Flex Your Guns Photo Contest: Entry #3

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Our third entry into the Flex Your Guns contest is this 5.56x45mm HK416D pistol from Josh.


Here are the details:

  • HK416D 10.4″ Upper
  • Generic (PSA) Pistol Lower
  • Aimpoint H1 on Larue LT660HK mount
  • Tango Down IO Cover
  • HK Diopter BUIS
  • Tango Down Pistol Grip
  • ALG ACT Trigger
  • V-TAC Sling
  • BCM Gunfighter Comp MOD 1
  • Inforce/HSP WML
  • LAW Folding Stock Adapter
  • Rock River Pistol Tube
  • Exile Machine Tube Cover
  • Midwest Industries QD Tube Mount
  • Magpul BAD Lever
  • Magpul QD Rail Mount
  • KAC & Larue Handstops



The obvious star of this build is the H&K 416 upper. The rest of the firearm is accessorized with quality parts, and there’s my AR accessory darling, the Law Tactical folding buffer tube adapter.

One thing that’s becoming clear to me as this contest progresses is that more and more people are building AR pistols and running them just like “full fledged” rifles. Josh’s build has everything I’d expect on a “real” AR — and instead of maximum portability like my .300 Blackout project, Josh’s AR is more like a full-on, fully-equipped firearm that has more maneuverability than a longer-barreled rifle.

When I first started reading about AR pistols over two years ago I didn’t pay much attention to them. Now they are a foil to expose some of the ridiculous laws we have about firearm definitions as well as rules about their carry, transport, and states of readiness.

Josh’s well-appointed AR pistol is not only a great example of a quality build, but also that a single part on a firearm — a stock — can change it from “legal” to “illegal,” and that’s some bullshit that needs to change.

Keep Josh’s build in mind when we vote on the top submission on May 29, 2014.

You can still enter!


  • At least one photo of your firearm. Send me photos of short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, point defense weapons, SMGs, AR pistols, or any type of firearm that would fit the theme of this blog.
  • Any details about it that you think other readers would find interesting, such as barrel length, important or unusual components, rarity, etc.
  • One reason you love it or hate it.
  • Email photos of your gun to [email protected]

Here are the contest details:

  • Make sure you’re signed up for my email list – and don’t forget to verify your account!!
  • I will choose the firearms to feature each Thursday by myself.
  • You can enter as many times as you want, but once your firearm is featured on a Thursday you can’t submit again for the same contest.
  • Once we hit 10 weeks, the readers (that’s you!) will vote on who wins out of the pre-selected firearms. My own submissions (f any) won’t count.
  • If your photo is chosen by the community you’ll have five business days to email me a picture of the firearm you submitted plus a piece of paper with your email address on it. This is very important to make sure the firearm is actually yours. Our friends in law enforcement may enter their unit’s firearms as long as they can provide the evidence linking their email address to their photo.
  • The contest will end on May 28, 2014.
  • Judging will start on May 29, 2014 and close at 11:59PM CDT June 4, 2014.
  • Winners will get their gift card via email, so make sure you send me your photos from a valid email account that is also on my email list!

About the Author:

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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