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Best Pistol Caliber AR-15 Carbines (That Take Glock Mags)

Pretty much everyone who shoots and collects guns has an AR-15 of some kind or a Glock [random number] in their safe.

In fact, I’d venture to say that your average firearms hobbyist actually has both stored away.

And why not?

The AR-15 is an American classic that has isn’t only one of the top performing tactical rifles, it’s also one of the most iconic ones.

Then there’s the Glock, hands down one of the most trusted handgun manufacturers of all time. It’s no surprise that both of these guns belong in the shooter’s quintessential gun collection.

Glock 22 with Surefire X300
Glock 22 with Surefire X300

Get You a Gun That Can Do Both

As you’ve probably already noticed, the AR-15 and the Glock are two of my all-time favorite firearms platforms. Between the two, I don’t know if I could choose which I liked more.

And why would I want to choose when I can look at a gun that has the best of both worlds?

AR-9 Wilson Combat
AR-9 by Wilson Combat

Got some Glock magazines lying around that aren’t getting used anymore? Not for long, because today we’re going to look at Glock compatible AR-15s.

But Why Would I Want an AR-15 “Glock”?

The better question is “why wouldn’t I want an AR-15 ‘Glock’?”

For starters, pistol-caliber carbines are fun and they tend to be cheaper to shoot, meaning you can unload boxes off at the range without any of the guilt.

They can also offer certain tactical advantages in home-defense scenarios because of their size, which you can read more about by visiting our pistol-caliber home defense guide.

More specifically, AR-15s that work with Glock magazines are more convenient for a number of reasons.

Most gun owners have at least one Glock lying around, and Glock was ingenious enough to make many of their magazines cross-compatible with models, across all generations.

Glock High Cap Mag Compatibility Chart
Glock High Cap Mag Compatibility Chart Courtesy of Glockstore

This means that the same magazine you use for your G19 can be used for a carbine, as well as your G26, G17, and G34. If that’s not convenience then I don’t know what is.

Today, we’re going to take a look at two popular Glock-compatible carbines:

  • Wilson Combat’s AR9
  • Angstadt Arms UDP-9

And we’re also going to look at one carbine mod that could make your reloading much easier.

Now that we’ve got the introductions out of the way, let’s look at some guns.

Best AR-15 Pistol Caliber Carbines

1. AR9 SBR by Wilson Combat

The AR9 SBR is a beautifully crafted pistol-caliber carbine that looks like something straight out of the movies – and with an MSRP of $2,000, it’s easy to see why.

AR9 Carbine
Wilson Combat, AR9 Carbine

The AR9 SBR comes available in three versions based on magazine compatibility, but today we’re going to talk about the Glock variant which works smoothly with 9mm Glock magazines…

…And like most other Glock carbines, expended Glock magazines will free fall when released for quicker reloading.

Wilson also makes an AR9 with a 16” barrel, but the SBR (short-barreled rifle) is clearly the better choice if you’re searching for a weapon that can be used in tight spaces, like in a home-defense scenario.

AR9 SBR
Wilson Combat AR9 SBR

And yes, NFA rules do apply when purchasing and operating this gun.

In terms of shootability, the AR9 SBR can be best described as silky smooth. You can spend the entire day on the range popping targets 50 yards away without worrying about any malfunctions provided your magazines are in top condition.

This means that the AR9 SBR isn’t only a fun gun to shoot, but also dependable enough for self-defense purposes.

2. UDP-9 by Angstadt Arms

The UDP-9 is a finely-tuned 9mm AR-15 carbine that’s compatible with Glock and Glock aftermarket magazines.

It’s a lightweight, tactical carbine that weighs just at 5lbs. It comes a Magpul MOE stock and K2 pistol grip, a 16” threaded barrel, and one 15-round Glock magazine. The UDP-9 has an MSRP of $1,500.

 
Angstadt Arms UDP9 Carbine
Angstadt Arms UDP9 Carbine

For $150 less, you can get the short-barrel variant of the UDP-9 which is lighter and has a 6” barrel. If you’re looking for something purely home-defense, this may be the optimal choice.

In terms of reputation, Angstadt Arms is still a new kid on the block. But don’t let that dissuade you because even at first glance, you can already tell that the UDP-9 is going to be an exquisite gun.

While it does have a pretty hefty price tag, there were no corners cut when making this weapon.

