36 AR Pistols: The Best Civilian SMGs in 2020

POF Renegade+, the best 300 Blackout pistol in 2018

Some people will already be racing towards the comments to let me know the best AR pistols aren’t real sub-machine guns.

So, let’s get one thing clear…

These aren’t real sub machine guns.

Semi-Automatic Weapons Aren’t SMGs by Definition

By definition, an SMG is a fully automatic machine gun and these are common or garden pistols, for want of a better word. But the world at large knows this shape and is looking for Sub Machine Guns for sale on Google. Trust us on this, and they are kind of the civilian version.

So if you’re feeling righteous indignation right now. That’s why we did it. The magic Google machine…

The Best AR Pistols Are Military Grade Firearms

They’re the cool little assault pistols we like to look at in quiet awe, anyway, and they’re works of art in their own right. Put a solid red dot on any of these guns and a great pistol stabilizing brace and they’ll work like gangbusters when it comes to home security.

They are all just a few tweaks away from military grade firearms, to borrow a Leftist phrase.

The US Marines, NAVY SEALs, British SAS, Russian Spetsnaz and more call an SBR their regular duty weapon.

Remember Not a Stock, It’s a Forearm Brace. Right…

The only difference between theirs and yours, apart from the full auto function, is that your ‘stock’ can theoretically wrap around your arm and be used as a one-handed shooting solution.

Nobody actually does that, though.

Inspiration and Parts for DIY AR Pistol Builds

So, now let’s look at some of the best AR-15 pistols you can get in terms of bang for your buck. If you’re DIY building an AR pistol then you might just want the inspiration. But the pistol parts & accessory supplier links are in here too so knock yourselves out with high-grade parts for your AR-15 pistols.

Check out the sales before you commit to some of our great prices, too. We check prices constantly, but you might spot a bargain we haven’t found yet with these simple links.

The Best AR Pistols For Sale in 2020

Daniel Defence DDM4V7P on sale now, get the best AR pistol for the lowest possible price. buy guns online now at the USA Gun Shop.


1. Daniel Defense DDM4 V7P

  • Price: $1,359
  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO
  • Barrel: 10.3 inch
  • Overall Length: 28.4 inch
  • Capacity: 30 Rounds
  • Weight: 5.44lb

Update: Yes that price is correct. Euro Optic won’t even show the price until you put the pistol in the cart. And yes we know it’s $350 off retail. Finding the best prices for guns is what we do, it’s our thing. We don’t know how long it will last, though, so get yours while you can…

The NRA members voted the Daniel Defense DDM4 V7 the Rifle of the Year and the best AR-15 for sale.

Basically everything the company touches turns to gold. That’s not an accident, they do great work and have carved out a market share by taking it from the established stars of the AR-15 pistols industry.

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An SBR Without a Tax Stamp

Now, it has taken the the top spot in the assault pistol class with a short barrel version of that award-winning rifle and that folding stock adapter and  stabilizing brace means you skirt the tax stamp on what is, to all intents and purposes, an SBR.

If you have this and one of the best concealed carry guns in the world, you are covered…

DDM4 isn’t a Cheap AR-15

It isn’t cheap, but this AR-15 pistol still massively undercuts some of the more expensive options and it isn’t ridiculous money.

This weapon is just about attainable, although there’s no doubt it’s a premium pistol. Is it worth the money? We think so yes.

It is quality ingredients all the way. There’s a  hammer-forged barrel and M-Lok rail attachment system combined with a Picatinny rail. If you can’t get all your shit on this pistol, you’re the problem…

The mid-length gas block system has also been tuned to a soft and gentle thump from a silk sheet. Or something…

Tactical Brace is Major Difference With Rifle

The obvious difference you can feel compared to the AR-15 rifle is the folding tactical stabilizing brace. The gun is threaded for a suppressor and it’s got the tactical rail and mounting points you need to create the ultimate defensive pistol.

The parts are all basically Mil-spec, it’s a gun that has won the critics over and it’s hella accurate.

Is it the best assault pistol for sale in 2018? Yes is the basic answer. If you’re looking for one gun to rule them all, you’re looking at it. Especially with this aggressive price.

We have said elsewhere it gets subjective at this level and the top 10 AR pistols for sale are probably better than you and me. That means any one of the top three will serve you well. Plenty of the others too that have found themselves down the list for a variety of reasons.

Right now, the DDM4 feels like the ultimate AR pistol for sale you can buy off the shelf, without spending insane money anyway.

Patriot Ordnance Factory Renegade Plus AR-15 Pistol for sale

2. Patriot Ordnance Factory Renegade Plus

  • Price: $1879.99
  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO
  • Barrel: 10.5 inches
  • Total Length: 31 inch.
  • Weight: 5.8lb
  • Capacity: 30+1 Rounds

Update: The epic price difference right now means the pontificating about this being a close race looks ridiculous. But we don’t expect that price gap to last.

On another day, if the wind had blown the other direction, the POF Renegade+ AR-15 pistol might just have won this outright. It still might in the future, it’s that close and the top three are separated by a hair’s breadth and philosophy.

With the POF Renegade Plus, Patriot Ordnance Factory decided to refine the classic Eugene Stoner direct impingement AR-15 concept, rather than fit a gas piston alternative.

When firearms get this good, it comes down to minute differences like a fraction of a pound on the weight, or even stupid shit like the color. Really it comes down to how much you dig the brand’s personal story. And what the dude at the gun club says.

We keep hearing that stuff about storytelling in sales and this is where the rubber meets the road. These AR-15 pistols are all ridiculously capable.

Military Grade Firearms For Amateur Enthusiasts

Most of them are engineered with better men and women than us in mind and when it gets to this level then the weak spot in the weapon is almost certainly the person holding it.

So then it comes down to the connection with the brand’s story and we have got to say that POF is doing a standout job with this, together with Daniel Defense.

With the POF Renegade+, the company took the direct impingement AR-15 pistol to the logical end. It took all the weak points in the traditional long pistol and re-engineered them, plain over-engineered them, and created what it believes is the ultimate incarnation of the AR-15. Well, not quite, but we’ll get to POF’s other offering shortly.

POF Billet Receivers and Top AR-15 Parts

It’s a billet lower receiver. You also get the POF Ultimate Bolt Carrier Group, which is every bit as impressive as it sounds with a high phosphate Nickel coating.

A flat 3.5lb match grade trigger comes from POF’s own inventory, as well as the Renegade M-Lok handguard. Nestled inside that free-floating set-up is a Nitride-treated 10.5 inch barrel.

The Best POF AR-15 Parts & Accessories

It comes with one of POF’s proprietary muzzle devices and the finishing touches, from the perfect pistol grips through to the AR-15 pistol buffer tube and compact pistol brace that either suits you better than the DDM4, or it doesn’t.

Those are the kind of things that separate the two AR-15 pistols that are both really short barrel rifles without a tax stamp. Add full auto and any special forces team in the world would take them into battle.

The POF Renegade Plus is Mil-spec plus a lot and this is a totally over-engineered AR-15 pistol that should last you a lifetime.

Heritage, Class and Pure Performance

This semi-automatic pistol looks amazing, it comes with the brand cache and if you dig POF more than the competition then screw the order on this sort of irrelevant list.,

You’re an adult, you can make your own decisions and this might be your new firearm.

Enjoy it, it’s amazing…

Where to buy Patriot Ordnance Factory Parts & Accessories?

If you are building an AR pistol or just want to upgrade your rifle, then POF do a very serious line of parts & accessories. We have found some of the best muzzle devices, gas blocks, triggers, charging handles and lots more.

