Thanks for the advice/information/opinions/impressions!
Much help in determining how to proceed!
Something else to think about.
How about a carbine chambered in a pistol round?
Beretta CX4 .40?
Or even an HK USC in .45, if you’re feeling spendy.
Anyine who has trouble holding up an AR (who isn’t disabled) just needs a little conditioning (using soup cans as weights).
And could probably use some expert training about proper stance and shooting positions. Just because everyone at the range either stands or rests on a bench doesn’t mean that’s how its done.