SS190 or SS198 so there may be trajectory/impact issues on target. The SS197 can be used as a duty/training round but we cannot guarantee it will defeat body armor.
For commercial use the SS197 is the optimum round and is very effective in gelatin tests out of the PS-90. The SS195 can also be used as a commercial round.”
I hope you found this information moderately interesting. If not, I apologize for wasting several minutes of your life. Have a good week and stay On Point!