7 Reasons Why Owning An AR-15 Pistol Is Totally Worth It

UPDATE 12/13/2016: After receiving a ton of requests, I updated this article to include a few choice parts from each AR-15 pistol pictured. That way you can build one for yourself.

The AR-15 pistol is polarizing the gun community. Like cilantro, you either love the AR-15 pistol or you hate it. I’d venture a guess, though, and say that those who disparage them have never shot one.

It’s true, they have their shortcomings, but what gun doesn’t? The fact remains AR-15 pistols are fun to shoot, and depending on your set up, make great personal defense or close-quarter combat weapons.

It’s hard to qualify, but there’s is just something about shooting a short barreled AR-15 that just has to be experienced. Find someone with an AR-15 pistol and try it out for yourself – we think you’ll be hooked.

If you’re still not convinced, here are 7 reasons why owning an AR-15 pistol is totally worth it:

#1 They’re a Blast to Shoot!

7 Reasons Why Owning An AR-15 Pistol Is Totally Worth It - Reason #1 They're A Blast To Shoot

Yeah, yeah, I said that already. But did I mention they’re loud, fire breathing, attention grabbing beasts at the range. They’re also light weight and easy to get on target, which is great when you just want to get out and shoot.

Build Your Own:

Nomenclature Make Model
Lower Receiver Aero Precision Gen 2 Get Info
Hand Guard Troy Alpha Rail Get Info
Trigger Geissele Automatics Hi-Speed Get Info
Flash Suppressor Noveske KX3 Get Info
Backup Sights Magpul MBUS Gen 2 Get Info

#2 AR-15 Pistols Accept the Same Magazines and Parts as the Rifle

7 Reasons Why Owning An AR-15 Pistol Is Totally Worth It - Reason #2 AR-15 Pistols Accept The Same Magazines and Parts as the Rifle

It’s the same thing as an AR-15 rifle sans butt stock and a shorter barrel. That means it’s easy to source parts, ammunition, and accessories. With their popularity increasing, well known manufacturers are even making AR-15 pistol specific products including hand guards, buffers, and stabilizing braces.

Build Your Own:

Nomenclature Make Model
Lower Receiver Anderson Rifles N/A Get Info
Hand Guard Troy Alpha Rail Get Info
Pistol Grip Magpul K2 Get Info
Magazines Magpul PMAG Gen M3 Get Info
Backup Sights Troy Folding Battle Sights Get Info

#3 Converting an AR-15 Pistol Into an SBR is Simple

7 Reasons Why Owning An AR-15 Pistol Is Totally Worth It - Reason #3 Converting an AR-15 Pistol Into an SBR is Simple

Got the itch for an SBR? You’re halfway there. Simply apply for your tax stamp and $200 later you’re ready to go. The process is pretty straightforward. Gather your pertinent information like weapon serial number, make, model, caliber and measurements then fill out the BATFE Form 1. Submit your paperwork along with the proper fees and wait for your tax stamp. Note that some local and state jurisdictions require specific things from you or even prohibit short barreled rifles outright, so check your local laws before getting started.

Build Your Own:

Nomenclature Make Model
Pistol Grip Hogue Overmolded Get Info
Optics EOTech EXPS3 Get Info
Backup Sights Magpul MBUS Gen 2 Get Info
Buttstock Magpul CTR Get Info
Magazines Magpul PMAG Gen M3 Windowed Get Info

#4 They’re a Great Alternative to an SBR in States Where They’re Illegal


7 Reasons Why Owning An AR-15 Pistol Is Totally Worth It - Reason #4 They’re A Great Alternative To An SBR In States Where They’re Illegal

In states like California or New York, where short-barreled riffles are banned outright, the AR-15 pistol makes a great alternative. You can also transport your weapon across state lines without additional paperwork or risk of running foul of the law. It’s an interesting consideration, especially if you travel a lot.

Build Your Own:

Nomenclature Make Model
Hand Guard Daniel Defense DDM4 Rail Get Info
Pistol Grip Bravo Company Gunfighter MOD-3 Get Info
Optics ELCAN Spector DR Sight Get Info
Backup Sights Knights Armament Folding Sight Get Info
Arm Brace KAK Industry Shockwave Get Info

#5 You Get a Rifle Round in a Compact Form

7 Reasons Why Owning An AR-15 Pistol Is Totally Worth It - Reason #5 You Get a Rifle Round in a Compact Form

The standard 5.56 round is more than capable in barrels 10.5 inches and longer. A great alternative is the 300 AAC Blackout, which works great in barrels as short as 7.5 inches and in suppressed applications.

Build Your Own:

Nomenclature Make Model
Upper Receiver Rainier Arms UltraMatch Billet Get Info
Lower Receiver Rainier Arms UltraMatch Billet Get Info
Hand Guard Geissele Automatics MK 8 Super Modular Rail Get Info
Pistol Grip Magpul K2 Get Info
Backup Sights Magpul MBUS Pro Get Info

#6 AR-15 Pistols are a Great CQB or PDW Option

7 Reasons Why Owning An AR-15 Pistol Is Totally Worth It - Reason #6 AR-15 Pistols are a Great CQB or PDW Option

Don’t overlook the AR-15 pistol as a CQB or PDW weapon. With its compact design, high capacity, and range of potential calibers, there’s sure to be an option to fit your needs.

Build Your Own:

Nomenclature Make Model
Lower Receiver Palmetto State Armory Classic Get Info
Upper Receiver Aero Precision Assembled Upper Get Info
Flash Suppressor KAK Industry Flash Can Get Info
Optics Primary Arms Micro Dot Get Info
Arm Brace Sig Sauer SB15 Get Info

#7 They’re Still Relatively Unique and Cool

7 Reasons Why Owning An AR-15 Pistol Is Totally Worth It - Reason #7 They’re Still Relatively Rare, Cool, And Unique

This fits in that “fun to shoot” category. However, there’s a certain appeal to having a unique weapon that everyone wants. How many AR-15 pistols have you seen at the range lately?

Build Your Own:

Nomenclature Make Model
Lower Receiver Noveske N4 Chainsaw Get Info
Pistol Grip Bravo Company Gunfighter MOD-3 Get Info
Muzzle Brake Advanced Armament Blackout Get Info
Optics EOTech EXPS3 Get Info
Arm Brace Sig Sauer SB15 Get Info

Bonus – #8 Because You can

7 Reasons Why Owning An AR-15 Pistol Is Totally Worth It - Bonus Reason #8 Because You Can

There’s no better reason why owning an AR-15 pistol is totally worth it than because you can own one. Listen, your right to own anything AR-15 related is constantly under attack, just look at the recent news surrounding the Sig Brace and M855 Ammo. There’s no better way to secure your rights than to exercise them.

  • After receiving a ton of requests, I updated this article to include a few choice parts from each AR-15 pistol pictured.

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