Check out what’s available now. You’ll also find some Glock parts, which might be the start of a custom Glock empire. Agency Arms, Taran Tactical Innovations and Salient Arms won’t be happy to see this artisanal rifle manufacturer turn up in their space…

Sig Sauer Rattler MCX PSB 300 Blackout, designed for concealed carry with stable twin-prong rear brace for sale

3. Sig Sauer MCX Rattler

  • Price: $2,299.99 
  • Caliber: 223 Rem/5.56 NATO
  • Barrel: 5.5 inches
  • Total Length: 20 inch.
  • Weight: 5.8lb
  • Capacity: 30+1 Rounds

The Sig MCX Rattler is a beast that was designed specifically for the SAS to take into battle.

It’s a more versatile, harder hitting and simply better replacement for the HK MP5. Really, it’s that good and the snub-nosed sub machine gun frame with full auto fire…. Yeah, we could learn to love that gun.

It was my original winner, but the truth is the compact size means it’s a real specialist tool. it feels like a racing car, which is good in the right circumstances. It’s just those circumstances don’t actually crop up too often.

Special Forces Thoroughbred vs Simpler AR Pistols

The simpler DDM4 is a more forgiving sportscar for the public road and it’s still as fast as you could ever dare to go. The slightly longer barrel makes it easier to master, in terms of accuracy and just plain old weapons handling.

The Sig Rattler is basically a concealed carry SMG. For crack military units, that’s a lifesaver. For most of us, it might be a touch much…

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Still, if you collect guns, you appreciate the back story or you just want the most vicious compact AR-15 pistol that money can buy, then you are pretty much looking at it.

Consider the AAC 300 Blackout Rattler

The Rattler was really designed for AAC 300 Blackout. That is the next gen AR-15 round that could render 5.56 NATO redundant.

You can fit a suppressor, go full operator and you have the definitive close quarters combat weapon for urban warfare or special ops. Whatever you’re doing that day…

Or you can take the can off and go supersonic with the ammo.

Then you’ve got a totally different weapon in your hands that can nail targets at 150 yards if you use the red dot and the PDW brace.

Here’s where the Sig’s short barrel does work against it slightly, as you’ll probably get tighter groups out of the POF at long distances. That’s the trade-off, and why this pistol might sit alongside one of the others here in a collection.

For personal defense, this Close Quarters Combat weapon is pretty much unbeatable, but it’s a little intense for casual plinking.

Pure, Compact Destruction

The barrel is just 5.5” long and the whole weapon is just 19.3 inches long. It’s a masterpiece in compact destruction and you get 30+1 rounds in basically a conceal carry AR pistol.

The MCX Rattler is expensive, but owners love theirs and if you want one monster of a sub machine gun style weapon, then this could be the one. It’s a modern-day savage and you’ll be glad it’s on your side when the chips are down.

This dude shows just what it can do, with a suppressor attached, in 300BLK.

HK SP5 goes on sale in the USA, finally. Get yours here.

4. Heckler & Koch HK SP5

  • Price: $2,599.99
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Barrel: 8 inch
  • Total: 14 inch
  • Weight: 4.4lb
  • Capacity: 30+1

Finally, HK has revealed an official civilian version of the iconic HK MP5. The HK SP5, the semi-auto MP5, is on sale.

Why did it take this long? That’s a question for HK, which limited the public to the equally awesome HK SP5K. It was great, but it wasn’t the Military grade firearm we all wanted.

That created a void that was filled by clones that trod the fine line between inspiration and imitation. Now, Heckler & Koch has finally given us the 9mm pistol caliber carbine AR pistol we always wanted to buy.

Others give you the look, this gun actually gives you the roller-delayed blowback system that Heckler & Koch perfected on the G3 rifle. You also get a Navy barrel, complete with threaded tri-lug adaptor, a fluted chamber and chrome lined bore and internals.

Expensive 9mm AR Pistol, But a Great One

Now this is about as expensive as semi-auto 9mm SMGs get. There are plenty of options for much less money that will serve you just as well. But this is the civilian version of the HK MP5. That matters…

You can argue that this is a modern-day tribute. But this gun is also military history. It’s an icon that the special forces and SWAT teams take into battle each and every day.

So if you’re looking for the best 9mm AR pistol, or simply one of the best Close Quarters Combat weapons on the planet, this would be a good place to start.

Wilson Combat AR-15 Protector Pistol for sale. Get the best Wilson Combat firearms on sale at the USA Gun Shop.

5. Wilson Combat AR-15 Protector Pistol

  • Price: $1,995
  • Capacity: AAC 300 Blackout
  • Barrel: 11.3 inch
  • Total: 27.5 inch
  • Weight: 5.8lb

Wilson Combat has become a regular winner of our AR-15 competitions and this pistol could easily have taken the top spot here.

Now you can go for the Wilson Combat HAM’R, round, which is impressive in its own special way. proprietary ammo makes us nervous, though, and we’d opt for either the 5.56 NATO or, better yet, the AAC 300 Blackout pistol.

With an 11.5 inch barrel made by one of the best in the firearms business, and an exceptionally accurate round, you have a gun that leaves an AR-15 rifle for dead. This is a viable hunting AR pistol, defensive pistol and just about everything else.

This is a compact AR-15 Plus, with the legendary Wilson Combat starburst grip that is actually a BCM part. The Wilson Combat TTU two-stage trigger is famous in its own right and the Tailhook arm brace does give you more options than most.

Ruger AR-556 Pistol for sale, a great starter long pistol. This might be the best value AR pistol on sale in 2019.

6. Ruger AR-556 Pistol

  • Price: $789.99
  • Caliber: .223 Rem/5.56mm NATO
  • Barrel: 10.5 inch
  • Total Length: 23.5-27.9 inch
  • Weight: 6.2lb

The Ruger AR-556 is the best AR-15 pistol by a mile if you’re on a budget and want a big name you can rely on.

Yes you can argue for some of the smaller brands and we’ll make a case for one or two of those shortly. But if you are looking for an honest, great value AR-15 pistol then you will struggle to beat the Ruger AR-556 pistol.

The direct impingement modern sporting rifle variant is so good that it features on two of our recent lists of the best AR-15s for sale for both $500 and $1000 . See for yourself:

The Best AR Pistol For The Money?

It’s fair to say that we love this little Ruger that embodies the brand values of value, rugged and basic engineering and a straight shooting long pistol.

At this price point, a Wylde chamber is a seriously impressive accomplishment and that simply comes down to the economies of scale. Ruger makes a buttload of these receiver kits and that drives the price down. That means you get a premium AR-15 pistol for starter firearm money. That is a compelling recipe.

That 10.5 inch barrel is good for accuracy at the range, as well as comfort. The full length Picatinny rail means there’s plenty of room to mount a red dot or scope of your choice. You also get an SB Tactical SBA3 brace.

Awesome Reviews For Ruger AR-556

The user reviews and gun review sites absolutely love the Ruger AR-556 10.5 inch barrel pistol, because it’s a durable and rugged workhorse with a solid SB Tactical brace.

If you are really price-shopping 5.56 NATO AR pistols and you want a great gun for not too much money, then the Ruger AR-556 is the gun you want to buy right now. It’s really that simple. You can get a Palmetto State Armory or Diamondback slightly cheaper. But don’t. This is the real deal, at a discount price.

ATI Omni Hybrid Maxx, the plastic AR-15 that has created quite the stir. Are you ready for a polymer AR pistol? Buy guns online here.

7. ATI Omni Hybrid Maxx P4

  • Price: $379.99
  • Caliber: .223 Rem/5.56 NATO
  • Barrel length: 7.5 inch
  • Total: 25 inch
  • Weight: 5.11lb
  • Capacity: 30+1

We sneered at the polymer receiver concept too, briefly. But the truth is that this plastic AR-15 pistol is cheap, lightweight and seemingly durable. As much as we wanted to, we cant find anything wrong with it.

