Range Report: The Just Right Carbine — Pistol Caliber Carbines

JRC rifle with scope right profile

The pistol-caliber carbine enjoys a long and storied history. The Winchester lever action and Colt Single Action Army combination started the ball rolling. Today, the modern self-loading carbine is the popular option.

JRC rifle with scope right profile
The Just Right Carbine is well designed and offers a formidable home protection firearm.

There are three types of pistol caliber carbines. The first are civilian versions of military sub-machineguns. They are heavy for the cartridge, and they had to be to remain controllable in fully automatic fire. The second type is a conversion of the AR-15 rifle to pistol caliber cartridges.

Third, and in my opinion the most useful, are the purpose-designed pistol-caliber carbines. The Just Right Carbine—the JR in the rest of this story—has the appearance of the AR-15 in some ways, but it is a purpose-designed pistol caliber carbine. For those wishing to own a relatively light, handy, fun carbine, the JR is a good choice.

Hornady XTP bullets from pristine to fully upset.
Performance of a quality jacketed bullet such as the Hornady XTP is enhanced by the high velocity of a carbine barrel versus a handgun barrel.

The Just Right Carbine (JRC) is available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP calibers. I chose the .45 ACP because I have ammo and plenty of brass for handloading. It is interesting that the JR may be changed from one caliber to the other relatively easily.

The JR uses a simple blowback action. The bolt is held forward by spring pressure until the bullet exits the barrel. Pressure abates and the bolt flies to the rear. A heavy buffer takes the shock out of firing. The spent cartridge case is ejected, and as the bolt flies forward, another cartridge is stripped from the magazine and into the chamber.

The JR will accept AR-15 type stocks and forends, an important consideration. There is also a Mil-Spec rail for mounting weapons lights and lasers. While the carbine was serviceable as issued, it is easy to accessorize. It isn’t supplied with any type of sights. The test gun was fitted with a Tasco Red Dot for evaluation purposes.

Close up of the bolt assembly on the JRC rifle
In this illustration the bolt has been manually locked to the rear, an option for a carbine that does not lock open on the last shot.

The JR carbine uses Glock Model 21 .45 caliber magazines. The JR features a magazine release on the left side of the receiver, rather than the right hand release of the Colt AR-15. This is fine in practice and easy enough to get used to. I do not choose to compare the JR carbine to a full-power service rifle but rather choose to let it stand on its own merits as a service-grade pistol caliber carbine.

To make the JR carbine ready to fire, insert a loaded magazine and rack the bolt to load a cartridge. The safety is moved to the fire position. On my example, the trigger broke at a relatively clean 7 pounds. The bolt carries the extractor; however, the ejector is part of the dust cover. This dust cover may be changed to the right or left side in order to facilitate a change for left handed shooters.

The bolt handle may also be switched for left hand operation. The bolt doesn’t have a hold open device on the last shot but may be manually locked in place by placing the handle into a slot in the receiver. At this point I have test fired the JR carbine to a good extent. I have fired the JR carbine with a variety of loads, including handloads, factory ball ammunition, hollow points and a single +P load.

3 Hornady .45 ACP shells
Note excess pressure signs on +P cartridge case primer, above. Blowback actions are not the place to be hot rodding the .45 ACP!

A caution, although the rifle performed well with the Hornady +P 220-grain Flex Lock, there were excess pressure signs with some loads. It is a rule of thumb that we do not use +P loads in blow back operated firearms. Just the same, there was no danger; it simply seems such loads would batter the rifle. This load breaks about 1050 fps from a 5-inch barrel Colt Government Model. The carbine exhibited well over 1150 fps. This is a useful amount of increase.

The majority of the loads fired were 230-grain full metal jacketed—the traditional .45 ACP ‘hardball’ loading. With all loads, including the Hornady 200-grain XTP, accuracy was good and the powder burn was complete. I also fired mostly standard pressure 230-grain JHP loads, all with good to excellent results. The Just Right carbine feeds good quality handloads as well. I had on hand a quantity using the Hornady 185-grain XTP. Loaded over Winchester 231 powder, these loads exhibited a velocity of over 1,300 fps from the Just Right Carbine.

