Submit a Comment to ATF to Protect Pistol Stabilizing Braces

On June 7, 2021, the ATF proposed a rule on pistol stabilizing braces that’s going to impact millions of Americans. They’re calling it: Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached “Stabilizing Braces.”


Here are a couple key highlights in this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM):


  • ATF is trying to update the definition of a rifle to include any weapon with a rifled barrel that has a stabilizing brace because they believe firearm owners are using these pistol stabilizers with the intent of converting pistols into short-barreled rifles.
  • ATF would apply a “point system” (up to 4 points) to determine whether a pistol stabilizer would convert and classify it as a short-barreled rifle.  


If this rule goes into effect, it will be the largest firearms ban in the entire history of the United States that will impact millions of Americans with privately-owned firearms (including thousands of jobs in the firearm industry). These firearms will suddenly become unlawfully possessed  unless owners do the following:


  • Add a longer barrel to the firearm so it won’t be considered a short-barreled rifle
  • Surrender the firearm to ATF 
  • Completely remove and destroy the pistol stabilizer (if the firearm was assembled from scratch). 
  • Completely destroy the firearm (if it was an OEM-made firearm because a pistol cannot be made from something that was first manufactured as a rifle).  
  • Pay ANOTHER $200 tax and register the firearm with ATF.  



That means millions of Americans will become felons by owning these items if this rule gets put in place. 


For the sake of gun owners across the country (including yourself) who own a pistol stabilizing brace for your firearm, we need your help to stop this.






How to submit a quality comment to make sure it gets counted:


  • Include why the proposed rule is arbitrary, vague, complex, and burdensome.
  • Mention the rule is going after lawful gun owners and not criminals.
  • Detail that the rule is vague or complicated and that the “score card” doesn’t make sense
  • Show how the rules is arbitrary
  • Remind them that Arm braces are common
  • Remind them that they are common because the ATF always has said they were legal and provided approval letters
  • Discuss potential for felony penalties
  • Describe how the rule is complex and will be impractical to enforce



What NOT to include in your comment:

  • Talk about unrelated matters
  • Use the words Tyranny or bootlicker
  • Use profanity
  • Ramble
  • Submit anonymously – it won’t count


Comments must be submitted on or before September 8, 2021.


You can submit comments in one of three methods (but only one – do not submit multiple times or by more than one method). 


  • Federal eRulemaking Portal:
    • ATF recommends that you submit your comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal at and following the instructions
    • Link to Comment: Federal Register :: Factoring Criteria for Firearms With Attached “Stabilizing Braces”
    • Keep the comment tracking number that is provided after you have successfully uploaded your comment.
  • Mail:
    • Send written comments to:
      Denise Brown
      Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
      ATTN: ATF 2021R-08
      Mail Stop 6N-518
      99 New York Ave. NE
      Washington DC 20226
    • Written comments must include:
      • the reference agency and docket number: ATF 2021R-08
      • Legible and appear in minimum 12-point font size (.17 inches)
      • Commenter’s first and last name
      • Commenter’s full mailing address
      • Must be signed
      • Must be postmarked on or before September 8, 2021
  • Facsimile: 
    • Submit comments by facsimile transmission to (202) 648-9741
    • Faxed comments must include the following:
      • Reference agency and docket number: ATF 2021R-08
      • Legible and appear in minimum 12-point font size (.17 inches)
      • 8 ½” x 11” paper 
      • Commenter’s first and last name 
      • Commenter’s full mailing address
      • Must be signed
      • Must be transmitted on or before September 8, 2021 
      • No more than five pages long

Contact your senator and house representative today to let them know this is unconstitutional and illegal under the current laws under the NFA. 


It does matter. It does impact you. 


Do your part and make your voice heard to keep this rule from being put in place. 

Which Shotgun is Right for You?


types of shotguns

Buying a new firearm is always exciting. 


Sometimes you’re looking for it to fill a specific role: concealed carry, “truck gun,” home defense, hunting, competition, or simple target practice. And sometimes, something behind the counter just catches your eye — and you have to have it.


Shotguns in particular tend to span those categories — other than concealed carry, of course. When it comes to shotguns, there are a few different basic types: break-action, lever-action, pump-action, and semi-auto. And each has its unique purposes and followers. 


Break-action Shotguns


These shotguns feature a receiver comprising two main parts, which are hinged together. As the name would imply, these shotguns “break” open to allow loading and unloading of shells. Break-action shotguns are most often seen used in competition and hunting. And while they can be pressed into other roles, other shotgun types are probably much better suited in those cases.



  • Simple and easy to use
  • Very traditional
  • Reliable and accurate
  • Lightweight at 5-6 pounds on average



  • Typically very expensive, though of course there are exceptions
  • Light weight and lack of a recoiling action make for a heavier recoil
  • Manually reloading after every one or two shots is slow, making them less than ideal in a home defense situation

Lever-action Shotguns


With very few exceptions, you don’t see as many new lever-action shotguns these And that’s a bit of a shame. Lever-action shotguns, like lever-action rifles, load through use of a firing-hand-actuated lever that swings down from underneath the receiver and then back up. With practice, they can be cycled quite quickly. And they easily fill a number of our identified roles.



  • Simple and easy to use
  • Traditional
  • Reliable and accurate
  • Fairly lightweight at 7-8 pounds on average
  • Prices for new models vary from $300 to $1,500 or so



  • Light weight and lack of a recoiling action make for a heavier recoil
  • Levering the action to reload after each shot does take a certain amount of time — time that’s very precious in a high-stress situation like a home invasion

Pump-action Shotguns


A pump-action shotgun (or slide-action shotgun) is exactly what it sounds like: The shooter must manually pump or slide the firearm’s forend back and forth to load and unload shells. Click, clack, aim, fire. 



  • Simple and easy to use
  • Reliable and accurate
  • Fairly lightweight at 7-8 pounds on average
  • Inexpensive, costing between $250 and $500 for most models



  • Light weight and lack of a recoiling action make for a heavier recoil
  • Because you have to pump the action after each shot, you can lose precious time in a home defense situation

Semi-auto Shotguns


Instead of manually inserting and extracting rounds in a break-action shotgun — or using a lever or pump to accomplish the same — semi-auto shotguns automatically eject a spent shell and load a new one each time you fire the gun (as long as your magazine has rounds). They accomplish this action through an inertia or gas-operated recoil system.


