KE Arms 9mm Pistol Caliber Carbine Lower

    As is evidenced by this year’s SHOT Show, pistol caliber carbines are all the rage among the cool kids. Enough so that I may have to see what it is all about, especially now that KE Arms is manufacturing a Glock magazine compatible lower…

    I'm intrigued--I may have to get one...

    I’m intrigued–I may have to get one…

    The KE Arms KE-9 lower receiver is precision machined in-house from 7075 billet aluminum to mil-spec standards. It has a broached magazine well and the entire unit is Type III, Class 2 hard anodized (mil-spec 8625). The magazine catch is included (and is also machined from aluminum billet and hard coat anodized). The KE-9 also includes the ejector which is secured with 2 set screws. To complete the lower you would need the remaining part (from your parts kit of choice; it should work with mil-spec compliant kits).

    The KE-9 is compatible with most 9mm uppers (the upper will need to have mil-spec spacing between the take down pin lugs and bolts machined to clear through Glock magazine feed lips).

    Close in pic of the hammer and upper mag well.

    Close in pic of the hammer and upper mag well.

    The bolt catch hole is threaded and include a screw for installation. Last round bolt hold open is dependent upon the upper used.

    The very appealing thing to me is that it accepts OEM Glock (and aftermarket) magazines. I’m starting to get stingy about my gear and it’s compatibility with other things I own.

    It is going to come in at an MSRP of $199.95, and KE Arms expects to be producing more 9mm AR products in the near future.

    So readers, tell me, do you own a PCC and what do you like or hate about it?

    Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and runs an on-demand medical staffing business. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.

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