Update: The new pistol brace rule means you need to register a pistol with a brace as a Short Barreled Rifle. Or you can just buy a pistol without a brace, or remove one that is already attached, which is what we recommend for now.
We’re actively sourcing pistols without braces at the moment. If we can only find them with braces, we recommend you strip them off and don’t hit the range with the brace attached.
Legal challenges are already stacking up and we’re pretty sure there will be some modification to this rule before long.
But you really don’t want to be the test case.
You CAN still legally buy and own the pistol, though, that is not a problem. Lots of Blackout enthusiasts already deal with the NFA shenanigans for a suppressor, too, and most of the Short Barreled Rifle paperwork isn’t as scary as you might think.
We are completely opposed to the way this rule has been introduced as it turns the ATF into lawmakers and infringes so many rights that it is a rant in itself. But this is the landscape as it stands and forewarned is forearmed and all…
Read the full details of the ruling here, then buy your gun with confidence.
Now, Back to the Post
The best 300 Blackout pistol is basically our favorite addition to the firearms fold in recent years. This is a major step forward for home defense, target shooting and even hunting.
Advanced Armament Corporation pulled out all the stops to give you rifle levels of stopping power and accuracy. That’s hot.
The round is tougher, stronger and flies further than 5.56mm NATO. Apart from the cost,
300BLK Rocks With a Suppressor
It’s made to work with a suppressor, too, in sub-sonic form. That’s the real USP.
Of course a suppressor is an NFA item that takes a $200 tax stamp and about eight months of your life to work through the system. So if you’re doing that anyway, the recent changes to the pistol brace rules really won’t affect you that much.
And if you’re buying a Blackout pistol then you really should get the suppressor, so start the process asap.
This really is two guns in one with a can and becomes one of the best gun deals you can find.
Specialist Defense and CQB
You can have a silenced Blackout semi-auto weapon of war in your gun safes that won’t blow out your ear drums as well. You will struggle to find a better Combat weapon than these.
Best AAC 300 Blackout Pistols of 2023
1. Sig Sauer Spear LT
- Price: $2,979.99
- Barrel: 9
- Pistol Length: 21
- Weight: 5.6lb
- Capacity: 30+1
The MCX Platform goes to the next military level with the Sig Spear LT pistol.
The Sig MCX Spear chambered in the new .277 Fury has been adopted by the US military. Now the company is bringing rifles and pistols to the masses.
Now this is expensive hardware, but it’s the ultimate iteration of the MCX with a longer barrel. This one comes with a relatively long barrel for accuracy and power.
This design ethos without an exposed buffer means it plays right in to the hands of the new pistol regs.
2. Patriot Ordnance Factory Renegade Plus
- Price: $1,898.99
- Barrel: 10.75 inch
- Pistol Length: 21 inch (without brace)
- Weight: 7lb
- Capacity: 30+1
POF has taken the simple Eugene Stoner concept to the extreme and employed its legendary extraction tech to create a better AR pistol. And if you’re happy to stick with the exposed buffer tube design, this is the one…
The ‘Plus’ version gets the flat Geissele match grade trigger with a 3.5lb pull, aggressive styling on the 7 inch M-LOK Renegade free float handguard and the multi-chamber flash hider. It all works.
POF Renegade+ Tech Highlights
The black version is good enough for most mere mortals, though, and it gets a Hard Anodized coating of its own.
The 10.5 inch cold hammer forged barrel is heat treated and Nitride coated.
You get a 9 inch version of the legendary POF Renegade M-LOK rail and a whole host of other goodies. most of all you get that POF seal of approval and you should have that at least once in your life. Even the stippling feels a cut above the rank and file.
The Plus part of the POF Renegade Plus name is significant. It means you get a Geissele match-grade, two stage trigger. A roller cam pin and patented heat sink nut help beat the traditional issues with the direct system: fouling and reliability.
Direct Impingement vs Piston System
Direct systems are largely lighter than the gas-piston operated systems, which is a real advantage in the field. Piston systems are largely more reliable, though, thanks to keeping the chamber cleaner. They offer greater adjustment, too, which counts when shooting with a suppressor.
Technically there are better here, but this is a brilliant Combat Weapon, range shooter and home defense tool at a relatively affordable price.
3. CMMG Dissent Mk4 300 BLK
- Price: $1,826.99
- Pistol Barrel: 6.5 inch
The pistol brace ban has forced manufacturers to look at their pistol layouts. In many cases, a monolithic upper receiver was the answer and the CMMG Dissent Mk4 300 BLK is one of our favorites.
Weighing in at just 4.6lb, with no buffer or brace, this AAC Blackout semi-auto pistol is basically a concealed carry. That’s w3hy we love the CMMG Dissent Mk4 300 BLK.
The CMMG DIssent Mk4 is a bufferless system that uses the CMMG Compact Action that could go on to become a winner in the sector.
You can get a CMMG Dissent MK4 300 BLK in burnt bronze, olive and a wide variety of other colors and calibers.
