TNW Firearms, the makers of the Aero Survival Rifle (ASR), announced the company was now making a pistol caliber carbine for the California market.
Using the Thordsen Stock to side step features like a pistol grip and adjustable length stock, coupled with a lack of muzzle device and threading allows the company to meet California’s strict rules about how a gun should look and function. Like the original ASR, these carbines still allow for the gun to be broken down for compact storage and do not have a bullet button.
(Note: I am not an expert on California’s gun laws – especially the new ones that have recently been enacted. I am relying on the company’s interpretation of these laws, and encourage you to respond in the comments section if you think they have a wrong read on things.)
The ASR is a pistol caliber carbine that shares some features with a standard AR-15 rifle, though the guns are not 100% compatible. Currently, the company makes these guns in 9mm, 10mm, .357 SIG, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. All of the guns feed from Glock magazines, and a single 10-round mag comes with each California compliant rifle. A bolt and barrel change are all that is needed to change calibers, and this is pretty easy since the barrel is designed to quickly remove and install.
For 2017, the company will also introduce a .22 LR version of this carbine. These guns will run on Remington 597 magazines.
The CA carbines carry a suggested retail price of $829.99.