And then I shot one…
I was one of those people who thought the AR platform as a pistol was stupid and useless. This is because I had envisioned someone shooting it like a pistol. Trying to shoot it with the firearm extended away from your body and then squinting at the sights trying to get the front sight peeped properly.
Silly me… I went out with my good friend turned FFL and shot some of his AR pistols. I’m now convinced that this is a necessity in anyone’s collection. Why? Because it’s a poor-man’s SBR, and even the smart man’s SBR. With an SBR, you are bound by more rules, such as travel and transportation, which go on top of the extra rules for ownership. This platform doesn’t replace the SBR, unless you can’t foot the $200 stamp for the real deal, but it’s a great addition to your SBR.
- You can take it out of state without permission.
- You do not need permission from the CLEO or a special trust to own it.
- No need to get your receiver engraved or carry paperwork.
- Can be added to permits in those places which require handguns to be listed.
- No long waiting period for paperwork.
You shoot it like you would a normal AR, with the firearm almost shouldered. The recoil on the 5.56 is minimal, making the need for a stock irrelevant for the intended use. The AR Pistol will not replace a rifle as the rifle is more accurate due to the longer barrel, sight radius, and controllability from having a full stock. The SBR also has slightly better ergonomics.
What is the intended use for an AR pistol? Home defense, self defense, a “truck gun”, and so on. Maybe you’re going backpacking and want something smaller but still effective against game. You can strap an AR pistol to your pack and it’s small enough (but not light enough) to where it’s not in the way. There are many uses, so many uses in fact, that I’ve now made the AR pistol a necessary item for any collection.