The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only. This content is not intended as legal advice and should not be taken as such. Those wishing to obtain more information about the construction of an AR 15 Pistol should contact the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives directly.
In most of the great States of the Union, you can own an AR 15 Pistol. Even in some states where you can’t own an SBR. Always check with your state laws and local law enforcement before purchasing. No need to go to Jail because you bought something that an article on the internet said you could buy.
The laws as they stand at the time of writing are that an AR 15 pistol is a firearm that has a barrel length under 16”, has no vertical foregrip and has a pistol brace in place of a rifle stock.
There is also a Law on overall length of the firearm. The ATF says that any firearm OVER 26 inches in length with a barrel UNDER 16" in length, not including a removable muzzle device, CAN have a vertical foregrip but NOT a rifle stock.
It’s a weird grey area where the firearm isn’t a pistol because it’s too long to be “concealable” in the eyes of the ATF and it is too short to be a rifle.
None of the AR 15 pistols we carry fall into this category and if you want to avoid it entirely, just stick to having a pistol brace and no vertical foregrip on your less than 16” barreled firearm.
A Foregrip can be placed on a pistol so long as it is a handstop, or similar form of angled foregrip; nothing “vertical”. Some great examples of handstops and angled foregrips include Magpul AFG-2, Magpul M-LOK AFG, BCM Gunfighter KAG, Leapers UTG Super Slim, Strike Industries LINK, Arisaka Defense Finger Stop and many more!