23 Best AR Pistols Under $1000 – Jan 2023

Diamondback Firearms DB15 Pistol


Update: Stock levels still aren’t right, what with Covid, inflation and the impending ATF pistol brace ban. That ban has been shifted back, but it’s coming in some form at some point.

At that time you have to disconnect pistol braces and fit something nobody has quite figured out yet, but should slot straight on and spell the end of another ATF drama. A buffer tube cover, there’ll be something… Or just fit a sling to be safe.

Now back to the main show…

ZEV Tech Core Elite AR-15 rifle. A match-grade AR-15 rifle

We all have a bit of a crush on AR pistols, assault pistols, call them what you will…

They are the ultimate home defense guns and you can opt for a 9mm SMG, 5.56 NATO or 300 Blackout caliber that plays nice with a suppressor, subsonic ammo and a stabilizing brace.

AAC blackout and a proper silencer is the closest you’re ever going to get to movie style suppressor noise and it means you can fire without ear protection and have a good chance of keeping both eardrums.

So, what is the best AR-15 pistol for sale in 2022?

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1. Rock River Arms RRage

  • Price: $989.99
  • Cal: 5.56x45mm NATO Pistol
  • Barrel: 7 inch
  • Total Length: 24.75
  • Weight:4.8lb

The Rock River Arms RRage is about as complete an AR-15 pistol as you’re going to see for this money.

The company provides duty-grade tools to Law Enforcement agencies including the DEA and FBI. Of course those are high price, high spec, and beyond home defense.

Still, the consumer line has won plaudits around the nation and it’s just hard to make a case against owning one to be honest.

Engineering Finesse at Work

It’s a pretty classic design, with an SBA3 brace, an M-LOK handguard up front and typical grip. But it’s the fine details where Rock River stands apart from the crowd.

This is light, but it feels tight, the engineering is superb and the fit and finish reflects the company going that extra mile in the manufacturing stage.

Even the single-stage trigger feels a cut above some here and you’d be more confident at long range with this than most others. That matters.

RRage are finding their way into safes across America. And it’s very easy to see why. This is high quality, all the way. The video is for the rifle, but the pistol is basically a shorter version. Soooo, yeah.

CZ Scorpion Evo 3 9mm for sale. One of the great SMG style 9mm AR pistols on sale now.



2. CZ Scorpion 3

  • Price: $949.99
  • Cal: 9mm
  • Barrel: 7.72 inch
  • Total Length: 16 inch
  • Weight: 5lb
  • Capacity: 20+1

The CZ Scorpion has become a legend, and rightly so. This semi-automatic 9mm doesn’t just win the price war by a fair distance, it’s a reliable, accurate and compact firearm that has found its way all round the world in the hands of special forces through to private security teams.

This works well with a number of muzzle devices, suppressors, slings and stocks too. That’s just one reason they are great home firearms.

It’s almost a concealed AR and that can be a big deal. Some military applications need the subtler impact of 9mm, too, vs 5.56 NATO, and home security is one of those situations where you might prefer it.

9mm is easy to handle for everybody in the house and anybody can pick this up and not feel intimidated. Whether that’s a good thing is down to you and yours. Red dots help. A bit….

CZ Scorpion Machine Gun is a World Star

The CZ Scorpion Evo 3 A1 full automatic has legions of fans thanks to its reliability and price. Everybody from the Kenyan police to the Polish special forces takes one into action.

So you will probably be fine with the consumer-grade choice. You can get the CZ Scorpion Micro too now, which is a more obvious rival for the Sig Sauer MPX Copperhead, among others. We just prefer the full fat Scorpion. It is also cheaper.

It has been with us since 2000, when CZ took the Slovak prototype Laugo SMG. Since then it has become one of the world’s favorite long pistols and if you put red dot sights on the top then you have a potent weapon in your hands.

This is a simple, 9mm blowback, packaged to near perfection and wrapped in tough polymer with a simple gas system. It isn’t pretty, in fact there’s a touch of evil about the design that I kind of dig, and it is oh so effective.

But it is an absolute icon. Get one, you need one, it’s really that simple.

The new Scorpion Plus, effectively the replacement, is fun. But we think both these guns are going to be around for a while.

Battle Arms Development Workhorse. A great AR pistol for slightly more than $1000. Get yours here.