ATI knows it faces an uphill struggle to convince the world that we’re ready for advanced polymer receivers, so it has made a big deal of 2,000 round torture tests and running over the gun with an 800lb forklift to prove the strength of the new age plastics. Truthfully, we’re more interested in the owner reviews on the online gun sites.

And they’re outstanding.

A Sub-$400 Wylde Chamber AR Pistol

The ATI Omni Hybrid Maxx is a five-star gun pretty much everywhere. It’s a Wylde Chamber, it’s accurate and it’s reliable.

Ignore the fact that the load-bearing parts are plastic and you’ve got a weapon that goes bang every time you want it to and weighs the same as guns costing orders of magnitude more.

The ATI Omni Hybrid Max is new technology, but we already have plastic sidearms and it’s a matter of time before plastic rifles are a thing. ATI says that time is now, and at this price it might be worth a try.

Get yourself an SB Tactical SBA3 brace, or a Shockwave Blade pistol brace, and you’re good to go.

Sig Sauer MPX Copperhead for sale - a 9mm semi-auto SMG with a 3.5 inch barrel

8. Sig Sauer MPX Copperhead

  • Price: $1,579.99
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Barrel: 3.5 inch
  • Total Length: 14.5 inch
  • Weight: 4.5lb

The Sig Copperhead might be a relatively simple variation of the MPX platform, but this might just be the ultimate Close Quarters Combat weapon.

The 3.5 inch barrel means this is basically an AR pistol you can conceal carry. Just think, there are full auto versions of this gun and that’s about as pure a Sub-Machine Gun as you’re ever going to see. This is the semi-auto 9mm pistol caliber AR, and it’s still absolutely epic.

The patented Sig PCB brace (Pivoting Contour Brace) offers PDW levels of rigidity in a compact and more flexible system.

There is a monolithic upper receiver and handguard to save space and weight. The gas-piston system is about as lightweight as they get and it is more advanced and technically cleaner than a blowback alternative.

Primary Weapons Systems Mk111 Pro - One of the best AR-15 pistols for sale in 2019.

9. Primary Weapons Systems MK111 Pro

  • Price: $949.99
  • Caliber: .223 Rem/5.56x45mm NATO
  • Barrel: 11.85 inch
  • Total: 31.5 inch
  • Weight: 6.5lb

Primary Weapons Systems has created an SBR, basically semi-auto military hardware, and just about turned it into a pistol in the eyes of the law.

The 11.85 inch barrel means this isn’t a compact AR pistol by any means, although it does tip the scales at a lightweight 6.5lb. That’s some achievement, looking at the layout.

It’s basically an SBR, a Short Barrel Rifle that is the preferred service weapon of just about every military unit in the world.

This firearm is pretty much the best of the best, in every department. That starts with the action, which is a piston driven adjustable gas system of Primary Weapons Systems own design. The receivers are off the peg PWS AR-15 parts too.

BCM Parts Show True Quality

Bravo Company Manufacturing provided the pistol grip, and Bravo Company is a sure sign of quality. The charging handle is an Ambi Raptor, you get an M-Lok rail and all the parts & accessories are as good as they can get.

That includes that awesome enhanced buffer tube, another PWS proprietary AR-15 component, and the bolted on endplate. That’s it, but this improvised buttstock to beat gun control laws also works an absolute treat. It really does look like a Short Barrel Rifle, but it isn’t.

This is a relatively new weapon with an outsized reputation. It’s a specialist, rather than a compact all-rounder, but you could still make a case for putting it way higher on this list.

If you want an AR-15 pistol for hunting, or long range shooting , then this kicks the collective asses of most guns here.

Radical Firearms AR-15 Pistol, a cheap AR pistol that's also one of the best.

10. Radical Firearms AR-15 Pistol

  • Price: $579.99
  • Caliber: .223 Rem/5.56 NATO
  • Barrel: 7.5 inch
  • Total: 26 inch
  • Total: 5.6lb

This relatively small company has built a fearsome reputation with low-budget AR-15 rifles and pistols that punch well above their weight. This new Radical Firearms AR-15 pistol could be the best yet.

The American manufacturer makes most of its own parts, which helps it set its own prices. They are always low, despite unique design touches like the proprietary FGS free float rail system. Radical says this reduced heat build-up, and increases the accuracy of this AR pistol.

A full-length Picatinny rail sits atop Mil-spec aluminum receivers. The Melonite coated CMV barrel and hard coat anodized finish show solid attention to detail. Mainly, though, this is a real solid AR pistol for a sensational price.

If you want an all-metal AR pistol and money is tight, this might be the best AR15 pistol here.

Nemo Arms Battle Light 300BLK for sale

11. Nemo Arms Battle Light Pistol

  • Price: $2,422.50
  • Caliber: 300 Blackout
  • Barrel: 8
  • Total Length: 26.5 inch
  • Weight: 5.6lb
  • Capacity: 30+1

There is an angry kid on the internet somewhere who could build exactly the same pistol for like $700, but he has yet to appear in real life.

I know this pistol is expensive, but I also know it’s a limited edition with military pedigree and it’s the absolute limit of engineering pretty much everywhere.

It was never going to be cheap.

Engineering Excellence to Last Detail

The level of detail to the engineering is insane, right down to the ATF letter of approval you get specifically addressing the KAK Shockwave pistol brace. With current events, that could pay for the price of the gun ion its own in the end…

The upper receiver, and the lower one, are billet 7076-T6 Aluminum that is Cerakote finished in sort of Flat Dark Earth when the hard work is done.

It’s a 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium Steel barrel, the Bolt Carrier Group is 8620 steel that is Nickel Boron coated and the Carpenter 158 bolt is shot peened, particle inspected and then MPI Nickel Boron coated.

It’s a CMC Flat Bow trigger with a 3.5lb pull and a Magpul handguard and mag. Even Nemo Arms describes the muzzle device as a can, and it’s hard to argue…

The Best AR-15 Parts, in One Gun

It’s top drawer shiz the whole way and this is a gun that you can’t help but want a little on a visceral level. You know it too…

It’s basically perfect as an assault weapon, it looks the absolute tits and with a reflex up top it would be lethal to hundreds of metres with the 300 Blackout ammo.

This is a precision tool, which Nemo Arms say is the preferred choice of some of the world’s most elite fighting teams. It might be true, might not be and they’d probably have to kill me if they told me.

It’s best not to ask too much. Just know that you’re getting the best of the best, which may possibly have been carried by the best of the best.

Get yours now!

There is a video that shows you can take your Nemo Arms into the wilderness hunting, to do cowboy stuff and other generic outdoor activities. Truthfully the gun is much better than the video, but here we are…

Angstadt Arms UDP-9 for sale. A great 9mm AR pistol that could be the ultimate close quarters combat weapon. Buy guns here.

12. Angstadt Arms UDP-9

  • Price: $1,325.99
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Barrel: 6 inch
  • Total: 22 inch
  • Weight: 5lb

The Angstadt Arms UDP-9 is one of the best 9mm AR pistols for sale in 2020. Increasingly people are turning to the 9mm AR-15 pistol format thanks to its versatility and controlled mayhem.

9mm is arguably the best self-defense ammo, all things considered. It won’t overpenetrate, and the best 9mm bullets are designed to make an almighty wound cavity in the human body. 9mm Luger is freely available, too, which makes this an attractive skirmish gun or SHTF gun for preppers.

Glock style magazines slot straight home, so you can have 100-round drum magazines on there if it floats your boat.

The build quality on the Angstadt Arms UDP-9 is up there with the very best AR-15s. We are talking billet receivers, a flared magwell, ambidextrous controls and more.

