About two weeks ago, the amazing Oleg Volk had a post wherein he introduced me to a firearm I was not previously familiar with, the Just Right Carbine. Now, admittedly, it was more his choice of model(her hair is the perfect shade of red, and Oleg's picture are always The Best), than the gun that caught my eye. Despite the intriguing camo schemes on the pictured guns, it looked almost like any other M-4gery with a pistol conversion kit on it. Ho-Hum.
I do like the concept of 'cowboy logistics' that Oleg talks about though...having a common caliber for use in both a handgun and a long-gun. I already have that basis covered somewhat, with my S&W 686 and Marlin 1892 both being in .357. It means I stock up on a lot of .357 and .38...would it be so bad to have a similar deal going in 9mm?
By coincidence(or maybe not coincidence) I was at my local ACE yesterday looking for a gift for a White Elephant exchange(got a sling shot), and I noticed the black rifle section had an M-4 with a Glock magazine hanging out the bottom. 'Why yes, I would like to see something...'
I still don't know if I was totally blown away or not. It felt like a well madevM-4...balanced nice, and it was quick to the shoulder and pointed well. The controls were almost, but not quite where the belonged...and all in all, it seemed an attractive pistol caliber carbine.
The two negatives about it, for me anyway, were the price, and the magazine. Asking price on the gun was $538. Not that much more than some of the dedicated .22lr AR trainers out there right now, but twice as much as the Hi-Point Carbine they had next to it on the shelf. Now, don't check out on me now...I'm not here to sing the praises of Hi-Point firearms, but I have seldom heard many complaints about their pistol carbines. I think they are ugly as sin, but I actually know two people who own them, and they seem happy with them. Under 50-yards with a red dot, they are a good time.
The other issue, and the killer for me from a 'cowboy logistics' standpoint, is that they run with Glock magazines. I don't currently own a Glock...my 9mm of choice is a CZ. If I bought this carbine, then I would need to go pick up a Glock or two also...and then a couple of 33rd magazine...
You can see how expensive this would rapidly become...