We’re already featuring his next wave blackout semi auto pistol chambered in 9mm Luger in th 9mm AR pistols post, and the 5.56 NATO CMMG DIssent Mk4 is solid too.
4. Daniel Defense DDM4 V7P
- Price: $1,916.99
- Caliber: AAC 300
- Barrel: 7 inch
- Pistol length: 20.75 inch
- Weight: 5.7lb
The Daniel Defense in all its forms, rifle, pistol and SBR,
The Daniel Defense DDM4 V7P pistol is over-engineered for the average consumer. It comes with the upper and lower receiver, CNC machined from billet 7075-T6 aluminum. The finished work then gets a matte black aluminum Type III Hard Coat Anodized finish.
The 4140 hardened steel block comes with adjustable gas and a Heavy Phosphate Coating.
The cold hammer-forged barrel is produced from Chrome Moly Steel. It also gets fully HP/MPI tested and then the outside of that is Heavy Phosphate coated. A flash suppressor sits out front, loud and proud.
Is this Pistol the Complete 300 BLK? Probably Yes
This is arguably the best 300 Blackout AR-15 pistol with heavy-hitting rounds. It features everything you want and nothing you don’t.
You can also dress it with a few different AR-15 parts & accessories, depending on your needs and shooting technique.
Custom gun parts are available pretty much everywhere, but out the box the DDM4 is a winner. The Law Tactical brace pistol kit is another option.
5. Radical Firearms RF Forged Pistol
- Price: $616.99
- Barrel: 10.5 inch
- Full length: 25 inch
- Weight: 7.9lb
Radical Firearms produces some of the finest cheap guns for sale that less money can buy. Now normally they’re cheaper than this, but these are weird times and relatively this is still a good price.
The Radical Firearms RF pistol comes with a longer barrel profile than the specialist CQBs here, but that’s good for accuracy without expensive engineering. So if you’re looking for long range capability and you don’t have all that much money, well these gun deals work.
Aside from that it’s budget engineering, done well. The elite compact pistols won’t feel threatened by its presence, but a home intruder will. Radical is also known for reliability these days, after some early issues, and customers tend to be repeat customers.
6. Maxim Defense PDX SPS
- Price: $2,065.99
- Barrel: 5.5 inch
- Full length: 18.75inch
- Weight: 5.6lb
Maxim Defense made an impressive name with stocks for pistols and rifles. But now it has gone and done this to basically ensure you are safe from the impending pistol brace ban.
There is no pistol brace really, just the Maxim Defense PDX SCW pistol system, but there is room to attach a legal one to the grip later when the legalities get confirmed. It looks a lot like a small upper receiver extension to us, and that means this gun is short and can be swung around the house with relative ease. It also sits and pivots more naturally on your hip.
Buy a Pistol Without a Shoulder Brace, Definitively
Also, it’s definitely not a shoulder brace, which seems to be useful right now.
The Hatebrake muzzle device on the Maxim Defense PDX SPS joins forces with an ALG Combat Trigger to create a much more accurate short pistol than you might be used to. This is well balanced and also designed to be used with a pistol sling, and maybe a red dot.
Here’s the version with the ‘proper’ pistol brace and a reviewer waxing lyrical over the accuracy and reliability.
7. B&T APC300
- Price: $3,226.99
- Barrel: 8.75 inch
- Pistol Length: 21 inch (without brace)
- Weight: 7lb
- Capacity: 30+1
B&T make some stellar firearms and we’re particularly in love with their 9mm range that are lightweight, minimalist and aimed at the military user. The APC300 is an altogether bulkier semi-automatic monolithic style pistol.
The B&T APC300 is based on the assault rifle that the Swiss company churns out for SWAT teams, specialist military units and law enforcement around the world.
B&T has built its reputation on its work with the military, especially with its lightweight 9mm SMGs. We love the B&T TP9 and we’re also big fans of the budget B&T GHM9.
The Company’s 9mm SMGs Are Legends
Brugger & Thomet is still a relative newcomer on these shores, but the gun reviews speak for themselves. The B&T KH9 is a legend, while the TP9 is a modern day Tec-9 or Uzi made with Swiss engineering and the GHM9 is a cheaper option. Of course they make great guns.
It also gives you options and you can trim your weapon and ammo depending on your requirements. That makes these more flexible than the old-school AR-15. That’s all there is to it.
Heavyweight With Heavyweight Pedigree
The APC300 is a heavy piece of engineering at 7lb, and that’s without any form of brace and red dot. A lot of people fit a folding stock and turn this into an SBR.
Then you start getting into trouble with the paperwork as it’s not a pistol anymore. But you know the gun laws stuff by now…
B&T make high price, high spec precision firearms for the military and this is just one of the best semi-automatic civilian SMGs that you can buy. It’s not the prettiest B&T and we prefer some of their other weapons, but it’s still a match for anything here when it comes to functionality.