Inertia-based systems harness the recoil energy from a fired shell to cycle the firearm’s bolt from its closed position rearward to its open position. A recoil spring pushes the bolt forward after it reaches its most rearward position, picking up a shell and loading it into the chamber for the next shot.


Gas-operated recoil systems also harness the energy from a fired shell. But instead of relying solely on the recoil energy of a fired shell, they make use of the expanding gases from the burnt gunpowder. One or more small vent holes at the base of the barrel are “plumbed” into the action. Upon firing, the expanding gas causes the bolt to cycle, unloading the spent shell and loading a new one into the chamber.



  • Automatic reloading allows for faster follow-up shots
  • Recoil is reduced thanks to heavier weights and a recoiling action



  • Typically more expensive that other shotgun types—with break-actions being the exception
  • Heavier than most other options
  • Often more complicated than other options, which may be a concern during high-stress situations
  • Requires more maintenance due to more moving parts for firearm function


When choosing among the various shotgun action types, the most important thing you need to consider is finding a firearm that best fits your needs. Then learn how it operates. And practice with it regularly so you’re prepared for whatever situation you might face that requires the use of a firearm.


It’s also important to know your state’s gun laws so you can avoid legal concerns. 


Generally, break-op, lever-action, and pump-action shotguns are immune to so-called “assault-weapon laws.” Some states consider many semi-automatic shotguns “assault weapons.” And still other states don’t allow them for hunting.


You might also want to consider these 5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Gun and What is a Non-NFA Firearm for more information.


Now let’s talk a little more about some of the various uses we’ve identified for these shotgun types.


Home Defense


In general, shotguns are a commonly used firearm for home protection. 


Main reasons include:

  • Shotguns are by and large easy to use. This is never more important than during the high-stress scenario of a home invasion. Adrenaline changes everything.
  • Because the shot spreads out after it leaves the barrel, your hit probability increases. In other words, point and shoot.
  • Stopping power is another often-cited reason for choosing a shotgun for home defense.
  • At the same time, by selecting the right size of shot, you can reduce your chances of a projectile going through a wall and injuring a family member. Shorty shells are also worth considering for recoil-sensitive users.

As we mentioned earlier, any type of shotgun can be pressed into home defense duty. But let’s be honest, there’s nothing more intimidating than the sound of racking a shotgun. That pump-action sound can, in some cases, be enough to scare off an intruder before you have to take any further action. 


Mossberg and Remington are among the most popular pump shotguns used for home defense. You can also check out these Top 5 Firearm Accessories for Home Defense. 


A semi-automatic gives you faster trigger action, but when your adrenaline is pumping during a moment of defense, you may be more likely to go through all your rounds quickly. Training and practice are vital with any home defense firearm. Especially with a semi-auto.


While not technically a shotgun, a great semi-auto choice for home defense is the Remington V3 Tac 13, which is made with the Shockwave Raptor Grip



We’ve talked a lot about high-stress situations you could find yourself in. But let’s not forget that shooting firearms can be a lot of fun. 


For those who enjoy skeet or clay target shooting — whether just for target practice or for competition — any of the shotgun types we listed at the beginning of this article can be used. However, many competitions prescribe which type and number of shells can be used.


But if we’re talking strictly recreational shooting, lever- and pump-action shotgun are good for shooting single targets. However they can be slower and more distracting when you’re trying to shoot multiple targets moving across the open sky.


If you plan to shoot clay pigeons for longer periods of time, a semi-automatic may be a good fit. Its lower recoil won’t wear out your shoulder as quickly. But semi-autos do tend to be heavier firearms.




While many would consider hunting to be a fun activity, we’ve given it its own section here. 


Again, any of the described shotgun types can be pressed into hunting duty. The choice is largely up to you. Certain state and local laws will likely specify type, gauge, and number of shells for taking various game.


The semi-automatic shotgun may be preferred (when legal to use) thanks to the capability of fast follow-up shots and lower recoil.


However, lever- and pump-action shotguns may be preferred when shooting in harsh conditions (higher altitudes, cold or hot temperatures, etc.). They’re also known to be less sensitive to load variability and ammo condition.


Finally, there’s little that’s more traditional when it comes to hunting than walking across a dewy morning field searching for upland game birds with an over-under 28-gauge broken open in the crook of your arm.

How to Build an AR-15 & What You Need to Know

Disclaimer: This blog is for educational purposes only and not intended to provide legal advice. You are responsible for your own actions, and we advise you to seek guidance from a legal professional in your area before building a custom AR-15 pistol.


Should you be afraid to build your own AR pistol?


Lions, tigers, and custom-built AR pistols. Oh my!


As a law-abiding citizen, we understand that building your own AR pistol can feel like walking on eggshells. It’s one thing to learn how to safely make a firearm that will work great for your needs—and quite another when it comes to building it according to all the convoluted rules in place. 


Have no fear. We will walk you through the steps of what you need to get started.


What you need to know before building an AR-15 pistol


The fears behind building a custom AR-15 pistol are not primarily focused on preventing yourself from getting caught in the act of using an illegally configured firearm at the range—but more about protecting yourself in case you ever need to use it in a personal defense situation, where your firearm can be seized and used as evidence against you in court. 

For rest assurance (and to remain the law-abiding citizen we know you are), building a firearm legally is truly a “cover your ass” action that calls for getting it done right the first time. It’s not worth cutting corners that could cost you a whole lot of issues in unexpected circumstances. 


Before we get into the nitty gritty, let’s cover our bases.


The first thing you want to do is familiarize yourself with both your local and state gun regulations, or contact your local FFL dealer for guidance. They can help answer questions and provide suggestions as well.


Now let’s define what a pistol is on a federal level.