UDP9 SBR Angstadt Arms
UDP9 SBR Angstadt Arms

Since the UDP-9 functions like every other standard AR-15, you don’t have to worry about getting adjusted to new controls when shooting it for the first time.

Are you wondering about its shootability? Overall, the UDP-9 performs just like you’d expect a $1,500 to. It’s relatively light, dependable, and easy to operate.

Angstadt also makes a UDP-9 AR-15 pistol variant that comes with the Shockwave Brace attached, which some shooters have complained about being uncomfortable to shoot with because.

So if you’re looking for a short-barrel version, you might want to stick with the SBR if you can.

We have a complete article on the UDP-9 or you can check out the video below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGPNyLlhrYc

3. Palmetto State Armory (PSA) AR-9

A major name in budget options for a wide range of firearms, the PSA AR-9 is another solid installment in their lineup. Although, they seem to be chronically out of stock.

PSA 9mm PX-9
PSA 9mm PX-9

PSA stocks everything from part kits, mags, to complete carbines and pistols, or if you’re looking to build your own AR-9 PSA also offers complete lowers to start you off!

Best budget AR-9
549
at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

However, it should be noted that most PSA AR-9s do not have Last Round Bolt Hold Open.

But they do make some of the best looking AR-9s we’ve seen (or shot!).

Check out our full review here.

What’s your take on the PSA?

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4. Palmetto State Armory AR-V

PSA hits our list again, but this time with the AR-V — decently priced PCC with a unique twist.

Using either PSA’s proprietary AK-V/AR-V magazines, the AR-V can also use CZ Scorpion EVO mags.

PSA AR-V Left Side
PSA AR-V

We dig this PCC’s ability to give you some options in terms of mags, especially if you already own a Scorpion.

Operating with a 10.5-inch barrel covered by a PSA 9-inch M-LOK handguard, we found the AR-V to be pretty reliable and accurate.

PSA AR-V Shooting Left Side Close Up
PSA AR-V

Of course, you can check out the review here to learn more or watch the video below.

990
at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Bonus Gear for You

We all love tactical gear, and the best part about anything Glock related is that there’s never a shortage of tactical equipment available.

The folks over at TriTech Tactical have come up with a minor adjustment for your Glock carbine that could make magazine swapping 10x easier than it already is with their A2 grip replacement.

Unlike the current AR-15 grip on your carbine, this one has been modified to hold your spare Glock magazine so you don’t have to fumble around when it’s time to reload.

TriTech Tactical AR-9 Grips
TriTech Tactical AR-9 Grips

TriTech Tactical’s AR-15 grips will run you about $40. They come in two sizes, subcompact, and standard length, and support Glock’s 9mm magazines.

Like your Glock’s grip, TriTech Tactical’ (storage) grips come with a magazine release button that ejects your stored magazine.

While this is a nifty option, you might want to spend some time getting used to ejecting and swapping out magazines so you don’t forget which mag release button to push when it comes time to reload in the field.

Glock, Stock, and Barrel

Because Glock is the world’s most popular handgun, it’s only natural to choose a pistol-caliber carbine that supports Glock magazines.

But if you’re not already a Glock owner and you’re searching for a carbine, you might want to take a look at some of the other ones on the market before you go out and buy a UDP or AR9. 

If you’d like some other ideas that aren’t limited to Glock builds, try looking at our ultimate guide of competition-grade pistol-caliber carbines.

There, you’ll find a few good carbines that are on and off the AR-15 platform.

If you’ve had any experience shooting these Glock AR-15s or you’ve got a preferred pistol-caliber carbine of your own, be sure to let us know in the comments!

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25 Leave a Reply

  • Chris LaMorte

    I’d remove Angstadt Arms from the list. I bought one and it fired every time on bolt close. When I contacted them, they revealed that they are aware that the triggers have issues but they haven’t done anything about it. I’ve still seen guns on the shelves with that trigger in it (The Timney PCC trigger).

    They have had it for 2.5 weeks and done absolutely nothing. There’s other videos of people who have had issues as well.

    March 2, 2021 6:21 am
    • Chris LaMorte

      To clarify, it would fire when I closed the bolt (but without pulling the trigger) and would also double fire at the range.

      March 2, 2021 6:22 am
      • Patricio Lillo

        on mine the factory and aftermarket magazines come out unlatch with a small jerk back and fort! i contacted costumer service and they wanna give me the round around! gun is great but they need to fix this! costumer service sucks too wouldn't recommend for $1500!!!!!

