IC13 Releases Pistol Brace Protector, NFA compliant?

    A small company by the name of IC13 has released a “Pistol Brace Protector” for the Shockwave Blade series of pistol brace stabilizers. Essentially it has a circular like interface that “plugs” into the circular rear space of the Shockwave Blade, while two slots “guide” it into place against the bottom portion, and then a sort of solid backing to provide a way to protect debris from entering the Shockwave Blade, and to let the pistol sit gently on the ground. The entire contraption is made from 6061 aluminum, and appears to be coated in different colors and finishes.

    The product is a brilliant design. So brilliant that I thought of the very same thing several months ago. Except I didn’t go through with actually manufacturing anything, because such a device mounted to the Shockwave Blade, probably isn’t NFA compliant. This product is seriously treading that very fine line between pistol and rifle at this point and I don’t think it is a matter of what the ATF response is, but when it comes. It is currently going for $45 on the company’s website, and will be shipping November 30th.

    This is what the company states on the product page-

    WARNING: The enclosed Pistol Brace Protector is designed to prevent debris and foreign materials from entering the rear opening/void of the Shockwave Blade, as well as to provide additional protection in the event of droppage. Use of this product, as designed, does not change the firearm’s classification. However, mis-use of this product, including, but not limited to, shouldering it, per the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive’s prior determination, results in re-design of the firearm to which the Pistol Brace Protector is attached and may result in violations of the National Firearms Act, 26 U.S.C. 5801, et seq., in the absence of registration. For further information seek out competent legal advice and see ATF’s prior determination


    The company has just informed TFB of this latest change-

    Yesterday we reached out to all who pre-ordered the SBP, telling them that we were refunding their money, and delaying the product launch until formal ATF approval.

    Honestly, I think this is really pushing it. Yes, gun owners are in a sort of new era of possible political certainty when it comes to laws governing our passion, but products like this seem to be riding on that wave, and trying to take advantage of the momentum, without regard to the actual consequences for the rest of the community.

    The below video is from their Facebook page

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