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.
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
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:
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.
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).
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 tube/receiver extension
There are multiple different pistol buffer tube options to consider:
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.
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:
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 ShockwaveKAK Pistol Buffer Tube:
CZ Scorpion Evo 3
Just slip it on and tighten the large set screw for a rock-solid installation.
Available in black, flat dark earth, OD green, and stealth gray
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 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 theKAK Mil-Spec Carbine Buffer Tube:
CZ Scorpion Evo 3
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
When it comes to buying a gun, there are a few key questions you need to ask yourself before walking into a gun store and letting your emotions drive your purchase. It’s crucial to do your research and prepare ahead of time with questions you want to ask the gun dealer before you pull out your wallet and walk out as a new gun owner.
1) Why are you interested in buying a gun?
Whether you’re interested in buying a gun for sport, hunting, or personal defense, it’s important to know why you plan to buy a gun and the type of gun you need, so you can prepare the right questions to guide your purchase.
Once you determine the type of gun you want to buy, don’t skip out on doing your research. If you want a firearm for home defense, you’ll want to consider what makes the best home defense firearm and accessories. Is it an AR? Is it a shotgun? If you can’t decide which one you need after doing your research, have your questions ready to ask the gun dealer to help you determine which firearm will work best for you.
As Off The Grid News puts it, you first “identify the purpose, and choose a [firearm] to fill that purpose.”
2) Is it the right fit?
After determining why you need a gun and the type of gun you need, it’s time to test out the ergonomics. When you go to your local firearm dealer, handling the gun and making sure it’s a good fit for your hands is very important for safety, comfort, and accuracy. You’ll also want to find out how much the gun recoils when fired, which is important to know depending on the firearm’s purpose and how often you plan to use it.
If you’re not sure the gun is a good fit, there are a couple of options you can consider:
Find out if there is a local shooting range nearby that will let you test out the gun or rent the gun, so you can determine if it’s going to be worth purchasing.
Ask the gun dealer if they can help you find a gun that fits your hand properly. A gun that’s too big is hard to hold onto. One that’s too small may be harder to shoot accurately.
Firearms can get quite expensive, so it’s important to stick to a budget and choose one that will fit your purpose before buying a gun. Regardless of the price range of the firearm you’re interested in, it’s important to do your due diligence to know the right price for a specific model, know when someone is trying to oversell you, and know when a great deal comes along.
Don’t forget to budget for other things that come along with buying a gun — from taxes, to background checks, to accessories, to ammunition, to permits, and more. Ask the gun dealer if there are any extra costs and fees involved.
If you’re pinching pennies to budget for a new gun or not confident about the gun you are considering, again, you might want to ask the gun retailer (or do your research) to see if there are any nearby shooting ranges that allow you to try before you buy.
If you are a veteran or first time buyer, you might even ask the gun dealer if there are any discounts, rebates, or sales going on that would benefit your purchase of the firearm.
Lastly, check out the required firearm transaction record form to see if anything might disqualify you from purchasing a firearm. Focus on questions 11a-11i, 12, and 13 to determine this.
4) Which firearm accessories can you add on?
Whether you need home defense firearm accessories, want to accessorize for aesthetic purposes, or need maintenance kit items to keep your gun clean, don’t forget to include these in your budget. The main accessories you want to consider are those that will enhance the experience, accuracy, and comfort of your firearm for its intended purpose.
You’ll also want to consider how you plan to store your gun. Firearm storage can be expensive, but an important way to keep your loved ones safe and keep it from being easily stolen.
Lastly, for training purposes, it’s important to have the accessories you need to protect yourself from misuse that could cause injury or worse. Find out where you can get basic safety training or safely practice shooting your gun to get used to it. You can even watch tutorials online to show you how to use the gun, what each function means, how it shoots, and so forth to prepare you for your training phase after purchase.
Do your research and determine which accessories are important for your firearm of choice.
Examples of Shockwave Technologies and partner firearm accessories include:
5) What are the firearm’s capabilities and performance?
Knowing the performance and capabilities of your firearm are also important before purchasing. A few things you might want to know include:
Bullet or shot grouping
The bullet drop is the distance that a bullet drops after being fired over a certain distance — and largely a function of the cartridge the firearm is chambered for. Bullet drop is an important and potentially complex component of ballistics for gun owners for a variety of reasons, whether hunting, target shooting, etc. Discuss this aspect with your dealer.
Bullet or shot grouping relates to the accuracy of the firearm. In short, it indicates how closely each round will hit in relation to each other. Tightness of shot groupings are measured based on the distance between each bullet hole on the target. Accuracy is not only important for target shooters and hunters, it’s also important for self protection and other firearm uses.
Magazine capacity lets you know how many rounds of ammunition you have “on tap” in each magazine. Whether you are target practicing or firing your gun in self defense, it’s important to know how many shots you have available before you need to reload.
What other questions do you like to ask yourself or the gun dealer before purchasing a new firearm? Leave a comment below.