The PLR (Pistol, Long Range) has been designed for recreational plinking, informal target shooting, hunting small game, and even varmint or predator hunting at moderate ranges. Velocity is reduced from the short barrel of the PLR as compared to a rifle, losing roughly 600 feet per second muzzle velocity with standard 55 grain ball ammunition.
The PLR-16 combines the multi-lug rotating bolt design and breech-locking system found on the AR-15/M-16 with a gas piston system similar to that found on the M-1 Garand, M-14, and Kalashnikov. This system requires less maintenance than the direct gas impingement system of the AR-15 platform. The PLR-16's frame is constructed of reinforced polymer, making the pistol both durable and light-weight, and incorporates an M-1913 style Picatinny rail molded to the top of the receiver to accept various optics. A separately supplied polymer forend with a Picatinny rail upon which to mount lights or laser sights is available.