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SB Tactical SBA4 Pistol Stabilizing Brace – Official Launch

Today marks the official launch of the hotly anticipated SBA4 Pistol Stabilizing Brace from SB Tactical. You can think of the SBA4 as a combination of the the looks of the SBM4 and the functionality of the SBA3.

This 5 position adjustable brace can be installed on any pistol platform that makes use of a mil-spec carbine receiver extension (buffer tube) and a 7075 aluminum mil-spec receiver extension is included. It also features an ambidextrous QD sling socket and is available in FDE or Black.

The new SBM4 weighs about 3.25 ounces more than the SBA3 (10 oz vs. 6.75 oz). It is also slimmer in width (1.8″ vs. 2.25″).

Look for the new SBM4 at dealers or check it out at SB-Tactical.com.

New Pistol Brace Coming to Market – Trinity Force Breach Pistol Brace

Trinity Force will release a new pistol brace called the Breach Pistol Brace. It is designed to clamp onto a 1.25″ diameter pistol buffer tube and features multiple sling attachment slots. Like the Shockwave Blade Pistol Brace, a brace to which this is likely to draw comparisons, the toe of the Breach is very slim in keeping with its purpose as a forearm brace and not a stock.

The Breach Pistol Brace will be available soon. Stay tuned for additional details.


Sneak Peek: Lunar Concepts SwiftTQ + SB Tactical Brace

Lunar Concepts is teasing a new way to carry a tourniquet on your SB Tactical SBM4 Pistol Stabilizing Brace. This new version of their SwiftTQ tourniquet carrier affixes inside the brace and allows the user to quickly eject the TQ by pulling a strap from the rear of the carrier.

These are expected to be available toward the end of this week or early next week. Keep an eye on LCEquipped.com.

Gear Head Works Tailhook MOD 1 and 2 Pistol Braces

Gear Head Works will be releasing a new pistol brace design that is sure to grab the attention of AR Pistoleros everywhere. Their Tailhook MOD 1 and Tailhook MOD 2 feature a unique hinged design that allows the brace to “open” into a hook that slips under the shooter’s forearm to support the AR pistol for one handed shooting.

The Tailhook MOD 1 is the more compact version of the two. It is machined from aluminum and clamps directly to the buffer tube. The molded polymer Tailhook MOD 2 attaches to the buffer tube much like a stock would and allows for length adjustment to accommodate shooters of all sizes. You can see the Tailhook in action in the video below.

The two versions of the Tailhook shown here have already received ATF approval. There may be additional version forthcoming pending additional approvals.

Check out the Tailhook Pistol Braces at Gear Head Works and stay tuned for new pricing and availability information.

Times Have Changed: Why You Might Actually Want to Try a 7.5″ 5.56 AR-15 Build

I have been shooting AR-15s for years now and apart from the mild cool factor, I have never really considered owning an AR-15 chambered in 5.56x45mm with a 7.5″ barrel. In fact, you could say that I thought they were a bit silly. Times changes and so do opinions.

7.5 Upper

It is true that just about any other common AR-15 chambering is a better performer than 5.56/.223 in such short barrels. That includes 6.8SPC, 300BLK, and even the 9mm Luger (in some ways like noise and flash but not necessarily in terminal ballistics). If you want to build a super-short AR-15 and your budget allows, go ahead and take on a new caliber. If your budget doesn’t allow or you just don’t want to take on a new caliber, there are a five reasons that super short 5.56 chambered guns may finally be viable.

Here is how I talked myself into building one…

  1. Ammo – The proliferation of advanced projectiles like the Barnes TSX and some bonded bullets means that there is finally off-the-shelf ammunition that will expand at the more modest velocities produced by 7.5″ AR-15 barrels. There are new choices coming out all the time and projectile design continues to advance at an amazing rate.
  2. Muzzle devices – Previously, having a super short 5.56 chambered AR-15 meant throwing massive fireballs every time you pulled the trigger. That is no longer the case. Advanced flash suppressors like the AAC Blackout, White Sound Defense FOSSA 556, B.E. Meyers 249F, and others can all but eliminate the flash on these shorter barrels. This is especially true if the shooter chooses their ammo carefully. If you don’t care about flash, there are a now number of linear comps on the market that will direct some of the blast away from the shooter and some even suppress flash a bit like the Black River Tactical Covert Comp. You can even couple a blast shield with an effective flash suppressor like the Griffon Armament taper mount series or a YHM Phantom with a Simplistic Shooting Solutions Blast Shield to suppress flash AND direct concussion away from the shooter.
  3. Reliable barrels – There was a time when there weren’t very many 7.5″ barrel options that worked well without being grotesquely over-gassed. Noveske was pretty much the only quality option. Now, you can get high quality 7.5″ barrels from Ballistic Advantage and Aero Precision just to name two. Both use gas port specs that are on the small side and their barrels run well. You can also go with a piston set up from PWS or Adams Arms, both of which have solid reputations for reliable function. If you don’t want to build your own, Andro Corp Industries offers prebuilt 7.5″ uppers that use Ballistic Advantage barrels. I purchased mine from them and I have been very pleased so far.
  4. Law Tactical AR-15 Folding Stock Adapter – The moment that I finally laid hands on a Law Tactical AR-15 Folding Stock Adapter was the moment that I hoped I could make a 7.5″ AR-15 work. An AR-15 pistol equipped with a 7.5″ barrel and folding stock adapter will measure at right around 18″ long when folded. That means it can be carried in a normal backpack, tool box, messenger bag and all sorts of other places that even a 10.5″ barrel won’t fit without breaking it into its separate components. The Law Tactical Folding Stock Adapter helps turn these builds from interesting range toys to something like a concealable PDW with potentially interesting application for the private citizen.
  5. Advent of the AR Pistol – Finally, the advent of the AR-15 pistol has made it easier, less costly, and less risky than ever to try a 5.56 chambered AR-15 with a short barrel. You can test and tweak various ammo/muzzle device combinations before you plunk down your cash for a tax stamp… or just keep it as a pistol.

To recap, 5.56×45 is still less than ideal from a short barrel but thanks to several advancements, it may be more viable than ever.

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