I’ve been a fan and strong advocate for short-barreled rifles (SBRs) for a long time, especially in 5.56mm NATO.
For realistic applications, a 16-inch barrel is about 6 inches too long for me. I served as a law enforcement officer for decades, and the most practical 5.56mm carbines seem to have barrels between 10.5 to 11.5 inches long. Modern ammunition keeps these weapons ballistically efficient yet short enough to be handy in close spaces, and they can still be reliably suppressed.
I’ve used SBRs to consistently engage targets out to 500 yards. In other words, they meet the needs of all but the most specialized tasks. Shorter barrels (7 to 9 inches) can be useful for dedicated law enforcement entry work as well as home and vehicle defense. Advancements in bullet and ammunition technology have made SBRs excellent options when your targets are inside 100 yards, but you can still stretch your…
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