An exciting development in handguns is the rifle style pistol. This style of firearm is becoming very popular, and Omaha Outdoors offers a wide range of makes in a variety of calibers for sale. If you enjoy shooting ARs and AKs, you can now choose from PWS, War Sport, LWRC, Century Arms, Kel-Tech, Sig Sauer, Auto Ordnance and many other manufacturers’ models of these handguns. Our selection includes rifle style pistols based on the AR-15, AK and even Thompson actions, in calibers ranging from .22 LR, 9mm and .45 ACP as well as the .223 Remington, .300 Blackout and 7.62 x 39mm calibers.
They look like rifles, but they’re designed to be fired like pistols. Don’t worry about any confusion, however: As a type of firearm, the definitions have been worked out. Rifle style pistols are classified as a handgun by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) – they are not considered to be a short barrel rifle (unless an after-market front grip or stock is added). As such, these are non-NFA firearms, and do not require the paperwork or tax stamps required for that class. Some models come with a stabilizing arm brace, to help prevent fatigue and increase accuracy; these arm braces have been reviewed and approved by the BATFE. Even while rifle style pistols are considered to be handguns, those based on AR and AK actions will accept their corresponding rifle magazines, giving the shooter the advantage of a larger capacity handgun. Omaha Outdoors also offers California-compliant versions of many of these pistols.
It’s true that rifle style pistols just look like they’d be great to shoot at the range – and they are! There’s no reason not to enjoy some plinking with a pistol that would look right at home in the hands of James Bond or a special operations team member. Still, there are good, practical reasons for adding a rifle style pistol to your collection. Many people interested in home defense consider this style handgun to combine the advantages of a semi-automatic rifle with the flexibility that comes with a pistol; in the confines of a building, it can sometimes be awkward to maneuver with a long gun. For individuals who already have an AR or AK style rifle, the familiarity of the action makes the transition from a rifle to a handgun much easier. Cleaning, maintenance and repair are also simplified by using the same platform for both rifle and handgun.
At Omaha Outdoors, we are proud to make it easier for you to choose the model of rifle style pistol that is right for you. You can search this section by manufacturer, caliber and even color. Register for free and you can also create a “wish list” for the model or models that you are considering for your next firearm. Once you decide which pistol to buy online, we can help you find the closest Federal Firearm License (FFL) holder nearest to you, so we can get your choice into your hands without delay. If you have any questions, please call or use our handy e-mail form on our “contact” page; we’ll be happy to help.