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) defines a pistol as “a weapon originally designed, made and intended to fire a projectile from one or more barrels when held in one hand and having: a chamber as an integral part of, or permanently aligned with, the bore; and a short stock designed to be gripped by one hand and at an angle to and extending below the line of the bore.”


While an AR-15 pistol has a similar makeup as an AR-15 rifle, there are a few differences that classify it a “pistol”: 

  • The barrel is typically shorter than 16 inches (and overall length is shorter than 26 inches).
  • You can’t put a vertical forend grip on it (angled grips are okay).
  • You can optionally have a pistol brace on your firearm.
  • It cannot have a stock.


Also, the NFA (National Firearms Act) doesn’t regulate pistol barrel length. So as long as it doesn’t have a stock, which would classify it as a rifle, you should be good to go without having to deal with the tax stamps, paperwork, and other rules from the NFA.

How to build an AR-15 pistol

how to build an ar-15 pistol

Now let’s get to the good stuff: building a custom AR-15 pistol. 


The benefit of building an AR-15 pistol is that you get exactly what you want–sometimes at a fraction of the cost. As long as you have the time on your hands, it can be a great alternative to buying one from a firearms dealer. 


First things first, you need to define your budget and what you want from your firearm.


Now it’s time to get a lower and upper receiver from your FFL. Ensure the 4473 form is marked “Other receiver, other firearm and receiver (not rifle).” You must know how the lower receiver part was purchased. If it was originally built as a rifle, it can’t be built into a pistol without getting a tax stamp and registering it with the ATF. But if you bought a stripped lower receiver and built it into a pistol from scratch (and it’s not designated as a rifle on the 4473 form), you’re gravy.


Here are some other items you’ll need:

  • Handguard
    • A handguard (also known as a forend or forearm) is a shroud that covers the barrel, preventing accidental burns and allowing a second surface for gripping the firearm. There are free-floating and drop-in handguards available based on your needs.

  • Bolt Carrier Group (BCG)
    • This is something you don’t want to go cheap on. It’s the part of the rifle or pistol that allows for safe semi-automatic action.

  • Barrel
    • You need to determine which caliber you want: .223/5.56mm, .300 Blackout, 9mm, .45 ACP, etc.
    • You will want to ensure the barrel’s gas port is in the desired location: carbine or rifle. Carbine-length gas systems are the de facto standard for most pistol builds these days.
    • An AR-15 pistol also usually has a barrel shorter than 16” (the minimum legal length for a rifle barrel).

  • Trigger
    • You can stick with a standard mil-spec trigger or consider an aftermarket trigger. The sky’s the limit when it comes to function and features of the myriad aftermarket triggers.

  • Pistol buffer
    • A pistol buffer is another piece designed to help make your AR semi automatic. Example of an AR-15 carbine buffer:

  • Buffer spring
  • Castle nut
    • A castle nut (or buffer tube nut) screws into the buffer tube and keeps the buffer tube/receiver extension and lower receiver end plate secured. Example of an AR-15 castle nut:
  • Endplate
    • An endplate is designed for an AR-15 with a carbine buffer tube, aligning the buffer tube with the lower receiver. Example of an AR-15 endplate:


Other add-ons we suggest:

  • Optics
    • We could write an entire book on optics and sights. Suffice it to say, do some independent research, ask others, and try out different options for yourself. First and foremost, you will need to determine whether open sights, a red-dot-type, a telescopic optic—or a combination thereof is what you’re looking for.

  • Flashlight for home defense
    • A flashlight mounted to your firearm will help you see where you’re going during the night and see your target, but a bright light can also stun your intruder, making it difficult for them to see you. 

DOJ/ATF on “Stabilizing Braces”

Stabilizing Braces


DUNEDIN, FL, December 17, 2020:

With the overnight news of the DOJ/ATF releasing information on how the FATD classifies firearms with “stabilizing braces,” Shockwave Technologies has been inundated with phone calls and emails. Let us assure you that, to the best of our knowledge, our ATF-approved pistol stabilizers remain 100% legal for pistol use. Shockwave has not been contacted by the ATF regarding any of our pistol stabilizers in several years.

It’s business as usual for us.

14 Gun Accessories to Add to Your Wish List

The Holiday Season has sneaked up on us all once again. But finding the perfect items to give your gun-loving family (or yourself) can be a difficult endeavor with the national shortage on firearm supplies due to high demand. 


Have no fear. 


Because Shockwave Technologies’ gun accessories are Made in America, we’ve been able to quickly fill the gaps for dealers and buyers who want to stock up on the best firearm supplies.


And that includes items to add to your Christmas wish list, too.  


If you’re looking for some awesome stocking stuffers or Christmas wish list ideas, check out these badass gun accessories for the gifts that keep on giving the whole year round:



Shockwave Blade®


Blade® Pistol Stabilizer 

Made from high-strength glass-reinforced polymer, the Blade pistol stabilizer is manufactured to exacting tolerances and fits all pistols equipped with a standard AR-15 pistol buffer tube (up to 1.25” in diameter) such as the Shockwave KAK Pistol Buffer Tube:

  • AR pattern
  • Glock
  • CZ Scorpion Evo 3
  • HK9X pattern
  • And more


Just slip it on and tighten the large set screw for a rock-solid installation.


Features include:

  • Available in black, flat dark earth, OD green, and stealth gray
  • Quick and easy to install
  • Provides additional support during firing
  • Weighs a scant 5.0 ounces
  • ATF-approved for pistol use



Blade® 2M (Mil-Spec) 

With the same features as the Shockwave Blade pistol stabilizer, the Blade 2M adjusts with a simple finger lever. 


It’s compatible with all pistols equipped with a mil-spec buffer tube like the KAK Mil-Spec Carbine Buffer Tube

  • AR-15 pattern
  • MPX
  • Glock
  • CZ Scorpion Evo 3
  • HK9X pattern
  • And more


Features include:

  • Available in black, flat dark earth, OD green, and stealth gray
  • Quick and easy to install
  • Provides additional support during firing
  • Weighs a scant 4.0 ounces
  • ATF-approved for pistol use




NEW! Blade® Classic

The new, veteran-designed Shockwave Blade Classic pistol stabilizer takes a slightly smaller approach to the traditional signature Shockwave Blade look with all the new desirable features. 


