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The ATF’s Reversal on the SB Tactical Pistol Stabilizing Brace Leaves Questions

SB Tactical is to be commended for continuing to press the issue with the ATF. Their Pistol Stabilizing Brace products are not only important for disabled shooters, they have also served as a rallying point for the discussion of the shortcomings, inconsistencies, and obsoleteness the NFA. They are doing important work on behalf of gun owners everywhere.

If you own a brace product, you are right to be smiling today. This is a victory. However, you should realize that this decision (read the decision letter at The Firearm Blog) is likely specific to the SB Tactical line of products due to language describing how some braces can be attached in such a way that adds length. The ATF appears to see this type of functionality (the ability to add length) as serving “no other purpose than to facilitate use as a stock”.

I’ll say it again… This is a victory. It is encouraging to see the ATF roll back a nonsensical, indefensible, and unenforceable decision regarding the shouldering braces. In that sense, it has provided some clarity on one specific product. However, the pistol brace marketplace has more than one player. This decision may have thrust us further into the murky waters of confusion by drawing what seems to be a potential new distinction between braces that slip on and those that attach somewhat permanently with the ability to add length.

Did the ATF just draw a distinction between various kinds of braces based on how they can be attached? Can we expect to see an opinion paper clarifying their position on braces that can be used to add length? I am not a lawyer but this would appear to lead back to the same sort of argument that just exonerated the SB Tactical Braces. Do owners of braces like the Shockwave Blade who attach the brace in such a way that adds length, “redesign” the pistol into an NFA item?

The relationship between gun owners, pistol braces, and the ATF continues to be a dynamic one. I expect that this decision and the distinctions that it appears to draw will create more questions (and likely more confusion) in the near future.

Update:

Both Shockwave Technologies and Gear Head Works have now made statements that the ATF has clarified that their products may be shouldered too.

You can read the Gear Head Works statement on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GearHeadWorks/posts/1013098225489804

Shockwave Technologies posted their statement on their website and it includes clarification on the “permanent attachment” and “length of pull” issues: http://shockwavetechnologies.com/site/?p=3524

Hopefully, a letter covering the contents Shockwave Technologies’ findings will be issued soon.

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SB Tactical Announces Reversal of ATF Open Letter on the Use of SB Tactical Pistol Stabilizing Braces

SB Tactical has announced a big win for their line of Pistol Stabilizing Braces. The ATF has reversed its earlier position that pistol with a brace is attached is “redesigned” into an NFA firearm if fired from the shoulder.

Saint Petersburg, Fla. (April, 25, 2017) – SB Tactical™, inventors and manufacturers of the Pistol Stabilizing Brace®, is excited to announce that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) has issued SB Tactical a reversal letter containing a sensible clarification of the Bureau’s position on the lawful use of SB Tactical braces.

The new clarification of opinion letter states, “an NFA firearm has not necessarily been made when the device is not reconfigured for use as a shoulder stock – even if the attached firearm happens to be fired from the shoulder. To the extent that the January 2015 Open Letter implied or has been construed to hold that incidental, sporadic, or situational “use” of an arm-brace (in its original approved configuration) equipped firearm from a firing position at or near the shoulder was sufficient to constitute “redesign,” such interpretations are incorrect and not consistent with ATF’s interpretation of the statute or the manner in which it has historically been enforced.”

SB Tactical, along with the law offices of Mark Barnes & Associates, have worked tirelessly for more than two years to correct what they believed to be an inaccurate interpretation of “redesign,” related to the Pistol Stabilizing Brace. “It has always been our belief that the addition of our Pistol Stabilizing Brace benefits shooters, both disabled and able-bodied, and that neither strapping it to your arm nor shouldering a brace equipped pistol would constitute ‘redesign’ of a pistol to a NFA firearm”, said Alex Bosco, inventor, founder and CEO of SB Tactical. “We are strongly encouraged by the ATF’s reversal of opinion and commend their willingness to continually review policy, including their own opinions, to ensure public safety and the fulfillment of their mission.”

Both SB Tactical and Mark Barnes & Associates are proud to be at the forefront of protecting and preserving the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. Mark Barnes echoed Bosco’s praise of the ATF’s new guidance and stated that “it’s clear that the Bureau has no intention or desire to prosecute law abiding citizens using SB Tactical Pistol Stabilizing Braces. Their decision to act should be commended.”