As for accuracy, the Just Right carbine is more accurate than the majority of handguns. And that accuracy is much easier for an occasional shooter to demonstrate with the carbine than a handgun. An average of five-shot groups, at 25 yards, from a solid bench rest position, gave good carbine-style groups. It wasn’t unusual to break 1.5 inches for five shots. A few went into even smaller groups, including the handload. The Hornady FTX Critical Defense load also proved reliable and accurate.

Bob Campbell holding the JR carbine
The Just Right carbine handles quickly.

It is a simple matter to adjust the red dot to zero-in the rifle. For short-range use, the fast 185-grain load is ideal. For longer range, the heavier pistol bullet holds its velocity better, and I would go with the 200-grain XTP or the 230-grain XTP. Remember, standard pressure loads become +P or great in velocity compared to pistol ballistics. Accuracy was consistent from load to load.

The JR carbine is a friendly rifle to fire. The adjustable stock seems to lend itself well to all shooters. I think that the rifle is a great choice for moving young shooters from the .22 to a centerfire without the muzzle blast, kick and expense of a centerfire rifle. All in all, this is an enjoyable rifle that seems well made of good material.

Author’s Note

During the course of a long-term evaluation of several rifles, we suffered a problem with a JRC that demanded a return to the factory- and service was good and thorough. It happens sometimes and JRC stands by its product.

JRC rifle left profile black
The JRC .45 is a compact rifle for field use.


Caliber: .45 ACP
Action type: Blowback-operated, semi-automatic carbine
Receiver: Anodized aluminum
Finish: Black oxide
Barrel: 16″ 4140 Steel
Rifling: Six-groove, 1:16″ RH twist
Sights: None
Trigger: Single-stage 7 -lb., 1-oz. pull
Handguard: Aluminum quad-rail
Stock: AR-type collapsible
Magazine: Glock detachable-box
Overall Length: Buttstock extended 34 1⁄2″; collapsed, 311⁄4″
Weight: 7 pounds
Manufacturer: Just Right Carbines, P.O. Box 430, Canandaigua, NY 14424; (585) 396-1551

About the Author:

Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell’s primary qualification is a lifelong love of firearms, writing, and scholarship. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice but is an autodidact in matters important to his readers. Campbell considers unarmed skills the first line of defense and the handgun the last resort. (He gets it honest- his uncle Jerry Campbell is in the Boxer’s Hall of Fame.)

Campbell has authored well over 6,000 articles columns and reviews and fourteen books for major publishers including Gun Digest, Skyhorse and Paladin Press. Campbell served as a peace officer and security professional and has made hundreds of arrests and been injured on the job more than once.

He has written curriculum on the university level, served as a lead missionary, and is desperately in love with Joyce. He is training his grandchildren not to be snowflakes. At an age when many are thinking of retirement, Bob is working a 60-hour week and awaits being taken up in a whirlwind many years in the future.

Published in
Black Belt Magazine
Combat Handguns
Rifle Magazine
Gun Digest
Gun World
Tactical World
SWAT Magazine
American Gunsmith
Gun Tests Magazine
Women and Guns
The Journal Voice of American Law Enforcement
Police Magazine
Law Enforcement Technology
The Firearms Instructor
Tactical World
Concealed Carry Magazine
Concealed Carry Handguns

Books published

Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry
The 1911 Automatic Pistol
The Handgun in Personal Defense
The Illustrated Guide to Handgun Skills
The Hunter and the Hunted
The Gun Digest Book of Personal Defense
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911 second edition
Dealing with the Great Ammunition Shortage
Commando Gunsmithing
The Ultimate Book of Gunfighting
Preppers Guide to Rifles
Preppers Guide to Shotguns
The Accurate Handgun
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Comments (50)

  1. I have a JRC in .45acp that was purchased used online, I paid less than 500 for it, my son went with me to do some shooting and the little carbine functioned flawlessly, it’s accurate and we picked off coke cans easily from 50yds, my son was able to catch the trigger right at the sear release and he made the little gun sound like it was full auto, we put 400 rd through it and enjoyed shooting it, great little carbine, this is now my truck gun!

