As many of you know by now, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) released a reversal of thier 2015 letter. This letter ruled that by bringing the pistol stabilizing brace to the shoulder was “manufacturing” a Short Barrel Rifle (SBR) and illegal. Yesterday’s letter comes as no shock to us. Our belief is that the 2015 ruling was over zealous. Likely a direction from a former administration. An administration that was hell bent on destroying the firearms industry as a whole. This reversal letter is definitely a win for us Second Amendment supporters.
About SB Tactical™
The veteran owned company SB Tactical™, inventors and manufactures of the pistol stabilizing brace (PSB) announced the reversal yesterday. Working tirelessly for the past two years SB Tactical™ and thier lawyers have fought to right this wrong. The Pistol Stabilizing Brace was design to assist the disabled, and able-bodied individuals in the firing of the ever popular AR-style pistol.
The manufacturer states neither strapping the pistol stabilizing brace to your arm, or shouldering it should have constituted a “redesign”. An unaltered pistol being brought to the shoulder does not mean the shooter redesigned the pistol into a SBR. If, I were able to fire my Glock 43 from my shoulder would it have been an SBR? No, I do not think so. The 2015 letter was a clear misinterpretation of the design, and a reversal warranted.
Another Train of Thought:
Some would say that it is asinine for an able-bodied individual to purchase a stabilizing pistol bracge. They would go on to say that that individual is just trying to circumvent the laws. And while these statements may hold some truth for some people, I would like to challenge those who say it. Go shoot an AR Pistol without the pistol stabilizing brace, and then again with it. Once they have done that, come back and tell me if you do not see the benefit to the pistol stabilizing brace for able-bodied individuals.
But, with that said, I will admit that personally I have been down both roads. I have an AR-style pistol and I have a legal SBR, and there is something strangely satisfying about taking my legal 300 AAC Blackout 10.5″ Spikes Crusader SBR with Custom Cerakoate, and Rugged Razor suppressor to the range and hearing the clang of steel.
I encourage you to try both the AR-Style Pistol and the SBR. If you are comfortable with the $150-200 pistol stabilizing brace then use it. If that is not your cup of tea, take the same $200 and fill out an ATF Form 1. Patiently wait the approval process, and then be legally able to manufacture your own SBR. Giving you the opportunity to put whatever stock you want on your rifle.
Either way, since the announcement the PSB has been flying off of the shelves. ROE Tactical carries several Pistol Stabilizing Braces, and encourages you to check out our selection of PSBs and stocks and determine which one works best for you.