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The Best 5.56 Pistols You Should Consider in 2023

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This article is likely to catch the attention of two kinds of people: some looking specifically for 5.56 pistols, and others wondering why anyone would want a mini-version of an AR rifle. The question of the latter group is not ungrounded, especially after the story with stabilizing braces came to its notorious end. We’ll answer that and some other questions, but only after serving our first group the answer they came for. There’s a table of contents for you to navigate, in case you are more interested in some particular topic. With formalities out of the way, let’s see what the best 5.56 pistols are in 2023.

Table of Contents

The Best 5.56 Pistols
      Radical Firearms Pistol
      ATI Milsport
      CMMG Dissident Mk4 
      SIG Sauer MCX-SPEAR LT 
      FN SCAR 15P
AR Pistols vs. AR Rifles
The Issue of Braces
Things To Pay Attention To

The Best 5.56 Pistols

We’ve got some real beauties lined up for you. Pistols that can spit fire and brimstone like nobody’s business. Pistols that look as good as they shoot. And most importantly, pistols that won’t let you down when the chips are down. The price range is most extensive, so whether you are on a budget or have a grand or two to spare, you’ll find something that might pique your interest.

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Radical Firearms 10.5in 30rd Semi-Auto Pistol

The Radical Firearms 5.56 NATO 10.5in 30rd Semi-Auto Pistol with a 10in RPR M-LOK Handguard is an impressive piece of machinery. I’ve tested my fair share of firearms, and this particular model has some features worth praise. It’s also the cheapest on the list, and the rest are more suitable for really dedicated AR enjoyers. If you are only dipping your toes in the world of 5.56 pistols, this one might be just the thing for you. 

Design and Build

Let’s start with the design. The Radical Firearms 5.56 pistol sports a MIL-STD upper and lower receiver – a pretty solid foundation for the weapon. The 10” M-LOK Thin Rail provides ample rail space for accessories, and a vast M-LOK interface will make mounting those a piece of cake. 

However, the pistol’s compact size might be a double-edged sword. While it’s perfect for maneuverability and close-quarters combat, the reduced barrel length doesn’t really help with long-distance accuracy. The pistol is equipped with a buffer tube, which offers at least some point of support, now that stabilizing braces are basically considered “SBR-making” accessories. It’s not much, but it’s something. 

Performance and Handling

When it comes to performance, the Radical Firearms 5.56 pistol delivers in spades. It features a carbine gas system, one of the two choices you have with an AR pistol. The cycling was quite reliable and consistent, no questions asked. The 30-round capacity is also more than sufficient for most applications, especially given the fact it’s a pistol.

One thing that caught my attention while reading about this pistol was the HBAR barrel. It was said that the heavy profile barrel was designed to resist overheating during rapid fire. It’s a semi-auto, so you can only shoot it so fast, but the barrel didn’t overheat once while I was testing it (had to reach it through the handguard to check). However, the added weight might be a concern for some users who prioritize a lightweight firearm. But again, with an AR pistol, you’ll probably have to settle for something between 4.6 and 6 lbs. 

Overall, the Radical Firearms 5.56 NATO 10.5in is a robust and reliable firearm. It offers a good balance of power and versatility, and with dozens of customization options, you’ll be able to somewhat diversify its otherwise stiff look. However, like any firearm, it’s not without its inconveniences. But with its extremely reasonable price point, this pistol is a solid choice for anyone looking to add a 5.56 pistol to their arsenal.

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American Tactical Imports Milsport 10.5in 60rd AR Pistol

We move on to the second and last budget 5.56 pistol on the list, brought to us by one of the most renowned importers on the American market: American Tactical Imports. The ATI Milsport 5.56mm 10.5in 60rd AR Pistol might be quite a mouthful, believe you me, this little beast is as approachable as it is impressive.

Design and Build

First off, let’s talk about aesthetics, something the Radical Tactical’s creation didn’t excel at. The Milsport AR is a sleek, no-nonsense pistol with pronounced but temperate features. It doesn’t try to impress you with flashy looks – it’s all business, and I like that. But hey, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so it’s just one take on it.

