Freedom for All from the ATF Pistol Brace Rule

Texas judge rules the ATF pistol brace rule is void. 

Happy Independence Day!

As our American founding fathers began laying the foundation for our country, they laid out every American’s inalienable rights. One of the basic fundamental rights came in the form of the 2nd Amendment. 


Throughout history, our basic foundational rights to bear arms have been threatened in and out of our government system. The most recent has come in the form of the ATF’s Factoring Criteria for Firearms With Attached “Stabilizing Braces.” 


Although the government is working hard to limit our rights there is one critical win that came on June 13th from Federal District Judge Reed O’Connor of the North District of Texas. He held that the ATF’s pistol brace rule is void and that the ATF’s conduct violated “[Administrative Procedures Act]’s procedural requirements because it was arbitrary and capricious and was not a logical outgrowth of the Proposed Rule…” See, Mock, et al., v. Merrick Garland, et al, No: 4:23CV00095-O, Northern District Texas, June 13, 2024, at p. 12.


Judge O’Connor concluded that “the Final Rule violated the APA’s procedural requirements because it was not a logical outgrowth of the Proposed Rule.” Id., at p. 6. 


Thank you Judge O’Connor for upholding our foundational rights to own and operate our firearms in the way that we choose. 


Shockwave supports your choices and gives you four different options for pistol braces. Each option creates a customized and comfortable look and feel. Whether it’s the original Blade, or the Blade 2M, Blade Stealth or Blade Classic we know it will be exactly what you are looking for to create the perfect fit. 


Celebrate Independence Day and this huge victory for gun rights!

The Heat Is On

The debate regarding the necessity of a shotgun heat shield isn’t new. One side argues that it’s an accessory that only adds weight, claiming you will never find yourself shooting enough rounds for the barrel to heat up to the point that subsequently, gripping it leaves you with a nasty burn. 

On the flip side, whether you are shooting at the range or in a defensive situation it is better to be safe than sorry. Yes, adhering to the best safety protocols, protecting yourself and creating peace of mind will always be worth it. 

So, let’s say you have read all the pro-s and con-s and decided that you want to join Team Heat Shield. Many of the heat shields on the market right now are made from metal and therefore still get hot despite being marketed to protect from that.  They also tend to be fairly hefty in weight.

Shockwave has crafted a heat shield that doesn’t heat up, is lightweight, and is extremely durable through the heating expansion and cooling cycle. 

Our heat shield is made of a fiberglass-infused nylon and is unlike anything else on the market. It’s also just badass looking, allowing you to create a truly customized look for your shotgun as well as added safety with this one-of-a-kind product. 

You can find more about our forends, heatshields and products here.

ATF Appeals (Most Likely in Vain) Texas Federal Judge’s Ruling



So what’s new on the legal front with regard to pistol stabilizing braces? Well, as we anticipated in an earlier blog, the Department of Justice did in fact appeal Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk’s ruling in Britto v. ATF to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. One of the ATF’s main arguments is that the Northern District of Texas Court shouldn’t have applied the ruling from Judge Reed O’Connor (also of the Northern District of Texas Court) in the Mock v. Garland case in determining issuance of the nationwide injunction that’s currently in place. You may remember that relief in the Mock v. Garland case included an injunction for members of the Firearms Policy Coalition, Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America, and others.

Now if that all sounds a bit like legalese word salad, that’s because it kinda is. NGL The short and sweet of it all is that we gun owners still enjoy a nationwide injunction on the pistol stabilizer brace ban that the ATF tried to put in place. The ATF is appealing the injunction at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Do they stand a chance of winning? Doubtful. The ATF has lost two big cases at the 5th Circuit in recent years: the bumpstock ban and the ghost gun ban. And those cases weren’t nearly the clear-cut violation of the 2nd Amendment that this overreach is.

So what’s next, you ask? As we wrote before, the consensus within the legal community is that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will support the injunctive relief and issue a permanent injunction in the coming months. The various lawsuits against the ATF will continue for some years. No doubt that the issue will find itself in front of the U.S. Supreme Court at some point. In the meantime, Americans will be protected by the injunctions

The Importance of Being Frugal: The Packaging Edition

How many times have you ordered something absolutely miniscule from, say, Amazon—and it arrives in a huge, unnecessary box? Just last week, I ordered a micro SD card for my digital camera (yes, I still use one of those LOL). The box it showed up in was comparatively enormous. Nearly the size of a shoebox. For something that’s literally smaller than my thumbnail? Yes, companies like Amazon are getting better about this and now often ship smaller, more durable products in bubble-padded envelopes. Why? Because frugal packaging benefits everybody.

