Since my Top 10 non restricted black rifle article is looking pretty popular, I thought I’d work on one for restricted versions. It’s a bit of a stray away from normal content for this website because we can’t hunt with these, but I thought it’d be interesting anyways. Thanks to diablo_man from r/canadaguns for help on suggestions for this list.
As pistols/revolvers are all restricted (or prohib if they’ve got a very short barrel or certain calibre), we thought we’d do a list of non-pistol entries. Also keep in mind, there’s no rigor going into these selections, they’re just what we think is cool. Without further ado:
#1: AR15, AR10 & other variants
Personally, I find it very disappointing that the ergonomic, extensible, incredibly popular AR-15 and variants are restricted. Still, AR15’s sell well in Canada, and are a top choice for rifle competition in 3 gun, service rifle, and many others. With completely unrivaled factory and aftermarket support, no 2 AR’s have to look the same. For more info, check out my AR15 parts in Canada article or Why Every Canadian Hunter Should Own an AR15.
Who Sells AR’s in Canada: sold pretty much anywhere you’ll find other restricted class firearms. Online, there’s Wolverine Supplies, Grouse River, Questar, Frontier Firearms, Marstar, Canada Ammo, Arms East, and many, many more.
#2: Kriss Carbine
Why is it #2? Because Kriss Carbines are cool! With 10 round pistol mags, excellent control-ability when shooting, they’re very cool guns.
Why is it #3? Because P90’s are cool! That’s it. It’s a pain in the butt finding the rounds, they’re really expensive, and it’s a somewhat rare firearm.
Are they better than the NR versions? Maybe. Even though the NR version is about the same price as the restricted version, it looks stupid. If you’re getting a PS-90 just because it looks cool, go restricted.
#4: Bushmaster ACR
Why is it #4? Because it’s part of a new crop of sporting rifles and non restricted versions are still hard to find.
Are they better than the NR version? Parts are. The restricted versions are more available, but more NR versions should be coming soon. Once they’re here, it comes down to what trim level of ACR you want, and whether that trim is offered in NR or Restricted versions.
Why is it #5? Because it’s father to the revolutionary StG 44, and a cool piece of kit. With a historic-appearance firearm like this, putting a long barrel on them seems completely sacrilegious.
Why is it #6? Slick, ergonomic design. Some people really love the looks of the CX4, others not so much. At the least, it’s very simple to use.
Are they cooler than the NR version? Debatable. If it’s just a range plinker, the restricted is just the same as the NR version. The restricted version can be found slightly more inexpensive from some retailers.
Why is it #7? VZ 58’s are a hoot to shoot, look cool, and have enough aftermarket parts available to really customize them.
Are they better than the NR versions? Many of the restricted length VZ 58’s that I’ve seen have included chrome lined barrels, which makes cleaning easier when you’re shooting corrosive 7.62×39. There are also some with teeny tiny stubby barrels. Still, I’d buy the NR version and freak out my hunting buddies by taking it as a close-in deer rifle, with soft point bullets of course.
Why is it #8? It’s an alternative to the AR-15. There aren’t a lot of robust AND inexpensive alternatives to the AR here in Canada, but this is one of them.
Are they better than the NR versions? They’re a lot shorter OAL, but I’d still go NR on this one. There’s not much of a price difference, and although the restricted version is a bunch shorter, I still like to take this rifle out and about. The longer barrel versions would also be better for longer range shooting at the range.
Why is it #9? Unique and easily recognizable look, relatively inexpensive, and half decently accurate considering the size.
Why is it #10? It’s the closest you’ll get to owning an Uzi in Canada.
Are they better than the NR versions? I think so. What’s the point of an NR subgun with a spindly stock and long barrel?
- M1 carbines with shorter barrels
- US version Sub2000 (cheaper than the Canadian version)
- FAMAE SAF (if you can find one)
- Rossi Circuit Judge
- Short Barrel Mini 14
Did I miss your favourite restricted non-pistol? Let me know in the comments!