Angstadt Arms UDP-9 vs HK MP5K vs CZ Scorpion

A threaded barrel is ready for a 9mm suppressor and this pistol with SB Tactical shoulder brace can easily mix it with the mighty HK and CZ options. Dare we say it, the Angstadt Arms might even be a better pistol.

The option to use Glock style magazines is a bit of a biggy. We like it. It means you can streamline your gun safe and have options front and center. Keep a clean G17 next to your AR pistol loaded with multiple red dots and lasers. All that shiz…

You can buy integrally suppressed upper receivers and barrel assemblies. Angstadt Arms also offers several different barrel lengths and folding brace options, as well as a PDW.

Buy Angstadt Arms guns online here at Rainier Arms.

Aero Precision M4E1 Atlas S-One AR-15 pistol for sale. Get the new AR pistols on sale at a discount at your favorite USA Gunbroker.

13. Aero Precision M4E1 AR-15 OEM Pistol

  • Price: $673.99
  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO/300 Blackout
  • Barrel: 10.5 inch
  • Total: 24 inch

Aero Precision has carved out its own niche with naked pistols and rifles, as well as AR-15 barrels. But this is a complete pistol with SB tactical shoulder brace, furniture and flash hider. She’s ready to shoot.

We actually like the naked pistols concept and you can still buy those here, for much less money…

Aero precision naked AR pistol for sale.

Most of us have got a variety of pistol brace options and the likes of an M-Lok handguard just sitting unloved on a random firearm in the gun safe. So saving money and getting a great core AR-15 long pistol makes a lot of sense to us.

That’s what the Aero Precision M4E1 does. It gets the basics right and leaves the options of MAGPUL MOE or LAW Folding Tactical shoulder brace to you. The buffer kit is Mil-spec AR-15, with an M16 BCG.

So you get good, basic components that you can replace and upgrade in the AR-15 parts & accessories store. Most of us keep buying them, but we don’t really need more ‘arm braces’ either.

There is nothing particularly revolutionary about this gun, but then you can go mad with the long pistol furniture and turn it into something truly special. Just don’t call it a DIY AR-15 build. People get upset…

ZEV AR-15 Pistol Chamberred in 300 Blackout

14. ZEV Technologies Core Pistol AR-15

  • Price: $1,163.99
  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO
  • Barrel: 10.5 inch
  • Total Length: 27
  • Weight: 5.7lb
  • Capacity: 30+1

This is our insider pick, as ZEV Tech has simply taken a solid receiver set and added match grade parts,to a price point.

If you have big money to spend, then look at the company’s billet receiver set, which effectively gives you access to a whole new level of build quality and peripheral components. But the forged pistol is a great balance of bang for buck.

ZEV Tech has made a real name for itself with aftermarket Glock parts and now it has produced its own AR-style pistol chambered for 5.56 NATO or 300 Blackout.

In essence, ZEV merged with MEGA rifles and can now take its niche brand based on engineering perfection to the mass market.

The company’s short-barrel AR-15 pistol is certainly interesting and it’s one of the few affordable firearms ZEV Tech makes.

You can choose an 8.6 inch barrel (AAC 300 Blackout) or a longer 10.5” barrel and you can choose between the two hunting calibers to create a monster of a self defense handgun in the loosest possible sense of the word. The shorter barrel is my personal preference.

There’s a full-length Picatinny rail for lasers and weapons lights can easily slot on to the M-Lok handguard.

A Left-Field, Dark Horse of a Gun

I’ve got to be honest, I’m intrigued by this gun. It’s the dark horse here, no fanfare and a shit ton of pedigree doing everything that makes an AR-15 work well.

If you’re looking for a civilian sub machine gun for sale, this could be the one for you. Fit a suppressor and red dot to go full tactical, or keep your AR pistol clean and super light. Either way, this is a great gun for any money, let alone this amount.

ZEV Tech AR-15 Parts & Accessories

Get complete uppers, upper receivers, charging handles, drop-in triggers and more from ZEV TECH for your DIY pistol build. Most of ZEV Technologies parts & accessories are for the Glock, but you’ll find some things for your AR-15 too.

CZ Scorpion Evo 3 for sale. An awesome 9mm SMG in semi-auto form for you at home.

15. CZ Scorpion Evo 3

  • Price: $849.00
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Barrel: 7.72 inch
  • Total Length: 16 inch
  • Weight: 5lb
  • Capacity: 20+1

At this price, we think this might be legit the best bang for buck SMG-style weapon you can buy.

The CZ’s price tag is part of the appeal, although it has crept up in the last year. At one point this was a $710 firearm Even at this price, it’s a brilliant AR9 pistol. It’s simple polymer and basically enclosed, so it can take the conditions, the 9mm ammo is found just about everywhere and there aren’t many vital parts exposed.

That’s good, simple design. Ornate and fussy is for household ornaments, not guns.

It’s a real workhorse of a weapon, then, and it’s almost perfect for defensive duties, if you’re a 9mm pistol kind of person. It’s 20-inches long, it’s won’t snag on anything and it looks like the face of evil.

Almighty Nightstand Pistol

It’s exactly the gun you want by your side if you hear a noise downstairs.

It’s probably not the first gun you’d get a lot of hunting braces and furniture for, although it does look wicked bad with a folding brace.

One of the big benefits of this gun is that kept clean, it’s pretty much a concealed carry. If you ever need or want to take an AR pistol incognito, and you know you can legally, then this could be one to consider.

You just use it as it is and shoot from the hip, but if you’ve turned yours into an ornate work of art then please feel free to prove me wrong. It happens, a lot…

Arsenal SAM7K-R Semi Auto pistol

16. Arsenal SAM7K-01R

  • Price: $1119.99
  • Caliber: 7.62x39mm AK-47
  • Barrel: 10.5
  • Total Length: 20″
  • Weight: 8lb (Without Magazine)
  • Capacity: 30+1

This is the modern day AK-47 pistol, which means it’s just about the most effective semi-automatic pistol you’re likely to meet in life.

Refined and smooth? They are different things, but this gun should always go bang.

It doesn’t have the heirs and graces of the Rattler or ZEV Tech, it never did. But it is a gun you could drag through a freezing swamp and still be fairly confident it will fire at the other end.

It takes a number of cues from the AK-74 and keeps some of the original gun. So you get a Krinkov flash suppressor mashed up with the squared off buffer tube and the classic caliber.

Hybrid of AK-47 and 74 That Kinda Works

It isn’t a true AK-47, it isn’t a true AK-74. It’s basically a tribute band semi-automatic pistol that somehow captures the original magic.

You can get a toned down, workhorse version of the SAM7K, but the 01R is the true war dog. It comes with a Picatinny Quad Rail so you can accessorise the crap out of it if you want. Again, don’t, but you can.

The parts on this modern-day AK-47 are stunning, from the hammer-forged Steyr barrel through to the solid double hook trigger that is the stuff of legend. It takes any AK-47 mag you can find, too, and that includes 50 round drums.

It also includes some pretty cool minimalist folding brace options that give stability without adding too much weight. They also look the part.

It’s loud, it’s proud and it’s not exactly the most controlled weapon here. If that’s what you’re looking for, then this is your new semi-automatic pistol.

The Freedom Ordnance FX-9 Pistol, one of the best 9mm AR pistols on sale in 2019.

17. Freedom Ordnance FX-9

  • Price: $599.99
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Barrel: 4.5 inch
  • Weight: 4.5lb

The Freedom Ordnance FX-9 is a breakout star in the AR pistols world and now the shorter version is here it might give the best of these guns a run for their money.

The Freedom Ordnance FX9 has gained an outsized following thanks to the fact it uses Glock-style magazines. So basically yeah, it’s a 9mm AR pistol powered by Glock magazines.

How exciting is that? it depends on the size of your tinfoil hat. And if you’re into Glocks. If you are, then this is your AR pistol and the folding Shockwave brace is just the cherry on the cake.

