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300 Blackout Pistol vs Rifle

When it commands to any gun debate, you’ll find internet “experts” telling you that they know exactly how you need to pew.

Here at AR-15 Lower Receivers, we believe that the individual shooter knows what’s best for them. However, the average shooter often needs a little information to guide to a decision. So that is exactly what we are going to do here.

We are going to go through some considerations between choosing the 300 Blackout platform that suits you most. Some choose pistol and others choose rifle, but in the end they walk away with a deadly weapon ready to gift violence to any evil doers that might come your way. Or perhaps just bag big game and put a little food on the table. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

It’s All About the 80% Lower

When you are deciding between building a 300 Blackout pistol or rifle, what you are really debating is what kind of lower receiver to get. In either case, you will be starting an 80% lower. You can buy completed lowers for the pistol and the rifle, but where is the fun in that. The beautiful thing about starting with an 80 percent lower is that get all perks of building your way and it’s no one else’s business. The ATF considers the 80 lower a useless hunk of metal until it is milled out by one of our quality jigs. That means it is literally none of their business. You can buy as many of them as you want in bulk and have them shipped right to your front door with no questions asked.

There are some special rules in California and New Jersey, so be sure and check up on your local gun laws. However, if you don’t live in one of the states looking to infringe on 2A everyday then you are good to go. Now, if you are looking to build a pistol 300 Blackout the you are going to want to look at one of our AR-15 pistol kits here. It says AR, but both the AR and Blackout use the same lower receiver and you can get the upper chambered for 300 Blackout. If, on the other hand, a rifle is in your future then you can just look straight to our 300 Blackout Upper kits and get started.

Pistol versus Rifle

Now that you are starting with the right parts, it is time to make a decision. The right answer for you really depends on your personal shooting style and the mission you hope to accomplish with this weapon. Do you want to be up close and personal with your target or do you plan to reach out and touch someone from a distance? If the answer is up close and personal, then a pistol would be your best bet. If it is shooting at a distance, then go rifle. That’s pretty common sense pew knowledge, but let’s talk about why you might want to consider the pistol if you are looking at 300 Blackout.

The advantage of the 300 Blackout is primarily in its ability to cycle from sonic to subsonic ammunition with a simple change of the magazine. Moreover, the 300 Blackout was designed to provide a hard hitting round that could be fired with minimal noise. That makes it ideal for an up close and personal fight. The pistol gives you a greater range of movement in close quarters while still providing that powerful punch. If you truly just want a rifle that will hit accurately at large distances, then there are better options than the 300 blackout. That being said, the 300 blackout still hits hard at intermediate distances.

In Conclusion

So there you have it. We told you these gun “experts” like to make this stuff more complicated than it has to be. Every gun debate always boils down to mission because a gun is but a tool. For every job there exists its proper tool. The 300 Blackout is great to own in either format as you start out with the same 80 percent lower. That means when you want to swap back out to the beloved AR-15 then you can do so. In the pistol versus rifle debate, it simply boils down to distance. Make your decision and then shop accordingly. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our liberty inducing offerings at



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