3. Battle Arms Development Workhorse

  • Price: $1,033.99
  • Cal: 5.56x45mm NATO
  • Barrel: 10.5 inch
  • Weight: 5.8lb

The only reason this isn’t the overall winner is that it normally blows the budget by a tiny amount. But if you can find the extra, then we highly recommend you buy the BAD Workhorse.

Also look out for deals and you can get dangerously close to $1000, especially with the Shockwave brace. You can do a simple search any time. Here’s the live link, with the search terms done for you and options from trim and pricing.

This features on our $2000 AR pistol list and BAD has fast established an amazing reputation in the consumer AR-15 sector with stars just like this one. The Workhorse rifle and Authority Elite also feature highly on our other AR-15 lists.

As the name suggests, the Battle Arms Development Workhorse is the daily driver. It’s matte black with forged receivers and a lightweight handguard that trickled down from the more expensive wares. It’s a Mil-spec single-stage trigger, although it is Nickel Boron coated and not sprinkled with pixie dust. That works too.

This is greater than the sum of its parts. If you can spend a little extra, do it.

Radical Firearms FCR pistol.

4. Radical Firearms RPR

  • Price: $637.99
  • Barrel: 10.5 inch
  • Total: 26 inch
  • Total: 5.6lb

Radical Firearms focuses on value for money and the first reviews of this revised AR-style pistol suggests that the build quality belongs to a much more expensive firearm.

Could this be the best cheap AR-15 pistol out there right now:? It’s close.

If you’re prepared to forego the inherent guarantee that goes with a name badge, you might be surprised what this niche American has to offer.

The receivers are forged aluminum with a hard anodized finish, the CMV barrel is Melonite coated and there are other neat touches. I mean it’s not a graphite black Cerakote finish, but that costs more.

A proprietary FGS free-float rail system allegedly increases accuracy, as well as reducing the heat transfer. The single-stage trigger is Mil-spec and the gas block is nice, ish.

For the most part, there isn’t that much innovation here from Radical Firearms. This is just a really solid AR-style pistol at a seriously low price.

Palmetto State Armory SBA4 Pistol. A cheap AR pistol that gets the job done.

5. Palmetto State Armory SBA4 Pistol Brace

  • Price: $549.99
  • Barrel: 10.5 inch
  • Total: 26.5 inch
  • Capacity: 20+1
  • Weight: 4.5lb

Not everybody loves Palmetto State Armory firearms, and they are not the absolute best AR-15 pistols on the planet.

The truth is, though, that if you have got $499.99 to spend on a semi-auto pistol then you’re going to struggle to beat this cheap AR-15 pistol that punches well above its weight. It’s no Daniel Defense, but then it is much less money. You can get one of the parts kits and do a DIY pistol build for even less.

Palmetto State Armory Looks After Customers

PSA do care about their customers, too, and has a stellar reputation for service. It’s pretty common to hear about new parts getting mailed out after a brief phone call. The people that actually own them do seem to have nothing but good things to say about the company and tend to buy more.

The Palmetto State Armory SBA4 Pistol comes with a forged aluminum receiver that is hard coat anodized in matte black. Of course you can get a flat dark earth version, or several other colors.

The barrel is 4150V Chrome Moly Steel, and Nitride lined, which is better than a chrome-lined barrel in terms of durability and accuracy.

It comes with a 1 in 7 twist to help stabilize the heavier bullets and maintain some level of accuracy in this snub-nose civilian SMG. It comes with an industry standard Magpul MOE grip and SBA4 pistol braces.

The basic ingredients in this SBA4 pistol match up well to any cheap rival on this list.

Fit and Finish on this AR15 Pistol Isn’t Perfect

There’s a certain something missing, and we don’t really know what it is. Star quality? Is that a thing when you’re actually firing it? Certainly it doesn’t have the fit and finish of a Daniel Defense or a Sig. but then it doesn’t have their price tag either…

You can also built it up over time if money is a thing for you and you have to ration your spending.

The finish reminds me of the Parkerized look on a Rock Island Armory. I also have to remember I have vehemently defended Rock Island Armory and Armscor firearms for being sweet shooters without that last veneer of polish.

