Dark Storm Industries’ New Hailstorm 9mm Pistol and SBR

DSI 9mm

Even a casual observer of the firearms industry might pick up on the rise of new pistol caliber carbines that have entered the market in recent times. Those based on the AR platform have been particularly plentiful.

Dark Storm Industries (DSI) is one of the companies that is making a number of AR-based 9mm rifles – and they have been for several years now. The company’s latest 9mm ARs include a pistol and SBR.

Called the Hailstorm DS 9mm, the two guns are similar in a number of ways. Both are AR style guns that feed from Glock pattern magazines and have 7.5″ barrels. Both guns have last round bolt hold open features, an M-LOK compatible handguard and one of the company’s own conical muzzle blast deflectors. Both guns have a Hogue pistol grip and no sights.

DSI 9mm

The most significant difference between the two guns is that one is a NFA regulated item. The SBR version of the gun has a Magpul CTR stock on it. The stock combined with the sub-16″ barrel requires a federal tax stamp for lawful ownership.

On the other hand, the pistol version of the gun has a pistol buffer tube with a CAA Stock Saddle Cheek Riser. This version does not require a tax stamp. This version of the gun also has a Thordsen Enhanced Buffer Tube Cover which adds the QD sockets that are included on the SBR’s CTR stock.

I’ve had a chance to shoot several rifles made by DSI. One of those guns I reviewed was a 9mm carbine that is essentially a bigger brother to the guns shown here. With more than a dozen different self-defense loads, the gun ran without a hitch from all of the different capacity/generation Glock magazines I could find. Other than a bit of wiggle in the buffer tube assembly, the gun seemed to be well built. If it was an indicator of how these new guns will run, then I look forward to shooting them.

Both the new pistol and the SBR have a suggested retail price of $1,095.

Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


  • But does it take Glock ma… oh, wait. Yeah, it does. Says right there. Well… good.

    • wetcorps

      I didn’t even read the article, only ctrl+fed “glock” 😀

  • PersonCommenting

    Anyone who doesnt want to shell out a grand I highly recommend the ATI 9mm carbine. Im sure this DSI is great but some need other options.

  • Sianmink

    AR-based pistol-caliber pistols will take off when there’s more out there that will run without a buffer tube.

    • Vitor Roma

      That requires a radical redesign of the ar bcg. Just easier to get a cz scorpion or the sig.

      • Sianmink

        The PCCs are a radical redesign anyway, with different-length magazine wells and a shortened receiver length. Adapting for a blowback-style bcg with an integral or forward-mounted spring should be simple-ish.

        • JSmath

          The only PCC that’s a radical redesign of the AR15 is the MPX. The rest are not even half-baked but half-assed reshaping of mag wells and stealing someone else’s bolt. That’s it.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    A muzzle blast deflector… For a 9mm?

    Uh… Why?

    • JSmath

      All the crazy muzzle blast from 9mm, bro. Same reason you need all the internal space and components of an AR15 to handle that assault rifle level of energy going out the front end. It’s traumatizing, might just get PTSD the next time I shoot mine.

    • iksnilol

      For really comfy shooting?

  • kalashnikev

    Lengthen the barrel or shorten the rails, and get rid of that stupid anchor up front. Tri Lug. Also WHY is keymod still showing up in the year 2017???

    • Palmier

      If you look online there are tons of Keymod hand guards for sale. News of its death was greatly exaggerated.