Do you need a special buffer tube for an AR pistol?
To ensure you’re 100% legal with your AR pistol, you can install a pistol buffer tube on your AR if it doesn’t already have one.
Are pistol and rifle buffer tubes the same?
The difference between pistol and rifle buffer tubes you ask? Simple, on a pistol buffer tube there is nowhere for a stock to mount. That’s it. Hell, the Thordsen buffer tube kit uses a keyed stock exactly like a rifle stock except that it does not have holes in it for a stock to lock into.
What buffer should I use in an AR pistol?
H2 Buffer — 4.6–4.7 oz. The second tier of heavy buffers is ideal for mid-length gas systems, though it’s common to find up to 4.7 oz buffer weights in pistol builds with under 16-inch barrels to reduce violent cycling. If you fire 5.56 NATO, a tier 2 buffer weight is ideal.
Can you put a butt stock on a AR-15 pistol?
You can put an upper reciever on it with a barrel as long as you want and it’ll still be a pistol. Completely legal. Now put a butt stock on it and it’s a rifle. Still completely legal.
Can I put a pistol brace on a standard buffer tube?
Yes, I emailed SB tactical and they confirmed that it will work on ANY standard carbine length buffer tube/receiver extension. They also said using your own tube and not theirs did NOT change the ATF ruling about the legality of the brace.
Can you use a carbine buffer on a pistol?
Yes. The gas port may need to be reduced if used all the time. The pistol will still be quite loud though. A rifle has a butt stock.
Can an AR pistol have a carbine length gas system?
Carbine-length gas systems: A carbine length gas system is the most common and has a gas port distance about 7.3 inches. AR-15s with shorter 10-16-inch barrels function their best when paired with a carbine-length gas system.
Can I use a 6 position buffer tube with a pistol brace?
No, it will not work on that pistol. That pistol uses a proprietary receiver extension that only works with standard pistol braces.
Does a heavier buffer reduce recoil?
If it’s over-gassed, and you don’t have an adjustable gas block, adding a heavier buffer can noticeably reduce felt recoil. If you do have an adjustable gas system, reducing buffer weight can do wonderful things.
Is it legal to have an adjustable AR pistol?
You can use an angled foregrip or a micro handstop. The law holds to a 90 degree ruling on vertical grips. So, as long as there is an “obvious” angle to it, it does not violate the law. If you want to use a standard stock and or violate the 26-inch rule, you must apply for an SBR (Short Barreled Rifle) stamp.
What happens if you put a regular stock on an AR pistol?
We mentioned that putting a stock on your AR-15 pistol automatically makes it a short-barreled rifle. But if you register a rifle, you can never take that gun apart and use its parts to create a pistol. There is no tax stamp to cover this action – it is simply illegal.
Can I put a stock on a pistol lower?
You can put one of those cute little stocks on a 16” carbine all day long, and all you’ve got is a carbine with a cool stock. Put one on a pistol lower with a barrel of less than 16” in length, and you now have a short barreled rifle (SBR) — Per the ATF. All SBRs require registration with ATF and payment of a $200 tax.