Moving on to the build quality, the Milsport is impeccably made. Its forged aluminum upper and lower receivers are durable, while the 10.5-inch barrel length strikes a perfect balance between maneuverability and range. The grip is pretty comfortable too. You can spy another buffer tube, which is, well, more than nothing. 

Addressing the elephant in the room, the Milsport’s 60-round magazine. I should say that even with a mag this big the pistol still looks gorgeous. It’s great for extended shooting sessions and will allow you to shoot until the cows come home. It does, however, add considerable weight to the firearm. It’s not much of a problem on a range if you’re not actively moving, but I do understand it might not be for everyone.

Performance and Handling

Now, let’s talk about the fun stuff – performance. The Milsport 5.56mm AR pistol is a joy to shoot. The cycling was consistent and the recoil was forgiving: all thanks to its carbine-length gas system (and probably a magazine loaded with 60 rounds). The trigger pull might have been a tad heavy, but not uncomfortably so.

So, is the American Tactical Imports Milsport worth your hard-earned cash? Well, it’s got a lot going for it: solid build, reliable performance and a hearty serving of firepower. Given it’s still within the $500 limit, I would say surely. It’s not without flaws, but all things considered, this firearm definitely deserves a spot in your collection.

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CMMG Dissident Mk4 6.5in 30rd AR Pistol

Let’s leap into a different price category because there are a lot of AR pistol herds roaming these expanses. It’s worth noting that CMMG decided not to follow the beaten path and in many ways reimagined and even innovated a 5.56 pistol. Their take on an AR handgun, the Dissent MK4, is in many ways outstanding. 

Aesthetics and Build

The CMMG Dissent MK4 opens up the line of beige-sand-colored pistols, with this particular model sporting a Coyote Tan color as the dominant one (they’ll get brighter as we go). Since the pistol is equipped with a short 6.5” barrel, the handguard is also short and not that pronounced. It’s alright, though, because the next AR pistol has a longer barrel and handguard, so we can get both preferences covered.   

The build quality is as solid as a rock – or, in this case, forged 7075-T6 Aluminum. That’s the same stuff they use to make airplanes. If it’s good enough to fly, it’s good enough to fire.

The 6.5-inch barrel might be a point of contention, though. While it makes the pistol compact and maneuverable, it could affect long-distance accuracy. But then again, if you’re looking for a sniper rifle, you’re probably in the wrong section. At the very least, you could get an AR-15 rifle instead of a pistol. And we have just the article for such a case: 6 Best AR-15 Rifles For Your Needs.

Performance and Handling

Now, onto the meat and potatoes. The Dissident MK4 boasts a 30-round capacity – enough to keep you shooting for quite a while. The pistol also features a single-stage mil-spec-style trigger. It’s not exactly a feather touch, but it’s reliable and gets the job done. If you’re a trigger connoisseur, though, you might find it a bit pedestrian.

Now to the main course. You won’t see a buffer tube on this pistol, and there is a reason for it. The other thing you won’t be able to see is a traditional AR recoil system, both because it’s supposed to be inside and because there is no such thing in this pistol. Instead, CMMG installed their proprietary Compact Action system. In this configuration, the reciprocating action parts are contained within the upper receiver, so both a buffer and a recoil spring mechanism become unnecessary.   

The company claims that the Dissident MK4 is the shortest and most stowable self-defense weapon they’ve produced so far. Though I haven’t tested enough of other CMMG firearms, this one is indeed pretty ergonomic. It’s comfortable, it’s secure, and it’s a pleasure to hold, especially with the Magpul MOE pistol grip. No stock, brace or buffer tube on this guy, which might not be what you expect of an AR-style weapon, but a pistol is a pistol for a reason.

If you’re after a compact, reliable and good-looking firearm, then consider getting a CMMG Dissent MK4. And don’t let the price tag startle you: even pricier 5.56 pistols are just around the corner.


SIG Sauer MCX-SPEAR LT 11.5in 30rd Coyote Pistol

Another leap, an equally big one – and here we are, crossing the 2k margin. We are immediately greeted by the shining body of a SIG Sauer MCX-SPEAR LT. This coyote spots an even brighter coat and even more sophisticated features. It is in some ways similar to a CMMG we’ve just parted with, but the differences are also plenty.

