Fang Stabilizer Review

The High Speed Shooting Stabilizer Fang is a neat product that we first reported on some months ago. We got our hands on one to test it in person. The device was pioneered by a fellow named James Renteria, a former Marine himself (aren’t we everywhere?), who developed the concept using 3D printers at home in Florida. Currently, his website offers the Fang in addition to the HABU cheek rest/charging handle.

The intent for the device is to act as a rest against an edge, in addition to being a forward stop as well. Although it can be used for shooting offhand, with only one hand on the rifle, it is better used as a general purpose stop to brace the rifle. Current designs are 3D printed and can be attached to a Picatinny rail using a screw and nut system. The company is expanding into an updated design that uses aluminum as the construction material as opposed to a polymer, in addition to adding a number of notches on it to aid in a better hand grip.

The stabilizing portion of the device relies on four legs that jut out at the 12 o’clock position. These can be used all at once or just portions of them can be used depending on the surface that the rifle is braced against. Fang can be installed on any portion of a Picatinny rail, or rail segments can be used to position it at any angle that a shooter wants. The screw anchoring the device to the rail is very secure and I can’t think of a reason why it would fail unless large amounts of excessive force were applied. However, the indentation that the nut and screw is placed in, isn’t snug enough to keep the nut in place when the screw is removed. Care must be taken to ensure it doesn’t fall out during installation or disassembly.

But does the Fang work? The general answer is yes, it does work very well. Both as a device to stabilize the firearm, also as a device to act as a forward hand stop with the rounded back portion. The difference is in how it is employed. My biggest quip with it is that if a shooter is stabilizing the rifle against a non-mobile surface, uses a single hand on the pistol grip, and fires it, the device has a tendency, with the force of recoil, to make the rifle ‘jump’ right back off of its position. I’ve demonstrated that in this video, firing a single round-

I’m not sure any stabilization device from any product could be made to alleviate this issue from the recoil. But using the Fang as a hand stop, and as a stabilizing support, turned out to be very useful indeed. In this video I’m actually just using a simple metal stake that has been driven into the ground to deliver extremely accurate results on target. Essentially anything that is vertical and can be braced against, can be used with the Fang-

But can’t you simply use the rifle against a vertical object with nothing but your hands and the rifle? Of course you can, but you certainly won’t be able to be as steady as you would with the Fang. In addition, the Fang helps keep the barrel away from the object. If you have a free-floating barrel, this helps a lot with not shoving the barrel against something and possibly torquing it one way or another, affecting accuracy.

So does it have a practical usage or is it just a gimmick like so many others on the current AR market? For Military usage I could see this as, useful for Infantrymen that need to take distance shots from 100-400 meters from a covered position where they could ledge it against a wall. In addition, it is useful as a forward grip, giving more usage than something like Magpul’s forward grip. However, for LE usage I don’t know how effective this would be, since much LE rifle usage is 100 meters and in, and moving very quickly. A purpose built forward grip would be more appropriate for this type of shooting.

But for a competitor’s standpoint, within the 3-gun, 2-gun and multiple other avenues that use Picatinny mounted rifles, I could see the Fang as very useful, in quickly bracing up against the various barricades during competition.

The Fang is selling for $44.99 on the company’s website, and comes in Black, OD Green, White, and FDE.

Below are photographs of the aluminum version-



Miles V

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the Middle East & North Africa, and Central Asia.

If you want to reach out, let me know about an error I’ve made, something I can add to the post, feel free to message me at [email protected]


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  • Giolli Joker

    I still believe “PigToe” would have been a more fitting name than Fang…

  • BattleshipGrey

    And in a pinch you can scrape the frost off your windshield.

    • Mazryonh

      Because a windshield rendered opaque with ice is useless to tactically see out of.

  • Rick O’Shay

    Sure beats the tactical tree spike ENDO featured last week.

    • Sledgecrowbar

      I dunno. I think the spike offers support hand injury potential that far outweighs the uselessness of this.

  • GaryOlson

    How useful would this be for bracing on a vehicle window chasing down pigs?

  • Porty1119

    I see what they’re going for. Neat idea!

  • FeistyCrawfish

    $45 for what can be achieved with some nails and some welding…

  • SGT Fish

    Miles, what is up with that rifle setup? No reason mbus but you have a front one in the middle of the gun? And a flashlight (nice choice) just in front of it? I think you’ll be getting a lot of reflection off that rail,and that sight won’t work as well without a rear, and is degraded by not taking full advantage of the rail estate

    • Suppressed

      The front sight really threw me off at first, but if it’s strictly there as a backup, it actually makes a lot of sense. I’m guessing he wants to keep stuff off the front of a rail to run a Costa-clamp with the smallest rail diameter and minimal interference from any items. And as far as the light goes, if shadows/reflections are an issue, I *think* that Insight has a quick-throw lever so he could easily move it rearward (like it is in the pics) anytime he hits the range and move it forward when he heads home. Lastly, you said his setup “won’t work as well without a rear”. It’s there, just under the magnifier 🙂

      • SGT Fish

        Good eye. I didn’t see it under there. And I will give him credit for going with an aimpoint and not being a typical Marine and using eotechs.

  • DanGoodShot

    $45 a peice? I am so buying a 3d printer. I’m gunna make n sell all kinds a doo dads. Like a mono pod/handgrip/walking stick/billy club. It’ll be a steel at only $956.98!

  • Sledgecrowbar

    FINALLY someone comes out with a crowbar attachment so I can ruin my gun trying to break into a walmart during the apocalypse without having to carry an actual crowbar or waste a round on the glass door.

    I christen thee ‘Hoof’.

    • Mazryonh

      The market is already ahead of you. They’ve already released flash suppressors with glass-breaking prongs at the muzzle for AR-15 rifles.

  • Mazryonh

    Looks like this stabilizer would be best suited for situations like this when you need more than just fingers and a wall to stabilize your rifle:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2a30f7147bdafd4876d46489226749caf5eb12aca9ba58649f0ad4ba33b60980.jpg

    Of course, the Fang wouldn’t help you if your target at the business end is an immortal vampire powered by nanomachines who can take any amount of headshots and keep getting back up.

  • Wow!

    A bipod can do all of this when folded unless you really can’t stand that slightly extra heft.

  • Norm Glitz

    ” … four legs that jut out at the 12 o’clock position.”

    12 o’clock is straight up.

    • pcjunkie429

      I was gonna comment this lol. Not 12 o’clock, 6 o’clock. C’mon guys.

  • Bad Penguin

    Not to mention it will keep your baby’s finish from getting all scratched up.

  • ack ack jack

    Nice hat wally!

  • Alex Barnette

    Bring that price down and you’ve got a deal, way too high for what it is.

  • Core

    I can see something like this becoming popular for the two way range, but it will have to be less prone to snagging which is it’s function in a competition environment. I would design it to be more defensive with less offensive features. Still allowing it to act as a stop, or a prop, but not have as many snag features. (avoidance of angles of less than 90 deg.)

  • Charles Valenzuela

    I wouldn’t put that . . . . clown act . . . on a child’s toy gun.