Why A Bolt Action Glock? Because California

That’s why. After the passage of a set of draconian gun laws, manufacturing of semiautomatic handguns by individuals was banned outright. Meaning, if you want to build a pistol from an 80% kit, you are out of luck. That’s when Nate B., owner of Inlander Arms and designer of the Easy Bolt device got an idea – making semiautomatic pistols was illegal, but not bolt or break action handguns.

Still having a hard time with the logic? I’ll have Nate explain:

I’m a Bay Area native (BA Political Science SJSU) who enjoys shooting and the outdoors. My family, the beautiful scenery, and great people in this area offer compelling reasons to stay and enjoy life here. However, the state’s firearms laws are quite extensive compared to the rest of the country. Sometimes these laws are crafted with good intentions, but create onerous hurdles for average citizens to enjoy shooting and hunting. One example is the California Unsafe Handgun Act (which created a handgun roster).

He goes on to say that for a number of years, FFL dealers would modify certain guns not listed on the roster by converting them to single shot form to adhere to a specific section of the law:

12133 of the CA penal code:
(b) The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to a
single-shot pistol with a barrel length of not less than six
inches and that has an overall length of at least 10 1/2 inches
when the handle, frame or receiver, and barrel are assembled.

Until a new section was added to outlaw the conversion of formerly semiautomatic handguns to single shot:

(b) Article 4 (commencing with Section 31900) and Article 5 (commencing with Section 32000) shall not apply to a single-shot pistol with a break top or bolt action and a barrel length of not less than six inches and that has an overall length of at least 10½ inches when the handle, frame or receiver, and barrel are assembled. However, Article 4 (commencing with Section 31900) and Article 5 (commencing with Section 32000) shall apply to a semiautomatic pistol that has been temporarily or permanently altered so that it will not fire in a semiautomatic mode.

In 2016, Polymer 80 began manufacturing and selling 80% Glock frames for shooters to build their own Glock patterned pistols. That’s when Nate invented the Easy Bolt.

I quickly learned how to draft the design in CAD, get it prototyped and tested, and work with a well-known CA firearms attorney to get it approved for sale to the public. The device I invented is very simple and safe for the end user. The design has been optimized for easy manufacture and is compatible with Polymer 80’s next upcoming Glock 19 frame (1st quarter 2017). Furthermore, the design can be adapted to work with almost any current or future pistol on the market. FFLs want to use the Easy Bolt to get Lone Wolf Timberwolf frames into California (since the bare frames were never built into semi auto).

I know now what you are probably thinking: “F California!”. And sure, you could easily say that and let the conversation end. However, there are tens of thousands of responsible shooters and firearms owners in California who need and/or want to stay in one of the most restricted states in the US. As technology advances, they need legal options to keep up.

So laugh, cry and mock if you must. But remember, without innovators like Nate, there’s a good chance that California laws would be even more restrictive.

Inlander Arms Easy Bolt


Easy Bolt – Made in California (pre-sale MSRP $149.99)

  • CNC Machined 6061 Aluminum
  • SBR Rubber Slide Protectors
  • Steel High Hold Set Screws
  • Polymer80 PF940C (Glock 17) Compatible
  • Polymer80 PF940C (Glock 19) Compatible
  • Lone Wolf Timberwolf Glock 17 Compatible
  • Lone Wolf Timberwolf Glock 19 Compatible

9 Inch Glock 19 Barrel – Made in Georgia by Dasan USA (pre-sale MSRP $129.99) – The same manufacturer Lone Wolf uses for their barrels

  • CNC machined from 416R Stainless Steel
  • Heat Treated
  • Groove and Land Rifling
  • Optimized Chamber Support and Feeding
  • Lead, Plated, or Jacketed Bullets OK
  • Broach Cut Rifling
  • Target Crown
  • Diamond Turned
  • Drop-In Ready

About Inlander Arms and the Easy Bolt:

Inlander Arms is a California-based firearms compliance parts and accessories distributor. Everything we sell is made in the USA with the highest quality materials and components. We set out in 2016 to give folks in California a way to build their guns legally. After months of development and legal work, we can confidently say we achieved this goal.

Why is the Easy Bolt™ needed?

California law requires all individuals building handguns to make it a single shot bolt action or break top action. Before the Easy Bolt™, there was no practical way for most people to achieve compliance. The only option was to hire a machinist or gunsmith to custom fabricate a solution. The Easy Bolt™ is universal in design and can help you stay in compliance with multiple builds.


