FANG picatinny mounted stabilizer

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A start up company by the name of H.S.S.S (High Speed Shooting Stabilizer, and their Facebook group Mobile Marksman LLC.is coming out with their flagship product, the FANG. Essentially it is a polymer picatinny mounted device that allows a shooter to stabilize their rifle against a surface while in a crouching or standing position. It works well enough that a shooter can free up his non firing hand and continue to use the rifle, whether that be because of an injury or working with that hand. The founder of the company is a Marine (Infantryman and 1st Recon) and Navy (EOD) Veteran that was looking for something he could add to a weapon system so he himself could shoot better. Check out the video of the product from Rated Red ( couldn’t find a public viewing to share here)-

From the website-

The FANG is a lightweight, rail mounted stabilizer, that allows for a more versatile shooting positions by allowing the shooter to stabilize their firearm on various surfaces and maintain positive contact with the support and create a stable shooting platform. The FANG is designed to bite into surfaces as the shooter applies weight into the stabilizer. The FANG also allows the firearm to be rested on various diameter materials via the saddle portion. The angles and edges of the FANG allow the shooter to search and traverse, while still maintaining contact with the surface they are firing on. The device can also acts as a mini-bipod for bracing off of flat surfaces. The FANG can also be used as a devastating strike face.

The material design of the FANG allows it to be dyed, cerakoted, trimmed and stippled, making totally customizable.

The FANG is made from high quality, durable Long-fiber Glass Filled Nylon for added strength and longevity. The Fang is 100% guaranteed against any and all manufacturer defects

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Another video from Shooting USA reviewing the device-

Conversations with the inventor reveal that they are already working on a aluminum version. I would just be concerned with the polymer one they have now breaking. However, they mention that the material is glass filled nylon. As a sort of improvised bipod, I’m not even sure something like this has been thought of before. Notice too that the rear portion of the FANG is rounded so as to allow a proper grip from the rear. I think if they enlarged this portion it could be two for one, stabilizing device and forward grip.

From Renteria-

We have numerous ideas for Mod 2, and after feedback we’ll see what comes up. But we made this version because it works and fits more of a variety of firearms. Even the Airsoft guys loved it. LEO’s in the area are testing it for SWAT and Patrol rifles. We have guys from 7th Group testing and some national level 3gun Competitors. We are also going to be working with shooters with physical disabilities where the FANG might allow them to shoot again by being able to be braced and fired one handed. We also have it on pistols.
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Miles V

Former Infantry Marine, and currently studying at Indiana University. I’ve written for Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal, and have had a teenie tiny photo that appeared in GQ. Specifically, I’m very interested in small arms history, development, and Military/LE usage within the Middle East, and Central Asia.

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  • Edeco

    Needs more bite; put a rail mount on a set of those chainsaw pivoting spikes.

    • Gary Kirk

      Like these?

      • Edeco

        Yep, ranges could install sacrificial plates of drywall or particle board for shooters to jab into.

        • Gary Kirk

          Oh, and just for the info.. They’re called bumper spikes, or felling dogs/ spikes

        • Gary Kirk

          And wouldn’t recommend drywall.. The gypsum would cause excessive rust to the firearms..

    • James Renteria

      Really? It seems to bite well enough, look up the reviews online of people that have shot it.

  • Giolli Joker

    Missed the chance to call them PETTITOES.

  • Rob

    I think it has potential, but looks twice as expensive as I’d have guessed it would be. Will I buy one? Most likely no, not unless the price comes down. But I could see myself trying to do a DIY version to try it out. I wish them luck on this.

    One question, are you allowed to brace off the barricades in most competitions? For some reason I thought not.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      You are in most 3gun comps I’ve seen. Of course, individual match rules apply.

    • James Renteria

      I talked to one of the guys from 3gun Nation and they are changing the rules to make this accessible without changing the shooters class to open

  • Very clever idea. I look forward to seeing how it performs with more testing, may have to snag one for myself.

    • BroHam

      SNAG is the operative word, that device is strictly for gaming rifles, doesn’t belong anywhere near a combat rifle. Something “tactical” does not automatically assure a useful role in actual combative environments.