Palmetto State Armory is basically the Rock Island Armory of the cheap AR pistols and AR15 rifles world. I mean that as a compliment. Don’t go looking for bells and whistles and signature finishing touches. But you will get a well engineered and well built firearm that’s reliable, accurate and solid.

Smith & Wesson M&P15 pistol. A solid AR under $1000 that is everything you need.

6. Smith & Wesson M&P15

  • Price: $899.99
  • Cal: 5.56 NATO
  • Barrel: 7.5 inch
  • Weight: 5.5lb

If you’re a big fan of the S&W M&P Shield, or the bigger M&P9, then the stippling on the pistol grip will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

There’s a lot to be said for consistency, though, and fans of the Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport rifle will feel right at home with this pistol as well.

You get a blast diverter muzzle device that works pretty well, and that’s about the only real technical highlight. That’s the way it’s meant to be.

This is an entry level AR pistol that won’t spring any surprises, will make gun guys happy and also sit in a line-up of duty weapons for law enforcement. It isn’t meant to be overly clever.

Reliable, easy to use, and all of that, yes, it does those things well, at a great price. So it’s a win for us.

Freedom Ordnance FX-9 on sale nopw. Get your 9mm Luger assassin here today.

7. Freedom Ordnance FX-9

  • Price: $777.99
  • Cal: 9mm
  • Barrel: 4.5 inch
  • Weight: 4.5lb

These compact 9mm CQBs are really creating quite the stir and the Freedom Ordnance FX-9 is one of the very best of them.

With the Shockwave Blade pistol brace, this is easy to carry, easy to conceal, everything really. We just love it.

The FX-9 is an affordable firearm that makes the HK SP5 look borderline redundant. Not quite, but you have to really justify spending more than twice the money.

You can use 9mm Glock magazines in every flavor, too, which means the sky is the limit when it comes to magazine capacity. Simple red dot optics up top turn this into a defensive masterpiece.

Alex Pro Firearms 300BLK pistol. A snub nosed and compact tool of pure destruction. At 5.4lb, it's light too.

8. Alex Pro Firearms Econo Pistol

  • Price: $763.99
  • Cal: 5.45
  • Barrel: 7 inch
  • Weight: 5.4lb

This is a simple, compact pistol that costs just the right amount for our needs here.

Alex Pro Firearms might not be the biggest name out there, but enthusiasts know. These firearms are a match for most of the magazine cover stars you know and love, but the company simply doesn’t take the same approach to marketing. That’s fine too.

What you get is a reliable gun that is easy to carry, which is kind of cool really. And you also get the option to use a silencer or other muzzle devices. This gun punches above its weight.

Diamondback Firearms DB15 Pistol for sale. A great low cost pistol from just over $500.




9. Diamondback Firearms DB15

  • Price: $843.99
  • Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO
  • Barrel: 7.5
  • Total Length: 16″
  • Weight: 5lb (Without Magazine)
  • Capacity: 30+1

Diamondback Firearms is a legend in the budget AR-15 scene and this really is a development of the DB15 AR-15 rifle for sale, which I guess is no big shock.

A Choice of Configurations

The Diamondback DB15 comes in 7.5 or 10″ configurations, but the shorter one looks the tits and would be spectacular with a budget red dots and an AR15 pistol brace.

It’s just 16 inches in total, it packs 30+1 rounds and it’s seriously light. We like this Burnt Bronze, Flat Dark Earth, whatever color this is too.

The bolt carrier groups are shot-peened, Mil-spec 8620 steel that gets a full magnetic particle inspection. The receiver is 7075 T6 Aluminum and the barrel is 410 chrome moly.

An A2 grip and an M-LOK rail system and free float handguard give you options that you probably shouldn’t abuse too much when it comes to mounting lights and red dot sights.

Value For Money Short Barrel AR15 Pistols

The Diamondback DB15 certainly delivers bang for your buck for an AR15 pistol, we will give it that. And that finish, well it looks like a cerakote finish doesn’t it?

The quad rail aluminum handguard and flash suppressor are a little, well, flash for some tastes. You can switch out muzzle devices, though, and maybe you should.

The pistol grip looks a little basic, although it does the job. inevitably you can swap that out and cover it in tacti-cool shiz if that’s your thing. You could even put a Maxim Defense PDW on there, which stars in our blackout pistol list. The Maxim Defense AR15 pistol is right up there at the moment.

