The AR-15 pistol is polarizing the gun community. Like cilantro, you either love the AR-15 pistol or you hate it. I’d venture a guess, though, and say that those who disparage them have never shot one.
It’s true, they have their shortcomings, but what gun doesn’t? The fact remains AR-15 pistols are fun to shoot, and depending on your set up, make great personal defense or close-quarter combat weapons.
It’s hard to qualify, but there’s is just something about shooting a short barreled AR-15 that just has to be experienced. Find someone with an AR-15 pistol and try it out for yourself – we think you’ll be hooked.
If you’re still not convinced, here are 7 reasons why owning an AR-15 pistol is totally worth it:
1. They’re a Blast to Shoot!
Yeah, yeah, I said that already. But did I mention they’re loud, fire breathing, attention grabbing beasts at the range. They’re also light weight and easy to get on target, which is great when you just want to get out and shoot.
2. AR-15 Pistols Accept the Same Magazines and Parts as the Rifle
It’s the same thing as an AR-15 rifle sans butt stock and a shorter barrel. That means it’s easy to source parts, ammunition, and accessories. With their popularity increasing, well known manufacturers are even making AR-15 pistol specific products including hand guards, buffers, and stabilizing braces.
3. Converting an AR-15 Pistol Into an SBR is Simple
Got the itch for an SBR? You’re halfway there. Simply apply for your tax stamp and $200 later you’re ready to go. The process is pretty straightforward. Gather your pertinent information like weapon serial number, make, model, caliber and measurements then fill out the BATFE Form 1. Submit your paperwork along with the proper fees and wait for your tax stamp. Note that some local and state jurisdictions require specific things from you or even prohibit short barreled rifles outright, so check your local laws before getting started.
4. They’re a Great Alternative to an SBR in States Where They’re Illegal
In states where short-barreled riffles are banned outright, the AR-15 pistol makes a great alternative.
5. You Get a Rifle Round in a Compact Form
The standard 5.56 round is more than capable in barrels 10.5 inches and longer. A great alternative is the 300 AAC Blackout, which works great in barrels as short as 7.5 inches and in suppressed applications.
6. AR-15 Pistols are a Great CQB or PDW Option
Don’t overlook the AR-15 pistol as a CQB or PDW weapon. With its compact design, high capacity, and range of potential calibers, there’s sure to be an option to fit your needs.
7. They’re Still Relatively Unique and Cool
This fits in that “fun to shoot” category. However, there’s a certain appeal to having a unique weapon that everyone wants. How many AR-15 pistols have you seen at the range lately?
8. Because You Can
There’s no better reason why owning an AR-15 pistol is totally worth it than because you can own one. Listen, your right to own anything AR-15 related is constantly under attack, just look at the recent news surrounding the Sig Brace and M855 Ammo. There’s no better way to secure your rights than to exercise them.