This is the third in the Inexpensive Guns Series. This will cover a couple examples of pistol caliber carbines.
Light, compact and having low recoil they make fine guns for target practice, fun and are great defensive weapons. Both of these guns are Made In America!
Kel-Tec Sub 2000
This handy little carbine comes in 9mm and .40 caliber. It is semi-automatic and has the ability to use magazines from popular handguns. The most amazing aspect of the Sub 2000 is that it folds to a compact 16 x 7 package for storage or transport. This little shooter, like so many handguns today, has a polymer stock and frame. The frame is molded in 2 halves with the left half containing the ejector and the serial number.
The 9mm version can be ordered to use magazines for Glock 17 and 19, S&W 59, Beretta 92 or The SIG 226.
The .40 version can be ordered to accept magazines for Glock 22, S&W 4006, Beretta 96 or the SIG 226.
The tubular buttstock contains the bolt assemble and recoil spring.
First hand reports say this carbine is accurate and dependable but forget about using cheap Blazer aluminum ammo in this gun. One drawback to this gun is that the front sight tower is plastic and glued to the barrel. This is easily knocked loose.
The MSRP for the Kel-Tec is $406 but, can be found in gunshops for just over $350.
Now for the true economy king of pistol cartridge carbines...
The Hi Point 995 and 4095
These carbines also have polymer stocks but do have a metal receiver cover as well as a metal barrel shroud. With a barrel length of 17.5 inches and an overall length of 32.5 inches they are very compact and handy. They feed from a 10 round proprietary magazine and are semi-automatic in action. These guns come very well equipped with iron sights, a scope mount, a sling, and a trigger lock. Hi Point has an excellent Lifetime Warranty. And unlike the KelTec, they have steel sights. These guns are capable of 2 inch 10 round groups at 25 yards with a red dot type sight.
With an MSRP of $242 for the 9mm, they can be found in all gun shows and shops for $199.
The .40 version is a couple of dollars higher and is more scarce but packs a bigger punch.
A .45 acp version with a new redesigned stock is rumored to be coming out in August of 2009.