AR-15 pistols are amazing. This is mostly due to the versatility they come with – they’re not only lightweight while being very strong, but they are also great for both long-range use and shorter range.

But at this point, it’s probably not rocket science that the market is cluttered with lots of AR-15 pistols, which confuses a first-time buyer. There are various brands and models you have to go through to find a pistol worth spending your money on. So, how do you choose, then?

Well, if you’re having a hard time settling for a new AR-15, you can rely on us to give you the solution. Below, you will find 5 AR-15 pistols and a presentation of what they can do, as well as how amazing they are overall. Let’s get to it!

1. Palmetto State Armory SBA3 Shockwave Pistol

We’re starting with this model, which is not the best, but still great for the price. If you’re someone looking for an AR-15 pistol that is still decent despite the low price, then this is something you should set your eyes upon.

This affordable pistol has a 10.5-inch barrel, while the total length is 26.5 inches and it weighs 4.5 lbs. If you’re looking to collect AR-15 weapons or need something for home-defense, it can be a very suitable candidate.

The design is pretty normal, with no special parts, but it’s still quite pretty to look at and you would feel more powerful wielding this when someone is threatening your home. The barrel is Nitride lined, and this is why it’s very durable. If you’re a beginner, it can be perfect for self-defense.

2. Springfield SAINT

Springfield is a very popular brand for pistols, and this model is a very special one that anyone would fall in love with – especially if you’ve been a gun lover for a while now. You can get it in multiple colors like desert FDE, black, OD green, and tactical gray.

This firearm comes with a 7.5” barrel in 5.56, whereas it can have a 9” barrel in .300 Blackout. But despite the different sizes, both of these models have low-profile gas blocks. With these, you should know that the 5.56’s gas block is not adjustable – on the other hand, you can adjust the gas block on the .300.

The cool thing is that there is an SB tactical brace available. As for the furniture of the pistol, most of it is very high-quality, considering it is from big names in the industry, such as Bravo Company or Magpul. The barrel is very durable too thanks to being treated with Melonite, so you don’t have to worry about any damage.

3. Ruger AR-556

This Ruger model is undoubtedly one of their most popular products. Because of the amazing carbines and rifles they have, the company decided to add a pistol in the mix. This model would become one of the most beloved products they have.

One of the coolest things about this pistol is that it’s not expensive. Despite this, it still manages to maintain the high quality you’re looking for.

The Ruger AR-556 pistol has a 10.5” barrel, and it is mounted inside a free-floating handguard. It was mounted using M-LOK attachment points at 3,6 and 9-o’clock spots. What’s more, there is an SB tactical SBA3 stabilized brace. You also have the chance to attach an optic to this pistol, depending on your preference. Doing so will give you the ability to fire at a longer range, which is great for multiple activities, including hunting, self-defense, and many others.


This is an attention-grabbing pistol with a stylish design. It looks the way it does as it was developed for the SpecOps community, so it only makes sense that it would immediately catch everyone’s attention.

But before you think of buying this model, you should know that it’s pretty expensive, as it can go above $2,000. In terms of options, it has a .300 model which comes with a 9” barrel, but it also has a 5.56 one with an 11.5” barrel. No matter which one you choose – you will be able to get the pistol in either FDE or stealth grey.

The model comes with a free-floating M-Lok handguard with a top rail, as well as a Matchlite Duo trigger and ambidextrous controls, so it can be used by both right-handed and left-handed persons. If you want to use if for defense and want to conceal it, there is a folding PCB brace that increases concealability, thus making it an even better carry.

5. Daniel Defense DDM4 MK18

The Daniel Defense model we’re about to present is a pistol that is ideal for most people. It is known to be one of the best AR-15 guns in the world, so it’s not surprising that it is so popular. What’s absolutely amazing is that the unit was made to be convenient for the user. It was built to meet USSOCOM specifications, and the systems have been tested by military units to ensure efficiency.

The Daniel Defense gun has a 10.3” cold hammer-forged barrel. Moreover, a bolt-up operating system has been implemented to make the gun more reliable.

Final Thoughts

Getting an AR-15 is not as easy as you might think, but with some guidance, your search can become much easier. All you have to do is check out the models we presented here and settle for the one that is most convenient and fits your budget. It’s important to think why you want the pistol in the first place before making the purchase. Some models will be suitable for certain tasks, and not so much for others, so think this through.

Regardless of the model you’re getting, there are a vast range of accessories that you can get for your AR-15. For beginners, one of the first accessories you should consider is the carry handle rear sight. More than a carry handle for your AR-15, a carry handle rear sight makes long- and short-range shooting more accurate because it has two apertures, and it’s adjustable for windage and elevation.

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About the Author Anton Scharff

Anton is a hunting expert who respects nature. Ask him anything about large game. Lover of the great outdoors.

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