  2. I agree totally. While a Hi Point is not a gun to put 50,000 rounds through, the guarentee will fix those problems. The gun is American made, and does what it is suppossed to do. While many people do not still drive Pintos and Mavericks, there is a market for the cheap point A to point B vehicles. As long as they start up, have seatbelts, capacity for a radio and (for me) air conditioning, they can fit the bill. Hi Point pistols will not stovepipe more oftern than any other semi(ours never has) and alway goe BOOM, in a good way. Yes, it feels top heavy, but I think that non gun people are more accurate with them than lighter pistols.
    I only have experiance with one Hi Point rifle, but it was fine. Like I said, it is not a special target shooter or even a good copy of an old rifle. The one I shot was accurate and always went boom, in a good way.
    These days, it is hard to get that type reliability for low cast. Hi Point is that product.

  3. I’ve owned a Hi-Point 995 since 2007 and fired thousands of rounds through it. It was very affordable new and it is an accurate gun to shoot. My wife loves it. We set up some helium balloons on strings at the 100 yard berm and she took the 995 and cleared every single one of those waving colored rubber gasbags without wasting one round.

    About a year ago, i did start to get some failure to feed problems one day but couldn’t nail down the cause. I called Beemiller (Hi-Point’s parent co.) and they said to send it in. I did and when I got it back 2 weeks later I found that they had pretty much rebuilt the internals on the gun. For free. It was like giving me a whole new gun, which I appreciate very much.

    I see lots of people slag on Hi-Points, which is unfortunate. IMO they are accurate, affordable firearms from a company with excellent service. I own higher dollar arms from Ruger, Bersa, Savage, and Remington, but I got lucky over the years to afford those. The Hi-Point was my first and has served me well this whole time. In dollars and SENSE, it is a super bargain.

    1. I basically agree with your thoughts and comments concerning Hi-Point firearms. While they are not as aesthetically pleasing to the eye as other, more expensive pieces, they do get the job done for what they are designed to do.

      As an aside, I have an old M995 Hi-Point carbine that I purchased over twenty years ago, and one of the improvements I have made to it is to restock it. ATI produces and markets a very attractive polymer stock for the 995, that results in the carbine looking like a close relative of the Beretta CX4 carbine. The stock is simple to install, and should an old model 995 (like mine) require an extra part to make the magazine release compatible with the new stock, ATI will furnish one at no charge.

  4. I would certainly have liked to know the problem which necessitated the return of the JRC to the factory (as referenced below). I feel that without the inclusion of this information the article is incomplete.

    “During the course of a long-term evaluation of several rifles, we suffered a problem with a JRC that demanded a return to the factory-…..”

    1. I bought my JRC 45 in January. It has been at the factory twice. Buyers remorse. After the last email with the GM I have learned that they “they discourage the use of any ammo except brass” and You cannot use glock-like magazines, it must be glock magazines. None of this is on the website nor do the employees inform you.

  5. I wonder how much does it cost do buy each caliber conversion kit? I would be more interest in a AR- pistol, that is where the advantage of shooting handgun calibers is. The 5.56 from a 10″ barrel is making more noise than damage. I do want think about the cost of shooting .300 blackout that another AR pistol manufacture makes. What I would like to see is a AR chambered for is the M-30 carbine round at 25 cents a round and the ballistics for a mid to close range, you can’t beet it. Does anyone disagree?