It’s made from high-strength glass-reinforced polymer with a QD swivel mount (QD swivel not included). With the vertical-pull latch on the bottom of the Blade, you’ll be able to quickly adjust it to different lengths and gain more support, giving you a boost in safety, marksmanship, and comfort.


The Blade Classic pistol stabilizer fits all pistols equipped with a mil-spec buffer tube like the KAK Mil-Spec Carbine Buffer Tube

  • AR-15 pattern
  • MPX
  • Glock
  • CZ Scorpion Evo 3
  • HK9X pattern
  • And more


Features include:

  • Available in black (coming soon in FDE, ODG, and gray)
  • Ambidextrous side-mounted QDs for sling attachment
  • Quick and easy to install; just slip it on, and it locks in place
  • Provides additional support during firing

Weighs a scant 4.0 ounces 



NEW! Blade® Stealth

The Shockwave Blade Stealth pistol stabilizer is our very latest design. The new slick look and slightly smaller profile make it extremely comfortable for any user. The Blade Stealth is adjustable with a simple pull-down latch. 


Just like the Blade Classic, it’s also made from high-strength glass-reinforced polymer with a QD swivel mount (QD swivel not included) and fits all pistols equipped with a mil-spec buffer tube like the KAK Mil-Spec Carbine Buffer Tube:

  • AR-15 pattern
  • MPX
  • Glock
  • CZ Scorpion Evo 3
  • HK9X pattern
  • And more



Features include:

  • Available in black (coming soon in FDE, ODG, and gray)
  • Ambi side-mounted QDs for sling attachment
  • Quick and easy to install; just slip it on, and it locks in place
  • Provides additional support during firing
  • Weighs a scant 4.0 ounces




Shockwave AR-15-Pattern Tubes 



KAK Shockwave Buffer Tube

The KAK Shockwave Buffer Tube is specifically designed for the Shockwave Blade Pistol Stabilizer, creating the world’s best pistol stabilizing system. 


With an anti-rotation and anti-thrust design, the Blade stays put without sliding forward or spinning. It’s flush with the rear of the Blade when it’s installed fully forward. When installed fully out, the assembly is incredibly rigid.


The Class 3 hard-anodized tube features 12 length-adjustment settings. It’s the same length as a KAK Mil-Spec Carbine Buffer Tube at 7.25 inches. 


The KAK Shockwave tube accepts all carbine buffer systems, mil-spec receiver endplates, and aftermarket endplates. 



KAK Mil-Spec Carbine Buffer Tube

With the same benefits of the KAK Shockwave Buffer Tube, the KAK Industry 6-position Mil-Spec Carbine Buffer Tube is compatible with the Blade 2M, Blade Classic, and Blade Stealth.






Shotgun Raptor™ Grip


With the enhanced texture and ergonomic design of the Raptor Grip, you’ve never been able to hold onto your firearm with as much confidence and control, improving both safety and comfort. Its unique angle minimizes felt recoil, allowing for maximum control shot after shot. It’s also constructed with a glass-filled polymer, making it virtually indestructible. 


There are also new Raptor Grip colors available: black, flat dark earth, OD green, and stealth gray. 



Raptor™ Grip 500/590

The Raptor Grip 500/590 fits:

  • Mossberg 500 12-gauge firearms (aka 500A)
  • Mossberg 500 20-gauge firearms (aka 500C)
  • Mossberg 590 and 590A1 firearms (12-gauge)
  • Mossberg 510 Mini firearms (12- and 20-gauges)
  • Mossberg 835 firearms (12- and 20-gauges)
  • Mossberg 535 firearms (12- and 20-gauges)
  • Mossberg 600 (New Haven) firearms (12- and 20-gauges)
  • Maverick 88 (12- and 20-gauges)
  • Coast to Coast model CC 660 Master Mag (12- and 20-gauges)
  • Mossberg 590A1 and 500 Compact Cruiser AOW



Raptor™ Grip 500E (.410) 

The Raptor Grip 500E (.410) / Raptor Grip M500E fits:

  • Mossberg 500E .410 gauge firearms (aka 500E)
  • Mossberg 590E .410 gauge firearms (aka 590E)



Raptor™ Grip 870

The Raptor Grip 870 fits:

  • Remington 870 12-gauge firearms
  • New England Firearms (NEF) Pardner Pump Protector 12-gauge
  • Harrington & Richardson (H&R) Pardner Pump Protector 12-gauge
  • Interstate Arms Corp (IAC) Hawk Model 98 12-gauge
  • Interstate Arms Corp (IAC) Hawk Model 982 12-gauge
  • Interstate Arms Corp (IAC) Hawk Model 981R 12-gauge



Raptor™ Grip 870 + 20-gauge Adapter

The Raptor Grip 870 fits:

  • Remington 870 20-gauge firearms
  • New England Firearms (NEF) Pardner Pump Protector 20-gauge
  • Harrington & Richardson (H&R) Pardner Pump Protector 20-gauge
  • Interstate Arms Corp (IAC) Hawk Model 98 20-gauge
  • Interstate Arms Corp (IAC) Hawk Model 982 20-gauge
  • Interstate Arms Corp (IAC) Hawk Model 981R 20-gauge


Mesa Tactical’s 20-gauge to 12-gauge adapter is included in this package.  Simply attach it to the receiver in place of the standard 20-gauge stock. This cast steel adapter then enables you to attach the Raptor 12-gauge Remington 870 grip.



Raptor™ Grip 870 with QD


Raptor Grip 870 with a QD swivel fits:

  • Remington 870 12-gauge firearms
  • New England Firearms (NEF) Pardner Pump Protector 12-gauge
  • Harrington & Richardson (H&R) Pardner Pump Protector 12-gauge
  • Interstate Arms Corp (IAC) Hawk Model 98 12-gauge
  • Interstate Arms Corp (IAC) Hawk Model 982 12-gauge
  • Interstate Arms Corp (IAC) Hawk Model 981R 12-gauge





Shockwave Raptor™ F1™ Forend 


When you want to turn up your shotgun’s badass factor up to 11, reach for the Shockwave Raptor™ F1™ forend. Its cutting-edge design improves handling and speeds target acquisition. A direct replacement for your factory or aftermarket forend, the Shockwave Raptor F1 is available as a standalone forend, with an optional upper heat shield, with an optional forend installation tool—or any combination thereof.


