The AR 15 has been evolving since the 1960s when it was adopted by the United States military. The AR has risen to the occasion to fill variety of different roles. It did so through an evolution of its parts. AR15 parts are always adapting and they bring the AR 15 platform into the future. With things always changing we’ve taken a look at a few AR15 parts we are excited to see in 2017.
AR 15 Pistol Build Kits
In the United States an AR can be a pistol. An odd fact for certain. Because of the way the United States Government regulates rifles and pistols, the caliber of this weapon is not a consideration. An AR 15 can be built in a rifle caliber and still be in a pistol. The differentiating factor between a pistol is a combination of the upper and stock, among a few other regulations. A rifle can have a stock with a barrel longer than 16 inches as well as be shoulder fired. A pistol cannot have a stock but can have a barrel as short as you want.
With that said, 2017 will be a huge year for AR 15 pistols, so a pistol build kit is likely to be one of the hottest items. This is especially true when it comes to the 300 Blackout. The 300 Blackout is growing rapidly in popularity and it excels from a short barrel. This makes it the perfect caliber for an AR pistol. A complete build kit means all you need to do is finish an AR 80 lower, install your AR15 parts, and you are good to go.
AR Pistol Upper
If you’ve already built a pistol but want a different caliber, you have that option. In some cases, you can swap calibers by simply swapping the upper. Swapping uppers could turn your .300 Blackout pistol into a 22 LR pistol, a 5.56 pistol, or a 7.62 x 39 pistol.
In any of these calibers, all you need to do is swap the uppers, mags and bolt carrier groups that match the desired caliber. That’s one of the major advantages of an AR pistol. Just a few AR15 parts to swap and you have a completely different firearm.
The only thing that changes as fast as the AR 15 platform is California’s gun legislation. Their newest legislation has turned bullet button rifles into what they claim are assault rifles. This has made it illegal to build a bullet button rifles after January 1st, 2017. To continue building an AR with those scary features, you need something else to keep it from being an assault rifle.
This is where the AR Maglock comes into play. The AR Maglock completely complies with California’s new laws. It’s simple to install, easy to use and is the perfect companion to help beat California’s ridiculous laws.
The future looks bright for AR 15s. Every year we get new AR15 parts, new gear, and even new calibers. Keep an eye out for new products to arrive in 2017 here: https://www.80-lower.com/new-ar-15-products/