There is a lot to be said for short-barreled firearms that are capable of firing rifle caliber ammunition. You get the benefit of using a higher capacity magazine than on most pistols and firing a full power rifle round all in a very compact package suitable for close quarters. A short-barreled rifle (SBR), such as an AR with a stock, would be perfect, but they do require some federal paperwork and added expense.
Fortunately we have the option of AR pistols, essentially a short-barreled rifle minus the stock. While not as steady as an actual SBR, it still provides many of the same benefits—including the ability to accurately engage targets at distances far beyond most any handgun. When it comes to such pistols, the new P415 AR pistol from POF-USA (Patriot Ordnance Factory) may be one of the better ones on the market.
The rear of the Patriot Ordnance P415 lower receiver includes ambidextrous quick detach sling attachment points for carrying convenience.
POF are experts when it comes to gas-piston AR rifle systems and take exceptional pride in the high quality of their products. The P415 is a semi-automatic AR pistol using a short-stroke gas-piston operating system and chambered in 5.56mm NATO. As any AR shooter soon realizes, the standard direct-gas-impingement system used in the M16/AR15 rifle causes a lot of heat and fouling inside the receiver area. Many AR pistols employ this system of operation in which expanding gasses are vented back through the gas tube to directly operate the bolt and carrier.
The monolithic free-floating quad rail offers lots of real estate for extras—note the piston gas adjustment lever just above the barrel.