Everything is Mil-spec, because that’s who this was designed for. So you can expect match-grade precision, bulked up to deal with the rigors of daily abuse. There’s an ambi safety selector and charge handle, too, natch, and the buffer tube is contained within the receiver.
B&T will sell you a great Pistol Caliber Carbine, too. Look here for more information:
8. ATI Omni Hybrid MAXX P4 300BLK
- Price: $508.99
- Barrel: 8.5 inch
- Pistol Length: 25 inch
- Weight: 4.5lb
This is the plastic AR pistol that you may have been waiting for. Polymer receivers mean this is seriously light and also insane cheap.
Replacing the forged aluminum receivers with fiber reinforced polymer molds over a Zinc insert has potentially shown us the future of the AR-15 industry. We already largely shoot plastic handguns, but the metal AR-15 was sacred, until now.
Now American Tactical Inc feels it has solved the engineering issues that go with the increased force and rate of fire.
It has been torture tested, as you’d expect, but ATI firing 2000 rounds doesn’t really interest me. Online reviews reveal happy owners, which is far more important when it comes to relying on a gun for personal defense.
Polymer AR-15 Gets Rave Reviews
So far the reviews on all the gunbroker sites seem to be singing the same song. The ATI Omni Hybrid Maxx P4 300BLK is reliable, accurate and there are no weird issues with flex. Indeed as the tech improves then flex could actually be incorporated into certain parts to lower recoil and tune the handling.
Right now the ATI is simply a lightweight AR-15 that is also one of the cheapest here.
It might not turn into a family heirloom firearm, but for this money does it really need to? The weight alone makes it a compelling option and the RRP means you can have several ATI Omni Hybrid Maxx P4 polymers all round the house for the same cost as one big name.
9. Wilson Combat Protector Pistol
- Price: $2,221.99
- Caliber: 300 Blackout
- Action: Semi-automatic
- Barrel: 11.3 inch
- Total Length: 27.5-30 inch
- Weight: 5.8lb
The Wilson Combat Protector Carbine is one of the best in the business. We really don’t need to push that point too hard.
The AAC 300 Blackout AR PIstol Wilson Combat AR-15 Protector Pistol isn’t cheap, but it’s hardly a bank breaker either. It’s right in the sweet spot where it can take on the likes of Daniel Defense Pistol and Patriot Ordnance Factory.
The longer 11.3″ barrel keeps this Wilson Combat out of a straight fight with the Sig MCX Rattler. But we’re a special edition away from an intriguing war with the Canebrake that could give this matte black beast the top spot.
Forged Receivers Keep Costs Down on Entry Level
You get Wilson Combat forged receivers, which goes some way to explaining the relatively cheap price. The stainless steel barrel is match-grade. A lot of the parts are top drawer, down to the polished feed ramps. But they’re
The dressings include a two-stage Tactical Trigger with a simple takedown procedure that means cleaning is a breeze. There’s a Bravo Company Manufacturing grip, a Wilson-Rogers Super-
Even Harder Hitting Full Metal Jacket Ammo for Sale
You can opt for the company’s 300 HAMR, which promises the ballistic performance of a .308 Win round in something more manageable. The company claims it pumps out 40% more energy at 200 yards than standard 300 BLK ammunition. The terminal ballistics sound impressive indeed.
But if you’re going to do that then there are other options and that proprietary ammo could get really expensive or disappear altogether if the math doesn’t stack up. For a home defense weapon or general range shooting, 300 Blackout is probably the best option.
The Most Accurate Here?
So this round would be our choice for the Wilson Combat AR-15 Protector Pistol. This will be a match for anything on this list when it comes to accuracy at the outer limits of the range.
It’s a real 200-300 yard hunter, too, which is sometimes all the range you need in a lightweight and portable package. 300 BLK is a new cartridge, too, in the grand scheme of things. It’s going to get better.
10. Sig Sauer MCX Canebrake Rattler PCB
- Price: $2,754.99
- Caliber: AAC Blackout
- Barrel: 5.5 inch
- Total Length: 29.25 inch
- Weight: 6.5lb
The Sig MCX Rattler Canebrake PCB comes with 5.5″ barrel and an integral suppressor. You can switch it out for the dummy muzzle devices while you’re waiting for the NFA paperwork and tax stamp you need for the SIGSRD762 suppressor.
That gives a nicer line to your billet receiver and that matters. Inevitably there’s an ambidextrous safety and the pistol grip is top quality.
That means you can enjoy your new Sig Canebrake as soon as you buy yours online and pick it up from your local FFL dealer. Well, don’t do it in a built-up area…
This gets a flat-blade two-stage match-grade trigger and a Cerakote finished billet upper and lower receiver set. The folding Pivoting Contour Brace (PCB) offers all the support of a PDW with the convenience of a simple folding brace.
Hand Guard Contains Suppressor
The integral suppressor set-up requires a longer handguard that comes with a contrasting matte black finish. That folding brace means the Sig MCX Canebrake PCB is more comfortable to shoot the Rattler. It’s longer, and you give up the concealed carry element. But that actually works in its favor.
