June 2014

45 ACPs: Just Right Carbine Versus Thureon Defense Carbine

The JR just functioned wrong for us ó we had beau coup malfunctions that ruined our impression of what could be a solid self-defense long arm. The Thureon kept on ticking, no problems.

Pistol-caliber carbines are a popular style of self-defense carbines because of their light weight and easy handling qualities, such as the 40 S&W Kel-Tec Sub-2000 and Beretta Storm carbines tested in the March 2014 issue. Those two were purpose-designed carbines that have unique handling characteristics, but some shooters would prefer that the pistol-caliber carbine have handling characteristics similar to the AR-15 rifle, like two products we test this month, the Just Right Carbine (Glock Based) 45 ACP, $725; and the Thureon Defense 45 ACP Carbine, $970.

Itís easy to understand why pistol-caliber carbines make sense for self-defense. One, having a handgun and a long gun that fire the same cartridge is handy. The handgun can always be carried, but for home or area defense, a long gun is a better choice. Mastering the carbine is easier, faster, and consumes less ammunition than mastering the pistol. Even if you are a fine pistol shot, the pistol-caliber carbine is more accurate and hits harder with a given load. The pistol-caliber carbine is also a great recreational firearm.

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