Aesthetics and Build

The further we move, the more appealing the guns look. Nothing seems out of place in this model. The ambidextrous bolt catch is masterfully incorporated into the design. The handguard, though easily removable, seamlessly merges with the body of the pistol. And to diversify the sand-colored palette of the MCX-SPEAR LT, SIG Sauer added black elements through the lightened barrel and a 30-round magazine 

The brand played a lot with the MCX platform, trying to bring it to perfection. This can be seen in both looks and build. The pistol features SIG’s gas-operated, short-stroke piston system that ensures reliable cycling and reduces recoil. If you are not pursuing the goal of shooting a target 500 yards away, you’ll find the 11.5” barrel pretty sufficient.

Performance and Handling

When it comes to performance, the MCX-SPEAR LT is no slouch. Its 30-round capacity (which should be considered standard for 5.56 pistols by this moment), provides ample firepower for extended shooting sessions. The gun weighs 6.1 lbs, which I think is the heaviest on the list, but again, not performance-affecting heavy.

One standout feature is the SIG Flatblade Match Trigger. I’ve written a few times in this article the triggers were okay, not excellent and sometimes a bit unsatisfying, but ok nonetheless. This is absolutely not the case for SIG Sauer MCX-SPEAR LT. This trigger offers a crisp, clean break, and only helps with landing precise shots. However, considering the price tag of this pistol, it would be quite disappointing to see anything less.

Ergonomically, the MCX-SPEAR LT shines with its lightweight handguard and fully ambidextrous controls. These features make handling the pistol a breeze, regardless of whether you’re right or left-handed. No brace here, you know the story, brace yourself instead. 

Any disadvantages one might find here would be more a matter of preference. SIG Sauer tried their best to make another iteration of an MCX perform stellarly and to justify the price tag they’ve put on it. By no means a budget pistol, the MCX-SPEAR LT will be a worthy addition to any gun collection.



We’ve climbed to the top of the ladder and can now witness a firearm that could easily be called a crown jewel of this list, both because of the performance and price. The SCAR series guns appeared in many a movie and even some video games. As iconic as it is high performing, the SCAR series saw its continuation in a shortened, more compact iteration: SCAR 15P.

Aesthetics and Build

The FN SCAR 15P is an absolute eye candy, performed in a gorgeous Flat Dark Earth color, which, truth be told, might be too screaming for some people. All the elements are placed with a precision a surgeon would envy. A significant part of its surface is Picatinny-railed, which could have been a visual imperfection on an otherwise pristine surface, were it not FN who designed the gun. With the rail on the rear, you can turn this pistol into an SBR at any moment, should you wish to. Or add a bit more stability using a sling, because the rear can also take the QD sling swivel mount that comes in a bundle.

One of the most significant advantages of the FN SCAR 15P is its lightweight design. The pistol’s frame is made from anodized aluminum, which keeps the weight down without compromising the robustness of the construction. Should fate have you carry this firearm for extended periods, you are very unlikely to feel encumbered by it.

The FN SCAR 15P comes with a 7.5-inch cold hammer-forged barrel with a chrome-lined bore. This duo is adorned with a 3-prong flash hider that conceals the flash completely, which is quite an achievement for a 7.5” pistol chambered in a 5.56×45. Additionally, the barrel’s free-floating design, common for ARs, further ensures no inconvenience will stand in your way.

Performance and Handling

Another notable feature of the FN SCAR 15P is its non-reciprocating charging handle. Two, actually, a longer and a shorter one. You can have both of them installed at the same time to make the pistol truly ambidextrous. Such a design also reduces the risk of misfeeds and jams

The pistol features a short-stroke piston system, tested by many other SCAR models. The gas block has two modes: one for suppressed shooting (to address the issue of excessive pressure), and one for unsuppressed. The gun runs cleanly thanks to the superb clean system, which is another gift from the FN engineers

It feels like at least a tiniest fly should be bogged down somewhere in this ointment, but I couldn’t find any. Apart from the price tag, of course, but I think it’s the very reason why the FN SCAR 15P feels so polished. We’ve seen each other for only a brief moment, but I don’t think I’ve held a better AR pistol in my life. It didn’t fail me once, it felt great and I was more than content with the accuracy of the shots. It seems I’ll have to start saving because this one is too good to pass.