From the Inlander Arms Easy Bolt FAQ page:

Q: Do I really need to build my 80% handgun this way to be legal?

A: If you are a California resident and intend to build here, yes (AB 1964). If you plan on registering your gun, CA DOJ is asking for proof (pictures) of how it was built legally. Starting July 2018, all 80% builds will have to go through the registration process

Q: How is this better than a complete upper/slide replacement?

A: The Easy Bolt was designed to be as safe and cost effective as possible. You are converting a Glock slide without having to modify any of the critical (and proven) slide components that interact with the components on the frame. You are building in the intended caliber of the weapon, which might be an important legal distinction down the road. You can also test your completed pistol frame (fitting the rails and testing the trigger) without breaking the law.

Q: Can I use this to do SSE2 transfers of pistols such as the Lone Wolf Timberwolf Glock frames?

A: The way AB 1964 amended the single shot exemption to the Handgun Roster, you can no longer SSE handguns that were previously semi auto (such as a Gen 4 Glock 19). We developed this solution for 80% builds, but it might be possible to SSE a Timberwolf frame if it is truly a virgin frame. We do not explicitly advise anyone to attempt this without first consulting with an attorney and have the blessing from Lone Wolf or another FFL that is comfortable doing the transfer.



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  • Every time I see one of these goldbergian workarounds designed solely to defeat idiotic state gun control laws, it swells my heart with American Pride, because this is patriots dumping tea in a harbor for the 21st Century. Nice work, Inlander Arms– keep fighting The Good Fight.

    • Some Rabbit

      Would it not be even more revolutionary to tell anti-gun legislators to Go F*ck Themselves by refusing to comply with their silly laws? Widespread non-compliance is the best way to thwart authoritarians. Trying to jump through their hoops only emboldens them.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Because he probably doesnt want to go to jail.

      • David Christian

        Do you build a lot of unregistered NFA items like SBR’s and Suppressors in order to tell the Feds to go F themselves? If not, then why not? That certainly would be easier than jumping through all the NFA paperwork hoops and it would overturn the NFA laws, right?

      • It’s only a revolution if the majority of The People are on your side, amigo; otherwise it’s just a bunch of mooks who don’t want to follow the law. This is a representative democracy, if you want the laws changed, write your representatives and agitate your fellow citizens to vote ’em out if they don’t listen.

        • boris

          two wolves and a sheep voting for dinner arrangements?

          2a is a constitutional right. If THEY want to change the law, they need to lobby to have it ammended. If this is not infringing on 2a, I don’t know what is.

      • Edeco

        I don’t think this hurts the cause. Let our side make this stuff and the antis try to squash it and we’ll see which cause pleases the gods.

    • Edeco

      From a philosophical, techno-anarchist perspective it’s beautiful how the 80% lower and the straight-pull upper come together to apparently work around the law. Like, the Glock aftermarket is robust enough to defy control somewhat automatically, sine I don’t think the 80 lowers were started with this in mind.

      • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

        You only have to build the gun in this initial configuration. You can convert it to semi-auto afterwards.

        The law prevents you from building a semi-auto first, converting to bolt-action for the purposes of avoiding the roster, and then going back to semi-auto.

        However nothing in the law prevents you from starting with a bolt-action and later converting to semi-auto.

        So you buy this, build your compliant gun from an 80% receiver, then immediately take this off, convert to semi-auto and sell it to the next guy who wants to build a gun.

        You never actually USE this device.

  • RavishedBoy

    That will be my next Glock, but first I need to find a holster for it.

  • Pretty awesome for those who wanted a Timberwolf frame in CA.

  • b0x3r0ck

    Sigh CA tilts me everytime a law they have.

    • iksnilol

      Let’s ignore a profitable untapped market because we don’t wanna hurt Comrade b0x3r0ck’s delicate sensibilities.

      • b0x3r0ck

        Sorry I like things “black & white” clear cut and these laws are nothing but that . The grey area is nothing but a slow way of losing. As of right now if I had to predict a winner it would be gun control. They are treating gun owners like you would treat smoking. Not by hitting us with cold turkey but reducing it slowly. They start off with 95% then a conpany gives a work around repeating this over and over again. Before we knew it we have a Glock muzzle loader. So right now companies are part of the problem.

        • iksnilol

          But without companies you have no Glocks at all.

