I obviously can’t name any names. But I’m proud to report that dozens of officers with the NYPD have now fitted the Shockwave Technologies Raptor Grip to their department-issued Mossberg 500 shotguns. Now if we can just increase that number to “hundreds.” 🙂
Perhaps a military and police discount is called for. Thoughts?
If you want to convert your Mossberg 500A (12 gauge) to a 14” barrel—legally, of course—you will need to order a total of eight front-end parts from Mossberg. Give them a call at 1-800-363-3555 and order one each of the following:
13488 Tube Nut 500A/835 $8.53
11239P M590/835 Mag Cap Parkerized $14.00
12410P Magtube M514 Parkerized $38.00
12392P Magazine Spring Retainer 590/835 Parkerized $3.50
12194 Spring, Magazine 835 $3.50
12359 Forearm, M514 $20.00
16033P Bbl Asm 514Bead Hvy/w Parkerized $100.00
12362P Action Slide Asm 500/514 Parkerized $22.00
Prices listed above were current on December 7, 2010. Shipping ran me $14.95. So my total was $224.48 shipped.
You can then probably sell your original front end online for anywhere from $75 to $200—and recoup a significant part of your costs of upgrading to the uber-cool 14” front end. All NFA rules apply, of course.
I guess any publicity is good publicity. 😉 Regarding the DD suggestion, I can’t see ATF calling PGO 12-gauge firearms Destructive Devices. That would cause quite a mess for the ATF, as there are literally hundreds of thousands of PGO Mossberg Cruisers and Persuaders already in existence. And I don’t see them classifying all of those as DDs.
Another commenter posed the scenario of possessing both the 14″ configuration as pictured and a bone-stock Mossberg 500 in the same place. His concern centered on “constructive intent.” However, constructive intent wouldn’t play into it, as all the items in that scenario would have a legal use. Constructive intent only applies when there is no legal use for a combination of items. Thompson proved this in their case with the Contender setup with both a long and short barrel and a pistol grip and a stock—and only one receiver.
Like I’ve mentioned, I’m not a firearms attorney. But I had my own lawyer examine this subject (before I built my personal 26.5″ PGO firearm). His determination was that I am on the right side of the law with my firearm. But he only represents me.
The test parts are molded. And everything looks and fits perfectly! For all of you waiting, your Raptor Grip will be shipping very very soon. I really appreciate all the interest and preorders I’ve received for this product. It was a bigger project than one might’ve guessed. A big thank you to all those who provided their support.
I get a lot of questions from customers about the “new” ATF ruling regarding pistol-grip-only (PGO) firearms with 14″ barrels that aren’t considered NFA items.
Well, first off, let me say, it’s not a new ruling. It’s the same position that ATF has always taken regarding PGO firearms that fire a fixed shotgun shell that have NEVER had a buttstock attached to them—they’re NOT shotguns! They’re simply firearms. As such, they don’t necessarily need to have 18″+ barrels on them to remain out of the purview of the NFA.
You see, the very definition of a “shotgun” requires that it be “designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder…” Without a buttstock ever having been fitted to the PGO firearms in question, they can’t be fired from the shoulder and are therefore not shotguns. Hence, with a 14″ barrel, they can’t be considered short-barreled shotguns, as they aren’t shotguns to begin with. Read the full definition of a shotgun here.
PGO firearms that remain longer than 26″ in overall length also can’t be defined as AOWs. That’s because the term “any other weapon” (AOW) means “any weapon or device capable of being concealed on the person…” And ATF maintains that to be concealed, the firearm needs to be shorter than 26″. Read the full definition of an AOW here.
More on the subject is available in these two letters to Len Savage—the guy who will be making a lot of these non-NFA firearms in the coming months and years:
The new Shockwave Technologies website is up and running. ‘Bout frakkin’ time! To anyone thinking of setting up a website—or polishing off an old site that’s been neglected far too long—give WordPress a try. It’s not overly difficult. Took me a couple of days to figure things out and get things to the point you see them today.