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AR Pistols vs. AR Rifles

So, now to the question of why 5.56 pistols exist in the first place. It was easier to answer that question when stabilizing braces weren’t banned, but we have to play the hand we’re dealt. First off, AR pistols are much more convenient. They aren’t the type of gun for concealed carry, but they can be an excellent choice for home defense. They offer all the benefits of an AR rifle in a more compact and maneuverable package. And you don’t have to switch to handgun rounds. Of course, with barrels that short, they won’t excel at long-distance shooting, but nobody gets an AR pistol for that anyway. Even with the braces gone, these firearms have plenty of benefits.

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The Issue of Braces

In case you haven’t heard about the stabilizing braces story, here’s a recap. It’s January 2023, and the Attorney General signs the ATF final rule 2021R-08F, aka “Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached ‘Stabilizing Braces’”. This rule amends ATF’s regulations and turns nearly all pistols with stabilizing braces into Short-Barreled Rifles (SBRs). And it isn’t the same rose by another name: SBRs are heavily regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA). That means their owners are required to register them as such. Imagine waking up one day and being told your trusty AR pistol has now grown into an SBR overnight and needs to be registered with the ATF.

This ruling essentially made many AR pistols subject to the same regulations as SBRs, which led to a significant shake-up in the market. Suddenly, owning an AR pistol wasn’t as simple as before. The additional paperwork, tax stamps, and wait time associated with registering a firearm as an SBR certainly dampened the appeal of these weapons for many prospective buyers. There was little sense in selling stabilizing braces since they were mainly meant for AR pistols. All pre-assembled AR pistols with braces needed to have the brace detached. There was a period during which owners could get the tax stamp for free, but it expired in May. So, now there are only buffer tubes left. Curtain falls.

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Things To Pay Attention To

In case you want to roam the expanses of the Internet searching for other 5.56 pistols, here are some of the things you might want to consider.

Barrel Length & Twist Rate

The barrel length and twist rate can have a big impact on your pistol’s performance. A shorter barrel will make your pistol more maneuverable, but it may also reduce accuracy at longer distances. Similarly, the twist rate will affect how well your pistol stabilizes different types of ammunition. A faster twist rate (like 1:7) stabilizes heavier bullets, while a slower rate (like 1:9) is better suited for lighter bullets.

BCG (Direct Impingement vs. Gas Piston)

The type of ​bolt carrier group ​(BCG) your pistol uses can ​also make a difference. Direct impingement ​systems are ​lighter and simpler, ​but they can also​ run hotter and ​dirtier. Gas ​piston systems are ​cleaner and ​cooler, but they’re ​also heavier​ and more ​complex. All the ​pistols featured in​ this article feature​ a gas block​ system, but I ​don’t hold any grudge​ against the direct impingement ​one.

Size and Weight

Last but ​not least, don’t ​forget to consider the ​size and weight of your​ pistol. Remember,​ the whole point of a​ 5.56 pistol is to offer big ​firepower in a small ​package. So if it’s too ​heavy or unwieldy, it kind ​of defeats the purpose, ​doesn’t it?


And there you ​have it, folks! A comprehensive​ (I hope) guide to the ​best 5.56 pistols of​ 2023. There are ​dozens of other worthy​ options that we ​currently don’t have in ​our store, so don’t ​treat it as an exclusive guide. Those​ are the best 5.56 ​pistols we can ​provide you with. ​And remember, no ​matter which pistol ​you choose, the most​ important thing​ is to practice, ​practice and practice​ again. Because a ​pistol is only as ​good as the​ person wielding it. ​Take care and​ be well.

Check out our other articles on firearms:


What makes 5.56 pistols a good choice for 2023?

Even without the ​support of a ​stabilizing brace, ​5.56 pistols are ​very reliable, efficient ​and versatile​ firearms. They offer ​the power of a 5.56 rifle ​cartridge in a ​compact size, making them​ ideal for various​ applications, from​ self-defense to ​sport shooting.

What are the key features to look for in 5.56 pistols?

Key features to ​consider when ​choosing a 5.56 pistol​ include the quality of ​the barrel, the type of bolt carrier​ group (BCG), the pistol’s ​size and weight, and ​the presence of additional​ features like an ​adjustable gas block​ or the adjustability​ of charging handles.

