To be completely honest, in a post-300BLK world, a pistol caliber AR doesn’t make a lot of sense…or it didn’t to me until my brother started talking wistfully about wanting to visit the range with something “new and FUN to shoot.”
Frankly, he seemed a bit burnt out by the seriousness of his firearms collection. Name a high dollar ‘
It started with simply dusting off the H&K MP-5A3…then
The Beginning of the 9MM Pistol Caliber AR
The fun-focused and inexpensive pistol caliber AR I now plan on building using the Dirty Bird receiver set I posted above can trace its beginnings back to the Colt SMG. This offering seemed to make sense at the time, as it was easy to control, had familiar handling, allegedly penetrated less than the 5.56…and a had lot less muzzle blast.
Another benefit to door kickers of their day was the ability to make a quick entry and easily saturate a target with controllable fully-automatic fire at close range.
Admittedly, as an avid preteen reader of late 1980’s/early 1990’s tactical weapons magazines, Colt’s SMG didn’t seem as “cool” as H&K’s MP5 or the Mini-UZI…and so I kind of nervously laughed it off. Thanks to Die Hard, I was a giant MP-5 fan. Positioned next to the MP5 in magazine pictorials, the Colt SMG seemed like a threat. The Colt was Reggie Miller…the MP5 was Michael Jordan.
More than that, and like Reggie Miller, it was just odd looking…9mm ARs had that goofy, skinny mag poking out of the oversized mag well. It just didn’t look quite right.
But that was then. So what’s changed?
So Why Build a Pistol Caliber AR?
There’s nothing I can really say to make you believe me…and it might just be something you have to experience, but wow, these are just very fun guns to shoot. The size and weight…the ability to effortlessly fling piles of piles of cheap 115gr. 9mm ball ammo
Also great…I can get my rifle
For us most recently,
Another bonus is we never have to pack up midway through our range visit to switch from the steel plate range over to the rifle range.
Pistol Caliber AR – More than a Range Toy?
My current home defense gun, depending on my mood or level of indecision, is
Realistically, I’ll probably still end up going with my Glock 17 or 300 BLK SBR for home defense. I’ve got so many rounds through either to where I truly would bet my life on them functioning. Not to mention the ballistics of a 9mm vs. a 110-grain Barnes in 300 BLK…its a totally different animal.
Also, on the budget pistol caliber AR I’m building…stuffing Speer 124gr Gold Dot or 115gr Cor-Bon into the carbine and being absolutely certain it will work…well, that will take a lot of time and experimenting first. That said, I look forward to sharing my findings once the build is complete and I have some extra Cor-Bon or Gold Dots I can blow through.
In the meantime, I look forward to building and soon sharing with you what promises to be one of the most fun and pleasurable range toys there is…it might even have a slight home defense twist. We’ll see.
Regardless of what sort of build you are thinking of in the near future…definitely don’t discount the pistol caliber AR. Seriously, don’t doubt it until you try it…Not everything in life has to be totally practical.
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