The muzzle device is actually a 3 inch faux suppressor, and most of the other major controls are designed to ape a typical AR-15 pistol. So you get a rear charging handle, an AR15 style mag release and other touches that have gone down a storm with the buying public.

We are a sucker for Shockwave Blade brace anyway, especially in a compact and lightweight package like tis, and we love the look of this gun.

KRISS Vector Gen 2 SDP Enhanced Pistol for sale - $1,799. A new pistol caliber AR-style pistol with ant

18. KRISS Vector Gen 2 SDP Enhanced

  • Price: $1,799.00
  • Caliber: 10mm auto
  • Barrel: 6.5 inch
  • Total Length: 18.5 inch
  • Weight: 7.28lb

At first glance, this looks to be the ultimate civilian SMG. It’s small, it looks violent and it’s lightweight, ish, so why isn’t the KRISS Vector Gen II higher on the list?

Well the KRISS Super V Recoil Mitigation System wasn’t quite as good as we all wanted it to be in the first generation gun. But it’s getting better. Much better.

This pistol caliber Close Quarters Combat weapon is starting to live up to its potential. It used to be a movie gun and nothing more, with a starring role in Deadpool 2 among its many on screen hits. But it’s turning into a damned good gun.

Decide which one is most important for you and then see if there’s another gun on the list that will do the same job and more. But if you have cash to burn and you want a wild looking gun? Yeah, maybe you need a KRISS in your firearms collection.

Other Pistol Calibers are Cheaper

The 10mm is just interesting, from an impact point of view, but the ammo will be way cheaper for the 45 ACP and the 9mm versions of the KRISS Vector Gen 2 SDP Enhanced pistol. There are plenty of cheaper pistol caliber ARs than the 10mm anything in the long run.

You can buy KRISS Vector caliber conversion kits, too, which has helped this gun achieve cult like status with the Prepper community. Well that and the fact it takes standard Glock magazines.

The theory goes that when the world finally comes crashing down and we’re eating each other to stay alive, the KRISS Vector Gen 2 will be a badass gun to have.

Now the anti-recoil is getting better and the longer barrel on the SDP Enhanced version means it’s actually a fun gun to own right now, too, and we weren’t saying that so long ago.

So yeah, get one. But maybe go for the 9mm version. There’s an SBA3 pistol if the Vector brace is a little operator for your tastes too.

Check out the alternatives at Rainier Arms here.





19. Sig Sauer MPX

  • Price: $1699
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 4.5 inch
  • Total length: 13.5 inch.
  • Weight: 4.6lb
  • Capacity: 25+1

This gun comes with a 4.5″ barrel and it’s a seriously compact little beast. You can dress it up with braces and tactical gear, but you can also keep it stripped to the bone.

Then you can have a monster sleeping underneath your bed. It’s controllable, especially with two hands or a brace, and it’s just about the easiest 9mm you could ever imagine.

The MPX was designed from the outset to be modular. So you can technically turn it into a half decent hunting gun, a skirmish gun and a decent paramilitary option with the right parts and a little time.

The Perfect CCW SMG?

A simple tactical brace turns this into an epic weapon for the money, or you can fit a Shockwave Blade and basically have a 9mm concealed carry SMG.

The whole black finish gun is a Picatinny rail, M-Lok handguard or mounting point. It is also as light as the gun can reasonably be.

It weighs in at 4.6lb, it’s just North of 13 inches in total, so you can use this one-handed at a pinch. That’s gangster.

In a warzone, which is where you really need a gun like this, these are all positive qualities.

Technically you could have two of these at once, but realistically one is enough for almost any altercation. One with a tactical brace is the military way, two is Hollywood bad guy…

Diamondback Firearms DB15 Pistol. A budget AR-15 5.56 NATO pistol with a big reputation.

20. Diamondback DB15

  • Price: $519.99+
  • Caliber: .223 Remington/5.56×45 NATO
  • Barrel: 10.5 inch
  • Total: 26.5 inch
  • Weight: 6.6lb

The Diamondback DB15 is another low budget AR pistol with an outsized reputation.

Made in the USA, this radically styled pistol will certainly make an impression. And there is substance to back it up.

You get a Wylde chamber, which is nice. A quad rail, free float handguard and that single stage trigger is well beyond Mil-Spec. The Diamondback DB15 is a well built gun then.

The Diamondback DB15 is a solid low budget AR pistol. But it faces stiff opposition and you’ve got to love the styling to come down on this side of the fence these days.

Others won’t buy anything else and will tell you their Diamondback DB15 holds up well against their Daniel Defense. So personal experience counts for something with this company too.

CMMG Banshee 300 MKGS 9mm for sale. Is this the best pistol caliber carbine on sale in 2020? Buy guns here,.

21. CMMG Banshee 300 MKGS

  • Price: $1,399
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Barrel: 5 inch
  • Total: 18.9 inch
  • Weight: 4.6lb
  • Capacity: 33+1

Too many gun sites are naming the CMMG Banshee 300 MKGS as the best pistol caliber carbine for sale in 2020 for us to ignore completely. So the CMMG Banshee could well climb the list soon enough.

This is another gun that uses Glock-style magazines. That could be a benefit, the 9mm round is a great defensive round if you have family behind drywall and don’t want to risk overpenetration and a lot of people are buying these pistol caliber carbines now.

It’s a great option for general plinking, too, as well as competition shooting.

You save a lot of weight with a 9mm AR pistol and this gun weighs just 4.6lb, complete with a MAGPUL MOE grip and Tailhook Mod 2 arm brace. It sits in the palm of your hand, you could easily conceal this AR pistol and there are few more potent nightstand pistols in this world.

B&T STreet Legal Sub Machine Gun

22. Brugger & Thomet APC223

  • Price: $3,152
  • Caliber: .223/5.56 NATO
  • Barrel: 8.75 inch.
  • Total Length: 21 inch
  • Weight: 7lb
  • Capacity: 30+1


Regulars will know we have a huge soft spot for Swiss maestros B&T. This is basically a designer label gun. I know it, you know it, and yet it has true military applications, it looks amazing and we all want it..

This is a civilian sub-machine gun based on the APC554 SBR that is in active service with military teams, special forces and private security details all round the world.

This is one step removed, with the semi-automatic option, but apart from that this is pure military functionality. And that makes for a beautiful AR-15 for sale.

Yes, B&T firearms are never cheap. This one is eye-wateringly expensive and yet, and yet we all want it.

It’s perfectly proportioned, minimalist Swiss engineering, with an 8.75” barrel and a 30+1 round mag feeding into the pared down body.

An Awesome SBR With a Simple Buttstock

It weighs in at 7lb in total, but the whole gun is 21 inches and it is seriously accurate, despite the additional kick. You can turn this into a potent SBR and it will blow you away with its accuracy at the range.

This weapon comes with rails everywhere for optics, like an RMR, or even lasers and tactical lamps. You can turn this into an SBR assault rifle, if you want, or add a simple Shockwave brace and keep it tight and nimble.. The gas system is a work of art and it just fires clean.

As a stripped down defense weapon, this would be an absolute savage and you’ll sleep sounder knowing this thing has your back. It’s not a traditional AR-15 for sale, but it is a great pistol.

This video is the military version, with the fully automatic option. You won’t get that selective fire, but the rest of the gun can be yours right now…

HK SP5K for sale - An icon of a sub-machine gun In semi-auto form. One of the best 9mm pistols ever.

23. HK SP5K

  • Price: $2,700
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Barrel: 4.5 inch
  • Total Length: 18.9 inch
  • Weight: 4.2lb

Stocks are hard to predict when it comes to the HK SP5K, as demand always seemed to outstrip supply.