Can I use 5.56 pistols for home defense?

Yes, 5.56 pistols​ make for some of the​ best home defense​ weapons. Their compact ​size makes AR pistols ​easier to handle in ​tight spaces compared ​to rifles, but they retain ​their firepower.

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Beginner’s Arsenal: Best Guns for Novice Shooters

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Stepping into the world of firearms is no small decision. You’re not just picking out a tool; you’re selecting a companion for your safety, your sport, and in some cases, your survival. We’re here to break down for you what makes a solid beginner gun as well as recommend the best starter models.

Here’s a quick summary:

  • 9mm pistols are the best for EDC, vehicle security, and home protection. The best starter pistols are Glock 17 or Sig P320.
  • An AR-15 rifle chambered for 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem cartridge, like the S&W M&P15 Sport III, is a great option for home protection and target shooting. Rifles are generally easier to shoot accurately and generate less felt recoil.
  • Ruger 10/22 chambered for the .22LR low-power rimfire cartridge is a great way to start your shooting journey if you want a rifle that is soft-kicking and quiet and has more classic ergonomics.
  • Shotguns in the Mossberg 500 or 590 series are great for beginner shotgun hunters or those looking for a home defense gun that doesn’t require good marksmanship.

Ideal Beginner Gun – What Should It Be?

Pistols: If you’ve found yourself here, chances are you’re on the fence about which type of firearm fits your future needs best. Handguns, especially semi-auto pistols, are prime picks for everyday carry and situations requiring agility, like home defense, vehicle defense, and close-quarter battle (CQB). That said, handguns do have their limitations. Their shorter barrels limit the effective range and make accurate aiming a tad more challenging due to the short sight radius. Additionally, handguns designed for more powerful rounds like .45 ACP, .357 Mag, and 10mm can be challenging to manage because of their recoil.

Rifles: Rifles offer a significant step up in power and accuracy, with effective ranges extending to 300-600 yards and beyond, thanks to longer barrels that help with bullet stabilization and building up pressure. They’re generally easier to shoot accurately and manageably. For home defense, rifles with barrels around 16-18 inches are spot on. And if you’re thinking about hunting or precision shooting, you need to go longer.

AR-pistols and short-barreled rifles (SBR) offer a middle ground, mixing the maneuverability of handguns with the power of rifles, though legal hurdles can complicate ownership.

Shotguns: They are kings of versatility, useful in a range of activities from home defense to hunting various types of game. Planning on hunting? Make sure you’ve got your shot pattern right, so you don’t ruin your game. As for home protection and target shooting, accuracy isn’t as critical with shotguns, making them a solid choice for beginners.

Best Guns for Beginner Gun Owners

At this point, you might now have a better grasp of what suits your needs best. Next up, we’re going to provide recommendations for the best starter guns ideal for beginner shooters.

Best Beginner Pistols: Glock 17 or Sig P320

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There’s always a heated debate between two camps over which brand is truly the best. However, it’s clear that both Glock and Sig Sauer produce pistols that are reliable, durable, and highly customizable.

The Glock 17 (or G17) and the Sig Sauer P320 are full-size pistols, each offering significant advantages for beginners. Full-size pistols are easier to control because the mass of the pistol absorbs a good bit of the recoil. They are easier to be accurate with thanks to longer slides, not to mention both models offer 17 rounds of capacity with a standard magazine. A longer barrel means more power and better accuracy over greater distances. Plus, both the G17 and the SIG P320 are chambered in 9mm Luger – the most balanced and versatile cartridge out there.

Curious about choosing the right beginner handgun? Check out our guide on Choosing the Best Defense Handgun for a Beginner. It dives deeper into pistol frame sizes and other essential factors.

Now, comparing the G17 to the P320, you’ll find each has unique advantages and trade-offs. Glocks are the workhorses of the pistol world – rugged, reliable, and with rather simplistic aesthetics, all at an affordable price range. They’re known to handle thousands of rounds without a hiccup and can take a good amount of abuse. Another advantage is the vast aftermarket for parts, upgrades, and customizations. Here’s an example. Glocks are known for their mediocre trigger feel out of the box. So when you get the basics down and figure out what you’d like to improve, there are plenty of aftermarket options available to you.