Personally, I’d be tempted to either spend more on something else in the first place or keep it clean and simple.

ATI Omni Hybrid Max P4 Pistol for sale. A great budget AR-15, with plastic receivers. Really...

10. ATI Omni Hybrid Maxx P4 Pistol

  • Price: $539.99
  • Caliber: 5.45
  • Barrel: 7.5 inch
  • Total: 25 inch
  • Weight: 5.11lb
  • Capacity: 30+1

That price is not a typo. The ATI Omni Hybrid P4 is a cheap, lightweight semi automatic pistol with one small catch: the receivers are made of polymer.

Fiber reinforced polymer to be precise, which ATI has proven in the field by driving a forklift truck over the it, and firing 2000 rounds through several of them as a public endurance test to prove the concept.

Material science is heading that way, plastics have to leave metal behind at some point and ATI says that point is now.

Polymer AR15 Semi-Auto Pistol is Super Light

The only time you should really be aware of the polymer origin story of your ATI Omni pistol’s receivers, should be when you’re carrying a super lightweight gun. Or when you buy an AR-15 pistol and you get change out of $500.

When you’re getting down to business, the American Tactical semi auto pistol looks and feels like any other AR pistol with forged aluminum receivers with an anodized hardcoat. Or something.

The ATI Omni works as you’d expect, which is pretty cool for a lightweight special made from thoroughly modern materials.

It might just be time to join this cheap, lightweight AR pistol revolution and buy your ATI Omni Hybrid Maxx now.

Bird Dog Arms BD15 for sale. A great budget AR pistol.

11. Bird Dog Arms BD15

  • Price: $869.99
  • Cal: 5.45x45mm NATO
  • Barrel: 10.3 inch
  • Weight: 5.5lb
  • Capacity: 30+1

Bird Dog Arms is a new arrival to the AR world. But it’s already starting to make a name with affordable and high-quality weapons featuring recognizable parts.

Here they include a Shockwave at the rear and a skeletonized handguard with a partial M-LOK rail at the bottom that is surprisingly useful for lights, lasers and other things that aren’t the proper sights you should have on top. We like this one, and we think you will too.

Foxtrot Mike Products Ultralight pistol. 9mm SMG for just $519.99

12. Foxtrot Mike Products FM9-5

  • Price: $519.99
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 5 inch
  • Total: 27
  • Weight: 6.4lb

As the CZ gets more expensive, many argue that Foxtrot Mike is the new Scorpion Evo.

An affordable compact 9mm AR style pistol makes a lot of sense and all safes should have at least one. These are near perfect home firearms that are tailored to defensive duties.

These are cheap at the range, they’re lightweight, the ammo is tailored to self defense and you can easily run them suppressed. Add in the fact it takes 9mm Glock magazines and could basically serve as an extreme concealed carry or a tiny truck gun that goes in a hidden safe.

The difference between 9mm and 5.56 isn’t quite as big as you think in terms of terminal ballistics. But it does make a huge difference when it comes to being easy to carry.

AR9s are lighter, smaller and generally better in every way as a personal defense weapon.

Best AR-15 Pistols Design Experience Shines on 9mm

This one comes with a lot of AR-15 touches, like a rear charging handle and an SB Tactical brace that we all know and love.

FMP can sell you a short barreled rifles version with a 3″ and a 7 inch version. We like this middle ground. It’s a versatile defensive AR chambered in 9mm Luger.

And that is a valuable addition to your safe.

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13. Century Arms Draco Gun

  • Price: $949.99
  • Barrel Length: 12.25 inch
  • Total: 21.5 inch
  • Capacity: 30+1
  • Weight: 5.5lb

The Century Arms Draco Gun is another pattern AK-47 that you can actually get in a variety of flavors. We have gone for the 12.25″ version here, but you can get a 6.25 inch Micro Draco and another 7.25 inch option.

Check out the small version here. I mean look at that out of proportion lever action safety.

Century Arms Micro Draco Gun for sale. Get your compact AK-47 pistol for sale right now.,

The longer one helps control the kick from this little mule, and it does help with accuracy. if we’re being picky, it also gives the round some added velocity.

It really doesn’t need it in this company, as the larger round is well known for the damage it causes. A lot of people prefer the short barreled Rifles AK to an AR-15 for sale.

