New Pistol Caliber Carbine: Aero Survival Rifle

TNW Firearms just released their brand new firearm to the world, and it looks like they designed it with pilots in mind. Specifically, survival once their plane crashes. Although I suppose it would be good for backpacking as well. Anyway, what we have here is a survival rifle in 9mm (although able to do 40 and 45 as well) that clocks in around $500 and appears to be pretty damned lightweight. The gun also takes Glock mags, which will make getting spares pretty easy. Sounds like something else we reviewed recently. Anyway, make the jump for the presser…

TNW Firearms, Inc. of Vernonia, Oregon has released a new pistol caliber carbine, the that has unique disassembly/assembly capabilities. This rifle can be broken down to its main components in under a minute and stored in a “grab and go” or “bug-out-bag”. The ASR has multiple caliber capability, easily changing from 9mm to .40 S&W to .45 acp. Check out the world’s first presentation to the public by Carter Cutlery who happens to be friends with the owner of TNW Firearms.

The MSRP of this rifle is $575 in .40 S&W or 9mm and $595 in .45 acp. The extra caliber components and “grab and go” bag are sold separately. Rifles are available for immediate delivery.


  1. avatar Billy Wardlaw says:

    Neat! but no 22LR? Hmmm =P
    It just seems to me having it in 45ACP & 22LR would be optimal.

    1. avatar displeis says:


      “with .22 in the making as well”

    2. avatar Mark N. says:

      The video says .22 lr is also available

    3. avatar Azrial says:

      .45 ACP does not benefit velocity wise from a 16″ barrel, it slows down past 10″…

      There are PLENTY of .22 carbines, many take down or folding.

  2. avatar Max says:

    Meh, need a compact 9mm or .40 S&W carbine? Why not 2ub-2000?

    Oh right, I’m the only one whose been able to find one…

    1. avatar RubberDucky says:

      That cut me to the core! 🙂 I’ve been looking for a year!

      1. avatar LC Judas says:

        I just got one about four months ago…after seven years of looking. It’s ridiculous to say the least.

        1. avatar Kelly in GA says:

          You make me feel lucky. I got mine six years ago, and I didn’t know I wanted it until I saw it in the store. I knew I wanted a G17, but I was only 19. It was set up for G17 mags, though, and I bought it on impulse. Best impulse buy ever.

        2. avatar Max says:

          That is ridiculous!! I walked into a major Washington state gun show on a Saturday 2 years ago and saw several of them and didn’t buy anything. Came back Sunday before church and picked one up. I even drooled on a couple RFBs at the same time.

          Maybe KelTec likes us up in the Pacific Northwest?

          Double post for initial incorrect reply…

      2. avatar Matt says:

        Hmm… I’ve got one in Beretta92 configuration for sale on Gunbroker…

  3. avatar Mister Joeboto says:

    They spelled the name of this rifle wrong on their main page. I still want one though.

  4. avatar Accur81 says:

    One of these in 9 mm would be pretty damn cool, as long as it is as accurate and reliable as advertised. Either way, I’m going to have to wait a bit because I just bought in another upper.

  5. avatar IndyEric says:

    I’ll take mine in 10mm.

  6. avatar Mark N. says:

    How do these carbines effect muzzle velocities? Seems like it would make a nifty home defense weapon.

    1. avatar Jay Dunn says:

      Only if you like over-penetration and favor the “two hole” theory of stopping an attack. Stick with a good 9mm pistol and quality JHPs like Nick told you.

    2. avatar AlphaGeek says:

      Carbines fairly consistently deliver increased muzzle velocity compared to pistols firing the same round. The effect is more significant with high pressure rounds like the .40s&w, or magnum loads like the .357 and .44.

      Hey, look what I found:

  7. For survival, where you may need to hunt, or as a lightweight airplane gun, I could see where .357Sig, or 10mm might be better caliber options, as they would probably do better especially if bear were a concern.

