COMPLETE AR-15 PISTOLS
WHAT IS AN AR PISTOL
An AR 15 Pistol is a “pistol” based on the AR-15 rifle platform with a barrel shorter than 16”. It uses a pistol brace in place of a rifle stock and can’t have a vertical foregrip. AR-15 parts work on an AR pistol with a few exceptions.Depending on the caliber of pistol you choose, you may simply need a different barrel and BCG, all the way through to needing a dedicated upper and lower receiver, magazine adapter, buffer tube and so on.
To qualify as a pistol, you must have a barrel length under 16”, no vertical foregrip and a pistol brace is a must. That last two are where AR 15 pistols stick out from the group. If you use a rifle stock or vertical foregrip, you have a Short Barreled Rifle (SBR) and those require extra steps with the government in order to own.
AR PISTOL VS. SBR
There is a lot of misinformation out there what an SBR is. So lets break it down. SBR’s, like rifle style pistols, have barrels under 16”; the minimum length set forth by the ATF to be a rifle.
AR 15 PISTOL BRACES
Pistol braces can look quite a lot like regular rifle stocks. However, their intended use is to be mounted on your forearm as you fire the “pistol” with one hand.
Thanks to modern American engineering, pistol braces are comfortable enough to be shoulder mounted, and fired like a rifle without breaking any laws. Although shoulder firing is not their “intended” use, the end users tend to do so. You can find fantastically comfortable options from SB Tactical, Foxtrot Mike, Shockwave, Strike Idustries, Sig Sauer, and CMMG.