          • b0x3r0ck

            There are alot of companies that don’t produce CA/MA compliant parts and I have no problem with them. But the ones that are is just adding fuel to the fire are making such laws harder to be removed. Ideally I would like it if no companies produce such parts (work arounds) turning this into a simple to deal with gun ban.

          • Marc

            You would have a point if they waited until this device was created to ban the Glocks.

  • iksnilol

    Isn’t that bulky af? Defeats the purpose of a pistol IMO.

    • Cymond

      I doubt anyone is going to keep this on their pistol. It’s just to make it legal to sell/build.

      • Nicholas Dunham

        Yes, much like the single shot sleds for CA AR-15 pistols.

      • iksnilol

        To be honest, i do find it kinda for pansies. Whole point of 80% gats is illegal ghost guns that can shoot half a magazine clip in 2 seconds.

        • Mystick

          I thought it was thousands of rounds per second…

          • Laserbait

            I thought it was shooting 30 caliber clips.

    • Mystick

      That’s the point of the law. Incremental confiscation.

  • Blake

    This is a great & well-executed idea, & a great service to CA residents.

  • Petto

    Easier would be some sort of Slide Lock so after each round you have to manually cycle the gun
    Kinda like XM9 had with suppressor use and it wasn’t bulky as this crap

    • Oonue

      Extended slide release with a spring to cause it to engage after every shot

      • JT303

        We have a similar concept in England to get around the semi auto centrefire ban. You fire the rifle and the bolt locks to the rear. Then you press a catch under your thumb to release the bolt and chamber the next round. I wonder how much red tape there would be to transfer some of our UK legal firearms to places like CA, NY etc.

        • Laserbait

          Heh, then it would be the open bolt laws that would be a problem!

          • Cymond

            No, because it still fires from a closed bolt, it just locks open after each shot. It would be twice as hard to convert to full auto.

    • Anonymoose

      But with extended use the slide-locked M9 would shoot itself to pieces, because the frame was not built to take the full stress of firing over and over again.

  • AndyHasky

    wouldn’t it make sense to make the bolt actuated by your left hand?

    • aevangel1

      Exactly what I was thinking…

    • Sasquatch

      Unless your left-handed…..

  • uncle fester

    Interesting concept, but I wouldn’t buy one.

  • Laserbait

    So, does the pistol need to stay in bolt action form after being registered/recorded with the state?

    • Cymond

      This is essentially the new version of the old single shot exemption.

  • DanGoodShot

    Every time I see one of these article/videos it ticks me off just a little bit more. Nobody in this country should have to do that to their guns that are supposedly a constitutional “right”.

  • TheNotoriousIUD
  • Cal S.

    If good, Republican or gun-owning Californians would move to more blue states, they’d be enough to 1) swing those states red and 2) reduce CA’s electoral college vote.

    Regardless, I’m happy to see another work-around for stupid laws.

  • USMC03Vet

    Almost there with making legal ownership such a hasaale that it’s a defacto ban.

    • Marc

      Thank you for reminding us about leftist inconsistency.

  • Glenfilthie

    It’ll do as a raised middle finger at the gun grabbers but beyond that – I would just defy the law. Stupid laws are for stupid people.

    • Marc

      Are you willing to go to jail if you are caught violating a stupid law? Please don’t understand, I agree that the laws in California are stupid and immoral. I am not sure if I would risk jail over these stupid laws.

  • Martin Grønsdal

    this is the first of the Plagues of California

  • Dougscamo

    If I were forced to have to do this to a Glock….I’d buy a Model 19 S&W….no restrictions on them yet are there?….California is going to revive the revolver market…..

    • Cymond

      Yes, revolvers are restricted in CA.
      No, the Model 19 is not on the list of approved guns.

      • Dougscamo

        You are f@#king kidding me!!!!???
        Okay, looked at the link of recently added….thanks for providing that….
        SAD, SO SAD!!!

  • MrBrassporkchop

    Oh god this is the saddest thing ever. Just move dude. You can probably buy a mansion back east for what you sell your home for there anyway. Or maybe a gazillion acres of land to shoot on.

  • Bernardo Costa

    Well, Commiefornia does it again. Can’t say that I’m surprised. Though, in a way, it makes me glad to see people like Mr. Nate safeguarding their constitutional right with such ingenuity, even if it is ostensibly crippled. High praise to him!


    Is that a 12″ Glock barrel? Dam that thing looks long.

  • Jeremy Nettles

    without after innovators like Nate have made simple workarounds readily available for all, there’s a good chance that California laws would be will get even more restrictive and ridiculous.”


