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What is your opinion of the AR pistols?

Awesome, great idea
21 %21 %21 %
21.55% (729)

OK, kind of interesting
19 %19 %19 %
19.21% (650)

I'm neutral
16 %16 %16 %
16.02% (542)

Meh, kind of a silly idea
30 %30 %30 %
30.77% (1041)

Useless, horrible idea
12 %12 %12 %
12.44% (421)
Comment made by Chad on 2016-09-14 04:08:31
They can't effectively replace rifles or handguns but they do allow rifle cartridges to be fired from a handgun, and in places that restrict vehicle carry of loaded rifles, this makes a decent "truck gun" option possible. Even if I don't want one, I can recognize their value to folks in those restricted states, and that at least (for me) makes them "kind of interesting." I would probably have a more enthusiastic opinion if I lived in one of those states and spent more time in my vehicle.

Comment made by Bruce on 2016-09-14 09:37:32
Chad presents a reason I had never considered, other than that it seems to me if you want to fire a rifle cartridge, get a rifle?

Comment made by steve on 2016-09-14 10:10:54
I built mine last year and LOVE it!

Comment made by Roe on 2016-09-15 23:14:46
It's ok and is our right as law abiding citizens to own an AR pistol if we choose to. I personally probably won't get one but that's just my choice. It would be enjoyable to play with on the range though.

Comment made by Chuck on 2016-09-17 09:32:37
The "Lego" of firearms. The finest piece of shootin Iron ever invented, the AR is. The options are endless.

Comment made by William on 2016-09-20 10:36:24
I just really dislike the buffer tube sticking out the back. Gets in the way personally. Had an AK pistol and loved it

Comment made by chad on 2016-09-23 05:36:02
8.5 inch barrel in 300 Blackout with a Thordsen cheek rest is a very handy house rifl....er pistol.

Comment made by Chad on 2016-09-24 16:14:07
THAT is an interesting option - .300 Blackout. At first I thought there wasn't a decent reason for the .300 Blackout, being that most of its potential was already (very well) covered by the 7.62x39, but this may actually be its perfect niche. Everything is the same as 5.56, in regards to parts and components (bolt, magazine,brass, etc.), with the exception of the barrel. 5.56 and 7.62x39 both have a lot of wasted potential, whereas .300 Blackout can be hand-loaded to maximize the round's potential from a pistol-length barrel. Me likey... Thanks Chad, you may very well be at the head of a whole new popular movement.

Comment made by MARION on 2016-09-25 15:40:23
I checked out one of these AR Pistols at my local Gun Shop and it seemed excessively heavy. My age , though, 83 Years old and both of my Rotator Cuffs are shot, does make a difference. He also had one of those KELTEC PLR-16's in 223 Cal. which weight's only 3.4 ( or 4.3 ) lbs. . I bought one of those but have not shot it yet. Even though I have not used it yet, I like the heft and feel of the weapon itself and believe it will serve my purpose of a little heavy duty Protection when needed. God Save and Protect the Citizens of these United States. Before Obama is out of Office and if Clinton gets elected, we may need all of the Personal Protection we can give each other. Sincerely, mrsgunnut10, TSgt., USAF Retired.

Comment made by Jake on 2016-09-27 12:47:40
I've built one with a 10.5" upper and while perfectly reliable with a carbine gas system, I didn't find it all that practical for anything. The muzzle blast of 5.56mm was pretty spectacular (equal to a Mosin M44), but so loud i would never consider using it for a car or home defense gun without hearing protection. My personal opinion is they are purely range toys unless you have it SBR'ed and/or have a suppressor. Even if you go .300 Blackout subsonic, you would likely be as well served by a full size service pistol with 30 round mags which is lighter and more portable and concealable if necessary. I vote neutral.

Comment made by Alan on 2016-10-01 15:18:20
I found out with my PPS-43 that a 5 lb. pistol is a spray and pray gun. Doesn't do much good to aim, you can't hold it on target....too heavy

Comment made by Ronald on 2016-10-05 06:08:25
I just finished building one in 300 blackout and plan to use it for home protection with a Saker suppressor. I love it as do several friends in the Army. Ron

Comment made by Bruce on 2016-10-06 18:11:17
This is the reason it's difficult to import steel core 5.56 ammo. It's is sometimes considered to be armor piercing ammo for handguns, which our devine leaders have made a no-no..One of the importers has a kazillion rounds they can't bring in the country because of that

Comment made by Chad on 2016-10-07 04:56:49
The reason it is difficult to import ANYTHING pointy is because anti-gun bureaucrats prod three-letter (five?!?) agencies into action. You can point your finger in any direction you want, but ultimately this is where all the regulation comes from. Didn't they just disqualify 7N6 from any further importation? Do you see the market flooded with AK pistols chambered in 7N6 yet..? See, it's not just what IS out there, it's what they THINK is out there. Vote, people. We have had select few politicians promise to shut down some useless branches of government - maybe we should take them up on it.

Comment made by Michael on 2016-10-10 21:14:27
So let me get this straight. There is no stock, it has a shorter, lower velocity barrel, and it is less accurate; all coming from something that is not that much smaller than an un-telescoped AR. This un-telescoped AR, by the way, is two pins away from fitting in my backpack disassembled and therefore not subject to these dreaded regulation on truck guns. Get a life. If it is that big a deal, get an SBR or pistol caliber carbine in 10mm which INCREASES the effectiveness of the round, not decreases it. If you do away with the stock, you lose accuracy and controllability. The arm-brace is just an administrative tool to use an SBR without the obnoxious paperwork.

Comment made by Robert on 2016-10-14 04:54:38
Everyone likes the 5.7x28, but a pistol AR has an easily found bullet weighing twice as much, traveling twice as fast. You play with your toys, I'll play with mine.

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