TNW Firearms Offers California Compliant Carbine


TNW Firearms, the makers of the Aero Survival Rifle (ASR), announced the company was now making a pistol caliber carbine for the California market.

Using the Thordsen Stock to side step features like a pistol grip and adjustable length stock, coupled with a lack of muzzle device and threading allows the company to meet California’s strict rules about how a gun should look and function. Like the original ASR, these carbines still allow for the gun to be broken down for compact storage and do not have a bullet button.

(Note: I am not an expert on California’s gun laws – especially the new ones that have recently been enacted. I am relying on the company’s interpretation of these laws, and encourage you to respond in the comments section if you think they have a wrong read on things.)

The ASR is a pistol caliber carbine that shares some features with a standard AR-15 rifle, though the guns are not 100% compatible. Currently, the company makes these guns in 9mm, 10mm, .357 SIG, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. All of the guns feed from Glock magazines, and a single 10-round mag comes with each California compliant rifle. A bolt and barrel change are all that is needed to change calibers, and this is pretty easy since the barrel is designed to quickly remove and install.

For 2017, the company will also introduce a .22 LR version of this carbine. These guns will run on Remington 597 magazines.

The CA carbines carry a suggested retail price of $829.99.

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  • TDog

    You know, for a gun completely lobotomized to comply with CA laws, that’s not half bad lookin’.

    • VanDiemensLand

      I was thinking the same thing, I kinda like it.

      • Holdfast_II

        It’s got kind of a tubular, Sten-like thing going on. I kinda like it. It’s different enough from an AR that it doesn’t look like a neutered AR.

    • mikee

      Get glasses!

      • TDog

        I did. Beer goggles! 😀

    • valorius

      I just threw up a little.

    • Edeco

      Go home, you’re drunk 😛

      • TDog

        I’m not so think as you drunk I am! She’s right purty!

  • Audie Bakerson

    Dear Justice Breyer: Please start a happy retirement soon Your dignity and the dignity of firearms depends on it.

  • MrBrassporkchop

    You know that kid on your street who had a mom that made them wear a helmet, elbow and knee pads, and those protective wrist things whenever they were on a skateboard? They always have that look that they hate their life? That’s California when it comes to guns.

  • diana pierce

    If they extended it a bit more rearwards it may have provided a far better cheek weld. Why stop there? Or, is it already fine for cheek placement?

    • Cymond

      It’s fine for cheek placement. That’s a standard AR-15 buffer tube under there.

      They can’t let it touch because then it would be an evil thumbhole stock.

  • Martin Grønsdal

    is this a mallet for the game of polo?

  • Warpig

    The real lesson here is that Calif hard left democratic polices are trying to spread to all of America and they are relentless. Don’t let this be your fate or future! Trump save us all now! Sorry for the downer opinion. Oh, yes, the design is real interesting by the way.

  • Realist

    That is a God awful looking weapon…CA has lost its mind.

    • Disarmed in CA

      Here, try some LSD.. it looks just fiiiiiiiiine

  • valorius

    This is the sound of me snickering at those abortions of rifles. For the love of god, just move to America if you want to own a decent semi auto.

    • floogy

      It’s a grave mistake to assume CA policies won’t spread. They already have to WA, OR and are slowly creeping elsewhere. CA is a model for nanny state USA. If there is a dem majority in the next couple of elections, this type of regulation could go nationwide real quick.

      The first AWB was a failure, but they’re getting smarter and will use CA as a model.

      • valorius

        I don’t really consider any of the places you mentioned America either, to be honest.

        When Ca was whining about seceding i was praying they’d actually do it- because you’re right, they are an infestation that threatens to compromise the whole of the country.

    • Aldo1887

      Chuckle it up, meanwhile these laws are coming to you, sooner or later. They have already infested Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Nevada, how long do you really think it will take them to get to you? Join every pro-gun organization you can, today, give generously and fight, even fight for folks in different states, because these abominations are inevitably coming your way sooner or later.

    • Steve Merrette

      liberalism is a cancer spreading everywhere. They mess us where they are and move somewhere else taking their disease with them and ruining that place then move on again. Until we can stop this cancer we will never be truly free.

      • valorius

        If the R’s in commiefornia all moved to swing states and voted R in their new states the dems would never win another national election again.

  • RSG

    As a last resort, it’s better than being unarmed. I’ve seen these in standard rifle calibers like 556, which is what I’d opt for. In PCC, I’d certainly choose the hottest 10mm +P available ammo like Buffalo Bore. I’d get rid of the flared mag well, so A mag coupler could be used more efficiently. Of course, having a Supreme Court case, or 2, with the right outcome, could go a long way towards restoring the 2A nationwide, if they are written/designed to preempt these bastions of Liberal Terrorists™

  • Lou

    I would take this TNW carbine over a 9mm semi-auto wood stock Fudd gun any day if I lived in COMMIEFORNIA but I thank God that I don’t live there. I have seen videos of people reviewing these stocks on AR-15s and they said that the stock was actually comfortable and very usable.

    At least this company and a few others are making options for those that can’t move or those who must live there temporarily for work.

  • USMC03Vet

    That poor rifle. Somebody please put it out of its misery.

    • JT303

      Put it out of my misery, you mean. The anencephalic CA, NY, MA etc. legislators just need to put their heads just a few more inches up their arses before they disappear entirely, which will be a welcome day.

  • Pranqster

    Mini or socom 16 over that abomination any day.

  • Michael

    As a freedom loving and patriotic native Californian having to put up with the b.s. that’s pushing us closer to China than ever before I’d like to thank TNW Firearms (and any other manufacturer for that matter) that create products that we living behind enemy lines can acquire and enjoy.

  • Cal.Bar

    Good God! I need an industrial strength bottle of eye wash after seeing that abomination.

  • janklow

    one of the most depressing-looking guns i have ever seen

  • gregge

    How about a constitutional amendment:
    No State, Territory, Commonwealth or Possession of the United States of America or government entity within a State, Territory, Commonwealth or Possession shall enact any law, rule, regulation, tax, or fee that in any way restricts or abridges any right of any person as enumerated within this Constitution and its Amendments. Any such law, rule, regulation, tax, or fee that exists at the time of the ratification of this amendment is hereby repealed.

  • Cymond

    Yeah, it’s ugly, but better ugly than nothing.
    And I’ve held one of those stocks. They’re surprisingly comfortable.