I don’t need to tell you about wasteful packaging in the firearm industry. Sometimes the box is almost more impressive than the product itself. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve unboxed one of my own firearm accessory purchases and thought: “How much did just this box cost? And all the various layers of laser-cut foam? How much extra in shipping did this cost me due to the increased shipping size? Seriously, how much am I into this silly box alone? I almost can’t bring myself to throw this thing in the trash.” Cue hoarder memes.

Whether we like to think about it or not, who ultimately pays for all the designing, manufacturing, printing, and labeling of the fancy packaging–and the additional shipping costs? The consumer does. And what do you do with that fancy little box you may have just inadvertently paid five dollars for? Discard it immediately? Or squirrel it away with all of your sundry smartphone and tablet boxes for the next 40 years—until you or someone else decides to finally get rid of it?

Shockwave does things differently. As you can tell from our retail prices, we believe in providing top-quality products all while keeping costs down. We accomplish this through myriad ways—in-house design, material selection, bulk purchasing agreements with vendors, frugal packaging, and more. But frugal packaging is perhaps one of the more obvious to our customers. Our products are made of high-strength polymer and don’t require over-the-top, wasteful packaging. Many times, we can package and ship our accessories in little more than a branded poly bag. As this costs us less to package and ship, we pass those savings directly onto you. What’s more, I don’t believe any of our customers are ever conflicted about whether or not to toss an opened poly bag.


Also, though we may not want to admit it to the liberals, we all live on planet Earth. And it’s our providence to take care of it for our children and our children’s children. I mean, isn’t Taylor Swift and her private jet doing enough damage on their own? LOL

Pistol Stabilizers are BACK! | Federal Judge Blocks Nationwide Enforcement of the Pistol Brace Rule

Last Wednesday, Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk of the United States District Court in the Northern District of Texas granted injunction relief (an injunction) to prevent the ATF from enforcing the ATF’s Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached Stabilizing Braces rule-nationwide. What does this mean? In short, as far as pistol braces go, we’re back to 2021.

To obtain this injunction, the plaintiffs needed to satisfy four rules:

  1. They must be likely to prevail on the merits.
  2. They would suffer irreparable harm if denied.
  3. The injury outweighs any harm that would be caused if the injunction is granted.
  4. The public interest supports relief.

Judge Kacsmaryk also noted that the rule would cause horrendous strain on companies who produce stabilizing braces. “Additionally, ATF admits the 10-year cost of the Rule is over one billion dollars,” he wrote. “And because of the Rule, certain manufacturers that obtain most of their sales from stabilizing braces risk having to close their doors for good.” Here at Shockwave, we are very thankful for all the support our customers and 2nd amendment organizations have provided to help keep the fight going. We wouldn’t still be here without you.

In the ruling Judge Kacsmaryk stated,“[T]he Court is certainly sympathetic to ATF’s concerns over public safety in the wake of tragic mass shootings. The Rule ’embodies salutary policy goals meant to protect vulnerable people in our society,’” Judge Kacsmaryk wrote in Britto v. ATF. “But public safety concerns must be addressed in ways that are lawful. This Rule is not.”

There are two main items he noted in his ruling for injunctive relief:

  1. The ATF did not follow the Administrative Procedures Act (APA).  

He wrote, ‘[t]he controlling law of this case is that the Government Defendants’ promulgation of the Final Rule ‘fails the logical-outgrowth test and violates the APA’ and ‘therefore must be set aside as unlawful’ under the APA,’”

  • The ATF is violating the 2nd Amendment.

He added,“Absent injunctive relief, the Final Rule will impair and threaten to deprive them of their fundamental right to keep and bear commonly used arms as a means of achieving the inherently lawful ends of self-defense. See U.S. CONST. AMEND. II (providing that the ‘right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.’).”

