Y’all know I’m not a big fan of rifle-based ‘assault pistols.’ I’ve frequently lampooned them in my ‘Darkest Depths Of Uselessness’ series, and I can’t hit sweet FA with them unless I walk my shots onto the target like an artillery spotter. But just to show you I’m not a total hater, here’s a rifle-pistol that I’d be jumping on yesterday if I lived in a state that allows SBRs: the 5.56x45mm Krinkov-styled Arsenal SLR-106U.
Arsenal knows exactly how this ‘pistol’ should be used (as an SBR donor gun) and they even link to a local NFA gunsmith who’ll do the conversion for you. Sadly a 922(r) conversion is required when you SBR this puppy, because it’s imported as an all-original Bulgarian ‘pistol’ which doesn’t have to meet any ‘assault weapon’ importation criteria.
If it’s anything like other Arsenal’s, it will be 100% stone cold reliable. AR pistols and really short SBRs are often unreliable, but the Krinkov has been a successful and reliable military arm for decades. The SLR-106U’s 5.56mm ballistics do suffer from its 10.5″ barrel, but don’t hold your breath for an original 5.45x39mm version. That’s never gonna happen, because the minute some fool gunmaker imports a 5.45mm pistol, the
bureaucratic cubicle-farm gnomes Fearless Fighters Of Firearm Crime at the ATF will classify mil-surp 5.45 as ‘armor-piercing’ pistol ammunition and ban it.
List price: just under $900.