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Short barreled AR-15's

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Abadrooster, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. Abadrooster

    Abadrooster Enumclaw New Member

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    Have seen a few advertised Short Barrel ARs posted for sale EG; 10" barrel with 6" pinned flash hider to meet 16" law requirements"
    What the piont of having a short barrel if it is going to be 16 inches overall anyways?

    Just wondering if there is a clear reason that I cant see.
     
  2. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Malls don't generally have hacksaws, ninja.
     
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  3. 2Wheels4Ever

    2Wheels4Ever Central Oregon Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer

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    Weight.
     
  4. Abadrooster

    Abadrooster Enumclaw New Member

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    The benefit of some weight saving and added cool factor I suppose. Assume weight and maneuverability was the SBR's platform, but would be lost with added length (brake or flash)for NFA requirements. Youd think a negligible weight difference between a 5" flash hider compared to 5 Inches of barrel. Some do look impressive tho.
    A sacrifice of longer range would not be a concern in close quarters and big mean looking flash hider might help some change their mind. :)
     
  5. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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    Yup, and a little length too. A typical 16" AR comes in at about 17.5" including the stock flash hider. Some guys will trim 1.5" off the end and then pin or weld the hider on so that they are compliant. Unless you shoot pretty long distances you won't notice the slight drop in velocity, and now you have a shorter, lighter gun. Not quite an SBR, but you don't need paperwork for it. But yeah, a 6" flash hider is a little ridiculous. Mostly you'll see 14.5" w/ pinned flash hider.
     
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  6. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    There's always SHTF too. Stay legal with an ugly piece of metal on the end of it. Then if anything crazy happens, well...
     
  7. bellarum

    bellarum beaverton Well-Known Member

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    Flash hiding while door kicking?:)
     
  8. FarmerTed1971

    FarmerTed1971 Portland, Oregon, United States Well-Known Member

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    Dumb IMHO

    Get the damned stamp already.
     
  9. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Doesn't work in every state :(
     
  10. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Shorter barrels combined with heavy projectiles can keep some calibers sub sonic.
    Add a pinned/soldered flash hider that's threaded for a suppressor and your only paying for one tax stamp, not two.
     
  11. Ttuck

    Ttuck Hillsboro Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I am not a fan of of short barreled 5.56/.223 rifle with a barrel length less than 11 inches. Under that length the wound channel producing capabilities fall way short of anything impressive. And 5 or 6 inch flash hiders look sort of dumb IMHO as well. If you're going to go with a short barreled rifle why not go with a pistol caliber one? All the ergonomics of an AR but with pistol ammo.
     
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  12. misplacedtexan

    misplacedtexan Beaverton, OR Active Member

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    Thats actually what I'm doing right now. 9mm 7.5 inch barrel. Sent the stamp off in November, and playing the waiting game for now.
     
  13. Unka-Boo

    Unka-Boo Milwaukie Active Member

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    12.jpg

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    Built this one 8 years ago.....retro-ish look and weighed 6 pounds....
     
  14. broncman

    broncman E. of Portland yet to close! Quality Control!

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    IMHO I would never put my suppressor on the end of a threaded 6" tube/flash hider to save $200 dollars. To me it is asking for a baffle strike.
     
  15. Unka-Boo

    Unka-Boo Milwaukie Active Member

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    I think he meant a permanently attached suppressor......

    Eta...10" barrel + perm attached 6" ( or whatever as long as it's over 16" ), = one stamp gun.
     
  16. idahoan

    idahoan Boise, Idaho Active Member

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    the suppressor goes inside the tube