  8. avatar jwm says:

    It’ll never make it to California. That’s too bad, I’d like a nice lightweight pistol caliber carbine to use as a range toy and companion to my 9mm pistol. 9 is cheap enough to provide a lot of fun at the range.

    1. avatar sanchanim says:

      I was going to say the same thing. For a bug out rifle this is just what I would be looking for!

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Trunk gun. Less kick than a 12 bore. Lighter ammo to hump. Cheaper ammo than a pistol caliber, but California legal, lever gun.

    2. avatar Cymond says:

      Even back in 2012, it would have been easy to make this CA-compliant with just a fixed stock and a Hammerhead grip. Now there’s also the FRS-15 stock, which is a LOT more comfortable than the Hammerhead grip.

  9. avatar Thomas Paine says:

    hmmm……did anybody catch the weight?

  10. avatar Charlie says:

    Meh. If this is supposed to be a camp carbine then I’ll keep my Uzi.

  11. avatar ryanckolbe says:

    Why would someone go for this over the Kel-Tec folding carbine?

    1. avatar JoshinGA says:

      battery of arms similar to AR platform and interchangeable calibers for 9, 40, and 45?

      1. avatar Dan says:

        so basically no advantages over a multi caliber AR.

        1. avatar JoshinGA says:

          Well he was asking compared to a sub2K…

          I would rather buy a 9mm upper for my AR, and it would be a tad cheaper too. But if you compare the two, the Aero Rifle breaks down into a smaller package than my AR, and is probably lighter as well.

    2. avatar Mando says:

      Well I’m looking at this because the receiver appears to be an alloy. I wanted a Sub2000 but have seen pics were the receiver has cracked or broken completely. I’m replacing my AK because in an urban setting for self defense the AK offers too significant a liability with way too much penetration. Great for a war gun but not what I need if an intruder comes looking for issues. I decided that an Glock Mag 9mm carbine to compliment my G19 would be ideal. That leaves the options as the KT Sub2K, the Thurion, the JR Carbines and the TNW ASR The Thurion ideal but is near a grand and the JR carbines suffered some initial issues including that it doesn’t like +P ammo. The KT is the lightest and the most affordable but it isn’t rated for +P and its material does make it inherently less durable. For the money I think the JR and the TNW ASR offer the best option of construction, durability , affordability and compatibility. They also allow for some AR parts and the use of the smaller Glock mags like the 19. The ASR’s price and offing in affordable conversions are also a big factor. I wish it were fully ambidex or at least partially like the JR but hey… cant have it all. That’s why I’M leaning this way.

      1. avatar ensitu says:

        Poor trade. I’d keep the AK and buy a shotgun

  12. avatar Danny says:

    As a pistol-caliber-carbine it looks like a good enough gun. As a pilot survival gun, it doesn’t offer much over the Papoose or the AR-7, except a bigger caliber.

    1. avatar Dan says:

      It doesn’t even offer much over a takedown 10-22.

  13. avatar heliowner says:

    I want one but I am not a heliowner… too bad

  14. avatar Doug says:

    can you put a bump fire stock on it?

  15. avatar rlc2 says:

    Cool gun but I don’t get the pilot survival part. In a downed aircraft scenario (malf, wx, etc) you would stay with the plane until SAR shows up. A pistol works for self defense except in AK. There I read pilots carry Alaska Guide guns or shotgun for bear. No need for super light unless you are walking out and I’d still trade up for heavier caliber instead of space saving… Ymmv.

    1. avatar Cymond says:

      I think part of the reason is for scavenging for food (hunting). Also, it still has better range and functional accuracy than a compact pistol for defense. The only reason to carry a pistol is for concealability and lighter weight.

  16. avatar Dave says:

    I know this is pretty old, and I know I’m only like 10 seconds in to the video, but… “sunny” Vernonia, Oregon? Obviously has not been in Vernonia very much…

  17. avatar Bob Winchester says:

    What is the price on the 9mm and the set of three barrels in 2016

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