Now the Draco Gun isn’t pretty, the pistol grip looks like low grade plastic because it is, and those foreguards just aren’t sexy. but you can fix that.

Fit Any AK-47 Parts

The Draco is set up to take AK furniture, including the SB Tactical brace, It also takes AK magazines and you can buy a mass of upgrades, tacti-cool nonsense and just about everything in between for your Draco.

You can turn it into a classic Russian soldier’s weapon with real wood, or go space-age.

A reflex sight, and you’ve got a serious home defense gun here.

There are some seriously sexy SBRs out there that started out as a Micro Draco, or the larger weapon you see here. Opt for the smaller one and it becomes a real military grade, compact weapon of destruction.

Now muzzle flash and noise are an issue with this Eastern European monster. It isn’t as refined as an AR-15, but then that is part of the charm. Just get some hearing protection now, or hearing aids later.

Read more on the Draco here.

And Here’s Where the Prices Go a Bit Nuts

Here’s the deal. All these guns below were around $1000. But prices have crept up or spiked, temporarily or permanently. Until the dust settles and we know, we’re keeping them here.

Just don’t swear at us. These guns are more expensive, or just aren’t there right now, and we hope to find cheaper examples soon. Until then, if you really want a specific gun, here they are. Break out the good credit card…

Patriot Ordnance Factory Minuteman. A slightly cheaper way to own a POF than going for the full fat Renegade.

14. Patriot Ordnance Factory Minuteman

  • Price: $1,352.99
  • Cal: 5.45x45mm NATO
  • Barrel: 10.5 inch barrel
  • Weight: 5.5lb
  • Capacity: 30+1

The almighty Patriot Ordnance Factory Renegade Plus sits on our more expensive list, but if you haven’t quite got that money then there is an answer. The POF Minuteman.

Minutemen were civilian colonists that had to be ready to go within, well, a minute. State law enforcement, if you will. It’s a clever analogy to explain the stripped down and basic nature of a direct impingement weapon that is really built this way because of the price point.

Still, it’s a great option for this money. If you have about halfway between 1000 and $2000, you could do a lot worse.

Springfield Armory Saint Edge Pistol for sale AR-15


15. Springfield Armory Saint Victor

  • Price: $1,278.99
  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO
  • Barrel: 7.5 inch
  • Total: 26.5 inch
  • Weight: 5.8lb
  • Capacity: 30+1

I seriously love the Springfield Armory Saint pistol and it has features on the page before, many times, but it was always a bridesmaid thanks to its budget price.

Here, that’s the main thing, so it was always going to do well. At least it will, if the price goes down again…

That $1000 caveat played perfectly into its hands. At that price, it was one of the best AR-15 pistols in the world. You could easily make a case, but at $1,200 it runs into some serious competition and pretty much disqualifies itself here in the AR pistols under $1000 category.

The Springfield Armory Saint pistol always faces down the heritage of the Colt M4 or the cut-price perfection in the $1000 AR-15 rifle for sale class.

Blackout Pistol Even Hotter?

Now personally, we’d go for the shorter 300 Blackout that comes with 7,5 inches up front. With the layout and the flash hider it looks like it’s running an integral suppressor, but it isn’t.

The 300BLK Saint pistol is our personal favorite, because it opens up the chance to use subsonic ammo with a suppressor and finally ‘shoot whispers’. Not everybody loves AAC Blackout, though, and the 5.56 NATO is still the volume seller.

It’s as specced out as AR15 pistols reasonably can be and most of the science went on materials and coatings. We like that.

Saint Rifle is a Fan Favorite Too

Obviously the pistol is a chopped down version of the similarly cheap rifle that features on our list of best AR15 rifles for sale for $1000.

But this is one of the best-looking AR15 pistols on the market.

The buttstock has been replaced by asimple tailhook brace that might just get through the impending pistol brace ban. The 416R stainless steel barrel has been treated with Melonite, which is better than a chrome-lined barrel in terms of durability and accuracy.

The 1:7 twist will help, but it’s short and the Springfield Saint isn’t designed as a long-distance sniper rifle. But with a red dot sight you’ll be able to hit roughly the same spot at 100 yards pretty consistently and that’s good enough for most self-defense situations.

