AR-15 Podcast 120 – Are Pistol Caliber ARs Relevant When SHTF?

DeKalb, Illinois – Reed Snyder and J.W. Ramp are proud to bring you this week’s edition of the AR-15 Podcast. Episode 120 features Cory from CDS Arms to discuss this week’s topic: are pistol caliber ARs relevant in a SHTF scenario? The first question of course is what exactly a pistol caliber AR is for those that are a little hazy on the definition. The hosts get into some of the minutiae of the subtleties of what makes a pistol caliber AR is, but the short answer is an AR platform chambered in a common pistol caliber such as 9mm.

But the meat of the question is, why would anyone desire an AR chambered in a pistol caliber? In the context of the discussion, the hosts keep the discussion to a SHTF scenario and how PCARs would be useful. One of the more obvious advantages are the availability of common pistol ammunition. A second obvious advantage is not having duplicitous ammunition calibers for emergencies, meaning that sidearm ammunition can be readily used in your primary long arm. Some disadvantages discussed are of course the limited range and stopping power of a pistol round. The guys go beyond the more obvious discussion topics and delve into cross compatibility of equipment, reliability, and permanent alteration.

Check out the show notes for links on all products and information in the show. Listen to the entire episode at for the tip of the week and as always listener feedback. The hosts at the AR-15 Podcast, want to hear what you, the listener, think so be sure to tune in and let us know what you’d like to hear, what we’re doing right, and how we can improve!

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The AR-15 Podcast is the show about your favorite black rifle. Whether you’re building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There is something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level. The episodes range from AR construction and reloading, to interviews and accessories. The AR-15 Podcast is found on the Firearms Radio Network and releases every Wednesday at 4:00 am central time. Subscribe to the show via AR-15 Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or


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I like 5.56 in my AR15’s and .308 in my DPMS LR-308 (AR-10) ! I don’t even like 9mm in handguns much less AR’s !