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  1. #1
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    Nov 2009
    Ambridge, Pennsylvania
    (Beaver County)
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    Default 5.56x45mm Pistol . . . Worth owning?

    I'm looking at a Kel Tec PLR-16. Would a pistol with a 9" barrel (1 in 9 twist) put enough velocity on a 55 grain bullet to make it 'effective'? I'm not necessarily looking for performance comparable to a 16" M4 platform but does anyone have any idea what kind of FPS, maybe what kind of total energy we're looking at out of a short barrel? I figure with all the SBRs out there someone would know.
    Last edited by Misery Loves Shotguns; December 25th, 2011 at 10:51 PM. Reason: Forgot to name the weapon.

  2. #2
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    May 2007
    Bushkill, Pennsylvania
    (Pike County)
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    Default Re: 5.56x45mm Pistol . . . Worth owning?

    I have a PLR, it's a blast (literally) to shoot.
    No chrono or fancy testing done, but great fun.

  3. #3
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    Dec 2010
    back to Port Charlotte, Florida
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    Default Re: 5.56x45mm Pistol . . . Worth owning?

    It shoots the popular 55 gr bullet over 2600 fps and will shoot under 2" at 100 yds. It is very affective.
    BCM and Glock...for a bigger pile of 'cold dead hands' brass.

  4. #4
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    Feb 2008
    Monroeville, Pennsylvania
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    Default Re: 5.56x45mm Pistol . . . Worth owning?

    FWIW I saw someone at the range shooting one of those and they had multiple malfunctions with it. Not implying they are all like that, what I would do if I were you is build yourself an AR pistol. There are way more options when doing this. You can also SBR it or turn it into a rifle much easier than the kel-tec, just my opinion.

    I am in the proccess of building an AR pistol but I am going to do a 9mm then down the road it will be an SBR.

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