While there is a marked trend toward smaller pistols, a segment of the market still wants a bigger handgun. And, since the AR-15 is so popular and easily modified, it was natural for manufacturers to look to it as a platform for the megapistol. The AR-15 leads the pack, but other platforms have been used as well, including the AK-47. Demand for megapistols must be strong, because more and more manufacturers are offering these anything-but-dainty firearms.

Megapistols are not built for discreet carry, and they take special effort to shoot accurately. But, don’t dismiss them as just another curiosity. The idea goes back to the 1970s, when the U.S. military adopted the M231 Firing Port Weapon, which was issued to armored vehicle crews because it was handy in confined spaces. So, under the right circumstances, these megapistols can fill a need in the self-defense role. Here are some for your consideration.


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This article was originally published in the November 2014 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS. Subscription is available in print and digital editions below.

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