Every once and a while you just have to do something completely different. I’m sure that when people first saw and fired the revolutionary AR-15 rifle, it was such a departure from what they were used to, it must have blown their minds. Compared to wood and steel rifles that were traditional in the military, the AR-15 was definately a “different take” on a battle rifle.
The first time I saw a PS90 rifle, I was not sure what to think. The first thought that came to my mind was “science fiction movie”. The FNH PS90 is radically different from other rifles in its class. It was almost as though the engineers were told “whatever is the status quo in rifle design, please to the exact opposite”. The magazine snaps onto the top of the rifle. The bulpup design has different ergonomics and balance compared to other rifles. The magazine rotates cartridges 90 degrees when they are loaded and unloaded. The brass ejects out the bottom of the rifle. Just looking at this thing can be a bit confusing at first. How will I hold that thing? one may ask.
When you pick up the rifle, it’s surprisingly natural. It is quite sound ergonomically. It is very well balanced. It is extremely compact. It looks very rugged- like something you could really toss around without worrying about damaging it.
The first think I noticed when I went to fire the PS90 was that the sighting system is different from anything I’ve used before. This rifle features a non-magnified sight system that is somewhat like a red-dot sight, but features a black circle/dot static sight “reticle”. Once I learned how to center the reticle on the target it was pretty straightforward to use. This rifle does not have much recoil at all (feels like a mild AR-15 type recoil, but a bit less). The trigger is nothing fancy, and feels solid like a tank rather than precise and smooth. This is a battle rifle for sure.
After shooting the PS90 from a seated position, I was surprised to see a neat and tidy pile of brass on the ground. The ejection “port” on the bottom of the rifle directs the brass downward. As an avid reloader, I’m thinking this would make life really easy – it would not take much effort to rig up a brass catcher that would collect your brass, and the catcher would also be neatly out of the way… Hmmmm.
So what about the chambering for this rifle? Well, this was my first experience with the 5.7x28mm cartridge. These cartridges are very small, but at the same time very potent. I would like to find out what people are using for reloading components, and also the typical applications for reloads (competition, defense, etc). Does anyone hunt with these rifles? 🙂
It was really fun to try something completely new! I’m curious to find out more about both the PS90 rifle platform, pistols chambered in 5.7x28mm, and this cartridge. Have experiences you want to share? Please leave a comment.