Now the new SP5 is here, expect these SP5Ks to basically disappear. If you can get one, buy it now. Your new gun will be a future classic…

Rainier Arms is a pretty solid bet, but if they’re out of stock then try here.

It’s the civilian version of the almighty MP5K that has featured in German military hands since the 1960s, as well as law enforcement and military units from all round the world.

This was a smash hit of a weapon that is still used in fully automatic form in urban warfare in the Middle East, Africa and Central America.

This design has evolved over decades, but you can still see the tubular, boxy origins story at its core. It’s unashamedly retro, solid and an absolute legend of a sub machine gun with its teeth filed down for public consumption.

You will never regret owning one of these. It’s really that simple.

Century Arms, Micro Draco gun for sale, a mini AK-47 pistol for total carnage.

24. Century Arms Micro Draco AK-47

  • Price: $669.99
  • Caliber: 7.62 x 39mm
  • Barrel: 6.25 inch
  • Total Length: 14.5 inch.
  • Weight: 4.85lb
  • Capacity: 30+1/50+1 drum. 

We have said it before and we’ll say it again, the Draco Gun is an absolute bargain. That’s the version with the 12” barrel that provides two easy hand holds.

The 6.25-inch barrel version? That looks like an absolute laugh riot and a seriously devastating weapon up close. It just feels like it belongs here in this world of pure gangbangers.

It’s a weapon of mass destruction that could easily form part of a budget defense kit if you prefer the black finish AK to an AR-15. It’s your life and I get the arguments, although 300BLK is there too you know?

This could be a concealed carry AR pistol, kind of, and there aren’t too many of them around.

If you know and don’t care about 300 Blackout ammo, then you can find a selection of AK-47s here. We like to cater to everybody…

Make an SBR From a Draco Gun

It’s also a really cheap and potentially interesting SBR build, as the ammo hits hard and the core unit is tiny. It’s a cheap way to get started with modding and working on your guns in any case.

This is a homage to the AK-47 pistol, rather than a religious recreation. Still, as a skirmish gun, a truck gun, any kind of shit has gone horribly wrong gun, this is right up there with the best of them.

It’s a 30+1 round close quarters spray and pray of the highest order.

It isn’t pretty, but there are whole sites devoted to Draco Gun furniture, pistol braces, rails and tactical gear. You can change it if you want, but I like the purity of the AK-47 pistol and the old-worlde Russian controls.

You can, though, turn it into one of these. This is an SB Tactical brace that turns it into a pretty respectable firearm.

Create the Ultimate Tactical Pistol

You can do something even wilder with the smaller gun.

Turn it into a modern tactical beast that could give the B&T TP9 a run for its money with serious mods or run it as it is. It’s your gun now and you can turn it into a great AK74-style SBR with time and cheap parts. The Draco Mini gun, which is the slightly bigger one, confusingly I know, also works well for this.

Read more about this AK-47 Draco pistol for sale here, including where to buy a Draco Gun and the different barrel sizes that change the character completely..

You can find cheap parts for AK-47 rifles and pistols just about everywhere and the Draco Gun for sale is designed to take more or less anything. It’s not fussy, and you can do what you like with her. Not a bad deal for this money!

Battle Arms Development Tanker Pistol For Sale


25. Battle Arms Development Tanker

  • Price: $3,499
  • Caliber: .223 Rem/ 5.56 NATO
  • Barrel: 7.5
  • Total Length: 26 inch
  • Weight: 5.8lb
  • Capacity: 30+1

This is art, as much as a firearm for sale, and you seriously could mount one of these on the wall and turn your office into a tactical war room.

It’s never going to be an objective decision about money, this is a heart string purchase for the person that can take the sticker shock and wants something truly unique.

It’s not a beater gun, either, this is really something you buy to appreciate, rather than take to war. Get the stock black finish if your gun is for shooting.

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An Expensive Gun, A Niche Gun

It’s a niche market, we’re not going to lie. But we love the fact that guns like this are out there. It’s why we got into this….

Now yes, it is a dressed up Limited Edition version of the BAD556 family, which look pretty special in base form and can be yours for $1839.95. That black Cerakote finish is hardly sub-standard too.

36 AR Pistols: The Best Civilian SMGs in 2020

The Limited Edition, though, is like a coachbuilt Italian special, using a solid base car, with no real functional benefit but a whole world of beauty.

It’s the best of the best, a delight as much as a gun, and nice things sometimes cost money.

French Walnut Wood Handguard, Because Why Not?

That handguard  and pistol grip are seriously hand-turned Grade A French Walnut and the Cerakote finish has an aged patina that you have to see to believe. Even the buffer tube belongs on a movie gun and costs $219.99 to buy for your pistol.

It’s pretty, everywhere.

Seriously, this is Flat Dark Earth and furniture-grade wood. I don’t even know where to go with that. It’s the same colorscheme as the Wagon Queen Family Truckster, or 1979 Ford Ltd Country Squire in the real world, that Clark Griswold took across the States in the heinous Vacation.

Here, it works.

This isn’t the most practical solution for an AR-15 pistol, of course it isn’t. But just look at it.

You know the really good news? The beauty is more than skin deep.

The 223 Wylde chamber is known for its accuracy and versatility. The pistol will eat .223 Remington and 5.56 NATO all day long and that versatility and the slight improvement in accuracy, is enough to make a case for this high-end AR pistol on its own.

Well, not really, but we’re justifying stuff here…

Billet Upper Receivers and Shiz

That’s a billet 7075 T6 aluminum upper and lower receiver that are CNC machined for the last word in tolerances. The 7.5 inch barrel is 4150 Chrome Moly steel, lined and finished with Nitride coating.

It’s threaded, too, and fitted with a 22 Cal A2 compensator and a Mil-spec M-Lok handguard with a quad rail with a Picatinny rail running down its spine.

Titanium Gas Block For Lightweight Gun

The gas block is Titanium, there’s an enhanced Bolt Carrier Group that the company sells as an aftermarket part. The same goes for the two-stage trigger with frictionless roller sear.

Nothing is standard, everything has that little flourish of class. If you’re not price shopping your guns and you just want the best, you’ll never stop smiling when you look at this one.

You could spend all day drinking in the details. It’s that kind of gun.

Buy Upper Receivers, Barrels and Parts

Battle Arms Development has forged a formidable reputation for AR-15 parts and accessories, including Mil-spec and match grade components. Upper receivers, lightweight furniture and advanced buffer tech are all available off the peg at Rainier Arms.

Now it has stepped up its game and is making full, unique and beautiful firearms to help promote the business.

Most of the parts are the best in its locker, which you can actually buy for your own AR pistol or rifle. Other suppliers include Bravo Company

If the company keeps turning out the best guns for sale, and the most interesting and colorful, we’re going to support their oddball efforts, as well as the gun parts & accessories business.

Battle Arms Development AR-15 Parts & Accessories

Get Battle Arms Developments parts and accessories for your AR-15 here. You can get new triggers, receivers, barrels and more from one of the best names in the business.

Click here for the full range of AR-15 and Glock parts from BAD.


B&T TP9, a kickass SMG that you can buy right now


26. B&T TP9

  • Price: $1,995.00
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 11.9 inch
  • Weight: 5lb
  • Capacity: 30+1


Design wise, too, in a tight skirmish, could you ask for anything better than this modern day Uzi?

This is the Civilian version of the MP9 SMG and it really is a big blocky pistol. It’s the ultimate tactical pistol that comes with a longer barrel. Switzerland’s best is ready for a full range of muzzle devices and it’s got a simple brace rather than a buffer tube thanks to the low recoil of the caliber.

It’s like a modern-day Tec-9, which became a gang legend. In truth, though, this gun owes more to the old-school Uzi.

Now you can buy one of those from IWI for less money, but this is a better finished gun and the long-distance accuracy is much-improved. If those are non-negotiables, this is the upper class Uzi you want.

