KelTec’s New 5.7X28 P50 Pistol

I'm not sure I woke up a couple of days ago when the P50 was announced thinking that I needed a 50 round 5.7X28 pistol. Then again, I never said I didn't need one, either. This is exciting because it's one of the first announcements from a major gun manufacturer around the time when we'd usually be gearing up for SHOT Show.

If you didn't know, this is the time of year when most new gun announcements are made.

Of course, SHOT Show has been cancelled this year due to the bad cough going around, and we were wondering how things would play out with new releases, and really, if anything new would be coming out at all.

KelTec usually brings something new to the table around this time, and I'm happy to see that they're keeping with that tradition. I think we could all use some good news.

If there is one thing that KelTec is good at, it's that they are constantly innovative and delivering oddly-unique guns.

This pistol utilizes the FN P90 magazine, and according to the company's website, the P50 ships with two of them.

By the looks of things, it looks like there are plenty of spots to put lights and other gear on the accessory rails, and it utilizes QD mounts so you can sling it to yourself if needed.

Here are some of the specifications for this pistol:

It's a 5.7X28 caliber pistol that holds 50 freedom seeds. It weighs 3.2 lbs, unloaded, and has an overall length of 15″. Barrel length is a whopping 9.6″ and it is 2 inches wide. Trigger pull, according to the company sits right at 5 lbs.

According to the website it is due to start shipping in Q1 of 2021, and MSRP is $995.

5.7X28 gets a lot of mixed reviews, but I'm personally a fan of this little, fast moving cartridge. And, to have a pistol that holds 50 of them, even if it'll take longer to reload than your standard handgun, is a good deal to me.

Of course, right now it'll cost you 100 bucks just to shoot a single magazine as 5.7X28 ammo becomes more scarce and at the same time, more expensive. I was recently looking for some for my DBX review, and it was hovering right around the $2 per round mark.

Just atrocious.

What do you think about this new offering from KelTec? Let us know in the comments below.

About Joshua Gillem

Josh is a lifelong practitioner and student of the gun. He grew up shooting/hunting with his dad, and was given his first gun, a 12 gauge shotgun, when just a small boy. After high school, he joined the Marines where his love for firearms blossomed as he qualified with an M16A2, an M9, and a 240G. Josh has been writing about firearms and tactics for several years, owns the blog Gunners Den, is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, and believes that each individual person has the right to self-defense by any means necessary. Currently residing in gun-friendly NC, he carries a concealed gun on a daily basis, even in his own house.


  1. John DeMonte on January 6, 2021 at 9:50 am

    I agree, Joshua. I’m also a fan of of the 5.7x28mm round (.17HMR too). High velocity and low density shoots very flat. Great accuracy and enough of a punch for my purposes. My Ruger 57 came with two 20 round magazines, that’s more than enough for most situations. Even with a Sign Sauer Romeo 1 red dot sight mounted, it’s a very comfortable carry. I don’t know about this one. Like, you said, you’d need a sling. Also, how many states have magazine capacity restrictions already in place. This pistol may be hard to get, and at this time, expensive to shoot. The good news is,the more firearms on the market that are chambered for this round, the more manufacturers will be likely to start producing…

  2. Richard J Kelley on January 7, 2021 at 6:59 am

    This would make a great add to my P3at , sub 2000 , PLR 16 and PMR 30 !

    • Lance Headrick on January 19, 2021 at 5:25 pm

      🙂 It is awesome. I don’t need one, but it doesn’t mean I don’t want one.

      • Zeus on March 15, 2021 at 7:22 pm

        That right there

  3. Dan morgan on January 11, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    I like it lots fire power

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