A Gun Only for the Rich: The Crazy Dangerous FK BRNO 7.5 Field Pistol
But is it worth it?
The FK BRNO 7.5 Field Pistol made quite a splash when it landed in the United States. A $7,500 pistol that fired a proprietary 7.5mm round, most derided it as a mantlepiece pistol for the extremely rich. But marketing for the pistol suggests a variety of practical uses for the pistol, from combat to hunting. Is there any validity to those claims?
A good first place to start looking is the 7.5mm round. When one looks at the proprietary 7.5x27mm FK Brno round used in the Field Pistol, it resembles a PDW cartridge with an almost-spitzer bullet and a necked down case. This dovetails with what the NRA’s American Rifleman’s account of how the pistol was created.
American Rifleman states that the pistol’s original intent was to serve as a super-sidearm of sorts for a private military company (PMC) in the Middle East to bridge the gap between 5.56x45mm carbines and 9x19mm pistols for engagements between 50–100 meters. As such, the 7.5 round and pistol were meant to provide better than 9x19mm ballistics but also a very flat trajectory to hit targets at extended ranges.
However, while the round and pistol might be capable of achieving that, landing a 50-meter shot in stressful conditions with a pistol is incredibly difficult. Using a carbine at that distances makes far more sense. Most military and police qualify at 25 meters with pistols at most. Thus it’s doubtful that the 7.5 Field Pistol would be of much use as an extended-range sidearm. Also, at over 1.3 kilograms it’s incredibly heavy to carry. A combat role for the 7.5 doesn’t make sense in a world where most combat handgun users are looking for lighter pistols that are fast to employ within short distances.
So, what is the Field Pistol useful for?
As a hunting backup in the European market the Field Pistol makes more sense. Backup handguns are often carried by hunters in Germany to deal with charging boars in the brush. Normally these are SIG P220s in .45 ACP. But the 7.5 field pistol outperforms the .45 ACP on almost all targets.
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