Category Archives: AR Pistols

Avoiding AOW status with a permanently attached muzzle device on a pistol with a vertical foregrip

In my latest article I discussed how permanently attached muzzle devices become part of the barrel length and overall length of a firearm. With that understanding, a client asked me to revisit my earlier article about vertical foregrips.   As I … Continue reading

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The ATF is effectively reversing their position on stabilizing braces once again

In the Fall of 2014, I wrote about a series of actions on the part of the ATF that lead me to believe that they were attempting to modify their interpretation of the stabilizing brace issue. On January 16, 2015 … Continue reading

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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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Sig Sauer issues a press release hinting at legal action over stabilizing brace issue

Update:  For the latest news on the stabilizing brace issue, see my March 21, 2017 update. … I received a call today from a client who had just read my article about the ATF’s open letter concerning the stabilizing brace issue. … Continue reading

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

Update:  The ATF has reversed their position once again.  See my March 21, 2017 update for the latest news. ……… Based upon a flurry of questions from friends and clients, on December 28th of last year I wrote an article entitled … 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:  For the latest news on the stabilizing brace issue, see my March 21, 2017 update. … Over the last week I have had a flood of emails from clients wanting to know what I think about the ATF’s seemingly ever-changing … 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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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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