If you run it suppressed or not, that extra real estate means you can adopt a more comfortable shooting technique. You’re not hunched right up on a rapidly exploding chamber. That distance is no bad thing and it means you can focus on your target.
This is a Rattler+
There’s a long Picatinny Rail running down its spine. Hand placement is also much easier with the Canebrake’s SD handguard. And the adjustable gas piston system and internals are all MCX Rattler. So they’re the best basically.
11. Diamondback DB15
- Price: $993.99
- Barrel: 10 inch
- Total Length: 29.25 inch
- Weight: 6.5lb
The Diamondback Firearms DB15 features on a number of our lists for rifles, pistols etc. That includes the best budget blackout AR-15 pistol, best AR-15 pistol for $1000 and more. In long or short form, or chambered in 300 Blackout, this is a great gun.
But this simple AR-style pistol achieves greatness without doing anything truly special at all. The Diamondback DB15 is a solid, mid-range gun with a pistol length gas system, a lick of Nickel Boron coated finish and a muzzle thread for a silencer. The pistol grip is solid too.
The Diamondback DB15 is accurate enough, sturdy enough and it’s the right price. That works for a lot of you, and you’re absolutely right. The Diamondback DB15 is a stone cold bargain.
12. Palmetto State Armory JAKL AAC 300BLK
- Price: $999.99
- Caliber: AAC 300 Blackout
- Barrel: 8.5 inch
- Total: 26.5 inch
- Weight: 5.8lb
- Capacity: 30+1
Palmetto State Armory has left the super cheap 300 Blackout pistols behind them to bring the 6105 monolithic upper receiver with a bufferless system that is fully captured within the monolithic receiver.
Technically this Palmetto State Armory AAC Blackout is a hybrid of an AR and AK pistol with a long stroke gas piston design, Carpenter 158 bolt and 4340 carrier.
Palmetto State Armory Spec is Solid
It’s a Chrome Moly Steel barrel with a 1:8 twist rate attached to forged 7075 T6 aluminum receivers that get hardcoat anodized for durability. It’s a Mil-spec style trigger, whatever that is, and it’s a single stage trigger that works well. There’s a free float rail system, too. It’s all decent.
13. Q Honeybadger
- Price: $2,957.99
- Action: Semi-auto
- Barrel: 7 inch barrel
- Length: 20-26 inch
- Weight: 4.8lb
The story of the Q Honeybadger pistol, is just too long and winding to get into here. Suffice to say we waited years for an AAC Blackout pistol that has now shown up, together with a cheaper sibling.
Now you can buy the The Fix by Q Sniper rifle in 308 Win. The Honeybadger has gone into a higher price bracket and made space for the Sugar Weasel.
I don’t even know anymore… Whatever happens, happens…
Read more about the Honeybadger pistol here.
Where Can You Buy a Honeybadger?
It was made for the special forces in real life, when a US team approached Blackout inventor Kevin Brittingham and the team at AAC. Like the SAS, they wanted a replacement for the 9mm pistol semi-automatic HK MP5. The Honeybadger was born.
Then it crossed the virtual divide and became an icon in games like Call of Duty. That’s where it stayed, for years, but it’s here now. Kind of…
This is from the Advanced Armament Corps people, the people that actually invented the ammunition.
Not Just a Gaming Legend
It’s an absolute weapon of war, everything that can be is CNC machined and relies on a simple gas system and a proprietary trigger that give the special forces a competitive advantage. We like the design, we love the flash hider, muzzle brake, whatever you like, and we think we can finally recommend it.
The truth is, the Q Sugar Weasel and Honeybadger would always sell out. It’s a limited edition firearm, it’s a part of pop culture and gamers around the country will fight in real time to get hold of one. Finally, you can.
14. Windham Weaponry RP9SFS-7-300
- Price: $1,526.99
- Caliber: AAC Blackout Semi-Auto Pistol
- Barrel: 9 inch
- Total: 24.75 inches
- Weight: 5.5lb
Windham Weaponry has established a reputation for supremely good 5.56mm NATO firearms at a solid price.
That price started out as budget pistol, but the company has moved to the mid-range pretty quickly. That’s OK, it can hang with that crowd, but why the hell did they give it this name?
Aside from the alphabetti spaghetti nonsense for a title, this is a solid 300 Blackout pistol. The 9 inch length barrel gives this a different look and feel.
Windham Weaponry hasn’t reinvented the genre. It hasn’t tried. But this is a very decent AR that will get the job done.
15. Sig Sauer Rattler Pistol 300 BLK
- Price: $2,631.99
- Caliber: 300 Blackout
- Action: Adjustable Piston
- Barrel : 5.5 inch
- Total Length: 19.3-23 inch
- Weight: 5.1lb
The Sig Sauer MCX Rattler is simply in a different league. It’s an elite compact in every sense.
This is military hardware, plain and simple. It was developed specifically for the British SAS. This is basically the replacement for the 9mm pistol, HK MP5 that is basically standard equipment for every special forces team around the world to this day.
