|11.5" Barreled AR Pistol With SB15|
Online forums and other media formats are filled with information (and opinions) on this variation of the AR-15, and it seems many individuals consider the AR-15 pistol to be impractical or worse. In this blog post, I would like to briefly describe the AR pistol format, and then offer 2 applications in which it may be useful and worthy of consideration for adding to your armory.
Most AR-15 pistols will have a barrel length between 7-11.5 inches. Like a short barreled rifle, modifications to gas port size are required to ensure reliable operation. Typically, the AR pistol handguard consists of a smooth or railed free float tube that is obviously quite short in length (unless extending over the gas block). Some models are configured with a standard front sight base, but due to the extremely short sight radius inherent in this design, most current AR pistols will have some other form of gas block and flip up front and rear sights or no sights at all. In either situation, the AR-15 pistol can be more enjoyable and practical when a red-dot or holographic weapon optical sight is installed.
|Sig Sauer SB15 Arm Brace|
The AR-15 pistol is unique among pistols in its appearance and operation. The standard AR gas impingement operating system necessitates a buffer and spring inside a buffer tube, and this is a detraction for some who might consider purchasing and using the weapon. While it does increase the size of the weapon, the buffer tube can provide needed stability when braced against the forearm during use and the recent development of aftermarket parts like the Sig Sauer SB15 stabilizing arm brace turns this possible detraction into a potential benefit. Other manufacturers have chosen to use a piston operating system in their AR pistols eliminating the necessity of a buffer tube, buffer, and buffer spring completely.
Practical: One word-FUN. AR pistols are FUN to shoot. To segue from the previous argument for their benefit-it's both OK and practical to own a weapon in America simply because it provides enjoyment. Let's not get so caught up in "tactical" that we forget that "sport" is a practical, valid, and legal reason for owning and using a firearm.
Del-Ton, Inc. is committed to offering AR-15 rifles and accessories in an environment where quality meets value. We are working hard to increase our product line to include AR-15 pistol configurations and pistol parts in the near future. Thanks for reading our blog. If you have any questions about the AR-15 rifles we manufacture or the AR-15 platform parts we offer at www.del-ton.com, please feel free to contact us.