Semi Auto With a High Fire Rate

Obviously this one is a semi-auto, but you can still spit lead at quite the rate thanks to the compact frame and Swiss engineering under the hood.

This is the gun the Tec-9 could never quite be. It’s largely polymer on the outside, but that’s a good thing as it protects against the elements and leaves you to get on with reliable service.

B&T has established a fearsome reputation for guns in this sector and it has brought military tech to the people. The end result are elegant, compact weapons with at least a strong military flavor.

A Swiss Tribute to the Urban Warriors

The TP9 really is a homage to the Tec-9 and Uzi-type weapons. This 9mm pistol is an urban war machine. In a certain set of circumstances, stuck close in with multiple assailants, then yeah it would do the business.

It is also a seriously accurate gun at the range and with the stock in place you can comfortably take aim at 100 yards. For a 9mm pistol, that’s pretty badass.

This little Swiss beast is 11.9 inches long, it’s a 5 inch barrel and you really could spray and pray with one hand. You could also be a little more precise with two hands, but it’s just in that size bracket where you could rock two of them.

But just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

You get 30+1 rounds, it’s an awesome weapon that covers a lot of very different bases. It’s accurate enough for small game hunting and tactical enough to deal with almost anything that crops up.  It’s a Swiss army knife of a gun, then, that changes to suit your mood and needs.

The Best 9mm Tactical Pistol?

You can fit your own side folding stock or any manner of sights, lasers and lamps. This is basically the ultimate tactical pistol and you can even get a specific Robocop style retention holster.

It’s a pretty damned cool option, although you have to wonder how often you’d actually get to open carry this thing. Or when you’d want to…

Still, you get one of the finest and quirkiest street legal sub machine guns in the world. If you want to call it that. Whatever it is, it’s unique and we love it.

This guy knows the truth, too, B&T guns are some of the best in the world. They’re not cheap, but they’re always spectacular and if you haven’t seen the line-up and you’re prepared to spend big on unusual guns for the connoisseur, then check them out here.

Cheap B&T Guns on Sale at Brownells

Maxim Defense MDX 505 For Sale - A great AR-15 style pistol with a revolutionary brace.

27. Maxim Defense MDX 505 PDX

  • Price: $1,995
  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO/7.62x39mm
  • Barrel Length: 5.5 inch
  • Total Length: 18.75
  • Weight: 5.9lb

The company made its name with pistol stabilizing braces, but now it has worked with SOCOM to create military hardware that the world’s best fighting team believes is an improvement on the vast collection of weapons they already had.

Who are we to argue with that kind of endorsement?

One of the highlights of Shot Show 2019, the MDX 505 is billed as a sub-compact AR-15 pistol that is designed around the new Maxim SCW PDW brace.

This lightweight brace is patent pending and could well turn into a star of the AR-15 aftermarket parts & accessories sector in its own right.

Lightweight, Shorter PDW Brace

The PDW brace is 4 inches shorter, as well as lighter, which opens up the door to a new world of sub-compact AR pistols and it should fit any existing AR-15 platform.

The HateBrake muzzle device is a feat of engineering in itself and is designed to send noise and pressure away from the shooter.

The company itself has been on the move of late, buying smaller companies and doing deals to grow its aftermarket parts business for the AR-15. This is going to help its cause no end, as it’s a great semi-automatic pistol.

As for the caliber choice, it’s a little controversial and yet it makes perfect sense from a military perspective. The AK-47 vs AR-15 debate will rage on forever, and even the special forces will probably leave that to the keyboard warriors.

In a military hotzone, though, AK-47 ammunition is generally easy to find. It also hits harder than 5.56 NATO and that can be the difference between a guy going down and staying down. If this is your first line of defense, you might want to consider the hard hitting ammo and the Flat Dark Earth finish for, ummm, desert stuff.

Springfield Armory Saint Victor Pistol for sale in 5.56 NATO.

28. Springfield Armory Saint Victor Pistol

  • Price: $959.99
  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO
  • Barrel: 9″

This one doesn’t have any great military connection. It’s just the company doing what it does best and producing a consumer-grade gun that kinda fits the profile of Special Forces hardware.

You can get the Springfield Armory Saint Victor NATO pistol chambered in 5.56 NATO, too, and a shorter barrel. and then it runs and feels like a conventional, if short, AR-15.

Solid AR Pistol at a Solid Price

This is a great price for such a solid weapon and it’s relatively new.

We heard some guns had issues on the forums and the company has chopped and changed the Springfield Saint Rifle line-up in recent times. The new gun has plenty of five star reviews, though, and a lot of the user reviews on gunbroker websites are close to evangelical.

The 9″ barrel and compact, lightweight frame all makes sense to me and the Springfield Saint Victor pistol comes with the velcro-strapped tactical ‘forearm brace’.

The Springfield Saint Victor pistol is a 30+1 round weapon, it’s 26.5″ in total and it weighs in at 5.8lb.

This is mil-spec hardware at a consumer price point and we honestly can’t pick a single flaw in the Springfield Saint Pistol.

Honey Badger Pistol for sale

29. Q Honey Badger/Noveske Ghetto Blaster

  • Price: $2,422.50
  • Barrel: 7 inch
  • Total Length: 20-25 inches
  • Capacity: 30+1
  • Weight: 4.8lb

If you really want to know where to buy a Q Honey Badger AR pistol, then wonder no more. You can buy one right now, but it won’t be called a Q Honeybadger. Get a Noveske Gen 4 PDW, also known as a Noveske Ghetto Blaster.

Why? We could hazard a guess that Q commissioned Noveske to build an order of Honeybadger pistols. And then for whatever reason never completed the deal. That might not be right, but it fits.

If you can actually order and get a Q Honeybadger, we’ll be surprised. But it would be awesome…

The Q Honeybadger rifle, pistol and more have been in the works since 2013, when the best Ar pistol the world had ever seen was developed for the Special Forces.

Q Honeybadger is a Gaming Legend

It starred in video games including Call of Duty and Black Ops. Those kids are now old enough to own firearms. They want the civilian version of that special ops gun for sale, they wanted it years ago. Now, it’s here. Kind of.

Inevitably there was a redesign in this AR15 pistol. But there were management issues and some weird shiz behind the scenes that probably didn’t help either. Q had some great designs, including a skeleton Creedmoor rifle. But it never seemed to quite get them to market.

This semi auto pistol features a direct impingement system that was designed for use with suppressors and AAC blackout, according to the wishes of the US elite special forces that ordered the weapon.

300 Blackout is made for that, and it gives the troops the option of using subsonic ammo and a serious can to come as close as you’ve ever heard to a movie silencer effect.

Seriously Compact 300 Blackout Pistol

That’s a PDW brace and one of the most compact 300 Blackout pistols you can buy. So it’s not quite concealed carry, but it’s close, and it’s an almighty gun that is going to be popular.

This gun just works visually, from the lightweight shoulder brace right down to that Cherry Bomb muzzle brakes. It would sell like hot cakes, if it goes on sale.

So if you’re thinking about buying a Honey Badger, buy a Noveske right now and save yourself the wait.

Sig Sauer MCX Virtus for sale. A great AR pistol, one of the best on sale in 2020.

30. Sig Sauer MCX Virtus Pistol

  • Price: $1979
  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO
  • Barrel: 11.5 inches
  • Total Length: 31 inch.
  • Weight: 7.4lb
  • Capacity: 30+1 Rounds

The Sig MCX Virtus pistol is just an amazing piece of kit. The smaller Rattler is aimed at the military, even though it has been adopted by seriously well-heeled hobby shooters.

The Virtus pistol is the consumer AR pistol with some of the edges filed down and the longer barrel lengths. So it’s a more chilled, more forgiving, easier to handle gun.