If the Glock’s aesthetic and ergonomics don’t appeal to you, the Sig P320 might be more to your liking. Right out of the box, it’s a solid full-size pistol with an appealing design and reliable performance. Like the Glock, the P320 boasts strong aftermarket support. Plus, it offers a modular design that lets you easily switch frame sizes to suit your preference.

Both the G17 and P320 are DAO (Double Action Only) pistols, meaning they have internal safeties and no external safeties to fuss with. This design choice means there’s nothing to forget to disengage in a tense moment or slow you down. Still, if you’re set on having a manual safety, Sig Sauer also provides the M17, a military version of the P320 with that feature.

Why We Love the Glock 17:

  • Reliability and Durability: Known for being able to handle thousands of rounds without any issues, making it a reliable choice for both beginners and seasoned shooters.
  • Simplicity and Affordability: With its no-frills design and affordable price range, it’s an accessible firearm for those new to shooting.
  • Customization Options: A vast aftermarket allows for numerous upgrades and customizations, catering to the user’s preferences over time.
  • No External Safety: DAO design with internal safeties simplifies use.

Why We Love the Sig Sauer P320:

  • Modular Design: Allows for easy transition between frame sizes, making it versatile for different hand sizes and shooting preferences.
  • Out-of-the-Box Performance: Delivers reliable performance and an appealing design, providing a solid starting point for any beginner.
  • Aftermarket Support: Like the Glock, enjoys strong aftermarket support for parts and customizations, enhancing its longevity and adaptability.
  • No External Safety: DAO design with internal safeties simplifies use.

Other Options:

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P320 OWB Holster

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Best Beginner AR-15: Smith & Wesson M&P Sport III

When you’re starting out in the gun world, you’re probably looking for something that won’t break the bank but still has all the right stuff to get you going. That’s where the third-gen M&P15 Sport from Smith & Wesson shines. Priced comfortably under $1,000 — actually, you can grab one for around $650 to $700 — it’s a solid pick without feeling like you’re cutting corners.

Sure, there are other rifles like the PSA M4 Carbine from Palmetto State Armory that come in even cheaper, under $500. But the M&P15 Sport III has a couple of tricks up its sleeve. For starters, it’s got a mid-length gas system. This is key for a 16-inch barrel since it not only makes the rifle last longer but also gives you a smoother shooting experience. Plus, the 1:8 twist rate is versatile enough to handle loads as light as 55gr M193 bullets and as heavy as 90gr, making it great for experimenting with different types of ammo.

This AR-15 rifle also boasts a 15” free-floating M-LOK handguard, which means you can attach all sorts of accessories. Plus, it’s got a full-length pic rail on top for when you want to add optics — especially handy since it doesn’t come with iron sights. And with a 6-position collapsible stock, you can adjust it to just the right fit. Sure, you might find cheaper models out there, but the M&P15 Sport III’s blend of softer recoil, versatility, and must-have features like the M-LOK handguard and adjustable stock makes it an awesome choice for anyone just getting into shooting.

Why We Love the S&W M&P15 Sport III

  • Affordably Priced: At under $1,000, often between $650 to $700, it’s a high-value option for beginners.
  • Mid-Length Gas System: Enhances durability and provides a smoother shooting experience.
  • Versatile 1:8 Twist Rate: Suitable for a wide range of ammunition, from light 55gr M193 bullets to heavier 90gr rounds.
  • Other Features: 15” free-floating M-LOK handguard, full-length Picatinnyicatinny rail, 6-position collapsible stock.

Other Options:

  • PSA 16″ M4 Carbine
  • Aero Precision Aero AC-15M
  • IWI Zion-15

AR-15 Starter Pack

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S&W M&P15 Sport III


SIG SAUER ROMEO5XDR Gen II Red Dot Sight with Juliet 5

Red Dot Combo

MAGPUL AR/M4 PMAG 30 GEN M3 5.56x45 Magazine With Window

30rd Magazine

UTG AR15 Cleaning Kit

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Best Beginner .22 Rifle: Ruger 10/22


If you’re looking for a classic semi-auto rifle that’s perfect for beginners, the Ruger 10/22 is hard to beat. This rifle is a legend, making it an awesome choice for teaching both kids and adults the ropes of shooting sports. The Ruger 10/22 fires the .22LR round, which is super cheap and has almost no kick, plus it’s really quiet. However, keep in mind, that the .22LR is a low-power cartridge, and its effective range tops out at about 150 yards. While it might not be your go-to for self-defense, especially compared to rounds like the .223 Rem or 9mm, it’s still not something you’d want to be on the receiving end of.