  6. I would say its a matter of preference, junk or something that will last a lifetime if its maintained.

  7. I purchased the .45acp jrc and have had nothing but feeding issues. The platform is nice but performance is terrible. I tried many factory glock magazines and all jammed up and/or misfed causing the projectile to compress into the brass about 1/4″-1/2″. Kinda scary. After 2 gunsmiths and several hundred rounds with multiple tear down and clearing, getting ready to send back and hope they honor it. Mech tech makes a much better combination unit for glock .45. Way better!!

  8. I’ll stick to my Camp 9’s and 45’s which cost less than half of this new carbine.
    All the Camps recieved buffers and springs only, the buffers are a must have.
    Only complaints agaist camps is when breakdown for cleaning, having a small compressor or canned air in portable tanks is great aid.
    Never used +P in any Camp as feel new or reloaded to factory rounds have suffecient power.
    New carbine but a costly toy for those with extra bread.
    Hi Points are great pistop calibers weapons and at a cost of 2 Hi Points in two different cals why screw around changing cals at added expence With this new toy?

  9. Nice little story I have a pair of Marlins. M45 and M9. Bought new. Fun little Camp Carbines. Not made anymore. Something about wood stocks and old school mechanics.. Nice to see folks trying improvements. How did that red dot TASCO do?

  10. who in their right mind would spend 7-800 bucks for a JRC when Hipoint makes a reliable but ugly pistol caliber carbine for under 3 bills. just saying

  11. I have a great interest in a 10mm semi-auto carbine. MechTech makes one that uses a variety of pistol platforms including Glock, Smith M&P, SPringField XD, and 1911. But I haven’t had a chance to try one. Anyone here had a chance to test a Mech Tech CCU?

  12. I found a Marlin Model 9, also known as a camp 9, in 9 mm in a pawn shop a while back. Nice old gun, made from 1985 to 1999. Birch stock, drilled and tapped for scope mounts, but I was able to mount a 7 inch picatinny rail and add a red dot to it. Magazines are double-stack and hold 15 rounds + 1 in the chamber. Marlin mags are hard to find and fairly expensive, but I did pick up 3 stainless steel Smith and Wesson model 59 mags at a gun show for 15 bucks each that fit and work just like the original Marlins. I bought it for $375.00, but did put a new Wolfe recoil spring and Blackjack buffer in and it shoots perfect. Fun little gun, never had a failure, yet. They were made in 45 acp also.

  13. I have a Ruger Redhawk/Henry lever rifle combo both chambered in 45 Colt that serves me well. I can see the sense of having a combo in a more common (and affordable) caliber like the three mentioned in the article.Such combos expand the caliber’s capabilities and are just plain fun to shoot.. Choose a good combo and enjoy!

    1. Prices an vary depending on the warehouse. We are also aware of how long these articles on the web and prices change over time. The MSRP currently is about $775. ~Dave Dolbee

  14. Can this rifle be modified easily to use the Tok round? I feel that the 7.62 x25 round would be a great crossover round, it is very fast and flat trajectory, with enough stored ammo, this would be a great SHTFrifle, especially paired with a CZ52 or a Tok handgun. It appears that the magwell is large enough to accept a Tok mag.
    Many people dismiss this round, but it is a great round and would be great to shoot out of a midrange rifle(it does go a great distance)

    1. I agree, rt66paul, that the 7.62x25mm Tokarev round is a great screamer. I have a Polish PPC-43 in this caliber, paired up with an M57 Zastava pistol in the same caliber, as well as a CZ52 pistol, for an interesting combo. I have a fascination for bottle nosed pistol cartridges, and this makes me a big fan of .357SIG. While straight and slightly tapered cartridges of current manufacture provide reliable functioning, I figure that bottle nosed cartridges provide an extra margin of safety in terms of avoiding potential feeding problems. As I mentioned elsewhere in this thread of discussion, I recently acquired a SIG Sauer MPX carbine, that is interesting since it is a multicaliber piece that one can change from 9x19mm to .357SIG to .40S&W by changing barrels, bolts, and magazines. Since I have several .357SIG pistols, I am eagerly awaiting SIG Sauer’s marketing of the .357SIG parts for the MPX.

