Review: CMMG Banshee – an AR-15 Pistol in .22lr, .300 Blackout, 9mm, & .45 ACP

.22lr plinking is a fantastic training tool. The CMMG Banshee is a fantastic AR-15 pistol trainer.

The new Banshee product line from CMMG is a group of compact AR-15 pistols in .22lr, .300 Blackout, 9mm, and .45 ACP. These excellent firearms are great for anyone looking for a compact rifle (I mean pistol), particularly suppressed and/or for home defense. These calibers run great through a suppressor, and the lightweight compact firearm makes it ideal for maneuvering through tight quarters.

While the .300 Blackout, 9mm, and .45 ACP Banshees are great, we’re going to focus on their little brother, the .22lr Banshee AR-15 Pistol.

.22lr is the perfect training or plinking ammunition. Dirt cheap, minimal recoil, and all around pleasant to shoot. .22lr allows firearms enthusiasts to practice every component of marksmanship except recoil control. Even Jerry Michulek recommends training with .22lr!

CMMG Banshee .22lr AR-15 Pistol Key Features

  • Legally classified as a pistol, not a rifle. Avoids the NFA SBR hassle while maintaining a short barrel and compact package.
  • Comes with a Tailhook MOD 2 Pistol Brace
  • Suppressor ready threaded barrel.
  • Ambidextrious safety and charging handle.
  • 25 Round Magazine with bolt hold open.
  • Multiple cerekote color options.

CMMG Banshee .22lr AR-15 Pistol Specifications

  • Caliber: .22lr (.300 Blackout, 9mm, and .45 ACP also available)
  • Barrel length: 4.5
  • Muzzle: KAK Slim Flash Can, Threaded ½-28
  • Weight: 4.4lbs / 70.4oz
  • Overall Length: 21 inches
  • Trigger: CMMG Single Stage Mil-Spec style trigger
  • MSRP: $1,149.95

CMMG Banshee .22lr AR-15 Pistol

CMMG Banshee upper CMMG Banshee lower with pistol brace

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