With the .22LR, you’re all set to join rimfire competitions, go after small game, or just have fun plinking in the backyard. Ruger offers a bunch of different 10/22 models so you can find one that’s just right for you. Whether it’s the 10/22 Carbine with its classic looks and versatility, the 10/22 Target for hitting bulls-eyes, or the 10/22 Tactical for competition use, Ruger’s got you covered.

All in all, the Ruger 10/22 is a solid, well-balanced rifle that packs reliable performance and up-to-date features into a classic design.

Why We Love the Ruger 10/22

  • Perfect for Beginners: With minimal recoil (.22LR round) and a quiet operation, it’s an ideal firearm for teaching new shooters the basics.
  • Versatility in Use: Whether you’re interested in rimfire competitions, small game hunting, or backyard plinking, the 10/22 serves all purposes well.
  • Affordability of Ammunition: The cost-effectiveness of .22LR rounds means you can shoot more for less, perfect for extensive practice sessions without breaking the bank.
  • Variety of Models Available: Ruger offers multiple versions of the 10/22 to fit every shooter’s need, from the classic Carbine to the precision-focused Target model, and the competition-ready Tactical version.
  • Unmatched Durability and Performance: Known for its reliability and solid construction, the Ruger 10/22 ensures a long-lasting shooting experience with consistent performance.

Other Options:

Ruger 10/22 .22 LR Rifle Starter Pack

RUGER 10/22 Takedown 22 LR

RUGER 10/22 Takedown


PROMAG Ruger 10/22 22 LR 55rd drum mag

55rd Drum Mag

VORTEX Crossfire II 2-7x32mm rimfire scope

Rimfire Scope

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Best Beginner Shotgun: Mossberg 500/590


Talking about shotguns and not bringing up the Mossberg 500 and the Remington 870 series is nearly impossible. They’re both standout choices for newbies and honestly, picking between them often boils down to which brand you vibe with more rather than a clear winner in performance. Lately, though, a lot of shooters are leaning towards the Mossberg, saying it’s more consistent in quality. Plus, Mossberg 500/590 shotguns sport a couple of user-friendly features like the more convenient location of the safety and slide release as well as a skeletonized always-up shell lifter that allows you to load shells and clear malfunctions easier.

The Mossberg 500 and 590 shotgun series are loved for their straightforward, pump-action design. It means they’re easy to use thanks to fewer moving parts, weigh less compared to semi-autos, and are pretty darn durable. Both series come decked out with features that make life easier, like ambidextrous safeties and anti-jam elevators.

When it comes down to what you’ll use it for, the Mossberg 500 is your go-to for hunting. It comes in a bunch of camo options plus wood and black synthetic stocks, and its lightweight build and longer barrel make aiming and control easier.

If you’re gearing up for home defense or tactical purposes, the Mossberg 590 is where it’s at. It’s decked out for customization, built to take whatever comes its way, and boasts a higher shell capacity. And if a compact, easy-to-maneuver shotgun for tight spots is what you need, the Mossberg 590 Shockwave is legendary. Though it might take some getting used to, it’s surprisingly manageable once you get the hang of it.

Why We Love the Mossberg 500 and 590 Series

  • Consistent Quality: Many shooters express a preference for Mossberg over other brands for its consistent quality across models.
  • User-Friendly Features: The conveniently located safety and slide release, coupled with a skeletonized always-up shell lifter, make the Mossberg series exceptionally easy to load and clear.
  • Pump-Action Design: This design ensures fewer moving parts, lighter weight, and remarkable durability in both the 500 and 590 series.
  • Versatility for Hunting and Tactical Use: The Mossberg 500 is ideal for hunting, available in various camo, wood, and black synthetic stocks. In contrast, the Mossberg 590 suits home defense or tactical scenarios, boasting customization options and a higher shell capacity.

