AR Pistol Kits are more popular than ever as many enthusiasts discover their versatility and almost endless customization options. If you’re considering AR pistol kits, here’s what you should know before gettng started.
Maintream news outlets are not the most accurate source for discovering the facts about AR pistol kits and pistols. Here is a basic listing of legal issues pertaining to AR pistols.
- AR pistols are legal to own in most states and are regulated by the ATF the same as any other handgun. Check your state’s laws for detailed information.
- An AR pistol has a barrel shorter than 16 inches with an overall length of the gun that does not exceed 26 inches.
- You cannot attach a vertical foregrip to an AR pistol. Laws prohit using a 90-degree vertical grip. An angled grip does not violate the law.
- New ATF Rule 2021R-08F “Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached Stabilizing Braces.” This new law effective January 1, 2023, redefines weapons classified as “short-barreled rifles” under the Gun Control Act of 1968. AR Pistols equipped with stabilizing braces are now subject to regulation under the National Firearms Act. See the CBC Industries’ blog on this topic here.
Braces vs. Stocks
Here is some important clarification on AR pistol braces and stocks to help you understand the legal classifications of your AR pistol kits and firearms.
Pistol Braces — an AR pistol brace is typically made of rubber with a velcro loop or stabilizing fin that fits in the crook of the elbow. This is used to stabilize your pistol for one-handed shooting and was originally designed for disabled veterans. It mounts to the rear of your AR pistol.
Rifle Stocks — also called buttstocks, are devices fitted to the rear of a weapon that enables bracing it against the shoulder to absorb recoil. Rifle stocks fitted to any firearm with a barrel less than 16 inches make that weapon a Short-Barreled Rifle (SBR) requiring a federal stamp.
Shooting & Handling Characteristics
AR pistols are not like any other pistol you have used before. Their size, weight, and customizable configuration can make them bulkier and more difficult to handle. Plus, you are shooting rifle rounds from an oversized pistol, so expect more recoil. The pistol brace made one-handed shooting easier, but you can see the complications surrounding them above.
All this is not to say you should avoid AR pistol kits. Their compact size and weight make for versatile shooting platforms and kits allow customization to build a pistol fitting your preferences. The key is to balance your options to create the handgun you will best use. Consider these common tradeoffs:
- Weight reduces recoil and increases accuracy but degrades balance and handling.
- Barrel length increases velocity and weight but degrades handling.
- Adding mods and accessories can improve performance but degrade balance and handling.
In short, be sure to order AR pistol kits and accessories to build the custom firearm that meets you needs according to how to plan to use it.
Popular Uses for AR Pistol Kits
Why are AR pistol kits so popular? They fill a wide variety of roles in everything from target shooting to competition and more. Here are the most popular uses for AR pistol kits.
Hobby Shooting — AR pistol kits are simply fun to build and shoot and make great platforms for hobby shooting at indoor or outdoor ranges or even in the backyard.
Self-Defense — Because they can be easily stored and handled in confined spaces, AR pistol kits are ideal for creating a self-defense weapon for your home or vehicle.
Hunting — The versatility of the AR pistol platform means you can use AR pistol kits to create the ultimate, easily carried hunting firearm for small or large game at short or long distances.
Competition — AR pistol kits allow users to build highly accurate firearms that are suitable for competition shooting. Choosing the best combination for competition is easy with all the options available.
Always Choose Quality
Your main consideration when researching AR pistol kits should always be quality. After all, you are building a weapon; but we understand that value is also an important factor. CBC Industries backs the parts in our AR pistol kits with a lifetime warranty. We always strive to provide the best value for the best quality products.
Search our online store and review all the AR pistol kits available, plus the parts and accessories you can use to customize your firearm for particular uses.
AR Pistol Kits
CBC AR pistol kits present you with an opportunity to acquire an AR pistol at a discounted price by enabling you to take on the assembly process yourself. We provide a versatile selection of AR pistol kits in multiple configurations and caliber options. Our AR pistol kits offer superior quality, dependability, and performance that will satisfy the most demanding shooter. The quality of our AR pistol kit parts are backed by our Lifetime Warranty – if any component of a CBC pistol kit becomes defective, CBC will repair or replace it at no charge.
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