Here at Shockwave we worked tirelessly with U.S. Congressman Bilirakis, U.S. Congresswoman Anna Paulina Luna, and U.S. Senator Rick Scott to help overturn this rule through the power of the vote. While it won in the House, it did fail in the Senate.  So, it was back to the courts to help stop this overreach. Throughout the recent months there have been many injunctions set in place for Gun Owners of America, Second Amendment Foundation, FPC, and more. However, in order to be protected you would have needed to be named plaintiff or a member of one of these originations. With this new nationwide injunction from Judge Kasmaryk, that is no longer the case. All Americans are protected.


We are very thankful for all the hard work these 2nd amendment organizations do to help support companies like us and law abiding citizens who enjoy their 2nd amendment rights. So where do we go from here? Most certainly the Justice Department will appeal this ruling to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The consensus among the legal community is that they will support the injunction relief and issue a permanent injunction in the coming months. As to the various lawsuits themselves? These will be a long endeavor and will likely take years to work through the legal system. Eventually, the U.S. Supreme Court will probably hear them. In the meantime, Americans will be protected by the injunctions.

Shockwave offers four different pistol stabilizers.

Pistol stabilizers improve the shooter’s safety and accuracy as the AR pistol is stabilized on their forearm for support.

Blade Stealth

Blade Classic

Blade 2M

Blade Pistol Stabilizer 

Shockwave Blade Classic and Blade Stealth Now Available in All Colors

The Shockwave Blade Stealth and Shockwave Blade Classic now come in all available colors — Black, FDE, OD Green, and Gray. 

These four colors of the Shockwave Blade are Made in America and allow you to customize your firearm to fit your personal style. 


Learn more about each Shockwave Blade® below:


Blade® Classic

shockwave blade classic

The veteran-designed Shockwave Blade® Classic pistol stabilizer is slightly smaller than the traditional Shockwave Blade®. 

Blade® Stealth

shockwave blade stealth

The Shockwave Blade® Stealth pistol stabilizer has a slick look and slightly smaller profile, making it an extremely comfortable brace for any user.


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

  • Available in Black, FDE, OD Green, 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.
  • Manufactured to exacting tolerances
  • Adjustable with a simple pull mechanism
  • Fits all pistols equipped with a Mil-spec buffer tube: AR-15 pattern, MPX, Glock, CZ Scorpion Evo 3, HK9X pattern, etc. 
  • Made from high-strength glass-reinforced polymer with a QD swivel cup (QD swivel not included). 


With the simple, 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.  


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

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. 

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 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*

Firearm Shortage 2020: How Dealers Can Quickly Restock Shelves

shockwave model

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


To enter the Shotgun Nation contest to win any of the items reviewed in the video, be sure to join the Sluglife Facebook group at and like our Shockwave Technologies Facebook page at

Buyer Beware: Are You Buying a Real Shockwave Product or a Fake?

Here’s the unfortunate truth: online scams, counterfeits, and con artists have been on a rising rampage — especially during COVID-19. 


And this applies to firearm sales, too. 


At Shockwave Technologies, we want to ensure our customers are protected from buying into these scams and frauds. We’re proud to have all Shockwave products (truly) made in America and strive to support local businesses every chance we can. But unauthorized fake products coming in from other countries threaten our economy and swindle gun buyers into purchasing low-quality (or illegally made) products without them realizing it. 


Let’s take a look at a few steps gun buyers (like yourself) can take to prevent being swindled and combat this “dark side” of purchasing guns and gun parts, both online and in the store. And specifically, how to ensure you’re getting a genuine Shockwave product.


Do your due diligence.


If you’re buying a true Shockwave product, you’re paying for a top-quality product that is built on ethical standards. Don’t let scammers take advantage of you by taking your hard-earned money and giving you a fake item. And not just fake — a poorly built or illegally-made item, too. So it’s essential to do your due diligence and ensure a product has all the right components of a true Shockwave product. 


Let’s take a look at what makes a product fake, why it’s important, and a checklist of things you need to look for.


What makes a product fake?


Fake products are anything that’s claimed to be something that it’s not, from designer bags to collector items and everything in between. Some gun dealers falsely claim the Chinese-made products they are selling are Shockwave products, made in America, and ATF approved. Genuine Shockwave products are truly made in America and ATF approved.


Why does it matter?


Think about it — if you pay $100 for a fake product that is normally $200 for the real product (for example), you didn’t save money at all. You just wasted $100 on something that is low quality, likely illegally made, potentially dangerous for you and/or your firearm to use, and won’t give you the product experience you think you’re getting with the real product. Giving even one dollar to a false manufacturer or dealer is supporting their scam and keeping them in business to continue growing and scamming gun buyers with their fake products. 


