Today, Shockwave is proud to introduce the all-new, compact Blade 2.0 for AR-15 pistols. This version of our highly successful Blade pistol stabilizer is even smaller and lighter—and more versatile—than the original. Injection-molder of high-strength glass-reinforced polymer, the Blade 2.0 assures durability.
The patent-pending Shockwave Blade 2.0 mounts to a proprietary carbine-style buffer tube, manufactured by KAK Industry. Blade 2.0 features a slim, low-profile design and a steel adjustment lever for changing the position of the pistol stabilizer on the buffer tube with just a finger. A standard sling slot allows users to safely carry their firearm when on the move.
Blade 2.0 is ATF-approved. In a letter from Tech Branch dated October 31, 2017, the ATF opined that “attaching the Shockwave Blade pistol stabilizer to an AR-type handgun alone as a forearm brace does not make a[n] NFA weapon.” The letter goes on to caution users against making any changes to the Blade 2.0, including a host of generic brace alterations—some of which obviously don’t apply to the Blade 2.0. A copy of the 8-page ATF opinion letter is available here.
Shawn over at Sirearms/802Traders is always coming up with the coolest stuff. He’s made a limited run of the Zver 12 non-NFA semi-auto PGO firearm. Priced at only $999, you can find them here.
The Remington 870 Tac-14 is a non-NFA firearm, transferring just like any Title 1 pistol, rifle, or shotgun. It features a 14″ barrel, associated 870 front-end components, Magpul M-Lok forend—and the Shockwave Technologies Raptor Grip for R870.
We are very honored that Remington chose our Raptor Grip to complete their 870 Tac-14 firearm.
I just got off the phone with a very nice gentleman at ATF Tech Branch—who was fielding these calls today. (He was, understandably, very well versed on the subject—and very nice about it even though he’s been on the phone all day, repeating himself ad nauseam.) I identified myself and asked him specifically if the letter that’s making the rounds is limited to one company’s products–or if it applies to all pistol stabilizing braces. He said: “The letter covers all pistol stabilizing braces, including the Shockwave Blade.” So that settles that.
He then gave me a bit of further guidance for our customers:
- By “permanent affixing,” ATF considers that to be adding permanent Loctite to the large set screw that secures the Blade into the dimples in the KAK tube. As long as you don’t red Loctite the set screw in place, ATF considers it to be “temporarily placed” and “perfectly okay to shoulder.” (He didn’t beat around the bush on this topic.)
- “Length of pull”—for lack of a better word regarding pistol braces—begins to enter a “gray area” above 13.5″. Above 13.5″ begins “to enter shoulder stock area.” (His words. I believe this has to do with the “comfortableness” aspect.) On an AR-15, the “length of pull” for the Blade is approximately 13.13″, so no issues there. But if you use the Blade on a firearm that requires a large adapter of some sort, please make sure that you only use the dimples up to the point that you remain below the 13.5″ length. Stay below 13.5″ and according to ATF, it’s okay to shoulder a Shockwave Blade.
So there you have it. Anything you read to the contrary on a web forum, social media site, or industry blog is simple misinformation by people who are not being completely honest.
As you’ve probably heard or read by now, the ATF has clarified its position on shouldering pistol stabilizers. They’ve opined that sporadic or situational shouldering of a pistol stabilizer doesn’t automagically create an NFA item.
And credit where credit’s due: Kudos to those who pushed for the clarification.
With 2016 officially in the books, Shockwave is happy to report that it was a banner year for us. And 2017 is already shaping up to be even bigger. To show our appreciation to our past and future customers, we are lowering the price of Blade pistol stabilizers from $48.95 to $42.95. (We’ve reduced the price of complete kits, too.) Our goal is to keep earning the business of our repeat customers and that of our new customers. Besides, who doesn’t like to save a few bucks on their AR parts? 😉
Find our selection of pistol stabilizers and attachment kits here.