        May 19, 2021 8:16 pm
  • David Clark

    Hello?! JP GMR-15? Don't write an article called "Best Pistol Caliber AR-15 Carbines (That Take Glock Mags)" and exclude arguably the best one.

    November 20, 2020 3:29 pm
  • Fyrfytr998

    Surpised CMMG and its delayed blowback didn't make the cut.

    April 28, 2020 1:56 pm
    • blew7

      The CMMG Banshee 300 is what I ended up deciding on.

      July 27, 2020 12:37 pm
      • Leon Soto

        How do you like it.

        August 9, 2020 4:01 pm
  • Jtrosse

    I would add the Beretta CX4 Storm PCC bull pup. It’s magazines are compatible with the .92fs and did I mention it is a BERETTA!!

    April 9, 2020 4:02 pm
  • Stephen

    Your magazine capacity and compatibility chart is titled "high capacity" when all options listed are standard capacity.

    April 7, 2020 4:19 am
    • DNFU

      There are true high capacity 30+ round magazines in 9mm, 40S&W, and even 45ACP available in Glock style mags. Not to mention drums that will work with Glock style feed systems, again in all three of the above mentioned calibers, usually around 50 rounds per.

      April 29, 2020 4:52 am
  • Hokanspawn

    These are all 9mm..... Any of these in .45?

    August 27, 2019 4:55 pm
  • Quinton L Richardson

    Nordic components?

    April 16, 2019 8:17 pm
  • Dave A

    The mags are interchangeable from larger to smaller frame sizes of the same caliber, with the exception of single stack mags. The G19 mag will fit the G26 but does not fit the 17. G17 will fit the G19 and G26.

    September 3, 2018 5:44 am
  • DavidEnt

    I purchased the Ruger PC9 and I am loving it. It works with every Glock magazine that I own and shoots great. The price was great also.

    August 17, 2018 4:29 pm
    • Tactdad

      Yeah.....I do not see the extra $$, being worth spending on a AR-15 model for 9mm....except that they look much cooler...personally I use a gun as a tool,the ruger does everything an AR 9 mm does...gor half the price!

      March 31, 2019 10:21 am
      • Brad

        Eh. Half? Palmetto PA9 for $550...ruger pc9 for $550...i dont think you use the term "half" in the same way as the rest of us.

        April 21, 2019 3:32 pm
  • NAC

    Get it in 10mm, 45acp or 460 Rowland then we will talk!

    April 4, 2018 12:42 pm
    • Matthew Collins

      Actually, a number of these are available in .45! I don't know about 10mm, but I found this guy from PSA (its out of stock right now, but I called and they have more on the way): http://palmettostatearmory.com/blem-psa-ar-45-16-45-acp-1-16-nitride-keymod-classic-rifle-516446312.html

      Angstadt also does a UDP-45 and AR-45 receivers if you want to roll your own.

      UDP-45: https://angstadtarms.com/product/udp-45-pistol-brace/
      Receivers: https://angstadtarms.com/0940-receiver-set/

      April 4, 2018 1:20 pm
  • AndrewReifer

    For about $650 I built an amazing AR-9 SBR through PSA. Haven’t had an issue yet and I was constantly hitting a 6” steel circle at 80 yds standing with a proper red dot. I’m obsessed with the pistol caliber ARs even if I do get ridiculed...” why do you need that?”

    March 8, 2018 8:09 pm
    • Eric Hung

      Great to hear...I have a 9mm PSA on the way and I'll have a full review up.

      March 9, 2018 11:29 am
    • Mopoe

      I like your style and would love to see your setup!

      March 13, 2018 12:01 pm
  • Juanzo

    No CMMG Guard 9mm?

    March 8, 2018 5:07 pm
    • Tactdad

      For double the$.....no thanks!

      March 31, 2019 10:24 am
  • Bear Money

    Personally, I’m loving my Ruger PC carbine more than these choices. PC takes Glock magazines and is priced to Sale a butt load. It’s a very dependable gun. Hopefully pew pew will review and show everyone why you need a PC carbine in your safe.

    March 8, 2018 4:44 pm
    • Eric Hung

      Yup...trying to get our hands on one!

      March 9, 2018 11:27 am
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