  15. I have the JR in 9mm. Over 1500 rounds and after the first box, there have been no double feeds or failures of any kind. Red dot gives 1 inch group at 25yds. Already have glock 34 so being able to use extra magazines that I already have is awesome. Great gun and have no regrets on my purchase.

  16. I bought a JRC several years ago in .45 ACP. I did have some serious issues with it, but I called their customer service dept. and they had me ship it back to them for repairs. When speaking with them they indicated a willingness to convert it to 9mm. (which I preferred anyway) Since I got it back, it has performed perfectly. Just for fun, I fitted it with a Slide-Fire stock. No feeding problems doing a magazine dump. My favorite home video is of my wife shooting steel plates at the range we belonged to. By the way… the Slide-Fire stock was just a one-time deal. It’s lotsa’ fun but I consider it a little bit abusive to the firearm.

  17. A good friend of mine bought an AR style rifle in 9mm. The receiver was a blem and sold for $149.00. All in all it cost less than $700. It shoots great, I have shot it over a dozen times and I still cannot find a blimish of any kind on it anywhere! It uses Glock mags but they also offer a Colt mag style for about the same price. It has a Sight Mark Hollowgraphic sight and at 200 yards his 8′ pie plate sized target sounds like a gong every time you hit it with 9mm. I love it and plan to get one myself!

  18. I’d like to know how much “excess pressure signs” are exhibited with S&W 40 plus loads that will also be estimated roughly supersonic+100 @1250 fps at muzzle. Knowing this makes the difference between considering this as an addition or not. I like the idea of using glock mags in a carbine.

  19. I have seen a couple of 9mm carbines in the AR platform, they are very common, and one of them came into my shop not working well at all. But I see that at least one company makes a .40 S&W carbine. I’m a big fan of the .40 S&W, and its big brother, the 10mm. I see a new project in my future. Now, I just have to decide which one–.40 S&W vs. 10mm. This is going to be a tough choice.

  20. It was an interesting article about what looked like a good little gun, but I wasn’t entirely certain if the rifle fired from the closed bolt. As the writer noted, many of the pistol-caliber carbines are former subguns, and those frequently fire from the open bolt. The old Mac Ten pistols come to mind, and they weren’t even remotely accurate.

    It is easy to assume that this carbine fires from a closed bolt, but I don’t like assumptions like that one.

    So, the question is: is this a weapon that fires from a closed bolt?

    1. Chris,
      I have a JRC in 9mm. Yes, the bolt has to be closed for the weapon to fire.

      Happy New Year to all!

    2. All civilian carbines fire from a closed bolt.
      The open bolt Uzi, and others are full open.
      The JRC has no full auto cousin.

  21. This rifle can be ordered for use with Glock mags. It can also be ordered as a take down rifle, but the best thing is it can ordered in .357 Sig! The only rifle I know of in this caliber. 😉

    1. Thomas, I too am a fan of the .357SIG, and I own several pistols in this caliber. By way of information, the SIG Sauer MPX carbine my son presented for my birthday also has the .357SIG capability. ‘Fact is, on the lower frame, where one would expect to see the caliber stamped, it says
      “Multicaliber”. In the owners’ manual, it describes the take-down procedures and the ease with which one can change from 9x19mm to .357SIG to .40S&W by changing barrels.

  22. Not to be to picky, but your description of how a blow back firearm gun works is a little wrong. The bolt starts moving after firing of the round as soon as the pressure creates enough force to move it. There has to still be pressure in the barrel or the gun will not function. This is why most blow back firearm manufactures do not recommend the use of aluminum cased ammo because the aluminum cases may not be strong enough to contain the pressure.

