(Article courtesy of Tactical Life)

Angstadt Arms of Charlotte, North Carolina, is a newer company that specializes in making AR-15-style carbines, pistols and short-barreled rifles (SBRs) that use Glock magazines and dedicated receivers rather than a mil-spec design. Angstadt’s firearms are chambered in 9mm, .40 S&W or .357 SIG, and the company also makes select-fire units for police and military units. Angstadt also sells stripped receiver sets and caliber conversion kits, all of which use 100-percent American-made parts.

Though 9mm carbines that use Glock magazines are hardly novel, Angstadt Arms makes a complete rifle that has the same controls as the AR-15 and uses Glock magazines. (Several other companies use different charging handles, bolt catches and fire control switches that result in a gun only reminiscent of the AR-15.)

I learned of Angstadt Arms from a Wilmington, Delaware, CSI detective who explained that his agency allows officers to equip their cars with carbines in pistol calibers, but not rifles in calibers like the 5.56mm NATO. Departmental policy aside, having interchangeable pistol and rifle magazines makes tactical and logistical sense.

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