The tactical firearms industry has noted a lull in market demand in recent months. With the election of the Trump Administration and a Republican majority Congress there was a collective sigh of relief from nervous potential gun buyers… and a slight groan from retailers and manufacturers who had anticipated a rush with Clinton winning. This has resulted in a buyers market for the summer. Hooray!

Certain Segments of the Market however… Show more life


Look at those little guys… compact firepower is in

One of the market corners seeing rapid interested growth is the sub-compact carbine or Personal Defense Weapon (PDW). Legally speaking this corner covers two distinct firearm categories but I’m going to refer to them collectively as PDW’s. Let me start out with a few definitions for frame of reference.

PDW/Personal Defense Weapon: A minimized version or evolution of a traditional shoulder fired weapon system making it easy to use in and around a vehicle and carry on the person with greater comfort, convenience, and subtlety.  This platform provides vastly improved firepower over a carried sidearm allowing the carrier to defend themselves with rapid fire superiority unavailable from a pistol alone.

PCC/Pistol Caliber Carbine: A 16″ or longer barreled semi-auto rifle that fires a caliber traditionally for pistols. 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, etc.

SMG/Subgun/Submachine Gun: Select fire short barreled rifles traditionally in pistol calibers. (Example: H&K MP5). SMG’s have no separate legal definition and fall under the pistol, short barreled rifle, and/or select fire categories depending on features. 

SBR/Short Barreled Rifle: A National Firearms Act controlled firearm. The rifle has a barrel less then 16″ with a shoulder stock or an overall length under 26″ regardless of barrel length.

MSR Pistol/Modern Sporting Rifle Pistol: AR, AK, PCC or similar firearm normally configured with a 16″ barrel and shoulder stock but configured with a shorter barrel and no stock. May or may not have a pistol brace. Legally defined as a pistol by the ATF.

MSR Pistol. Zenith/MKE Z5RS MP5 9mm

Collectively I’ll refer to the SBR’s and MSR Pistols as PDW’s

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Keith Finch
Keith is the Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. A Certified Instructor since 2009, he has taught concealed weapons courses in the West Michigan area in the years since and continues to pursue training and teaching opportunities as they arise.