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Simply put, an AR pistol is an AR-15-style firearm that lacks a traditional stock and has a shorter barrel and overall length than a standard rifle.
Although similar in looks to an AR-style rifle, the lack of a stock on an AR pistol makes it near-impossible, or extremely uncomfortable at best, to shoulder the pistol and shoot it like a rifle. However, being bigger and bulkier than the average handgun, the AR pistol typically requires both hands to operate.
While AR pistols are most commonly chambered in 223 Rem, there are plenty of other options available, including common pistol calibers, like the ever-popular 9mm and the inexpensive and readily available 22 LR.
Aesthetically, it looks like a short-barreled rifle, but by technical definition, it’s not. So, is the AR pistol legal, and, if so, why? In short, yes, they are legal, and it all comes down to size and features.
The National Firearms Act of 1934, or NFA for short, defines a rifle as a firearm with a shoulder stock, along with a barrel shorter than 16” and overall length of 26” or less.
The barrel length of most AR pistols is 7” to 10.5” and the overall length is typically well under the NFA-restricted 26”. However, the AR pistol lacks a standard stock, meaning by NFA definition, it is not considered a short-barreled rifle. And although short-barreled rifles aren’t entirely illegal in all 50 states, the purchase and ownership of one requires stacks of paperwork, time, and money.
Nonetheless, while AR pistols are legal to own in most states, restrictions vary greatly between states, and some states have made it unlawful to either purchase or own AR pistols. As always, it is of paramount importance that you know your own state’s gun laws and any restrictions it may have.
First made by Sig Sauer and since copied by numerous manufacturers, the Pistol Arm Brace or stabilizing brace is an attachment added to the back end of an AR pistol.
The stabilizing brace encloses on the user’s forearm, thereby stabilizing the pistol for easier and more controlled one-handed operation.
AR pistols are lightweight, compact, and versatile, making them an excellent option for smaller spaces and close-quarter tactical applications.
While a day at the range with an AR pistol is certainly nothing short of fun, AR pistols are often revered as the ultimate option for home defense. The smaller and lighter weight of the AR pistol also makes it a fantastic firearm for youth and those of smaller stature.
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