  23. Well there are certainly more than three types. My favorite is what I call my “good guy” gun ala John Wayne – its a 357 lever action Rossi in Stainless. It is for sure a pistol caliber and for sure a carbine and for sure dates back far before these Black guns which conjure up Rambo images. Its fun to shoot the 1892 design which is light and fast – economical with 38s with little recoil. Lots of cowboy action shooters will know exactly what I mean. My other pistol caliber carbine is as much fun. Its a Keltec sub2k using a Glock 9mm mag. Economical and easily carried into a motel room while traveling as a room gun. I suppose all gun writers know about these days are “black rifles” Its a shame because there are other viable options. Trapper

    1. I love my two Marlin 1894’s. My favorite is my .357 but the .44 is fun too. The Magnum cartridges gain a lot of performance from a carbine. I have a 9mm Sub2k also mine is also a travel companion but it uses a Beretta mags.

  24. I like my 9mm J.R. except.
    A lot of failure to eject or double feeds.
    They covered the repair.
    They claimed I oiled to much.
    Then they claimed I used the wrong oil.
    Problem the next round.
    I had to return.
    They questioned the ammunition I used.
    I purchased a box of all the BALL ammo.
    I had several failures with all.
    I sent them all the spent brass with the JR.
    when they returned it to me.
    they left the charging handle installed.
    The handle was bent 45 deg.
    I Have not fired it sense.

    1. The problems you experienced are common to this firearm, We had 12 of these guns in our shop, 4 in each caliber, sold them all fairly quickly, all 12 were returned within 3 weeks of sale, and began multiple returns for failure to extract, failure to chamber/feed, double feeds etc. Eventually we refunded or exchanged all 12 and were refunded by the company. We no longer sell these firearms in our shop, prefer High Points or Ar platform pistol cal firearms.

  25. This is a goof firearm but you owe it to yourself the check out TNW for their Bush Pilot series. It shoots 9, 40 & 45 from Glock magazines. It is soft shooting and accurate. My wife definitely like it better than the Hi-Power carbine

    1. I have the 9mm JRC in Muddy Girl camo which I bought for the wife. That said I wish I would have know about TNW at the time, dont think they were out yet. The JR has been pretty relia le for me, I would say about every 100 rounds or so you can count in at least one double feed but other then that its been flawless. I did have to use blue screw tight on the bolt screw to prevent it from loosening.
      Pluses are the usage of Glock mags and oveall quality is good, seems like its billet built out 7075 t6. I just think the company itself could be ran better.

  26. I have the 9mm, shot about 10 rounds and had to take it back where I purchased it, they sent it to be fixed. Several parts were replaced. Still have problems with cleaning it because the handle for the slide is difficult to remove, feels like it is stripped or something. Is fun to shoot but just seems cheap as far as mechanisms.

  27. Of course it’s more accurate than a pistol! It has a longer barrel! Interesting that they build it in .45; now if they’d just produce one in .30 carbine, I wouldn’t have to finish my AR-15 build in that caliber!

  28. I’ve owned one in 9mm for several years and have enjoyed it. I will say that a magpul ctr to replace the cheap and rattle infested factory stock did wonders to improve the perceived quality and a miculek style compensator/brake not only finished the muzzle nicely but provides significant improvement in split times between shots on multiple targets. Takedown is a little cumbersome but the quality of the machine work and the components is 1st rate. A $10 set of jp yellow springs will provide you a 4 lb trigger and utg rail height ar15 backup sights work very well. This is a fun carbine to shoot, with ammo costing about 15 cents per round less than 5.56. It does not tear up steel targets like 5.56, and my local indoor range lets me shoot it on the pistol range, which is a big plus in winter. Finally, I have run extensive chronograph tests to demonstrate that this carbine provides 150 to 200 fps velocity over the glock pistols that take the same mags. 100 grain handloads exceed 1400 fps easily, and slower powders that would just make big muzzle flash in the pistol instead make useful velocity in the carbine. 9mm becomes very formidable from a carbine barrel with 500+ ft lbs easily attained.

