Bear Creek Arsenal .410 AR-15: Shotgun? AR? Both!

AR-15s are favored for their versatility, and that’s not just because they can be customized with aftermarket accessories. Did you know there are ARs on the market chambered for shotshells? That’s right, you can have your AR-15 and your shotgun, too, all in one gun. The Bear Creek Arsenal 410 AR-15 is an AR-platform gun chambered for 410 Bore shotshells. With this gun, you really can have the best of both worlds: The greater versatility of the AR-15 and the ability to run shotshells.

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The Bear Creek Arsenal 410 AR-15 is an AR platform that runs 410 Bore shotshells. (Photo credit: Bear Creek Arsenal)

The 410 AR-15 from Bear Creek Arsenal isn’t just a 410 Bore, it’s a way to make your AR-15 lower ridiculously versatile. With this you can shoot rimfire, pistol, rifle, and shotgun ammo all from the same Bear Creek Arsenal AR-15 lower (yes, it means you have to invest in the various uppers). This 410 Bore chambered AR is available as a complete gun or as only the upper.

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The 5-round 410 Bore magazine is sold separately. (Photo credit: Bear Creek Arsenal)

According to Bear Creek Arsenal, the 410 Shotgun upper has been tested for reliability with a variety of ammunition. The gun incorporates the company’s popular Gen-2 side charging handle for fantastic ergonomics and works especially well with optics. It has a 3-inch chamber which makes it possible to shoot magnum rounds and TSS turkey loads (doing so requires manual loading instead of the included magazine). A full, removable choke is included which the company says produces tight groups out to 50 yards.

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The gun can be purchased as a complete firearm or as just the upper. (Photo credit: Bear Creek Arsenal)

410 Bore AR Complete Firearm Features

  • 20-inch parkerized barrel for durability while remaining short enough to be maneuverable.
  • 17-inch MLOK rail, making it easy to mount aftermarket accessories to the gun.
  • Patent Pending Bear Creek Arsenal Gen-2 Side Charging Handle which makes it simpler to run the gun with optics.
  • Full choke for tight groups at 50 yards.
  • 3-inch chamber, allowing magnum loads to be run, although it does require hand loading.
  • Bear Creek Arsenal Billet Lower
  • Picatinny rail over receiver and at muzzle end of the handguard for the addition of optics, red dots, or folding sights.
  • MIL-SPEC trigger
  • Synthetic stock is adjustable for length of pull.
  • Attachment point on stock for installation of a sling.
  • Durable plastic pistol grip
  • 5-round 410 Bore magazine sold separately.
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The gun has an MLOK-compatible handguard and Picatinny rail over the receiver and at the muzzle end of the handguard. (Photo credit: Bear Creek Arsenal)

This gun is great for range time and hunting small predators and varmints. And thanks to the ability to mount whatever aftermarket accessories you want to the gun, its applications are even broader.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

MSRP for the Bear Creek Arsenal complete 410 Bore AR-15 is set at $539.99. The upper on its own is $349.99 and the 5-round magazine is $24.95. Please note the magazine is sold separately.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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