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Thoughts on a pistol caliber carbine
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:22:14 pm »
Any thoughts about buying a pistol caliber carbine? I'm debating an ar15 but looking at the possibility of ammo availability 223 always starts disappearing but why about a 9mm carbine? I'm specifically looking at a beretta cx4. It's relatively inexpensive but still fits what I would want. Thoughts about it as a defensive carbine for in the trunk on a long trip or a house gun?


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Thoughts on a pistol caliber carbine
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:22:14 pm »

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Re: Thoughts on a pistol caliber carbine
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2012, 01:26:34 pm »
.357 or .44 lever gun .
No magazines to bend break or lose, can be topped up with out being disabled by mag removal, doesn't cause the same knee jerk "EBR" reaction in people who may see it (cops) can use light .38/44sp or heavy 357/44mag loads for greater versatility, revolver calibers don't seem to suffer the same shortages as semi auto calibers, and of course the "cool factor".
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Re: Thoughts on a pistol caliber carbine
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2012, 01:32:34 pm »
I have a .357 lever gun and I like the idea of loading my own pistol/carbine ammo - self reliance.
I did just get an AR though, and the 223 is steep, but loading rifle (especially those little skinny 223) is a much more intensive process, and I don't know if I'll bother.

I got into reloading though, when I would drive about 200 miles, stopping at 4 -5 gun shops and only find 2 boxes of 38 spl for my wife. When things get that bad (after Obama's first win) it's good to be able to reload.

I've handled those Berettas a few times and I'm not impressed, plus they're over priced. You could just get the High Point - better buy in my opinion (even though I don't really like the High Point).
If you get advice from some of the wizards on here you could get yourself a 9mm AR (Olympia ... Olympic?) and later get a larger caliber upper if you're looking for more Ooomph.
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Re: Thoughts on a pistol caliber carbine
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2012, 01:52:33 pm »
Any thoughts about buying a pistol caliber carbine? I'm debating an ar15 but looking at the possibility of ammo availability 223 always starts disappearing but why about a 9mm carbine? I'm specifically looking at a beretta cx4. It's relatively inexpensive but still fits what I would want. Thoughts about it as a defensive carbine for in the trunk on a long trip or a house gun?


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A CX4 is great if you have or want to get a PX4 or 92FS.  That way you can get the carbine that takes the same magazines as your handgun.

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Re: Thoughts on a pistol caliber carbine
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2012, 02:08:34 pm »
if you already have a handgun or two, a lot of the game players use one of the Mech Techs for short range 3 gun matches...use existing pistol receiver and magazines..

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Re: Thoughts on a pistol caliber carbine
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2012, 04:18:59 pm »
Any thoughts about buying a pistol caliber carbine? I'm debating an ar15 but looking at the possibility of ammo availability 223 always starts disappearing but why about a 9mm carbine?

This Rock River Arms LAR-9, 9 MM Carbine isn't a lot more and it's all Aluminum not plastic. It accepts 32 round magazines, and will even accept the 100 round Beta-C Magazines. It runs like a scalded dog.



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Re: Thoughts on a pistol caliber carbine
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2012, 06:11:15 pm »
This Rock River Arms LAR-9, 9 MM Carbine isn't a lot more and it's all Aluminum not plastic. It accepts 32 round magazines, and will even accept the 100 round Beta-C Magazines. It runs like a scalded dog.





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Re: Thoughts on a pistol caliber carbine
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2012, 07:16:00 pm »
I thought that was a good idea at one time.  Had a Marlin Camp 9 for years.

Lately I've figured it better to have rifle in " rifle" calibers.
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Re: Thoughts on a pistol caliber carbine
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2012, 07:32:30 pm »
Alf, I agree, but it's a process. If you start out as a handgun guy (like me) then your next logical step is a carbine, which is a really good move...it works!  Once you see the difference the rifle barrel makes with your handgun round it makes you think.
First off, anyone with a name like Garand4life might have a rifle. The concept of common ammo is a good one logistically and for SHTF purposes, but I still think he'll be into a combat rifle at some point if he isn't already.  I think the carbine is a valuable category.
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