We received a copy of a letter from the ATF’s Firearms Technology Branch concerning the use of arm braces on AR pistols that referenced the Sig Sauer SB15 pistol stabilizing brace specifically.

The ATF’s letter says that they’ve determined that firing a pistol from the shoulder would not cause the pistol to be reclassified as an SBR.

The letter, signed by the Chief of the ATF’s Firearms Technology Branch, Earl Griffith,  states, “the firing of a weapon from a particular position, such as placing the receiver extension of an AR-15 type pistol on the user’s shoulder, does not change the classification of a weapon.”

“Further,” wrote Griffith, “certain firearm accessories such as the SIG Stability Brace have not been classified by FTB as shoulder stocks and, therefore, using the brace improperly does not constitute a design change.”

This clears up any doubts that firing an AR pistol using the distinctly buttstock-looking SB15 could get you in trouble, even if fired while shouldered.

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The Knights Armament SOF Light Individual Carbine Kalashnikov (SLICK) was one of KAC’s entries for the Special Operations Command combat assault rifle program (SCAR). It didn’t win, but there is some very interesting engineering going on in the rifle and KAC shared some details of the stillborn rifle in this a video shared on their KnightsArmCo YouTube channel that also looks at their more conventional entry SR15-based entry and the FN SCAR that SOF ultimately adopted.

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SilencerCo says their new Wizard Staff is the quietest .22LR suppressor ever made. This is the first commercial use of Mithril as a baffle material and we are eager to hear about its durability. The Wizard Staff will retail for $22,000 Silver Shekels when it is released to retailers later this quarter.

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This leaked video and announcement from Arc’teryx, quoted below, belies what is clearly a brand in trouble. Arc’teryx, makers of performance and tactical equipment and apparel, has lost a longstanding international courtroom battle that has waged for years behind closed doors at the Hague over the use of the name “Arc’teryx”.

In 1991, the Canadian rock climbing manufacturer changed its name from Rock Solid, to Arc’teryx. What has never been reported is the reasoning behind the change of identity.

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F3 Tactical is raffling off a rare beauty of a blade. This special edition Coye Ridgeback is one in a limited run of just 20 blades. This one bears the mark of our blog-buddies over at Breach-Bang-Clear. They donated the knife and are putting 100% of the raffle proceeds to the Warrior Event Shoot Group and their mission to bring disabled service members out to the range.

Tickets are just $5 from F3 Tactical’s webstore and the drawing is April 2.

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Seems like it’s Hail and Farewell Tuesday…

We just got a note from Brittney DeVane, Blue Force Gear’s public relations manager, letting us know that she’s leaving the company. Here she is shooting a photo for Kerry ‘Pocket Doc’ Davis of Dark Angel Medical at SHOT Show 2014. (She’s on the left.)

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blackwell memoWe’ve just been told Remington Outdoor Company’s president, Scott Blackwell, has left the company. His departure was announced to employees in a confidential memo dated March 24, 2014, and shared with Military Times GearScout.

3245733aIn the memo, ROC CEO George Kollitides points to the success Blackwell had at building the company’s management team and says, “I believe this is why Scott has decided now is the time to pursue other opportunities. He is confident in the team he has put in place and wants to see them flourish.”

Blackwell joined Remington Outdoor Co., previously known as Freedom Group, in 2006 as Bushmaster’s president of sales and marketing.

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AYork_2Crop (926x1280)ASig Sauer’s hiring spree continues with the addition of Andrew York as Sig’s Vice President of Marketing and Commercial Sales.

York was a longtime Leupold & Stevens, Inc. executive, and will serve as the leader of Sig Sauer’s expansion into new markets across the shooting and hunting marketplace. York will spearhead the company’s sales and marketing efforts and expand the brand into new product lines, allowing Bud Fini to focus his energies as the leader of SIG SAUER’s new ammunition division.

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SilencerCo just shared this video describing the steps involved in buying a silencer. They claim they found the video locked in an unearthed 50′s era time-capsule, but I doubt it. I’m pretty sure the ATF hadn’t adopted computers until 2003 when they bought their first IBM PC/AT off Craigslist. Have a great weekend, folks!

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Just before midnight on Thursday, the Georgia House of Representatives voted to pass the National Rifle Association and American Silencer Association backed House Bill 60 by a final tally of 112-58. It is one of the most comprehensive gun bills passed by the Georgia legislature.

Daniel Defense’s intimate support for the law combined with their membership in the ASA leads me to think that we will be seeing a lot more suppressor products coming from 101 Warfighter Way in the near future.

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