Carbines That Use Glock Mags

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So you have a good stock of ammunition and magazines for your Glock series handgun and are looking for a pistol caliber carbine that uses the same of both. Well you are in luck as there are several on the market. These magazines are inexpensive, functional, durable, and, in the case of 9mm, offered in 33-round extended versions. Let us look at some of the more popular carbines that take these mags.

The Thureon Defense Carbine

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Thureon produces a blowback designed pistol caliber carbine with an Integral Picatinny rail sight mount and M4-style stock. Using an upper and lower receiver milled from aluminum bar stock they chamber them in 9mm NATO, .40 S&W, .45ACP, 10mm, and .357Sig to accept standard Glock mags. The base price for their Glock compatible carbines is $689.99. Adding a M4 telescoping buttstock will add $15. Weight for this Glock/AR hybrid comes in right at 6.2-pounds.

The ATI Just Right

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New York based ATI produces the Just Right series of pistol caliber carbines offered in chamberings of 9x19mm, 40 S&W, and 45 ACP. Their offerings bring many nice features to the table such as an ambidextrous bolt handle and ejection port that can be switched either left or right. It uses the familiar M4-style collapsing buttstock on a 16.25-inch barrel made by Mossberg for the company. Unlike some companies that use a lot of polymer, the receiver is aluminum and a lot of the functionality mimics the AR15/M16 platforms, which is useful for those use to that operation. Overall length of these carbines is just over 30-inches with the stock collapsed and weight is a respectable 6.25-pounds. Best yet, they use Glock standard magazines for all three chamberings. They run about $625 if you search around.

Lone Wolf Lowers

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Lone Wolf R&D of Oldtown Idaho offer a complete AR-Glock lower receiver including mil-spec trigger parts and an M4-style buttstock. Their receiver is CNC machined from Mil-spec 7075 aluminum forging and is Type 3 hard coat anodized. They offer it in capabilities to accept 9/40/357/45 GAP caliber Glock magazines. The only bad part is that you have to BYO upper receiver and fit it, which is well within the capabilities of the average AR guy. The price is appealing at just $350 (plus upper).

The Kel-Tec SUB2000

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Kel-Tec, known for a wide array of pistols, shotguns, and rifles, has long produced their excellent SUB2000 series of pistol caliber carbines. The SUB uses a lot of polymer and looks more like a laser blaster than the other carbines. However, it folds nearly in half and makes one of the best backpack and trunk guns ever made. It's the smallest of the offerings at 29.5-inches open (16-inches folded) and right at 4-pounds. KelTec offers them in both 9mm and .40S&W chamberings that take Glock mags. Is also rather inexpensive at an MSRP of $409.

So bottom line, if you have a bunch of mags and ammo for your G-series pistol, and want a companion carbine, the choice is literally, yours.

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October 1, 2012  •  05:20 PM
I have 2 of the Keltec sub 2000 40 caliber guns, they are awesome shooters. Great guns
October 2, 2012  •  05:59 PM
I originally wanted a Kel Tek Sub 2000, after learning from a local gun shop it would take more than a year to get one in, at a price of $550.00 for it. I attended a local gun show, one of the venders had a brand new ATI Just Right Carbine 9mm Gen II, I had read many good reviews on the JRC. After handling it and checking out the awesome quality of the firearm, it followed me home after paying just $599.99 plus local tax for it.

I added a Tasco red dot scope on top of a removeable rail handle I added to the flat top, then added a rail to hold the scope. I then adventured out with several brands and slug weights of 9mm to test it out. It digested 115, 124, 147 grain ammo JHP and hollow points without any issues. The JRC 9mm does not however fire 9mm+p, I read the owners manual to learn that. After getting aquainted with the JRC 9mm, the wanting a Kel Tek Sub 2000 is now history.
October 3, 2012  •  06:26 PM
I call it the prepper pack.
October 9, 2012  •  11:21 PM
Very interesting ideas. I have about 9 extra .40 s&w magazines. Two of them hold 22 rounds and fit my Glock 23.
December 8, 2012  •  12:41 AM
Mech Tech CCU, Carbine Conversion Unit.
Glock lower and Glock magazines with the Mech Tech 16" barreled upper. A sleek, stout and accurate carbine. I have one in 40 S&W (also available in 9mm, 10mm & 45 ACP).
December 10, 2012  •  10:09 PM
I just picked up a new JRC chambered in 40s&w to complement my G35 and 'standardize' my firearms (A term I learned recently). I've been tossing around the idea of an AR style rifle, but stumbled across the JRC at a local gun show and couldn't put it down- both the gun and the idea of two guns that share ammo and magazines.
Since new, I've run about 150 rounds through it. I was dismayed at first only because A. I didn't follow JRC's instructions (Disassemble/clean FIRST- then shoot), B. I didn't have the tool yet to disassemble the gun, and C. you're not supposed to 'slap' the mags in- just insert till they click.
So like any new kid with a new toy, I jumped-the-gun (pun intended)and went right to the range with my JRC and new BSA 42mm red-dot. I had troubles at first with the mags (inserted too far, the bolt hits the mag stopping a round from loading properly) and then a few lack-of-lubrication issues.
Beyond those 'operator' issues, the gun is excellent. Light, easy to handle, ate up every brand of ammo I fed it, no magazine issues with both 15 and 22 round mags.
If you're in the market for an AR style rifle, take a look at the JRC if you come across one!
January 12, 2013  •  01:02 AM
@popnrock if you go with the sub2k (.40 Glock) like me... just make sure you ask if it takes G23 mags... I was so excited to run across one @ $599 last week, that I snatched it up and ran home only to find it takes G22 mags (the G23 are too short)... no regrets here thou... I just started building a G22 mag stash. Only issue, is almost any mag now a days is either back ordered or over-priced (at least anything over 10 rnds)... So far I have 2 G22 10 rnd, 2 G22 15rnd, and a off brand 33 rnd mag (that I've only been able to load 22 rnds in - springs tight! but I'm leaving it loaded hoping they will loosen eventually) Hope this helps! The Sub 2k (Glock version) definately ROCKS!!!
April 30, 2013  •  07:13 PM
By the way lone wolf is now selling the 9mm uppers for the receiver mentioned above, although getting one is a different story haha
July 28, 2015  •  03:25 PM
I have the uppper and lower from Lone Wolf that uses my Glock .40S&W magazines, both Gen3 and Gen4.

Shoots well, 40 is a great calibre. And the fitting of the upper and lower? Just pin the two together, no additional fitting required.

Great product.
July 28, 2015  •  04:32 PM
I have the KelTec Sub 2000 in 9mm, uses the Glock 17 mags. Use it as my truck gun, keep it in a backpack with an LBE that carries 3 33rd. mags, 2 17rd. mags and a holster for my G19. Nice combo!