It has found its way into the hands of military personnel,
Pistol 300 BLK is a Flexible Bullet, Not Like That…
The flexibility of the new cartridge and their hands is a
It’s almost too compact for general plinking and you do have to adapt to it, but this is an absolute thoroughbred of a semi-auto defensive weapon.
Urban warfare is its natural environment. Putting the Sig Rattler next to almost anything on this list feels like comparing a NASCAR racer to a Porsche 911. These guys feel the HK SP5 is the right sort of competitor. That’s wild…
Concealed Carry 300BLK
Most the time, you’d rather drive a Porsche, like you’d probably have more fun shooting a longer gun. But when you really want to go to war, this is light years ahead. I mean it’s basically a concealed carry.
It was built around the cartridge and the Sig RD762 suppressor line. The short barrel that makes room for a suppressor and a compact PDW brace that keeps it short enough to shoot from the hip. If you do that.
Piston System Perfectly Contained in AR CCW
The gas piston actuation system in the MCX is a packaging and ergonomics masterclass. How all this tech got crammed in there, reliably, I’m still not entirely sure. It’s a captured recoil system, rather than a traditional buffer, and it all happens within that upper receiver. It’s clever stuff.
The adjustable gas block means you can instantly switch between suppressed subsonic ammunition to full-bore supersonic monsters with AR-15+ impact.
Rattler isn’t for Novice Shooters
We do concede that it’s so focused and compact that you might have to adjust.
In many ways, this is the absolute pinnacle, the best AR for sale in 2021. But it’s such a specialist operator that it probably shouldn’t be the first one you buy.
Start with a more general tool, before you go to the AR that is so small you could use it as a CCW. It would be weird and your friends might talk, but you could…
These guns aren’t available right now, from what we can see. But they may return…
16. Springfield Armory Saint Victor Pistol
- Price: $1,312.99
- Caliber: 300 Blackout
- Barrel: 7.5 inch
- Total: 26.5 inch
- Weight: 5.8lb
- Capacity: 30+1
If this were the best under $1000, the Springfield Saint Victor et al would be right up there.
Value For Money, But Not the Best…
Inevitably it can’t quite keep pace with these Gods of the Arena, that’s why they cost orders of magnitude more.
The Springfield Armory Saint is a solid piece of kit, though. There are occasional murmurs about reliability on internet forums, but they seem to get countered by user reviews that sing the Springfield Armory Saint’s praises.
Is it a DDM4 PDW or a POF? No it isn’t, that’s why it comes with this price tag.
Springfield Armory Saint Pistol a Low Cost Star
The spec makes for encouraging reading when you get down to it and it’s easy to see how the company has successfully chased the economies of scale with the Saint AR-15.
This is the Springfield Saint pistol in its sexiest form, too. The faux suppressor muzzle device looks the absolute business.
The SB Tactical SBX-K tactical brace is good enough, but the Springfield Saint pistol with a Shockwave stabilizing brace is a thing of beauty too. It looks inherently right as a combat weapon, although you’d have to be a soldier in one of those failed states to price shop your duty weapon…
Melonite Coated Barrel on Saint
Still, the 416R barrel is Melonite coated and that should be better than a chrome-lined barrel. A 1:7 twist is fairly standard and the matte finish black Saint really isn’t a long-distance sniper. It was never intended to be. It’s a close quarters powerhouse that works with subsonic or supersonic ammunition.
It won’t make that transition quite as well as some here. But you get what you pay for and that really is the nth degree of engineering.
Of course it’s a direct gas set-up and comes with a buffer tube. The 7075-T6 forged receivers are aluminum Type III Hard Coat Anodized.
The trigger is an in-house job and it comes with a Nickel Boron coated finish that means it should stand the test of time. There is more Melonite on the Enhanced M16 Bolt Carrier Group and you get a Carbine H heavy tungsten buffer.
It’s good, but it’s not quite enough in this exalted company and the Ruger still wins the low budget war.
17. ZEV Tech Core Elite
- Price: $1,844.99
- Pistol Barrel length: 8.5 inch
- Total: 25 inch
- Weight: 5.49lb
We know it’s partly the gold barrel, which you can buy off the shelf, but the ZEV Tech Core Elite speaks to us. We want it.
It’s competition grade, high price, high spec all the way and deserves a leading red dot up top. It isn’t cheap but this is one of the best gun deals here.
ZEV Tech forged its reputation with aftermarket Glock parts & accessories. Now, after a merger with MEGA Arms, it has become a regular feature on our best AR-15 rifles/pistols lists.
300 BLK Comes With Shorter Barrel Profile
This is the shorter barrel version and it’s an absolute beauty, especially with the Direct Thread Warden Blast Diffuser muzzle devices. The user reviews online absolutely love it and pretty much all of them claim this is a match for more expensive hardware.
The upper and lower receiver are forged 7075-T6 aluminum and coated in matte black class 2 anodized finish. It’s a fixed low profile gas block and a H3 carbine buffer system, so it’s a simpler weapon than the fancier options at the top of the list. That’s why it’s cheaper.