Features for all the Shockwave Raptor F1 forend include:

  • Rugged glass-reinforced polymer
  • Lightweight
  • Available in black, flat dark earth, OD green and stealth gray
  • Extra length lets you personalize forward handhold
  • Ribbed inset area provides secure gripping
  • Front and rear handstops improve safety
  • A total of 10 M-LOK® slots allow for mounting lights, vertical grips, angled grips, Picatinny rails, and more
  • Optional upper heat shield prevents burns and offers rifle sights for fast target acquisition
  • Optional forend wrench simplifies and speeds installation
  • Veteran designed
  • Made in the U.S.A.



Raptor F1 Forend for Mossberg 500/590

This Raptor F1 forend fits 12-gauge Mossberg 500/590 firearms with both lengths of slide action tubes (7-3/4” and 6-3/4”) thanks to the included adapter. 




Raptor F1 Forend for Mossberg 590/Shockwave 

This Raptor F1 forend fits 12-gauge Mossberg 590 firearms and Mossberg 590 Shockwave firearms, which feature a 6-3/4″ long slide action tube.



Raptor F1 Forend for Remington 870/TAC-14

This Raptor F1 forend fits 12-gauge Remington 870 firearms, including the TAC-14 featuring the Shockwave Technologies Raptor Grip.  



Whether you plan on adding some of these gun accessories to your own Christmas wish list or getting it for a fellow gun-lover, make sure you order by December 18, 2020 to ensure it arrives by Christmas!

Learn About the New Shockwave Blade Classic & Blade Stealth

Unsatisfied with the current pistol stabilizer options on the market, Shockwave Technologies released the game-changing Blade pistol stabilizer back in 2015. Since then, our products have only gotten better. 


As the Blade enthusiast population has rapidly grown the past several years, dealers, firearm manufacturers and DIY gun builders interested in pistol stabilizers have grown right there with it. This demand has allowed Shockwave to continue making advancements to these products to create the best-in-class pistol stabilizers on the market.


In 2020, Shockwave is excited to announce the all new Blade Classic and Blade Stealth.


Blade® Classic

shockwave blade classic pistol stabilizer

The new, veteran-designed Shockwave Blade® Classic pistol stabilizer takes a slightly smaller traditional and signature Shockwave Blade® look with all the new desired features. 


The Blade Classic pistol stabilizer is manufactured to exacting tolerances, adjustable with a simple pull mechanism, and fits all pistols equipped with a Mil-spec buffer tube: AR-15 pattern, MPX, Glock, CZ Scorpion Evo 3, HK9X pattern, etc. It’s made from high-strength glass-reinforced polymer with a QD swivel cup (QD swivel not included). 


With the vertical pull mechanism on the bottom of the Blade, you’ll be able to adjust it to different lengths and gain more support, giving you a boost in your marksmanship game and more all-around comfort with each shot.  

Blade® Stealth

shockwave blade stealth pistol stabilizer

The Shockwave Blade® Stealth pistol stabilizer is our latest creation. The new slick look and slightly smaller profile makes it an extremely comfortable brace for any user. The Blade Stealth is adjustable with a simple pull mechanism. 


Just like the Blade Classic, it’s also made from high-strength glass-reinforced polymer with a QD swivel cup (QD swivel is not included) and fits all pistols equipped with a Mi-spec buffer tube.


Ultimately, both of the affordable Blade Classic and Blade Stealth pistol stabilizers remain lightweight, durable and thin with its robust design.

Shockwave Blade® Classic and Shockwave Blade® Stealth features include:


  • Available in Black (coming soon in FDE, ODG, and Gray)
  • Side quick disconnect for sling attachment on either side
  • Quick and easy to install. Just slip it on and it locks in place.
  • Provides additional support during firing.
  • Weighs a scant 4.0 ounces.

For dealer orders or packages please contact us at: 


How to Remove the Forend Nut on a Mossberg 500 or Remington 870

Say Goodbye to Stuck Nuts!


How many times has this happened to you? You want to clean your Mossberg 500 or Remington 870, but as you’re stripping it down, you find your forend nut is stuck? Or you don’t have the right tool? 

You end up making do with a hammer and punch, or other unsuitable combination of devices. But as you’re wailing away on your nut and trying to get it off, you end up doing some real damage to your gun. 

Next thing you know, you’ve now got to spend the cash to go see a professional for gun repair — and see if they can clean up the mess you’ve created.

Fret no more. 

Shockwave has you covered. Remove and replace your forend in under two minutes with the Shockwave Raptor Forend Nut Tool. Full 304 stainless steel construction, this handy dandy device is proudly made in the U.S.A. 

Being double-ended, one tool fits both Mossberg 500 and Remington 870 guns.

Extra long, the Shockwave Raptor Forend Nut Tool can reach the deepest of nuts on the longest of magazine tubes. Being stainless, it won’t rust like a carbon-steel tool or deform like a nylon or aluminum tool. That means you’re always assured of being able to get off the most stubborn nuts.

Just grasp the tool with your dominant hand, work it over the magazine tube and into your nut. Then just a twist to the left. Voila, your nut’s off. Reassembly is simply the reverse.

Need more leverage? A thin metal bar or even a screwdriver can be inserted through the hole in the end. On exceedingly long magazine tubes, a rubber strap wrench can often be employed with great success.

The Shockwave Raptor Forend Nut Tool features include:

  • Precision-machined in Dunedin, Florida
  • Manufactured from 304 stainless steel
  • Won’t rust like a carbon steel tool
  • Won’t deform like a nylon or aluminum tool
  • Remove the most stubborn forend nuts
  • Insert a bar or screwdriver through one of the provided holes for extra leverage
  • Over 4? long for reaching the deepest recessed nuts on the longest magazine tubes
  • No need to remove the magazine tube from your firearm
  • One side fits Mossberg 500 guns and the other Remington 870 and Hawk 982 guns
  • Fits 12-gauge guns with short, medium, long or even extra long magazine tubes 
  • Compatible with the Streamlight tactical forend.

