For the upcoming Pistol Caliber Carbine series, I’ve been working up a series of objective evaluations that will help truly shake out each carbine over the course of several thousand rounds of ammo. I was able to secure a source for cheap .40 S&W ammo, so that’s most likely going to be our test platform for this evaluation. Additionally, we’re ditching the AR carbine and the only guns we’re going to run are the Hi Point and the Kel-Tec carbines. The reason for ditching the AR carbine is that I feel like most folks know that AR carbines are generally accurate and easy to shoot…otherwise it wouldn’t be the most popular sporting rifle in America.
Here are the tests I’m planning on using for the Kel-Tec and Hi Point carbines, please suggest any additional tests you’d like to see.
- Goal 1 – shoot 1k rounds of ammo through each carbine in a single day
- Test at 10, 25, and 50 yards for accuracy and group size
- Run each carbine through the IDPA classifier (modified for rifles) to establish shootability.
- Pistol-Training.Com Dot Torture drill to establish extreme practical accuracy
- Pistol-Training.Com F.A.S.T. drill because well, it’s just plain fun to shoot.
Any other suggested drills are more than welcome. One of the things I’m doing is that in testing and practical deployment, I’m treating the pistol caliber carbine like a “super pistol” – I’m not using it at engagements beyond 50 yards, I’m not trying for MOA accuracy or anything like that. To me, the pistol caliber carbine is an extension of the pistol – it’s not a “real rifle” in that they are still chambered for a relatively anemic caliber, but rather it’s a large, hard to conceal, but much more shootable pistol.
In theory, anything I can do with a modern, semi-automatic pistol I should be able to do faster and more accurately with a pistol caliber carbine. To establish benchmarks, I’m also going to shoot many of the tests with a 9mm pistol for comparison. This will allow me to establish a legitmate standard of performance against which the two carbines will be measured in addition to being measured against one another.
To eliminate the fluke factor on the timed runs such as the FAST and the IDPA classifier, I’m going to shoot the FAST Drill 10 times with each gun, and the IDPA qualifier 5 times with each gun. That way I can take the average performance for each drill and use that as my performance benchmark. This will hopefully eliminate some of the deviation that would occur if I shot one gun on a “great” shooting day and the other gun on a “bad” shooting day.
I’m looking forward to running these tests – this is kind of publishing that makes new media so effective! You get immediate content and the opportunity to interact and change the direction of the tests if you feel that we’re wandering from the path.