Primary Weapons Systems Mk111 Pro - One of the best AR-15 pistols for sale in 2022.

16. Primary Weapons Systems Mk111 Pro

  • Price: $1,514.99
  • Cal: 223 Rem/5.56 NATO
  • Barrel length: 11.85 inch
  • Total: 31.5 inch
  • Weight: 6.5lb

If you are looking for the direct impingement SBR experience, without the NFA paperwork, then the Primary Weapons Systems Mk111 Pro is for you.

That 11.85 inch barrel up front is deep in what used to be Short Barreled Rifle, SBR territory, but that stablizing brace turns what looks for all the world like a military service weapon into a pistol A long range pistol. Sweet…

That’s just the start of the good news. The Primary Weapons Systems Mk111 Pro is built around an adjustable gas system, as well as the company’s own forged receivers.

Add in a Bravo Company Manufacturing Pistol Grip and free float handguard, Raptor Charging Handle and a few other assorted goodies and you can see you have the makings of a very serious firearm.

Pistol Buffer Tube and Endplate Replaces Stock

Where you’d find the buttstock of a Short Barrel Rifle, you find an enhanced buffer tube, an endplate and not much else. That’s another way of getting round the regs.

It also helps keep the weight down to 6.5lb, and we have to say that is a seriously good result for a semi auto pistol that should basically deliver rifle accuracy and performance.

Faxon Firearms Ascent Pistol. The mass market AR pistol from the lightweight AR-15 specialists. Buy your guns online now.

17. Faxon Firearms Bantam

  • Price: $713.99
  • Barrel: 10.5 inch barrel
  • Total: 26 inch
  • Total: 5.6lb

Faxon Firearms has made a fast name for itself with custom AR15 rifles and lightweight AR15 rifles. Those high price, high spec specials tend to have parts kits that include carbon fiber barrels and custom billet receivers.

The Faxon Ascent is a different ballgame. This is the direct impingement, entry level, mass market 5.56. And we have to say, we like it a lot.

You get some of the company’s premium features, like a high quality tensioning screw connecting the receivers that eliminates wobble and shimmy.

The SOCOM barrel gets a matte black Nitride finish and the M16-style BCG joins a host of Mil-spec parts and carbine length handguard. Even the charging handles feel solid.

You will struggle to get more for the money…

Kel-Tec PLR-16. A 5.56 NATO alternative to the modern day AR-15 pistols. It isn't pretty, but it is minimalist and weighs just 3.4lb.

18. Kel-Tec PLR-16

  • Price: $499.99
  • Barrel: 9.2 inch
  • Total: 18.5 inch
  • Weight: 3.4lb

Is it even an AR-15 pistol at this point? Well probably not technically, but it is an exceptionally lightweight AR-15 alternative.

You get a 10 round mag capacity and it was designed for target shooting and hunting. That means it’s a solid, reliable weapon with a longer barrel that always counts for something, especially in a truck gun. It looks like a DIY pistol build, done well. We think that’s a compliment.

With no shoulder brace or place for a Kak Shockwave Blade, there’s no doubt this is less accurate at the range, unless you adapt. That probably means shooting prone, or finding a rest. Do that, and there’s no reason why the PLR won’t perform at the shooting range.

This is pretty agricultural next to the cutting edge tech further up. But it also has a lot going for it as a lightweight 5.56 AR. I mean it is basically a carry AR-15 and a perfect truck gun.

And this is different enough that you could easily have this as well as a growing collection.

IWI Uzi Pro, a 9mm SMG for the public.

19. IWI Uzi Pro

  • Price: $1,632.99
  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO
  • Barrel: 4.5 inch
  • Weight: 5lb

You really still can buy an Uzi 9mm semi-auto pistol, thanks to the folks at IWI that continue to smash it out the park from their Middle Eastern base.

The Uzi is a legend and you can have one of these compact 9mm pistols and bring pure terror to home invaders.

It’s also hella fun at the range thanks to the low recoil, the rails that can accommodate all your weapon lights and the best tactical gear, accessories and shiz. The shape also encourages shooting from the hip.

This is a throwback and a nostalgic tribute to one of the greatest Sub Machine Guns of all time.

Take the stabilizing brace off and this is a proper concealed carry 9mm semi-auto pistol too. For that reason alone, it’s kind of awesome. But you can also run with a muzzle device or suppressor and it’s a lot of fun to shoot.