The fixed block is a compromise setting, but it works well.
The Bolt Carrier Group is chrome-lined and Manganese Phosphate coated. That’s the secret to the ZEV – basic tech that has been executed perfectly.
Shockwave Blade Gives Sharp Look
It’s all finished off with a KAK Shockwave brace. The user reviews all say that the fit and finish is perfect, every part feels perfect and this is a bargain.
18. CMMG Banshee Mk4
- Price: $1,349.99
- Barrel: 8 inches
- Length: 23.8 inch
- Weight: 5.12lb
Any version of the new CMMG Banshee Mk4 is going to be a winner.
CMMG always made solid firearms. But this AR-style pistol, the CMMG Banshee Mk4 has made a real splash and is one of the best 300 Blackout pistols in 2023.
It’s the short barreled lightweight of the line-up, and arguably the consumer grade offering. But the CMMG Banshee Mk4 is available in almost every bullet, from 300BLK down to 9mm. That’s good.
The CMMG Banshee Mk4 PDW has grabbed headlines round the world, but this version of the CMMG Banshee Mk4 is just as capable and comes with a Tactical SBA3 Pistol SBA3 brace.
19. Q Sugar Weasel
- Price: $1,917.99
- Caliber: AAC Blackout
- Barrel: 7 inch
- Total Length: 27.6 inch
- Weight: 7.1lb
Q has given us nightmares before finally releasing the Honeybadger AAC Blackout semi auto pistol and this is the cheaper version. Well, normally it’s cheaper.
Nothing is cheap right now and this is a vendor with a gun, charging what they like. That’s supply and demand we guess.
This was always meant to be the entry level version of the Honeybadger that grabbed headlines for years thanks to its video game roots. It took years too long to arrive and there were NFA issues along the way, but there are guns out there now. And they are superb.
While the SugarWeasel was designed to be cheaper, it offers a lot of the features of the premium pistol. If you see one buy it, you will love it.
Raider SCR-300PM M-LOK FightLite
- Price: $959.99
- Barrel: 7.25 inch
- Pistol Length: 20.25 inch
- Weight: 3.9lb
- Capacity: 10+1
This isn’t the best Blackout AR-15 pistol from a military perspective. In fact it’s absurd. This is an AR-15 with a birds head grip for no real reason at all. Other than a very tentative easy to transport concealed carry, maybe….
There might be a law it gets round, but I don’t know what it is apart from a fantastic truck gun. Instead, I tend to believe that this is clever marketing, simply mixing things we know and love to create a new flavor. The FightLite Raider is pretty much Cherry Coke.
It doesn’t serve much of a purpose beyond a truck gun. And pump action shotguns and other pistols do that job. But this 300 Blackout pistol will be a lot of fun.
It is quite clever how the buffer is contained in the grip, and it is super lightweight. Because it has no pistol grip, to speak of, or stabilizing brace. That should mean it’s legal now, and could be a real reason to bring it back.
Mainly it’s fun, I think that’s the USP and trying to justify it any other way comes off a bit needy. This isn’t really a tactical solution for anything. It is what it is, and you will enjoy it. Sometimes that’s enough and it is an awesome truck gun.
21. F-1 Firearms UDR 15
- Price: $2,599
- Barrel: 8.5 inch
- Pistol Length: 26
- Weight: 5.6lb
The skeletonized styling from F-1 firearms will either grab you, or it really won’t. There’s no real in-between, but there’s no denying the quality of the construction and fast handling potential.
F-1 Firearms made its name with spares, upgrades
Shockwave Blade is Minimalist Too
The plastic matte black Shockwave blade and buffer tube
The F-1 Firearms Bolt carrier gets a
A Dragon Slay sits up front. The low profile gas block joins up with a free floating S7M Super Lite M-LOK rail. An RA Avalanche Mod 2 and RA EMMR mag release show the obsessive attention to detail.
The F-1 Firearms UDR-15 isn’t just a thrown together advert for the company’s parts & spares business. It is the real deal and we;ll put together a buyer’s guide when time allows.
It depends how you feel about the skeletonized look that F-1 Firearms has adopted as its signature. If you like it, then you probably don’t give a crap what anybody else thinks about your AR-style pistol.
22. BCM Recce-12 MCMR
- Price: $1,492.99
- Barrel: 9 inch barrel
- Total Length: 25 inch
- Weight: 5.4lb
This Bravo Company Manufacturing AR punches above its weight in just about every department. On another day it would have finished higher, another day when we could find a bunch of them.
We like this BCM Recce-12 and we think the Advanced Armament Corporation would approve as well.
BCM: By Soldiers, For Soldiers
Bravo Company Manufacturing makes some of the best AR-15 parts. If you’re doing a high end DIY build, you know them well.
The company also makes bespoke firearms for military and specialist security personnel. So the parts list on this Close Quarters Combat weapon was always going to be impressive.