Of course, safety first. Whenever cleaning your Mossberg 500 or Remington 870 (or any gun for that matter), you always want to make sure your chamber’s empty, as you wouldn’t want your gun to go off accidentally.

How the Shockwave ZMAG™ 30 Fixed Zytel Magazine Issues

The Big 80s Were Great! 80s Plastics Technology? Not So Much.



The Issues with Zytel Magazines


Nearly as much as has been written about the issues regarding Zytel magazines for the M-11/NINE guns as the guns themselves. The main criticisms were primarily that the plastic feedlips would wear out prematurely, leading to feeding unreliability, and that the magazine bodies would sometimes split open, which would add to feeding issues — or simply dump your ammo all over the ground.


The springs in Zytel magazines also tended to be quite weak. The springs lacked the strength necessary to tightly push the bullets up against the feedlips, which all too often led to cartridges “nosing down” into the magazine body and causing a jam.

That’s When Shockwave Stepped In

Shockwave ZMAG 30

All these issues with the Zytel magazines created a demand for a better-designed magazine. That’s when Shockwave Technologies entered the picture for MAC owners. Working with a team of American engineers who had decades of experience in sheetmetal stamping, we designed, prototyped, tested, and—in 2014—began manufacturing and selling our ZMAG 30. The 50-round version—the ZMAG 50—followed several months later.


Shockwave’s ZMAGs are the perfect upgrade to liven up your M-11/NINE pistols and submachine guns. They’re designed to last generations with their durable steel construction, feed flawlessly with their polymer followers and dependable Wolff springs, and look attractive all the while with their gorgeous Cerakote finish. The ZMAGs also feature witness holes, so you can see at a glance how many rounds you have on tap at any time.


Strong, lightweight, easy to load, and simple to disassemble, Shockwave ZMAGs are the last word in M11/NINE magazines.

Back-in-Stock Alert: Shockwave ZMAG™ 30


The metal 30-round Shockwave ZMAG for the Cobray M-11 (9mm and .380) is back in stock! Its 8.2 ounce weight and unbeatable design make it head and shoulders above competition.


Shockwave ZMAG 30 features include:


  • Mag stop is a go/no-go feature in our opinion. It prevents over-inserting a mag into your gun and bending your ejector rod, which can quickly ruin your day at the range.
  • Robust, high-reliability feedlips are designed for optimal ammunition feeding. If you have a feedramp that’s out of spec, resolve your feeding issues once and for all with the super-reliable ZMAG.
  • Anti-tilt, low-friction polymer follower ensures the utmost in reliability.
  • Wolff spring improves feeding reliability.
  • Compatibility with the factory Cobray loader and the Butler Creek Uplula lets you easily load your ZMAGs using these very handy loaders.
  • Works with all stock designs, including the factory folding stock.
  • Ammo witness holes on the left side of the ZMAG allow you to see remaining ammo at a glance.
  • Optimally placed mag catch.
  • Rugged black Cerakote finish will protect your ZMAGs for decades to come.


The Shockwave ZMAG 30 fits and functions in all M-11 guns that originally shipped with the Zytel magazines:


  • SWD M-11/NINE Submachine Gun (9mm)
  • SWD SM-11/NINE Semi-Auto Pistol (9mm)
  • SWD SM-11/NINE Semi-Auto Carbine (9mm)
  • SWD M11-A1 Submachine Gun (.380)
  • SWD SM-12/380 Semi-Auto Pistol (.380)
  • LEINAD / FMJ PM-11/NINE AWB-Compliant Semi-Auto Pistol (9mm)
  • LEINAD / FMJ PM-12/380 AWB-Compliant Semi-Auto Pistol (.380)
  • LEINAD CM-11/NINE AWB-Compliant Semi-Auto Carbine (9mm)
  • LEINAD TM-11/NINE AWB-Compliant Thompson-Style Semi-Auto Carbine (9mm)


*ZMAGs are not available for sale in the following states/areas: CA, CO, CT, MA, MD, NJ, NY, and Chicago*

Why You Should Choose an AR-15 Pistol for a Home Defense Firearm

Let’s cut to the chase: The AR-15 pistol is one of the best firearms for home defense. 


Why? They’re affordable, reliable, accurate, and found everywhere. It’s no wonder the AR-15 is informally known as America’s 21st Century musket. And for good reason. 


When an intruder sees the easily recognized AR in your hands, they know you mean business. 


Learn about the evolution of the AR and AR pistol


But first, let’s dive into the benefits of using an AR-15 pistol for home defense. Each benefit is like a ripple effect — they all go hand in hand to make this firearm perfect for defense purposes. 

Benefits of an AR-15 Pistol for Home Defense


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You can find an AR-15 pistol to fit every budget: from just a few hundred dollars to the “sky is the limit.” The typical .223 ammunition is easily found in stores (when there’s not a global pandemic unfolding daily or nightly riots) and one of the least expensive ammos, with prices averaging about 32 cents per round. 



Low Recoiling


A low recoil makes the AR-15 pistol easy to shoot and a good option for beginners — even younger members of the family.





Because of such low recoil, accuracy is improved for most shooters.





At a mere 6 pounds — with ammo! — the AR-15 pistol is light enough for shooters of all ages and experiences. Because it has such a lightweight body, you can easily customize and add accessories to your firearm without making it too heavy to handle safely and accurately — especially in a home defense scenario. 



Ergonomically Designed


Many features of the AR-15 pistol are designed with ergonomics in mind, making this firearm comfortable and safe to shoot: pistol grip, trigger reach, safety location, forward handguard, sights, etc.



Ammo Capacity


A typical AR-15 pistol magazine holds 30 rounds of ammo. 