CMMG Banshee Mark 4 300BLK pistol. Get yours on sale now.

20. CMMG Banshee Mark 4

  • Price: $1,500+
  • Caliber: 330BLK/All Popular Calibers
  • Barrel length: 8
  • Weight: 5.1lb (Without Magazine)
  • Capacity: 30+1

The CMMG Banshee Mk4 is one of those guns you can buy in basically every caliber, from 9mm Luger through to armor piercing 5.7. Here we opted for the 300BLK pistol, just because.

A Radial Delayed Blowback system, originally designed for 45 ACP, is finally there after some initial problems and fine tuning. Now the CMMG Banshee Mark 4 offers softer recoil thanks to a reduced bolt mass.

The CMMG Banshee Mark 4 doesn’t just come in every caliber. It comes in every color. Tungsten Grey, Burnt Bronze cerakote finish, or matte black. They got em all.

Arsenal SAM7K-R Semi Auto pistol

21. Arsenal SAM7K-01R

  • Price: $1800+
  • Caliber: 7.62x39mm AK-47
  • Barrel length: 10.5
  • Total Length: 20″
  • Weight: 8lb (Without Magazine)
  • Capacity: 30+1

A lack of availability means prices are high right now. So it’s down the list, but gun pricing is insane right now. So we’ll keep it here and hope for a price drop soon…

The Arsenal SAM7K-01R is a pattern AK-47 with some AK-74 touches. It is a hybrid of the two, then, but basically it’s decades old pig-iron engineering in combat clothing.

That can be great fun and this semi-automatic pistol emerged on top of our recent battle of the best modern AK-47 rifles and pistols for sale.

An Assault Weapon to Send Leftists Nuts

You can get a simpler version for less money, the SAM7K-01, but this just dips in more or less on the money at $1000. It’s just about the best AK-47 on the market if you don’t want to spend crazy money, but you love this weird Russian rifle ammo. This is a different kind of mil-spec.

It’s a vicious little semi-auto pistol with a short barrel and that brutal kick that goes with the 7.62x39mm ammunition.

Here is the simpler version, without the fancy rails.

Steyr Helped

The barrel is chrome-lined and hammer forged and was built in conjunction with Steyr, which is known for pinpoint accuracy.

Four-groove rifling with a 1:9.44 twist helps stabilize the heavier ammo, but you won’t find too many people claiming that a short barrel AK is the last word in long-distance accuracy.

As a truck gun, or weapon of urban warfare, there isn’t much that can touch it. But when it gets much beyond 20 yards, you might be happier with an AR-15 for sale.

Traditional AK-47 Flash and Bang

You get a one-piece front sight/ gas block assembly, a Krinkov-style flash suppressor, that squared off pistol buffer tube and the compact frame that means this controlled chaos, which emits a fearsome flash and a bang, as well as the round, measure just 20 inches in total.

You also get a traditional solid double hook trigger and you can use pretty much any AK mag you have lying round the house.


Christensen Arms CA9 - The 9mm AR pistol with a carbon barrel.

22. Christensen Arms CA9

  • Price: $1,716.99
  • Cal: 9mm
  • Barrel: 7.5 inch barrel
  • Weight: 5.5lb
  • Capacity: 30+1

Christensen Arms makes use of some seriously lightweight materials to create next-level gunporn that we all kind of want to own.

Now carbon-fiber barrels and a hybrid aluminum-CF handguard are always going to cost a little extra, but it’s not as much as you might think. So take a look for a deal when you’re looking to buy online and you might just get lucky.

Right now you can get one from $1,300-$1,500. So it’s not that much more expensive for a truly unique firearm with a carbine length handguard and muzzle devices that pay tribute to the HK SP5. You can see the quality construction everywhere, too, from the fancy carbon details to the grips.

Ruger AR-556 Pistol. Is this the best all round budget AR pistol for sale in 2022? It might be...

23. Ruger AR-556 Pistol

  • Price: $850.99
  • Barrel: 10.5 inch
  • Total: 27.9 inch
  • Weight: 6.2lb

The Ruger AR-556 is one of the stalwarts of the budget AR-15 rifle class and it’s the same here with the pistols. We just can’t find one right now to sell you

If you’re not sure what to buy and you want a good all round starter, then the Ruger is basically what you’re looking for.