The Bravo Company Recce KMR-A15 free float handguard is joined by a BMC Trigger guard, a BCMGunfighter Mod 4 charging handle, a BCM QD sling mount, BCM Mod3 pistol grip, top rail system, BCM QD end plate. The barrel is high quality manganese phosphate coated and the gas key is hardened to USGI spec.
High Tech Coatings and Stuff
The gas system, gas key, adjustable gas block, Bolt Carrier Group and more are all chromed, hardened and MPI inspected. Many of their receivers are CNC machined from billet, too. It’s way beyond mil spec then and you’ll feel it every time you slot home a new Magpul Pmag. These are serious upper parts, and lower…
When you place your order, you can upgrade yours with a Geissele match-grade two-stage trigger. It’s expensive, but you will feel the difference with every trigger pull.
Get the silencer and the tax stamp, too, and the Bravo Company Recce could be your favorite range toy and first line of personal defense.
The Ruger AR-556 used to be our budget pick, but we haven’t seen one in so long we have to assume it has been pulled from sale. Black Rain Ordnance, too, used to make a great little AAC Blackout Semi auto pistol.
But again we haven’t seen a Black Rain Ordnance on the shelves for a while. The new brace rules and any number of other factors could have influenced these decisions.
So you want a Black rain Ordnance, check out the 5.56 AR pistols section.
Some Other Posts For You…
An AAC Blackout pistol is great, but you might need to buy more. If you need a blackout rifle, a tactical shotgun, a charging handle, rifle scopes, optics or more, we can help with gear, guns, gun cases, popular models and everything else….
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- The Best AR-15s, 9mm, 5.56mm NATO, AK.
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- Where to buy a Draco gun in 2023.
- The best Glocks for sale in 2023
- 9mm AR pistols, burnt bronze high quality Christensen Arms through to Flat Dark Earth PSAs.
It’s not just for a pistol, 300 Blackout long rifle is becoming a popular choice due to the terminal ballistics coefficient options it provides.
Rifles like the Remington ACC Model 7 300 AAC is a new product that has attracted lots of praise for home firearms. You don’t need to go with the basic Remington AAC Model 7 300 AAC, though, you can choose AAC Blackout semi-automatic rifle set ups with Designated Marksman Rifle barrels.
Those rifles will give the Remington ACC Model a run for its money too. Check out the Remington Micro 7, too, with a shorter barrel profile.
Where to buy Blackout Ammo, 300 AAC
If you’re on the hunt for the best deals on bulk ammo, 300 AAC ammo, 9mm ammo etc, for your mil spec tactical pistol, well we can save you a little time. Here are direct links to the sales where you can pick up a bargain.
- PSA – Bullets, brass ammunition and more to add to cart Organize price low to high for daily deals..
- Lucky Gunner – Lots of blackout for sale, cheap. Add to cart.
- Primary Arms – A great source of pistol parts, a muzzle brake, ammo and more at Primary Arms.
The best 300 Blackout cartridge is an art and science, but mainly its subsonic ammunition or supersonic.
The AAC Blackout subsonic ammo is really meant for a silenced gun and the general impression is that you end up with roughly 45 ACP ammo stopping power. Plus a bit more.
That’s good for defense indoors, and can help avoid overpenetration. While the AAC Blackout supersonic turns it into a monster. It also works great for target shooting, hunting and more.
Open tip special ammo is basically a next gen full metal jacket hollow point that creates next level wound cavities. Open tip flat base bullets are specially designed, just for that. Hollow point boat tail
That’s what makes full metal jacket AAC Blackout ammunition so impressive when you click off that ambidextrous safety.
Pistol 300 Blackout Subsonic and AAC Blackout Supersonic Ammo Bulk
Now this is an expensive round. But the costs are slowly coming down for full metal jacket AAC Blackout ammo.
It is finding favor as rifle ammo and is starting to evolve to meet the growing demand for this AR15+ with lesser bullet drop and better behavior with a suppressor. You can buy bolt action rifles or a Blackout rifle that’s a pure sniper. We’ll even hook you up with those bolt action rifles.
Look out for Hornady Black and Federal Premium blackout AAC 300 ammo. The usual suspects, then, to be honest when it comes to Blackout rounds. Shop new arrivals and consider your suppressor, twist rate, all that stuff.
Blackout Deals On The Way?
Blackout ammunition, together with basically every bulk ammo deal, basically disappeared over the past year. It’s starting to come back, but bulk ammo deals are still pretty rare. That will change and more blackout ammunition is on the way.
Cheap ammo cans are coming through, then, and you can find deals on subsonic for sale and supersonic ammo for sale. As this rifle ammo for sale finds its feet, the price should continue to fall for hollow point ammo and specialist hunting gear.
Rifle ammo, shotgun ammo and handgun ammo was all expensive, once. Now you can pick up handgun ammo by the barrel, long gun ammo and even the likes of full metal jacket 45 ACP ammo is cheap now. Check this post for shotgun ammo, handgun ammo,Blackout ammo and more bulk deals.
