Seen by some as nothing more than a range toy, many shooters now use AR-15 pistols in a variety of roles including home defense. With the advent of pistol arm braces, there is renewed interest in this useful variant of the ubiquitous AR.

I prefer the 9mm flavor as the lack of a gas system make even silly short barrels function just fine. The New Frontier Armory AR pistol in the featured image has an 8 inch barrel and shoots great out to 100 yards.

In this video from The Legal Brief , our favorite lawyer Adam Kraut talks about the laws surrounding AR Pistols.

 

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Links for this episode:

Handgun Definition – 18 USC § 921(a)(29) https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/te… Rifle Definition – 18 USC §921(a)(7) https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/te…

Handgun – 27 CFR § 478.11 https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/…

Pistol – 27 CFR § 478.11 https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/…

Firearm – 26 USC § 5845(a) https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/te…

Firearm – 27 CFR § 479.11 https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/…

Rifle – 26 USC § 5845(c) https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/te…

Rifle – 27 CFR § 479.11 https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/…

Short Barrel Rifle – 18 USC § 921(a)(8) https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/te…

Short Barrel Rifle – 27 CFR § 478.11 https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/…

Pistol – 27 CFR § 479.11 https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/…

ATF Open Letter on VFGs https://www.atf.gov/firearms/docs/ope…

Gripstop Determination Letter https://princelaw.files.wordpress.com…

Magpul AFG Determination Letter http://blog.roninsgrips.com/wp-conten…

ATF Ruling 2011-4 https://www.atf.gov/firearms/docs/rul…

Receiver with Buttstock https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles…