First Look: CMMG Dissent Large-Format Pistol

No receiver extension, no buffer tube, and it's available in .300 BLK, 5.56 NATO or 5.7x28 mm.

posted on June 20, 2022
CMMG Dissent

CMMG is introducing the Dissent line of large format, AR-style pistols. These new guns offer increased portability thanks to their buffer-less design that uses the company’s patent-pending Compact Action. The Dissent is available chambered in 5.56 NATO, .300 BLK and 5.7x28 mm. Each model sports a 6.5-inch free-floated barrel that is complemented with a 5.5-inch M-Lok handguard for added flexibility. These features make the Dissent the shortest, most compact PDW-style firearm that CMMG has ever built.

At the heart of the Dissent is CMMG’s patent-pending Compact Action, which makes it possible to operate the firearm without a receiver extension and buffer assembly. The Compact Action uses a set of dual guide rods and springs that are contained within the upper receiver in order to cycle the action. This system is compatible with a direct impingement operating system as well as  CMMG’s patented Radial Delayed Blowback operating systems.

The Dissent features a forward non-reciprocating side charger that gives the shooter the ability to charge the weapon while staying focused down range and on their target. A right-side configured side charger for use by left-handed shooters is available for purchase separately.

The Dissent comes outfitted with CMMG Zeroed parts and accessories, giving you AR-15 modularity with superior firepower, all in a small familiar package. The pistol is initially offered in three different calibers with .300 BLK and 5.56 NATO utilizing a direct-impingement operating system, while the 5.7x28 mm version uses CMMG’s patented Radial Delayed Blowback operating system. Both the .300 BLK and 5.56 NATO versions accept 30-round Magpul PMAGS, while the 5.7x28 mm accepts 32-round CMMG 5.7x28 mm Gen II conversion magazine. All Dissent firearms will ship with two magazines.

The trigger on the Dissent is the TriggerTech AR-D 2-Stage Trigger, which has been designed for optimal performance. The rear of the Dissent is outfitted with a 1913 Picatinny Rail that allows users to attach a sling, brace or stock (all NFA rules apply). The firearm weighs in at 73.6 ounces, with an overall length of 14.7 inches without a brace or a stock. This small size gives you a compact package that can be easily maneuvered and deployed within seconds.

MSRP for the 5.56 NATO, .300 BLK or 5.7x28 mm version of the Dissent is $1,995, and for more information about this pistol or other products from CMMG, please visit



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