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    Building an AR pistol...need a little help

    So since prices at PSA coincide with my budget, I decided to take the leap......soooooo 7" or 10"?
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    I have both.

    The 7" is stupid handy like. A great bedside/travel gun.

    The 10" is kind of a jack of all trades, master of none. Not bad for everything and not great for anything.
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    Re: Building an AR pistol...need a little help

    Quote Originally Posted by Jayhawker View Post
    So since prices at PSA coincide with my budget, I decided to take the leap......soooooo 7" or 10"?
    SD or HD 7" is just as a PDW. Even sits nicely on your lap while driving

    If longer ranges and outdoor activities (ex. hunting) are more likely the purpose then 10".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zee View Post
    I have both.

    The 7" is stupid handy like. A great bedside/travel gun.

    The 10" is kind of a jack of all trades, master of none. Not bad for everything and not great for anything.
    What ammo is yours loaded with?
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    I like the compactness of the 7", plenty accurate at 100 yds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wambli Ska View Post
    What ammo is yours loaded with?
    Currently 62gr GD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wambli Ska View Post
    SD or HD 7" is just as a PDW. Even sits nicely on your lap while driving

    If longer ranges and outdoor activities (ex. hunting) are more likely the purpose then 10".
    I've used a 10" AR for deer and pigs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zee View Post
    Currently 62gr GD.
    Cool, thanks! Have you ever tried that combo on a pig? I don't recall you doing so but I'm getting old and memory goes first
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    I've shot a 7" and own a 10". Of the 2, I think 10 is the "Goldilocks" length. Short enough to be "handy" but still long enough for decent velocity.



    FYI, my 10" pistol is a perfect fit in a tennis racket case
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    Oh, BTW my current 7" is a PSA upper and runs flawless
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wambli Ska View Post
    Cool, thanks! Have you ever tried that combo on a pig? I don't recall you doing so but I'm getting old and memory goes first
    I've not used my 7" on game yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zee View Post
    I've not used my 7" on game yet.
    Don't want to or have not gotten to it yet?

    BTW this JUST showed up in my inbox
    http://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-8...t=5%3a00+Email

    $209!!! For an 8" upper with an M-lock free float hand guard!!! AND free shipping!
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    Palmetto has some 8.5" barrels with 1/7 twist also, I think that this is what I have instead of 7" actually, I can't recall.
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    Re: Building an AR pistol...need a little help

    And your bolt carrier group with free shipping also...
    http://palmettostatearmory.com/5-56-...oup-35099.html

    Or, nickeled for $20 more...
    http://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-a...kel-boron.html

    Dont' forget ammo....
    http://palmettostatearmory.com/speer...rds-24448.html
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    Re: Building an AR pistol...need a little help

    Quote Originally Posted by Wambli Ska View Post
    Don't want to or have not gotten to it yet?

    BTW this JUST showed up in my inbox
    http://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-8...t=5%3a00+Email

    $209!!! For an 8" upper with an M-lock free float hand guard!!! AND free shipping!
    See what I mean! Who could resist?

    Interestingly...it's illegal to carry a loaded uncased long gun in a vehicle passenger compartment in MI..however,since this little gem is registered (MI law) as a pistol it..'s legal to have in a vehicle with a CPL....
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    Re: Building an AR pistol...need a little help

    I have a 7" pistol and like it. Depends on what you want to do with it. 7 and 10 inch would both be good for HD, with the nod going to the 10 inch barrel for hunting, I think. My 7" length AR pistol makes a nice fit between the split in the truck seat and the buffer tube doesn't get in the way when shifting gears, so it makes a good truck gun.
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    Re: Building an AR pistol...need a little help

    I picked up a complete Aero Precision 7.5" upper for a steal. I was going to swap out barrels but I stuck it on my SBR lower just see how accurate it was and at 100 yards it was 2.5" to 3" all day with 55gr FMJ. I left it alone and that 3" savings might cost a few FPS (and it doesn't seem to show any signs of destabilization) but does come in nice when mounting a can cause these short barrels bark worse than anything else I own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wambli Ska View Post
    Don't want to or have not gotten to it yet?
    I'd have no qualms using it for deer and pigs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zee View Post
    I'd have no qualms using it for deer and pigs.
    Cool, when/if you do could you let me know how it goes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayhawker View Post
    See what I mean! Who could resist?

    Interestingly...it's illegal to carry a loaded uncased long gun in a vehicle passenger compartment in MI..however,since this little gem is registered (MI law) as a pistol it..'s legal to have in a vehicle with a CPL....
    Hell I already have one and I ALMOST ordered this one for no good reason at all. My wife would shoot me...
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    I have a 7" barrel and 15" (each on their own upper) for mine.
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    http://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-7...bcg-or-ch.html

    This is the upper I got around black Friday, I think current price is $20 less than I paid. I like it. Have only shot it a few times, but seemed as accurate as I can shoot offhand which is pretty much the only way I'll ever shoot it. Didn't seem excessively loud at least shooting outside. According to the guy down the like it makes a pretty nice fireball though. As others have suggested super handy!

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    Re: Building an AR pistol...need a little help

    I can't get on board with one because of that funky ass buffer tube that takes away from the pistol look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    I can't get on board with one because of that funky ass buffer tube that takes away from the pistol look.
    See "stabilizing brace".....nuff said...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    I can't get on board with one because of that funky ass buffer tube that takes away from the pistol look.
    Besides if Ya don't brace against you shoulder it shoots like C___
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    I can't get on board with one because of that funky ass buffer tube that takes away from the pistol look.
    You lack vision.
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    A 7" imperial blaster...... storm trooper approved
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.

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    Re: Building an AR pistol...need a little help

    What about sights...I'm considering irons but am open to suggestions....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayhawker View Post
    What about sights...I'm considering irons but am open to suggestions....
    Red Dot w/ backup irons.
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