These unethical dealers not only rob ethical, American-made companies from providing the real deal to everyday guy buyers, but they rob their own customers by tricking them to spend their hard-earned money on a counterfeit product. If you’re going to pay hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars for a gun and gun parts, you deserve to get the real deal. 


Diligently examine the products you plan to purchase with the intent of finding a red flag. If you don’t find an immediate red flag, follow the checklist below. It’s better to be a skeptic going into purchasing expensive, dangerous products than it is to assume it’s legitimate.


How to make sure you’re getting a genuine firearm product:


  1. Does the price sound too good to be true? Then it probably is. The price of the gun or gun part should be reasonable and comparable. Huge discounts on high-end products, items that are highly underpriced from the average cost, or advertisements that push a major sense of urgency with a great deal (i.e. “one time only”) tend to be scams and counterfeits. 

  2. Is the dealer reputable and established? Check out their return policies, secure payment options, and make sure you’ll get a descriptive receipt. You can look at their FAQs, policies, and terms of purchase to understand what’s guaranteed. Here’s an example of this information that Shockwave provides. Be skeptical if you read passive words like “probably,” “in the style of,” or “type.” 

  3. Is there a serial number on the gun? Or a patent number on the Shockwave gun part? There should be. If there isn’t one, be skeptical. But how do you know if it’s a bogus number? You can check out Google’s Advanced Patent Search to determine if a patent number is real, and HotGunz to look up a gun’s serial number to determine if it has been stolen or a fake.

  4. Are there multiple photos of the gun? The best sellers and dealers will post multiple photos, including close-ups. Make sure the photos don’t look Photoshopped or altered. 

  5. Is there a detailed description? A complete description that shows all details of the product for sale is important for making sure all information is accurate. 

  6. Is there a secure payment method accepted? Do not use PayPal or a PayPal-affiliated platform, as they have banned firearm sales and will seize your transaction funds if you try to use it. Money orders and checks are a scammer’s preferred way to get paid because it’s untraceable and makes it easy to steal information for identity theft. The best bet is to pay securely via credit card.

Channel your inner detective.


Following the provided checklist is an important method to ensure you purchase a genuine product. But let’s walk through a couple actual fake copycats of Shockwave products and show you how to play detective. 

Counterfeit Shockwave Blade

This is a Chinese product that sold lookalike counterfeit items labeled as “Blade” — but don’t worry, we got them shut down. The item claimed to be a Shockwave Blade, but it was a fake. 

Counterfeit Raptor Grip

Counterfeit Raptor Grip

These items are still being sold and marketed as a Raptor grip, but don’t be fooled — this is no raptor grip. It is yet to be determined who is making these but they falsely claim to be a Raptor grip. 


They also claim these products are made in America, but that is yet to be determined. These items are counterfeit because they have no plug for the bolt hole and are not made by Shockwave Technologies or used by the Mossberg or Remington firearms.


When it comes to our Blades, it is especially important that consumers have a brace that is ATF approved for pistol use. We have found some very interesting ones on the market that are alarmingly fake (and ugly, if we might add).


New Shockwave Blades are labeled with our patent number. Grips have the Shockwave Technologies name on it and a plug in the back. 

Contact Shockwave directly to confirm.


Contact Shockwave Technologies directly to confirm that the site or product you are buying from is reputable and accurate. It also lets us know who else is out there trying to scam our customers into spending their hard-earned money on fake products. 


We continue to work closely with anti-counterfeiting attorneys to protect our customers from being scammed and receiving a low-quality product. We won’t let scammers continue to get away with it as much as we can help it. And you can help by letting us know if you come across a fake product being sold. 

Unfortunately, these scammers and counterfeit dealers are getting smarter every day. Even their packaging can look really similar to Shockwave’s, but it’s not from us. We invite you to help us combat these fake sellers and products by taking the steps we mentioned above, and let us know about it so we can work with our legal team to shut them down and protect our customers. 


All of these tips and tricks to ensuring you’re getting a genuine product can be overwhelming, but we are here to help. 


If you’re interested in buying a true Shockwave product, you can buy directly from us on our secure website or contact us if you have any questions.