We’ll keep checking for Blackout subsonic and supersonic ammo that breaks the cost and performance barriers with a new bullet weight and heavy grain Full Metal Jacket. You can use all of these with a versatile gas system.
Open tip bullets, hollow point alternatives, full metals jacket brass bullets, rifle cartridges, we got all the BLK ammo that handles bullet drop, as well as ammo for suppressed rifles and pistols.
So sign up in the top bar to keep up with the latest info on blackout ammo. And bulk ammo deals on hollow point ammo and home firearms & accessories shop stuff. Also, if your gas block, gas blocks or gas system isn’t playing ball, you could buy a better pistol, rifles, gear, accessories, the best red dots etc.
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What About a Semi-Auto Rifle?
You can go shopping for an AAC blackout AR-15 semi-auto rifle too. We’ll get torund to that post, but the AAC blackout AR-15 semi-auto rifle market is limited.
Other Calibers to Look Out For
If you have a pistol, 300 Blackout pistol, maybe consider adding an AK-47 or mag fed shotgun complete with vicious 12 gauge ammo to your arsenal. Because Tactical shotguns are awesome with every single shot.
Special ammo can include proper buckshot, or the new breed of slugs that turn these new arrivals shotguns into beasts. Full metal jacket ballistics have come a long way though.
The terminal ballistics can be downright ugly up close and there is some insane 12 gauge ammo out there. Check this open tip hollowpoint shotgun ammo here.
12 gauge ammo has come a long way…
Those two together would seriously make a difference and a sidearm with decent 9mm ammo is all you really need to complete the defensive set. We can definitely help with the best handguns, from 9mm micro-compact to the best Glock, to the best 45 subcompact 1911. We got the best handguns in any caliber.
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I was wondering what your thoughts were on the PWS MK111 or MK109 when it comes to .300 Blackout.
You guys have a price typo on that ZEV Tech Core Elite Forged Pistol 300BLK
You have the price listed as “Price: $16825.99” seems a little steep huh lol. Just thought id let you know.
Thanks, I’ll check it, although it’s sold out now anyway you’re right 🙂 It’s not quite that much!
Great review! One of the best out there. Question, what do you think of the salt water arms “Cobia”,300 BLKout pistol? My concern is that, the upper lacks a forward assist! Otherwise, I would have jumped on it for less than $1000. Thanks,
You know I don’t have personal experience with it and so I’m just going to leave this here and hope someone else has got something useful for you. I think there are options for less than $1000, though, especially now, and you might do better to shop around the sales and see what jumps out.
If I’m not mistaken, I believe Springfield’s AR’s are rebadged BCM pistols and rifles
I’m not sure if I am 100% honest. I know the Edge had a hell of a lot of BCM parts. But just calling it a rebadged gun might get me an angry letter from Springfield Armory and might not be 100% true. If it is, there are plenty worse people to farm your production out to. If not, Springfield Armory make some nice stuff too. Good political response there…
looking for AR15 17inch barrel 5.6 low $500. thank you jerry
Well the bad news is that so is half the world right now. But it’s possible, you just have to be sharp and keep checking. The best sources for genuinely cheap, solid rifles I have found lately are Brownells and Primary Arms. Those links will take you through to what’s in stock.
There isn’t much, but there are rifles out there. The only issue is that the same rifles that were $500 are changing hands for around $700 now. That’s a deal at the moment…
So be prepared to flex on the price if you want the big names like the Ruger AR-556 or even the Radical RF-15 right now. These are just some weird times.
In the first paragraph, the author describes the .300blk round, and says “The round is tougher, stronger and flies further than 5.56mm NATO.” Tougher? stronger? odd words to describe cartridges, bullets? yes, but to the main point… The .300blk does not fly farther than 5.56mm. The .300blk is basically a trimmed down 5.56mm case to accept 30 caliber bullets, over 200 gr. in subsonic loadings. It is filled with fast burning pistol powders to achieve rapid and complete burn in short barrels. Combine minimal case volume with overweight bullets, and you get “rainbow” like trajectories. The .300blk is effective up to 300yds, while 5.56mm is efective up to 500yds. theses figures are of the top of my head and are conservative, and dependent on barrel length and loading… nonetheless the 5.56mm will fly further and flatter than the .300blk in any barrel length except sub 10″ barrels in which the 5.56 cannot burn enough powder. Even at those sub 10″ barrels I doubt the .300blk goes any further. Regardless, you do not choose .300blk for long range, it is designed to be a close quarters round for suppressed sbr’s, that hits harder than 9mm or 5.56mm.
Where do you think the Adams Arms Pistol P2 300BLK 8″ AARS would fit on this list?
I have one of their older 16″ EVO uppers in 5.56 and have been never had issues. I’m leaning towards them again for a 300blk pistol, but that Canebrake keeps catching me staring…
You know I like them. Good, honest firearms as you say. I had trouble sourcing them for a while, so they fell down and off lists, but that was my only issue.