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Review: GunfightersINC Kenai Chest Holster Gen 2

I’ve professed my appreciation of the Kenai Chest Holster from GunfightersINC on these pages before. It is a handy holster to have if you spend time in places with large, sharp toothed critters wearing gear like a backpack or hip waders that hinder traditional carry methods. It is, in my opinion, the most modern and best iteration of a classic guide holster… Then GunfightersINC went and changed it!

Lucky for us, they made it better.

Better Holsters Through Better Manufacturing

To understand the improvements in this holster, you have to understand a little bit about how kydex holsters are made. The kydex is heated until it becomes pliable, then it is pressed over a form of some kind and allowed to cool. The kydex (or similar material) then hardens as it cools, retaining the imprint of the form. That is the basic overview but the exact ways all those steps are accomplished has changed over the years.

On the original Kenai, the two holster halves where molded over the form with blocking in place for things like slide stop levers, extended barrels, or anything else that either needed to be accommodated or that would foul the draw stroke. The holster was molded in two halves, roughly equal in depth, and joined together to make an entire holster. At some point, the part of the holster that received the shoulder strap would be reheated (this sometimes shows as a shiny spot on the kydex) to be slightly reshaped to receive the strap. The holster body was finished by polishing edges, adjusting fit, etc. GunfightersINC turned out great holsters using these methods.

GunfightersINC is now improving their processes from top to bottom. They are now machining their own custom molds and using vacuum forming to create their holster bodies. All of the improvements to their holsters have been made possible by these changes and the design flexibility, control, and definition that they make possible.

Original on left, Gen 2 on right

Kenai Chest Holster Gen 2 Improvements

The first thing you will notice when you look at both holster bodies is that the Gen 2 version has much better definition – the lines are more crisp. That translates to a cleaner looking holster and, more importantly, it also translates to improved retention, a smoother draw stroke, and a more distinct click-in/click-out. This kind of definition is really only possible with modern vacuum forming.

When you dive a little deeper, you see improved blocking and molding. My Gen 2 holster body is molded for a Glock 17 so you see things like a channel that allows the slide stop to run all the way out of the holster without touching anything, the slide lock area is no longer molded creating a potential unwanted drag on the draw stroke, the magazine release is partially shielded to prevent accidental release, and the  retention pad in the trigger guard is large and made to a consistent depth.

If you dive deeper still, you’ll notice GunfightersINC taking full advantage of their new manufacturing processes to really get the most out of the Kenai Chest Holster. The accommodation of the shoulder strap is actually molded into the back plate of the holster. This saves a manufacturing step and creates a stronger, cleaner holster overall. Finally, the two halves of the Kenai area actually molded to different depths with the majority of the pistol being molded into the front panel of the holster. This allows the Kenai to lay flatter, closer, and more comfortably against the wearer.

Original on left, Gen 2 on right

Wrap Up

GunfightersINC didn’t just redesign a holster, they redesigned how they make the holster. The result is more control over the end product, easier accommodation of various options, and, most importantly, better holsters for the customer. You can expect to see these manufacturing improvements touching all the holster in the GunfightersINC line up.

See our review of the original Kenai Chest Holster for more information on its background and use. Check out GunfightersINC to learn more about the Kenai Chest Holster or purchase your own.

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Crowdfund This: Exotac nanoSPARK

Exotac already has a huge feather in their crowdfunding cap. Their Kickstarter campaign to launch the fireSLEEVE was a huge success. Now they are looking to catch lightning in a bottle a second time with a new crowdfunding campaign for the nanoSPARK.

The nanoSPARK is functionally similar to spark wheels included in many survival kits going back to the Vietnam war era and before. It is very much like a lighter without a reservoir for lighter fluid. The user turns the gnurled wheel which grinds against a flint, creating sparks. It’s a proven method for creating sparks in a wide variety of environmental conditions.

Exotac’s penchant for bomb-proof design, understanding of usability, and knack for building in slick features is what sets the nanoSPARK apart from other sparking devices. The nanoSPARK is machined from aluminum and has a look that fits right into the rest of the Exotac line. It is large enough to hold, small enough to carry, and weighs only .6 oz. It has on board, water-proof storage for tinder (supplied with tinder) and makes use of common lighter flints.

