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.
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.