    • Mystick

      Indeed. They will never stop until they are stopped.

  • RicoSuave

    All that is missing is that fingerprint activated trigger.. the one that CA politicians are probably going to require soon.

    • floogy

      Well they already require a nonexistent technology for new semi auto handguns. So it wouldn’t surprise me.

  • Mystick

    These “laws” are nothing but incremental confiscation – slowly bringing the frog-water to boil.

  • Kenneth Wetzel

    I think the part about F California is right, end of conversation.

  • James

    And meanwhile every single criminal gang banger STILL HAS WHATEVER THEY WANT. Sad state of affairs.

    • Seriously, gun control is a ridiculous subject to even be debating in the first place, because Los Angeles, DC, and Chicago sit left, right, and center on the map as undeniable proof that it simply does not work in the real world.

  • L. Roger Rich

    I watched the video and just threw up in my mouth.

  • shooter2009

    Little by little, CA will realize that everything they do does NOTHING to reduce crime to any statistical significance…except for confiscation.

    THAT, my friends, has been and always will be, the end game.

    • nonobaddog

      They don’t care about reducing crime. That is just what they say which is one way to tell it is a lie. That is why they do not prosecute the many laws they have now. They really want more power, absolute power, and they need to disarm the people to get that. It has happened in other places before and that is their target.

    • Edghost

      Nah, you have it all backwards!
      1) CA likes criminals! They’re a cash cow for the system.. Legislatures stay awake into the wee hours of the night devising new laws to get everyone into the justice system.
      2) Some criminals are more equal than other criminals. It all depends upon your race and if you couldn’t help but not become a criminal. Then it’s milk and cookies for you.
      3) Gun control is an extremely lucrative investment if you are a politician and you can fulfill the needs of those who require more sophisticated weaponery and they’re willing to pay for weapons smuggled in to CA. (It’s happened before).

  • Roger V. Tranfaglia

    W T F ?
    Am I reading this right? Semi-auto pistols are banned in CA/ Since when??
    {Please fill me in……………

    • Cymond

      CA had a list of handguns that are approved for sale in the state. The list keeps getting smaller, and it is impossible to get any new semiauto guns added to the list.
      If you want a handgun that’s not on the list, you have to resort to absurd workarounds.
      There are currently 736 models on the list.

      • Roger V. Tranfaglia

        Got it.
        Thank you Cymond!

  • Broz

    Can’t wait for the “Big One’ that devastates Kalifornicate so I can have the personal satisfaction of refusing to donate time, money and/or effort to the relief efforts!!!

  • nonobaddog

    WTF, you don’t even have usable sights anymore.

  • Martin Grønsdal

    11th commandment: Thou shall not maim guns.

  • Elnonio

    Not exactly single shot, is it…

    • Cymond

      They made it illegal to convert a single shot pistol to semi-auto, but it is still legal to convert a bolt action to semi-auto.

  • Cymond

    There ARE a lot of great people in the Bay area, just not enough of them to swing an election.


  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Of course it’s nonsensical. That’s CA gun control for you.

    There is no prohibition against manufacturing SA firearms. There is a prohibition against manufacturing an “unsafe” firearm. The firearm must be built in an “unsafe exempt” form first (i.e. single shot bolt-action).

    After you have a single-shot bolt-action Glock (or whatever), then there is no prohibition on converting that firearm into any other “unsafe” configuration (I.e. Semi-auto). If there were a prohibition on that, then it would be illegal in CA to change the grip or sights or any other internal part on a handgun.

    First, there are no restrictions on selling homemade firearms. There are restrictions on making firearms for the express purpose of sale. You are allowed to make a firearm, decide you no longer want it, and then sell it.

    Second, I wasn’t talking about selling the firearm, I was talking about selling the compliance device.

  • visionvocal

    I have just had an epiphany. Give me the $149 MSRP the inventor is requesting for that monstrosity, and in exchange I will explain how moving to another home (outside the People’s Republic of Kalifornia) is simple and easy.

    • Marc

      Some people have circumstances that prevent moving. Some people have a mortgage. Some people sick family members who need help. Some people have a job.

      We shouldn’t tell people that they have to leave a state which is violating their rights. Please think of the 14th amendment.

      • visionvocal

        I knew someone would come in with a sob story. Don’t even start with all that. If someone has as many problems as you describe, they wouldn’t have the money to start and finish an 80% build along with the bolt action add-on. So your point is what exactly?