Pistol Caliber Carbine? No, Rifle Caliber Pistol

Screen capture from YouTube video.

Let’s face it: sometimes you just want something with more… oomph… than your 9mm. Maybe it’s because you need to stop a bear, maybe it’s for some other reason. But what do you do if you don’t want something as big as a rifle? Sure, you can go for a pistol caliber carbine, but you’re looking at pistol caliber ammunition, which takes us back to the first part: you want more stopping power. And a carbine may just be bigger than you want.

If you’re in that situation (wanting more stopping power than pistol caliber ammunition but wanting something smaller than a rifle), there is a solution: a rifle caliber pistol.

For the people looking for exactly this situation, FN has a SCAR pistol, now, which chambers in rifle caliber, so that you can scratch that particular itch. Todd Burgreen writes,


A little brother has joined the SCAR family ranks—the SCAR 15P. SCAR devotees will be thrilled that their go-to rifle platform has finally joined the rifle caliber non-traditional form pistol ranks. 

The SCAR can be viewed as an amalgamation of improvements made in rifle design since the field became predominated by the AK and AR designs. FN America (FN) chose to go with a more complete approach with the SCAR versus just taking an AR platform and making it piston driven.  SCAR stands for Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR). FN originally designed the SCAR in response to a United States Special Operations Command’s (SOCOM) request for a weapon to supersede the M16/M4 platform.

Burgreen continues:

The FN SCAR 15P weighs in at 5.6 pounds and measures 19.75 inches overall. The SCAR 15P’s cold hammer-forged, 7.5-inch barrel sports a chrome lining. It comes equipped with a three-prong flash hider using ½”x28 threads. The SCAR 15P utilizes a true 5.56MM chamber, enabling it to fire both 5.56MM and .223 Remington loads.

Now, as you’ll notice in the image above, this SCAR isn’t anything that you’re going to carry concealed (at least, not without a trench coat straight out of The Matrix), but if you’re looking for something chambered in 5.56mm, you probably aren’t looking for tiny. You’re looking for power. And, in this case, something that you can put into a bag (maybe a bug out bag) for easy transport.

So, if you’re in the market for a rifle caliber firearm but want something a bit smaller, the FN SCAR 15P may be one to consider.



  1. How about a rig chambered in .357 Sig, With a 10″ Barrel, It should be able to hit 2,000 fps and deliver 1110 fp. which is the same as a .556 with a 62 gr load, Should deliver better mass to the target, and depending on the bullet construction, and metplate, should give deep penetration on your intended target….

    • Yes, the .556 in that short of a barrel would churn up about 555 fpe, The .357 sig would deliver 125 would deliver twice as much at 1110 fpe. nice bump up with manageable recoil, and, compact weapon.

  2. As they have said for so a long time, a fool and his money soon part ways! Personally I go with the opinion Julie stated, and the venerable 44 mag was one of the first that came to my mind as far as piston/rifle caliber, works great in either and will do a very nice job of changing a bears mind most of the time. Now as for using that in a pistol? Well a revolver is fine but with the kick one who has fired a 44 mag and for what ever reason they decide more whump might be needed, well there’s always the 45/70 pistol !!! Or how about a Desert Eagle 50 AE? Some years ago a close friend of mine felt I didn’t have what it would take to fire that beast one handed, he was a 350lb. former marine and I am a little guy less than 190. I wasn’t feeling any better after firing it several time one handed but he wasn’t any less impressed at my abilities either. That was the first time I fired anything larger than the 44 mag and I was very impressed by that fine pistol. Later on a purchased a 40 S&W in a Desert Eagle and was very happy with it. It had plenty of pop and thump but wasn’t as brutal as that 50 AE. I still am a firm believer in shot placement as being a more important factor over total power. One can put all that $3700 into a lot more sensible choice with much left over for something else.

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