      • Bill

        Oh, I dunno, doesn’t look worse than a front sight tower, bayonet lug, light, optic, 30-round magazine …

        • BroHam

          Those items you listed all serve a critical function (the bayonet mount is arguable) on the gun. A longer rail and support hand can accomplish the same thing as the stabilizer, it’s a gimmick looking for a problem to solve.

          • James Renteria

            So here is a gimmick, your wounded, and can now shoot with one good arm, your in a bad position and cant get a stable shot, you are said position for hours on end. The FANG can actually help in all these areas, so where exactly is the gimmick?

      • James Renteria

        Yeah also about all that snag, PEQ / DBAL / Flashlights/ vert grips, this sits lower then them all and has a lot of function, please try it out before dismissing it.

    • I actually have two models and colors of these coming for testing.

  • 11b

    “Even the airsoft guys loved it” Not sure that’s the kind of endorsement you want on a tactical product…

    • A bearded being from beyond ti

      “tactical”

    • Dan

      Probably for the best since that will be 97% of their customers

      • A bearded being from beyond ti

        Few things are as anti-climatic as an AEG firing.

        • Gary Kirk

          “Whir-click, whir-click,whir-click”.. “Aint this thing bada$$ dude?”

          • A bearded being from beyond ti

            “Gonna wear a plate carrier at the range”

          • JT303

            All that’s missing from this is the tactical spork holder. It just seems like another mall ninja accessory.

          • James Renteria

            Are you actually a mall a Ninja, and are you authorized to speak on their behalf? Because I am a vet, that likes to shoot, and it works.

          • JT303

            Forgive me, but I just don’t see the purpose. I’m not stopping you if it’s your thing and you like it, but I don’t want one. I should have clarified, it seems like another mall ninja accessory to me.

        • James Renteria

          Don’t know , but when you try it with real guns it sounds more like the videos of me shooting it one handed.

          • A bearded being from beyond ti

            ??

      • James Renteria

        We have gotten the thumbs up from several LEO departments, and have been talking to both combat Vets and active duty personnel. We wanted to create a device that works across many platforms. Your more then welcomed to try it out.

    • James Renteria

      we were trying to imply that it works across many aspects of shooting, not just guns. I am glad that it can be used for training or fun.

  • hking

    Barricade stops have been a thing for awhile usually seen on precision rifles but have started making their way onto shorter rifle platforms in the way of combination handstop/barricade devices. I have not seen one as wide as the one in the article that could be used bottom and both sides, as most current ones only work on the side you mount it on.

  • Tierlieb

    So basically what we use stubby foregrips for, except you cannot grip this one?

    • Bill

      Which makes it perfect as a hand stop on an AR pistol

      • James Renteria

        it can be used on pistols or in conjunction with a vert grip or angled grip. It works in so many ways. try it out.

  • raz-0

    There’s a reason the last several iterations of this not new concept haven’t taken over the competitive shooting world.

  • Bill

    I don’t normally get jacked over gimmicky geegaws, but I’m diggin’ this as a hand stop for my AR pifle. Pricey, but somebody’s got to pay for the imagination to think it up.

    Adding a couple glass breakers for breaching windows would be nice, and relatively easy to do.

  • IndyToddrick

    I can definitely see how this would be useful, but also see the downside in having those claws stabbing you in your lower regions when slung. The claws need to be retractable to make this practicle but that would probably add too much weight. I dunno though, Gripods became standard accessories, and a similar concept could be employed here–kind of a horizontal Gripod?

    • Gary Kirk

      Yeah, if they’re making this in an aluminium version, running it on a single point sling (which I don’t personally like anyway) would SUCK

      • James Renteria

        we use two point slings and my Nether Regions are just fine!

    • Rooftop Voter

      The claws need to be retractable
      I have a brilliant idea: I will use my cat, his claws retract.

  • Jeff82

    Like the “wings” on an open class Bianchi barricade gun.

  • brutal

    Missing a pull hook like the Noveske 7.62 K9.