This version is ever so slightly less operator. It’s heavier, the bolt carrier group isn’t coated with space dust, but these are things you’re unlikely to notice to be honest. In terms of functionality, this is a top class firearm.

It is now on active duty all round the world as an SBR for military and private security forces in various forms and the shorter Rattler layout, but this might be a better AR pistol for the average consumer.

Again, it’s an SBR in all but name and without a tax stamp requirement. These pistol braces really are something.

36 AR Pistols: The Best Civilian SMGs in 2020

Great All-Round AR

This is one of the best all-round personal defense guns, or whatever it is you’re likely to be doing where a Special Forces type weapon is the one for you. If it’s good enough for the best of the best, in any form, it’s probably good enough for us.

You will learn to love the Cerakote finish, the Mil-spec parts and the sheer, Energizer bunny reliability. It also comes with a modular range of accessories that can drain your bank account and take the Sig MCX Virtus pistol off in wild new directions. It’s a plaform, not just a gun, and you can see a range of Sig MCX parts and accessories here.

Order yours in 5.56 NATO or 300 Blackout. You will have an absolute beast of a gun either way.

Fightlite SCR Pistol, a beast of an AR-15

31. Fightlite Industries SCR Pistol M-Lok Handguard

  • Price: $865.99
  • Barrel: 7.25 inch
  • Total Length: 20.25 inch
  • Capacity: 10+1
  • Weight: 3.9lb

Yes, really, the Fightlite SCR is an AR-15 with a bird’s head grip.

Why? Cuz America! That’s why…

It looks cool and it’s clever. I don’t think for one second that firearms historians will look back one day at the time that Fightlite Industries fitted a bird’s head grip to the most popular type of AR pistol and everything changed. I really don’t believe that will happen, at all with the Fightlite SCR. But it doesn’t need to.

The Fightlite SCR is a different kind of gun that presents a different kind of challenge. It will be tough to shoot compared to a pistol fired from the shoulder, which could be enough of a USP on its own. It also has a Mad Max vibe about it that I like. It’s a crazy, steampunk AR-15 that will put a smile on your face every time you pick it up.

Objectively, the Fightlite SCR is probably not better than most on this list. But it’s different, and that can be enough.

IWI Galil Ace

32. IWI Galil Ace

  • Price: $1,749.99
  • Caliber: .308 Win
  • Barrrel Length (inches): 8.3
  • Overall Length (inches): 26.75

The IWI Galil Ace is a modular weapon that goes into active service each and every day with the Israeli military. here you can get a pistol chambered for .308 Win and that is surprisingly close to an AK pistol. Why aren’t there more of them? It’s a valid question.

It weighs in at just 6lb with the side-folding stock produced by SB Tactical and it’s a potent little gun that spits out agricultural .308 bullets all day. Yes it’s loud and yes there’s a kick, but that’s why you choose the .308 Win. There are more civilized guns on this list.

It features a rotating bolt and long-stroke gas operating system. There’s a full length rail along the top, the polymer handguard offers a place for your lead hand and it’s a cohesive design that just works.

IWI has a pretty broad selection of Galil ACE models on offer, from 16″ barrel rifles right down to these assault pistols. They’re as tactical as all Hell, the rail on top gives you room for a Red Dot, or an optic, depending on the job at hand.

H&K 93 replica and modern evolution

33. Zenith Z-43

  • Price: $1,890
  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO
  • Barrel: 12

This is tribute to the great H&K 93, and a development of that basic design. It’s a modern gun, with its roots very firmly in the past.

Zenith make some of the more convincing clones out there and this is one of its best.

This is actually a pretty long barrel, 12″ and that is almost up there in rifle territory when you compare it to a few on this list. That can pay off in terms of accuracy, although we know that isn’t always the case.

It certainly looks different, a gun collector could justify it as a natural evolution of the H&K 93 that the US Special Forces, as well as teams around thee world, chose to take into action.

As a home defense weapon? It should do the trick as this is basically the street-legal version of a classic military SBR with a stabilizing brace and without a tax stamp.

IWI Uzi Pro - A budget merchant of death



34. IWI Uzi Pro

  • Price: $999 (Sale Price)
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 4.5″

This really is an old-school Uzi 9mm pistol, manufactured by those mildly crazy folks at IWI.

They’re seriously on a roll at the moment with the Tavor TS-12 shotgun, the Galil Ace and the Jericho handgun lines finally coming overseas in numbers.

They are better guns and the Uzi is a relic of a bygone age when it comes to the consumer version and it’s more of a nostalgic toy than a serious weapon. It is cool though and that can be enough to get one in your collection.

It has a 4.5″ barrel, a 25-round capacity and its chambered for 9mm in deference to modern times.

This is an evolution of the simple weapon that sold more than 2 million copies since its inception in 1963. It’s mostly polymer, for a start, and you get a grip safety and some other modern niceties. They include a Picatinny rail down the full length, and another at the front and underneath.

So, you can tacti-cool a modern IWI Uzi to oblivion. But don’t, keep things tasteful and leave this as a raw and functional gun. In a skirmish, this Israeli legend is right up there. There’s no getting round the fact, too, that it’s one of the cheaper options here.

You can get the folding pistol brace and IWI supplies SBR versions to military units all round the world, including the crack Israeli special forces. They use pistol braces, which you can order separately. Or you can keep your Uzi for a very specific purpose, close quarters combat, and leave the extras alone.

This consumer version is a nod to the legend, rather than the ultra tactical version that the Israeli marines carry by their side. But it’s still cool as hell…

CZ Bren 805 S2 Pistol for sale. One of the great AR pistols has been discontinued, but you can still find some here.

35. CZ Bren

  • Price: $1,379.99
  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO

The CZ Bren is a serious weapon that’s a step up from the more commonly seen Scorpion 9mm. That is here too, but the Bren is a proper weapon in 5.56 NATO or even 300 Blackout.

That’s a lot of punch from an 11 inch barrel and a NATO pistol.

This has 30+1 rounds of NATO in a compact package. The CZ Bren is one of the best civilian sub machine guns in the world, according to the forums, and they’re never wrong…

The military versions also find their way into the hands of serious special forces units, and not just in Eastern Europe. It’s a gun that has been tested on battlefields I hope you never see.

Owners have all talked up the CZ Bren and the main pistol features in the user reviews online too, and that’s an encouraging sign. It’s a great gun and you should have one in your life if funds allow. It’s an AR-15 for sale that you will learn to love.


CMMG MK47 8 inch

36. CMMG MK47

  • Price: $1,319
  • Caliber: 7.62x39mm
  • Barrel: 8 inch


This is the modern, AR-style AK-47 pistol. Or it was until the Maxim Defense PDX came and swept it down the order.

The Mutant MK47, as it’s known, is well loved in AK circles for bringing AR-style convenience and simplicity to the bigger round.

Is it worth this much more money than a Draco gun? Yes, honestly, as this pistol could easily be the start of an SBR build and the centerpiece of an AK modular collection that covers everything from defense through to hunting in the fields.

CMMG is an American company, so your SK will be 100% Made in the USA. It’s kinda cheap, too, for a gun in this class, and you we hear good things about them reliability wise. Just like the AK, it tends to chew through ammo and just keep trucking.

It’s ready for muzzle devices and with that round you might want to invest in a decent flash suppressor to start with. An SBA3 pistol stabilizing

AR-15 Pistol Parts & Accessories

You can get complete uppers, charging handles, gas blocks, upper receivers, drop-in triggers, muzzle devices and barrels for the best AR-15 pistols, as well as basic stock black finish guns. here.

Spare parts and upgrades for Assault Pistols at Brownells. 

Serious parts for your AR-15. Charging handles, complete uppers, lower receivers and more.


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