In the past few years, gun makers (Sig anyone?) have been all aglow about making shooting braces that fit the rear of AR and AK pistols that don't need a tax stamp. Now it seems a maker has come up with a similar solution to help turn your average Glock into an NFA-compliant SBR that technically isn't an SBR.


What these things are (a crash course)

According to the National Firearms Act of 1934 (the NFA), arms that the government thought to be too dangerous for over the counter sales, such as machineguns, suppressors, and short barreled rifles (SBRs) and shotguns, were regulated with an obscene $200 tax and special requirements to obtain one of these registered devices. When you take into account that $200 in 1934 is some $3500 in today's dollars, you can see why this was thought so unachievable.

In regulating short-barreled rifles, the NFA states that any modern rifle less than 26-inches overall had to be registered and so regulated. However, as long as a pistol did not have a buttstock, and was made from the beginning as a handgun, it could be shorter than this requirement. That's where these braces come in at by meeting these requirements.

You see currently there are RONI CAA Carbine conversions that may or may not need a tax stamp depending on if it mounts a stock or forward grip or not, as well as others, but now you also have...



Reno, Nevada-based USA 1-Shot, last week unveiled their Accurate Pistol System, a dynamic pistol rest that helps shooters rapidly acquire a target and, due to the stability of a third point of contact with the shooter's frame, make long range shots with a pistol.

The catch is: the APS never actually attaches to the pistol.


Tested so far by Reno Police Department SWAT, Leupold, Glock, Mike Searson at Recoil, Safariland, DOJ, ATF, US Army, US Navy, US Marines, US Air Force, Irell & Manella, Holland & Hart, Chet, Vici, Tom, Mark Fore & Strike, Todd, U.S. Firearms Academy, the videos the company has on its site are compelling, showing repeated and accurate double taps at 120 feet and even four shots in a row on a 6-inch steel plate with a 44 magnum out to 284 yards with a handgun.


"Our goal for this project was to improve the safety and accuracy of handguns," reads a company statement. "Today FBI statistics show that 83 percent of rounds fired in officer involved shootings miss their target. Officers are required to train and qualify on a regular basis. Civilians are not held to the same standards...Our goal is to reduce the number of injures and fatalities caused by rounds not hitting their target. Accurate shot placement is critical when you are defending life."

Besides home/self-defense and military/LE uses, there are obvious advantages for hunters (I personally use a Glock 20 for hog) and, of course, target shooting.

There are two different types of rests, one that uses an adjustable M4 style stock, and another with a skeletonized stock that looks all the world like a 1990s MAK-90 thumbhole. They have versions of each that fit (but don't attach to) third and fourth generation G17, 17L, 22, 23, 31, 34, and 35's.


Bad part is that the retail is $349. However, their site also says "We have heard you! New pricing coming soon!" which means there may be a reduction moving forward.

Here is a few vids from their release