  • Blake

    This is a great idea, & not too pricey. Looking forward to seeing further iterations of the design. Also great to see more high-quality firearms-related stuff developed in Virginia.

    & now for the question that will probably be the subject of yet more ATF opinion flip-flopping: when mounted on a pistol’s accessory rail, does this constitute a vertical foregrip (making it an AOW, according to a 2006 NFA interpretation) or an angled foregrip (in which case it’s still a pistol according to a 2010 opinion)?

    • James Renteria

      we checked and got copies of ATF letters, it can be used with pistols.

      • Blake

        fantastic, thanks!

  • Just say’n

    $45?? Pass…..

    (until UTG starts offering them for $5, even they probably can’t screw up something this simple)

    • James Renteria

      UTG does not do what this does, also its made from a generic Zytel. It can also be customized. We spent a lot of time and money to get this to where it is. In the end you get what you pay for, and no offense to UTG, but you get what you pay for.

  • guest

    I love it how every single ex-military person in the US is a “veteran”

    • True the point being?

      • guest

        I don’t speak in riddles, that was exactly my point.

    • Gary Kirk

      Veteran.. Literally means person who has served in the military.. Does not imply anything else. Saying oneself is a combat veteran is different..
      And then you have those that can’t even speak of their services, until and if ever, their ordeals become declassified.. So what’s your point there sparky?

    • Blake

      You love the fact that the word is used correctly? Well I guess I do to.

      By the way, the dude was injured in Afghanistan.

      • guest

        No, the exact opposite:

        “A veteran (from Latin vetus, meaning “old”)[1] is a person who has had long service or experience in a particular occupation or field.”

        Which in the rest of the world means someone who has done something for a long time, as in longer than the average joe.
        Just like the word “ace” would describe actual aces, and not a pilot with “just” one kill.

        So a lot of people cringe when every single american who served is suddenly a “veteran”, a someone who was WIA is a “wounded warrior” and other overly pompous half-way agitprop terms.
        I don’t want to split hairs here as to who would qualify as a veteran or not, but just calling ALL who served “veterans” is stupid. So much so the word has lost it’s meaning at least in USA.

        • Blake

          Uh… when you were cherry picking your definition to choose the use of the word when referring to expertises, did you notice the definition directly below it that says this: “a former member of the armed forces”? That’s what the word has always meant when referring to military service.

          • guest

            Not always and not for everyone, that’s my whole point. And the word originates from a latin word that pretty much sums up everything I’ve said. No cherry-picking, deal with the exact meaning of words or invent your own. I don’t write “et cetera” and mean “whatever dude” by that, so why should “vetus/veteran” be any different?

    • Rooftop Voter

      Guest, we are.
      Not every one of us was a hill charging, grenade throwing Rambo, but we served.

      • guest

        Just like “world cup” in American Football is not an actual world cup so is someone who served and had a couple of tours not a veteran compared to someone who served a long time and took part in several armed conflicts… slash that, several WARS. That’s another idiotic term that substituted the now taboo word “war”.

  • Zytel is the material used——-

  • cons2p8ted

    YAWN….ATI came out with something like this years ago!

  • GetFactsBeforeFormingOpinions

    Great. Something else useless to hang off your rail….
    I understand the idea, but I just can’t bring myself into the tacti-cool-mall-ninja arena. Yeah, I also respect the fact that the inventor is a wounded veteran, and I see where someone -might- see the use in this. Personally, I like my combat rifle as simple as possible.

    • James Renteria

      Get Facts Before Forming Opinions!

  • Jon Hammett

    Just use a vertical grip and you are covered whether to use it as a grip, handstop, horizontal barrier stop, or cant the rifle a bit and use it as a vertical barrier stop. No need to reinvent the wheel.

    • James Renteria

      or use it with the vert grip and reinvent how you shoot, pulling the trigger is pulling the trigger, hitting under duress is what counts.

  • James Renteria

    I know this idea is new, and like when vertical grips first hit the scene, they got all the same gruff and comments. I created this product with the intent that it works, and works across a wide variety of platforms. I am not saying this perfect, nothing is, but it is a good tool and another way to skin a cat, under duress and one handed if need be.