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Old 10-12-2009, 02:25 AM   #1
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what are the top 10 or so best pistol caliber carbines? Considering getting one.

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I guess I'm old school, I like the original Ruger .44 Carbine, the pre-rotary magazine model. I also like Marlin 1894's in .357 and .44 Magnums.

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what are the top 10 or so best pistol caliber carbines? Considering getting one.

What caliber pistols do you have? What do you intend to use it for?
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have pistols in calibers .22lr, 9mm, .40 s&w, and .45 ACP. want to use the carbine for recreation but it needs to also be suitable for self/home defense.

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I've been a long time fan of the Marlin Camp Carbines and the Ruger PC9, but both of those are a little old-fashined (not that there's anything wrong with that ). If you're looking for something a little more modern i've heard good things about the Beretta Storm series carbines.

If you're into plastic you can get an inexpensive Kel-Tec Sub2000. If you have one of the more common pistols in 9mm or .40 (G17, G22, 92FS, SW 59, 226, etc...) you may even be able to get one that shares magazines with it.

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If you get a Marlin Camp Carbine, invest in a Wolff spring kit for it and the aftermarket recoil buffer. These rifles are notorious for cracked stocks from the recoil but if you add these things, no problem.

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Seriously, the Hi-Point carbines are good functioning weapons. They are not pretty and they only have them in 9mm and .40 S&W. They have been teasing about a .45 ACP carbine, but I don't think it is on the market yet. Lifetime warranty, but the mags are cheap. I know I am not alone in the Hi-Point carbine fan arena.

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Are you looking toward a pistol caliber carbine for ammo commonality or magazine interchangability with your handgun? If not, I don't see the advantage of having a pistol caliber in a less compact package.

If you're going to weild a long arm you might as well enjoy all the benefits of it, caliber included.

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Step One - Buy a 1911.

Step Two - Get this Kit

Step 3 - Get an AR lower

Step 4 - Get a .45 caliber upper

End of problem. All the range, reliability and effectiveness you could need. One caliber to stock. Easy to find in a SHTF situation. Available all over the place. Knock down power.

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If you're into plastic you can get an inexpensive Kel-Tec Sub2000. If you have one of the more common pistols in 9mm or .40 (G17, G22, 92FS, SW 59, 226, etc...) you may even be able to get one that shares magazines with it.

One good thing about this one--besides the smokin' price--is it gives you an excuse to go purchase a Glock 22 .40 S&W. Then you can use the magazines for the Glock on the Kel Tec.

.40 is still a little cheaper than the .45.

I have heard, though, that the much longer barrel of a carbine will actually SLOW the round down. The round speeds up through the first part of the barrel, then it begins to slow down when the fast-burning pistol ammo powder has been used. I've heard that reloading yourself, using slower burning powder can combat this.
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