There’s a longer barrel, a sturdy carbine-length handguard and it, ummm, fires bullets. Reliably. These are great AR15 pistols for the money. A carbine length handguard offers more real estate for irons or your red dot sights too.

Honorable Mentions

I know you expected to see the likes of Aero Precision here, but the company has pulled back from the market in a big way.

You can still see Aero Precision rifles for sale, together with more parts & accessories than you could imagine. Aero Precision remains one of the biggest suppliers to the pistol build, rifle build and spares industries.

Spike’s Tactical could also lay a claim to inclusion here, but we couldn’t find one at the time of writing. And the Angstadt Arms is a little pricey.

Parts, Accessories & Spares for Your AR

You’re going to need a wide variety of gun accessories. They include charging handles, short barrels, gas blocks, upper receiver parts kits and even odd Bolt Carrier Groups for your AR.

That’s normal and healthy. Eventually you’ll start your own build and that’s when things get really interesting with the best tactical options. And a complete upper and lower pairing.

You all know that the likes of Wilson Combat, BAD, Geissele Automatics and a Maxim Defense PDW brace can turn yours into a custom creation. But it’s an expensive addiction and you can get into diminishing returns fast. Wilson Combat, in particular, can drain your bank faster than Cocaine.

Competition Parts Are Nice, But Expensive

A Geissele Automatics Super Duty-style competition trigger and starburst pistol grips and you can blow thousands on your AR. That’s before you get to slings, mounts, lasers, lights, optics, sights and peripherals.

You might be better off buying a Sig Sauer MCX than taking a lesser pistol into the same price range with fancy third party charging handles, upper parts, new receiver sets, gas blocks a new Bolt Carrier, a vertical foregrip and a pile of mil-spec parts. Stabilizing braces? You’ll need gun cases too…. A DIY pistol build can get out of control in a hurry.

Check Out the PCCs Too

The likes of the CMMG Banshee Mk4 have changed the game with the new breed of carbine length 9mm AR-style pistol. It’s just too expensive to make this list. but you can order a Banshee in a number of calibers and we like it, a,lot.

Check out the almighty Coyote Tan Sig MPX Copperhead here.

Where to Buy Ammo for Your AR

If you’re looking for 9mm ammo, 45 ACP ammo, shotgun ammo, or 5.56, you’ll generally end up at the same places. So what are our best ammo suppliers? Try here…

Do You Want Other Random Deals?

You might want a black powder rifle, lever action rifles or a black powder pistol, or nothing with black powder at all. You might want a 9mm Subcompact, a 45 ACP 1911, handgun ammo or rifle ammo. Bolt-action rifles? We got some serious gun deals for you there.

A single shot handgun? A bolt action pistol FDE? Upper parts? A Kalashnikov USA or Kel-Tec KSG shotgun? Daniel Defense Pro AR rifles? Scopes, Optics, spotting copes and gun cleaning accessories too.

Handguns, rifles, shotguns, pump action shotguns… We got most deals here. Even air guns that shoot arrows. That got your attention right? I mean airguns and arrows. That’s some Horseshoes & Hand Grenades shiz right there.

Best Dealer Support

We work with the best dealers, including Brownells, Sportsman’s Warehouse and Primary Arms. All we do is find the best deals on firearms, survival gear and everything in between. So if you need a new gas system, upper receiver, rifle scopes or Bravo Company Manufacturing parts, we got you.

Now we could also sell you optics, sights, gun cases, a lever action rifle and more? Or Anderson Manufacturing AR15 pistols with free shipping? OK then, go here for those Anderson Manufacturing jobs.

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Watch the news on Stabilizing braces and the ATF?

Please ensure you are familiar with amendments to the National Firearms Act for weapons shorter than 16 inch barrel length and all other gun laws. We just can’t give legal advice to the whole nation here, Federal law, State law, another Federal Law, we can’t keep up. So do your due diligence when it comes to personal defense.

We don’t even want to give the legal definition of a rifle stock vs a shoulder stock as it changes seemingly by the week. So keep an eye out for news, new gun laws and new definitions of a rifle stock and shoulder stock, maybe on your email address. Now skip to content or the table of contents, or the terms of service.


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