Other Options:

Considering a shotgun for home protection? Read our guide on the Best Home Defense Shotguns.

Mossberg 590 Shockwave Starter Pack

MOSSBERG 590 Shockwave 12Ga 14.3in

MOSSBERG 590 Shockwave


Mossberg 590 light mount

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Side Saddle, 9 Shell

Side Saddle

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Shotgun Sling


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The fit of a gun is determined by how well your hand can grip it, your ability to reach the trigger comfortably, and how natural it feels when aiming. The right gun should feel like an extension of your hand; it shouldn’t feel too heavy or awkward.

Yes, it is highly recommended to take a firearm safety course, even if it’s not legally required in your area. These courses provide essential information about safe handling, storing, and operating firearms. They also often cover local gun laws, which is crucial knowledge for any gun owner.

The 9mm Luger is a popular choice due to its balance of recoil, size, and power. It’s manageable for most new shooters, widely available, and is used in a variety of handgun sizes. This caliber allows beginners to practice effectively without being overwhelmed by recoil. 5.56/.223 as well as .22LR are good rifle calibers.

It’s advisable to clean your gun after every use to ensure it operates correctly and safely. If you’re not using your gun frequently, a thorough cleaning and inspection every few months is recommended. Regular maintenance prevents the buildup of residues and corrosion, prolonging the life of your firearm.

Yes, you can purchase a gun online, for example, on, but it must be shipped to a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder, usually a gun store, where you can pick it up. You’ll need to complete the necessary background checks and paperwork at the FFL, just as if you were buying a gun in a store.

This depends on your comfort level and the intended use of the firearm. Some people prefer the added precaution of the manual safety, especially if they are new to handling guns or if there are children in the home. Others prefer firearms without manual safeties for simpler operation.

Safe gun storage is essential for preventing accidents and unauthorized access. Options include gun safes, lockboxes, and safety locks that prevent the gun from being fired. It’s also advisable to store ammunition separately from the firearm.

The cost of a reliable beginner firearm varies widely, typically ranging from $400 to $800. While it might be tempting to go for a cheaper option, investing in a good-quality firearm from a reputable manufacturer ensures reliability, safety, and a better shooting experience.

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Tennessee Teen Catches Four Foot Gator


In a bizarre turn of events, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer Rick Roberts found himself embroiled in an unexpected encounter when he received a peculiar phone call one evening. The caller, Tower Wyrick, relayed a seemingly incredulous tale: his younger brother, Justin, had reportedly hooked an alligator from a lake north of Knoxville. Roberts, initially skeptical, soon found himself racing to the scene, only to discover that the improbable story was indeed true.

A Surprising Discovery

Arriving at Norris Lake, Roberts was greeted by the astonishing sight of 16-year-old Justin Wyrick holding a four-foot-long alligator pinned to the ground. Despite his initial disbelief, Roberts soon realized that this was no prank. The young angler had managed to subdue the reptile, which appeared lethargic due to the cold weather.

An Unlikely Catch

According to the Wyrick brothers, they had been bass fishing from the shores of Norris Lake when Justin unexpectedly hooked the alligator using a swimbait. What ensued was a remarkable 30-minute battle as Justin fought to reel in his unusual catch, eventually triumphing as he landed the reptile on the bank.

Swift Action

Roberts wasted no time in alerting fellow wildlife officer Jason Lankford to the scene. Together, they carefully secured the alligator, which was identified as an exotic species likely released into the lake illegally. With the assistance of another game warden, the reptile was safely transported to a nearby zoo for temporary housing until a suitable relocation plan could be devised.

Legal Ramifications

The presence of an alligator in Tennessee highlights the complexities of wildlife management and underscores the importance of enforcing regulations governing exotic species. In Tennessee, alligators are classified as Class 1 wildlife and can only be possessed with the appropriate permits due to their potential danger to humans.

The curious case of Justin Wyrick’s alligator catch serves as a testament to the unpredictability of nature and the remarkable encounters that await those who venture into the great outdoors. As wildlife officials work to ensure the well-being of both humans and animals alike, this extraordinary tale will undoubtedly be remembered as a testament to the resilience and adaptability of wildlife in the face of human intervention.

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