Check out the nanoSPARK on Kickstarter

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Sintercore R3 Universal Scope Throw Lever

Sintercore’s new R3 Universal Scope Throw Lever is now available. This universal fit zoom lever fits most optics and is made from carbon fiber composite and nylon. The lever is .5″ tall so it easy to use without getting in the way.

R3 Universal Scope Throw Lever at Sintercore.com

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Now Shipping: Medium Coyote Tan (MCT) PMAG 30 AR/M4 GEN M3 from Magpul

Magpul is now shipping the Medium Coyote Tan PMAG 30 AR/M4 GEN M3!

Engineered to combine the unmatched performance of the PMAG 30 AR/M4 GEN M3 Window and the desired color for the U.S. Army’s Small Arms Weapons Neutral signature reduction program. The Medium Coyote Tan (MCT) PMAG carries forward all of the prior GEN M3 innovations to include our next-generation impact and crush resistant polymer, aggressive front and rear texture, an easily removable slim floor plate, a paint pen dot matrix for marking and identification, and a dust/impact cover as well as the Maglevel window to indicate capacity at a glance. The MCT mag utilizes a newly developed proprietary molding process to allow for desired colors while maintaining the absolute strength and performance of the black and sand materials previously available.

In addition, the MCT mag carries forward the existing GEN M3 5.56 feed geometry to ensure M855A1 feeds with greater reliability than other magazines and eliminates premature wear in the M4. M16, and M27 IAR. Now adopted as the official magazine of the United States Marine Corps.

Check them out at Magpul:

MCT PMAG 30 AR/M4 GEN M3 with Window

MCT PMAG 30 AR/M4 GEN M3

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Armageddon Gear Precision Rifle Sling and Perfect Carbine Case Updates

Armageddon Gear recently rolled out an exclusive new flat bungee webbing. The new webbing has now found its way into their entire line of slings including their Precision Rifle Sling. The Precision Rifle Sling was already an excellent sling in use by several top competitors in PRS matches. The addition of the new flat webbing means it still has all the same functionality but with the added benefits of laying flat on the shooter and bearing weight even better than the original.

Armageddon Gear Precision Rifle Sling

The Perfect Carbine Case has also received an upgrade. It now features a high visibility liner to make finding small items in the large case easier.

Armageddon Gear Perfect Carbine Case

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Sneak Peek: Tan SureFeed Magazines

SureFeed Magazines (Okay Industries) currently offers two different finishes on their magazines: the standard Mil-Spec dry film lube grey and their resilient Tactical Black PTFE. That is about to change because, soon, there will be a third option – a durable tan finish.

The new tan magazines are already in production and currently waiting on packaging. They should be available from dealers around the end of this month or the first week in May. Stay tuned for additional details.

SureFeedMagazines.com

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Aimpoint Virtual Reality Experience Coming to NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits 2017

Manassas, VA – April 20, 2017 – Aimpoint, the originator and worldwide leader in reflex sight technology, will showcase their one-of-a-kind virtual reality hunting experience to attendees of the 2017 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Atlanta, GA, April 27-30.

With state of the art technology, the Aimpoint Virtual Reality Experience is designed to fully immerse the user in dynamic and realistic hunting scenarios, including traditional European driven wild boar. Wireless controllers provide natural and intuitive interaction, while maintaining comfort for the user.

Utilizing Aimpoint optics and offering multiple target opportunities, the Aimpoint VR Experience is the best possible method to demonstrate the concept of shooting with both eyes open, and the advantages of Aimpoint sights in the field. NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits attendees will have a chance to try the Aimpoint VR Experience daily during the show at Aimpoint booth #1410. With the ability to run two shooters simultaneously, visitors can also compete with friends. Appointments will be accepted for media.

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For over 40 years, Aimpoint has been the recognized worldwide leader and originator of red dot sighting technology. While working closely with experienced marksmen and military weapon experts around the world, Aimpoint red dot sights remain the number one choice for combining ruggedness, speed and accuracy. For more information on Aimpoint products, please visit www.aimpoint.com.

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Chase Tactical 4/20 Sale

Save some green at Chase Tactical! They are offering 20% off for today, April 20th, only. Visit ChaseTactical.com to check out their selection of tactical gear. Use code 420 at checkout to activate the savings.

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