Many experts recommend using the .223 cartridge because it’s typically easy to find in stores,  inexpensive, and provides lower recoil. Some recommend using a 55-grain soft-point load that minimizes bullet penetration, which can be beneficial to protect your family in other parts of the home (or surrounding neighbors) in case the bullet misses the intended target. However, as you may know, the AR-15 is available in a multitude of calibers.





During a home invasion, you don’t want to be turning corners and allow the intruder to discover your location before you know theirs. The AR-15 pistol is a great option for home defense due to its relatively short length, allowing you to turn corners discreetly and avoid disclosing your location that can put your defense game at risk. 





From function to ergonomics to aesthetics, there are simply too many types of firearm accessories for customizing your AR-15 pistol than we can possibly cover here: grips, forearms, slings, sights, lights, lasers, scopes, red dot sights, triggers, muzzle devices, and so on. 


For home defense purposes, however, we recommend keeping it simple. Focus on the following accessories:

  • Brace, grip and/or sling: for better and safer control of your firearm
  • Flashlight: for better visibility in low-light conditions and stunning any intruders with the bright illumination
  • Red dot sight: for accuracy

A note about pistol braces:


Whether you’re building a custom AR-15 pistol or bought an AR-15 pistol without a brace, adding a brace can improve control and accuracy.


An AR-15 pistol cannot have a stock but it can have a brace, such as the Shockwave Blade and Shockwave Blade 2M. 

Shockwave AR-15 Pistol Accessories


Shockwave Technologies offers products to enhance your home defense use (and enjoyment) of your AR-15 firearms. Check out these Shockwave products compatible with AR-15 pistols.





Made from high-strength glass-reinforced polymer, the Blade® is manufactured to exacting tolerances and fits all pistols equipped with a standard AR-15 pistol buffer tube (up to 1.25? in diameter). Just slip it on and tighten the large set screw for a rock-solid installation.


Blade® fits all pistols equipped with a standard AR-15 pistol buffer tube (up to 1.25? in diameter) AR pattern, Glock, CZ Scorpion Evo 3, HK9X pattern, etc.


Features include:


  • Available in black, flat dark earth, OD green, and stealth gray
  • Quick and easy to install.
  • Provides additional support during firing.
  • Weighs a scant 5.0 ounces.
  • ATF approved for pistol use 



Blade® 2M


Made from high-strength glass-reinforced polymer, the adjustable Blade® 2M pistol stabilizer is manufactured to exacting tolerances and fits all pistols equipped with a Mil-spec buffer tube. Just slip it on and lock in place.  Adjusts with a simple finger lever.


Compatible with all pistols equipped with a Mil-spec buffer tube: 


  • AR-15 pattern
  • MPX
  • Glock
  • CZ Scorpion Evo 3
  • HK9X pattern
  • etc.


Features include:


  • Available in black, flat dark earth, OD green, and stealth gray
  • Quick and easy to install.
  • Provides additional support during firing.
  • Weighs a scant 4.0 ounces.
  • ATF approved for pistol use 

What is a non-NFA firearm?

What does it take to innovate a stubby little firearm that shoots 12- and 20-gauge shotgun shells—that isn’t classified as a short-barreled shotgun? A little creativity and a rebellious attitude to disrupt the firearms market. And that’s exactly what Len Savage of Historic Arms did in the late 00s / early 10s. He came up with the whole idea of what many would later term the “not a shotgun.”


Len Savage is first and foremost an American. He’s also an incredibly smart firearms designer and businessman. He’s been called as a subject matter expert on several high-profile trials that have involved the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives). Because of his encyclopedic knowledge of firearms and the overwhelming, often-contradictory myriad of laws, orders, rulings, findings, letters, etc. that have come out of the ATF over the years, those cases never really worked out for the ATF. In other words, let’s just say he’s not exactly on their Christmas card list. 


Mr. Savage didn’t make the rules. And he certainly doesn’t break them. But sometimes he finds new solutions to meet the rules in unique ways that give firearms owners what they want while making things a bit more hassle-free for them. And that’s what he did with the “not a shotgun” concept.


Such a firearm would allow buyers to make a quick purchase at their local dealer without all the extra paperwork and waiting on NFA tax stamps. Pricing could also be kept fairly low on such a simple firearm, making it a no-brainer for buyers looking for a compact yet powerful firearm for home defense.


Hearing about the “not a shotgun” idea in the early 10s, the founder of Shockwave Technologies contacted Mr. Savage and discussed plans for introducing a new birdshead grip for the Mossberg 500 and Remington 870 firearm families. As it turned out, the Raptor™ Grip’s length was perfect for making the “not a shotgun” a reality with a 14” barrel, an overall length of over 26”, and built on a receiver that had never had a stock attached to it. However, because of Mr. Savage’s “history” with the ATF, he wasn’t about to bring such a product to market. He didn’t trust them. He loves his dog too much. And his freedom.


NFA Firearm vs Non-NFA Firearm


But maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves, so let’s back up for a minute. Before we can get into what a “not a shotgun” (a.k.a. a non-NFA firearm) is, we should consider what makes an NFA firearm an NFA firearm—and requires an NFA tax stamp—in the first place. Because the definition is more about what it’s not than what it is.


Regardless of the 18” barrel length rule, to be an NFA short-barreled shotgun (SBS), a firearm must first be a shotgun. Meaning, it has to be designed to be fired from the shoulder. Since the “not a shotgun” isn’t designed to be fired from the shoulder, it can’t be an SBS.


One of the key features of an NFA Any Other Weapon (AOW) is that it must be capable of being concealed on a person. And the ATF defines that capability as being less than 26” in overall length. Since the “not a shotgun” is over 26” long, it can’t be an AOW either.


The NFA makes an exemption for firearms firing fixed shotgun shells. So it also can’t be classified a Destructive Device (DD).


So what the hell is it? Simply put, it’s just a firearm — one not subject to the NFA tax stamp requirements.


Shockwave Came into the Story


Shockwave Technologies began selling the Raptor Grip in 2011. The unique angle of the Raptor Grip minimizes felt recoil, allowing maximum control shot after shot. Small businesses and individual customers alike began buying the Raptor Grips and building their own “not a shotgun” creations. Len Savage enjoyed many long walks with his dog.


