TNW Firearms Aero Survival Pistol at SHOT Show 2015

| February 10, 2015 | 3 Comments

Last year guest SBS writer, published author and firearms instructor CR Williams wrote about the Aero Survival Pistol (ASP). Made by TNW Firearms, the ASP is a 10″ barreled firearm that is a cross between an AR15 and an AK47 that takes Glock magazines. Currently available in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP, the ASP retails for just under $800.

We spoke with ASP creator Tim Bero at SHOT Show 2015, and we were glad that we did.

There are several things I like about the ASP.

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  • Side charging cocking handle.
  • The contoured magazine well (most people grip vSBR / PDW weapons by the mag well instinctually).

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  • The ability to move the safety and ejection port to either side of the weapon.
  • TNW will custom cut different barrel lengths for you. The model we handled at SHOT Show had a 10″ barrel, the standard pistol model comes with a 6.5″ barrel. The standard model measures 18.5″ in length. There is also a 16″ Aero Survival Rifle option available. I’d be curious to run an ASP with a 4.5″ barrel, which would put it close to the folded length of my AR15 pistol.
  • Finishes (black, OD green, FDE, and two camo patterns) are all the same cost. I liked the look of the OD green the best, but you can’t go wrong with black, either.
  • Magazine commonality with our Glock sidearms — pair the TNW ASP with the X Product aluminum drum and you’ve got a very compact weapon with high capacity.
  • 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP can be interchanged with an easy barrel and bolt swap (sold separately or as part of a package).

 

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Tim told us they are coming out with a conversion kit for .22LR, .22 Magnum, and .17 HMR this year.

The price of the ASP is $799 before shipping and transfer fees. That includes flip up BUIS and a 33 round Glock magazine (where available).

This puts it in an interesting price zone — $150 more expensive than the MasterPiece Arms MAC10 DMG, but almost half the price than the Angstadt Arms 9mm UDP-9 or the X Products SCU Outlaw with run $1300 and up.

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The biggest drawback to the ASP design is that there doesn’t appear to be a way to add the Law Tactical folding buffer tube adapter to it. If this were possible, it would put the folded length of a 6.5″ ASP to about 13.5″ and that would make it a really great package for a really great price.

Is the ASP right for you? The answer will depend on what you intend to use it for. For a house gun or vehicle weapon, the ASP is an affordable alternative to other 9mm platforms we saw at SHOT Show this year. If you’re looking for something for EDC, there are other options that are either smaller or chambered in more powerful cartridges. If size is your primary consideration, I may recommend going with a rifle caliber weapon.

If there was a way to fold the ASP, TNW would have a winner on their hands.

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Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.
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  1. Van der Lin says:

    is it just me or do the receivers look shorter front to back than some of the other AR’ish 9mm guns you have written up from Shot ’15?

    I guess the action spring is in the receiver extension and its blowback?

    I do like the R side CH, as a lefty, also that the ejection is selectable.

    of the four 9mm guns you mention in the article, I woudl be most interested in whichever one can feed HP ammo reliably.

  2. Dave says:

    I called tnw firearms to get a quote on the 9 mm aero survival pistol with three different barrels
    A 7″ a 10″ and a 15″ barrel, also wanted the sig arm brace . The sales people (2) told me they
    Only offered the 10″ barrel and did not offer the sig brace. So much for what Tim Bero says
    On the 2015 u tube video

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      Huh — let me contact them and see if they are no longer doing custom barrels. I know that they have done custom lengths in the past.

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