The Semi Autos

Not being up on AR-style rifles, I Googled the three AR manufacturers whose names I knew offhand. Colt lists a 9mm carbine in their “Commercial Catalog” online so it’s not just a law enforcement product. Next I looked at Bushmaster. No joy there in regards to pistol calibers. Finally consulted was Rock River’s website and they list AR carbines chambered for both 9mm and .40 S&W. Someday I’m apt to try an AR pistol cartridge carbine. (Editor’s note: I told Duke there are dozens more AR-builders “out there” these days with dozens of pistol-caliber carbine ideas floating around. I also told him he should get out more often. —RH)For the fans of wood and steel, I can think of no better choice than the good old M1 .30 Carbine. Here again somebody is saying, “Duke has too many dents in his helmet. M1 Carbines are over 70 years old and were poodle-shooters anyway.” As to the first part: there are perfectly fine M1 .30 Carbines being made nowadays and sold by the Inland Company and Auto Ordnance. I have two on hand, both from Inland. Neither has suffered a malfunction in firing several hundred rounds. I even put a rail handguard on one with a Leupold 2.5X scout scope mounted.