With the election of Donald Trump in 2016, you may remember that the firearms market took a bit of a nosedive. Manufacturers were looking for new, innovative products to boost sales. That’s when Mossberg and Remington came knocking on Shockwave’s door. And the rest is history, as they say.


With a short 14-inch barrel and the Raptor Grip, the Mossberg 590 Shockwave was the first to hit the market. Because it didn’t feature a buttstock, wasn’t intended to be fired from the shoulder, and was over 26 inches in overall length, the Mossberg 590 Shockwave was classified as a non-NFA firearm by the ATF.


The next up was the Remington 870 TAC-14. Similar to the Mossberg 590 Shockwave, the TAC-14 sported a 14-inch barrel, Shockwave Raptor Grip, and overall length of just over 26 inches. It too was found to be a non-NFA firearm by the ATF.


Since then, Mossberg has introduced versions of their 590 Shockwave in 20- and .410 gauges. Likewise, Remington has brought a 20-gauge version of the TAC-14 to market in recent years.


One of the newest innovations is the Remington V3 TAC-13. This unique non-NFA firearm is semi-auto, making it softer recoiling thanks to the Versaport gas system. It features a 13” contoured barrel, the Shockwave Raptor Grip with our new Shockwave QD1 cup. It’s a bit more expensive than the other “not a shotguns.” But it transfers just like any Title 1 firearm.


Build Your Own Shockwave


Did you know you can build your own “Shockwave”? 

If you own a Mossberg 500/590, Maverick 88, or Remington 870 (see which firearms are compatible) and, critically, it’s never had a stock on it, all you have to do is install a Raptor Grip and 14” barrel on it. 


Of course, gun owners should be sure to check their state and local laws first to make sure a “not a shotgun” is legal in their area.  


Specifications of the Mossberg 590 Shockwave:



Specifications of the Remington 870 TAC-14:



Specifications of the Remington V3 TAC-13:


  • Type: Semi-automatic gas operated, non-NFA firearm
  • Gauge: 12
  • Chamber: 3 in.
  • Barrel: 13 in.
  • Overall Length: 26.5 in.
  • Weight: 6 lbs.
  • Grip: Shockwave Technologies Raptor™ grip
  • Forend: Remington
  • Sight: Bead sight
  • Barrel Type: Cylinder bore
  • Capacity: 5 rounds
  • Price: $933
  • Manufacturer: Remington

Firearm Shortage 2020: How Dealers Can Quickly Restock Shelves

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Pandemics. Economic Crises. Presidential Elections. Riots. Prisoner releases. These are just a few ingredients to the recipe for panic, causing the firearm shortage 2020 across the nation. Any form of civil unrest can lead many to fear for their families and homes, and they’ll do anything to protect and preserve it. 


There has been a record-breaking surge in firearm sales and new gun owners in 2020. In fact, according to NSSF, there was a 135.7% increase in background checks in June 2020 compared to June 2019 for folks to purchase or possess firearms — that’s nearly 5 million new gun owners so far this year. With Mossberg 590 Shockwave at the top of the Pump action shotgun sales, it’s clear that gun owners are gearing up for home defense


Much like the toilet paper demand in the Spring of 2020 with the coronavirus outbreak, gun stores have been selling out of supplies like hot cakes and forced to put a limit inventory sales to “slow the curve” of shortages for local gun owners. Due to the shortage of firearm supplies, local stores are struggling to stay afloat because they have nothing on their shelves to sell. The national shortage of firearms, firearm accessories and ammo affects everyone.


However, while there is low supply and high demand for dealers and stores selling supplies, there is still hope for restocking those shelves quickly.


Need help restocking your shelves? Fill it with Shockwave products


Contact Shockwave Technologies to restock your shelves quickly with reputable firearm products. We’ve ramped up staffing and production to ensure we can provide products in a timely manner. We currently have no supply issues and ship the following business day. 


Restock your shelves during the firearm shortage 2020 with some of our most popular firearm accessories:


  • Raptor™ Grip
  • Raptor™ F1 Forend
  • Raptor™ Forend Tool
  • Raptor™ Strap Kit
  • Blade®
  • Blade® 2M
  • 30 Round ZMAG™ and 50 Round ZMAG™

Find out which firearms are compatible with Shockwave.

Shockwave Technologies Product Review by Shotgun Nation

We’re proud to feature a review of our products from Shotgun Nation. Check out the video below or watch it on YouTube here.



In this video, Shotgun Nation reviews installation and tests out performance of these quality Shockwave Technologies products:


These products are also available for the Remington 870 and Remington Tac 14:


Raptor F1 Forend/Heatshield

The Raptor™ F1 Forend/Heatshield is available for Mossberg 500/590 and Remington 870. It features glass reinforced polymer, an integrated removable heat shield, 10 M-LOK® slots, front and rear hand stops and sights. The heat shield prevents burns from the hot barrel of the shotgun. Also featured in the video is our Forend Nut Removal Tool available for the Mossberg 500/590 and Remington 870 12-gauge. 


Raptor™ Grip

Created for the Mossberg 500/590 and Remington 870, the Raptor™ Grip is made of super-tough glass-filled polymer and provides an enhanced texture to give a great hold on your firearm. This video features an installation of the Raptor™ Grip on a Mossberg 590 and fits a variety of firearms listed here. The Raptor Grip is also available for Remington 870


Raptor™ Strap Kit

Designed for the Mossberg 500/590 and Remington 870 forends, the Raptor™ Strap Kit includes the strap, attachment hardware and detailed instructions with full-size template. A quick installation is demonstrated in the video. 


Blade® 2M Pistol Stabilizer

The video shows the Blade 2M Pistol Stabilizer and the new feature that sets it apart from the original version: the ability to easily adjust the stabilizer. This product fits all pistols equipped with a Mil-spec buffer tube to provide additional support during firing. 


All Shockwave Technologies products are proudly veteran designed and made in the U.S.A. Special thanks to Shotgun Nation for demoing our products. Follow along for more of their awesome content here


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