  29. Great article particularly the ballistics reporting. One question though of course, what was the issue that required sending back a unit for repair? Thanks

    1. Sent it back because it wouldn’t fire. Also as others have indicated it does not fire all of the time after I got it back. It is fun to shoot but for me not dependable enough to use for self defense when you want something that you know will fire when you pull the trigger and is a pain to clean.

  30. ** IF UR LOOKING…

    For a HEAVY-@#$% GUN – U found it!! WOW! Wont carry THIS thing around all day… YES – BUILT LIKE A TANK! But WHO the HELL wants to carry a TANK around all day anyway?!!!

    No, I think most envision a PCC more like a KELTEC SUB2000… small, light compact… or similar AERO SURVIVAL RIFLE. and a few others…

    GENERALLY-GOOD CARBINE OTHERWISE, now! Dont get me wrong. Just hv a hard time justifying it, at the price – when there’s lighter “others” – for less!

    ** AS for JRC SERVICE, tho… sadly: THEY! SUK!! Cranky, short-tempered sort to deal with. The GOOD NEWS is : JRC’s…are BUILT LIKE A TANK!! So u wont hv 2 deal with ’em hardly ever. OVERAL RATING: B+

  31. I am a big fan of pistol caliber carbines, I have two in .45ACP and 9mm. However, if home defense or vehicle carry is your primary concern, in my opinion, you should get one with a pistol based lower with the magazine feeding up the pistol grip. To shorten overall length, avoid an AR or HK based lower with the magazine well forward of the grip. Overall length is reduced by several inches. On all common firearms the barrel starts at the front of the magazine, makes sense the bullet tip needs to be behind the magazine to be pushed into the barrel. That’s why a broom handle Mauser is several inches longer than a Luger, the receiver is extended to put the grip behind the mag. Pistol based carbines such as the Keltec, Beretta Storm, or my favorite a MechTech upper on a Glock (with 32 rd extended mag) are always shorter with the same barrel length. The overall length of my MechTech/Glock 9mm carbine with collapsible stock fully extended is a smidgen over 30 inches, the same length as my 16 inch AR carbine with M4 stock fully collapsed, and the same length as an AR SBR with 11 inch barrel. With the stock collapsed my MechTech/Glock shrinks to 24 inches. I use a racquetball sports bag as a discreet carrying case.
    PS. I have not seen one yet but the new JARD J67 is a bull pup 9mm carbine, 16 ¾” barrel; 26 1/8” over all length

  32. I have always been a fan of pistol caliber carbines as handy defensive firearms, due to the commonality of ammunition between one’s sidearm and the carbine. While such pieces are not generally regarded as great hunting pieces due to the pistol caliber, they excel at the personal defense role. I have several of these in my collection, each mated to a pistol of the same caliber, thus making a very effective pair to have in one’s “bug out bag”. My latest acquisition, courtesy of one of my sons for my recent birthday, is the SIG Sauer MPX…..a really super piece that is technically specified as a multi caliber firearm, due it’s the feature of interchangeable barrels in 9x19mm, .357SIG, and .40S&W. I have several SIG Sauer pistols that can be mated to it, but one of the pairs I have that is truly mated in every detail is my Kel Tec Sub 2000 folding carbine in 9x19mm. My particular model uses S&W M&P magazines, so I paired up a S&W M&P 9x19mm pistol to it. Not only is ammo compatibility there, but magazine compatibility also reigns supreme.

  33. yes it has a long history, but pistol cartridges are under powered even it the longer barrel gives them more velocity. yes you only have one round to carry but i personally would rather have something more powerful if i have the chance to use a rifle instead of a pistol. it sounds cool but when my life might be at stake i want the most advantage i can get not cool.

  34. An interesting pistol caliber rifle, but at a price over $700 I think that I’ll stick with my Hi-Point 9mm Carbine, which cost me less than $250. I’ve had my 995TS for about three years and put well over 2000 rounds down range without a single problem or malfunction.

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