Category Archives: Firearms Technology Branch

Does putting a bipod on a pistol make it an AOW?

I received an email this morning from a client asking whether or not they could add a bipod to their pistol without making it an AOW. As I have pointed out on more than one occasion, the answer to almost … Continue reading

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The ATF has issued an open letter on the stabilizing brace issue

Based upon a flurry of questions from friends and clients, on December 28th of last year I wrote an article entitled “Has the ATF changed their mind about the Sig brace?” In that article I pointed out that the ATF … Continue reading

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Does 922(r) apply when building an SBR from an imported pistol?

I received a call last week from a client who was planning to SBR a swiss pistol and wanted to know whether the US-made parts requirement of 922(r) would apply. His concern is understandable since this is yet another area where … Continue reading

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Has the ATF changed their mind about the Sig brace?

UPDATE: The ATF has released a letter clarifying their position on this issue.  For the latest information, read my article discussing their open letter. … Over the last week I have had a flood of emails from clients wanting to … Continue reading

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Does the ATF treat angled fore-grips the same as vertical fore-grips?

I received an email today from a client who wanted to know whether an angled fore-grip on an AR pistol makes it an AOW subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act (NFA) as is the case with a … Continue reading

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Can my trust get a curio & relic FFL?

Tonight I received a call from a friend who was wondering whether or not a trust could acquire an FFL 03 license. For those of you unfamiliar with the different types of federal firearms licenses (FFLs), a type 03 FFL … Continue reading

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Which buffer tubes may I use on my AR pistol?

Recently a client contacted me to ask whether the addition of a carbine buffer tube to an AR pistol build would somehow transform the pistol into a short barreled rifle (SBR). This question illustrates just how much confusion there is … Continue reading

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Does the Mako magwell grip make an AR pistol into an AOW?

Over the last several weeks I have been discussing accessories for the AR pistol platform and the NFA classification issues that arise when they are used. I started by discussing the Sig Sauer pistol stabilizing brace and how its use … Continue reading

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Does shoulder-firing an AR pistol equipped with a pistol brace make it an SBR?

UPDATE: The ATF has released a letter clarifying their position on this issue.  For the latest information, read my article discussing their open letter. … It is an undisputed fact that putting a shoulder stock on an AR pistol will … Continue reading

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