AR Pistol stabilization braces have been around for almost a decade (debuting in 2013). In the past several years, they have gone from living in a very narrow niche to being featured on firearms from nearly every major manufacturer.
Because of their inherent design, pistol braces have become the bane of the ATF’s existence, for really no reason, other than to put the squeeze on law-abiding American citizens.
While there has been some back-and-forth at the ATF about shouldering a brace, it should be noted there is no legal prohibition from doing this as you would a stock. According to the ATF, you’re allowed to have ‘brief’ contact with the shoulder. Until they decide it’s not ok….again.
The true advantage of the pistol brace is circumventing the National Firearms Act paperwork associated with Short Barreled Rifles. With a pistol brace installed, an AR15 with a barrel length shorter than 16 inches isn’t an SBR that requires a $200 tax stamp anymore, it’s a pistol.
SB Tactical has submitted the SBA3 brace to the ATF for review, but they have still not issued a statement or letter on it. Although SB Tactical has not given up attempting to continue discussions, the ATF has, more or less, gone dark on them.
Knowing the reputation of SB Tactical and the fact that they are willing to work alongside the ATF and DOJ regarding these laws and regulations, leads me to believe the braces they manufacture are well within the legal guidelines of a pistol brace. In addition to that, the ATF has never asked them to stop manufacturing and selling pistol brace products. So get them while you still can.
SBA3 AR Pistol Stabilizing Brace
Designed for all platforms capable of accepting a mil-spec carbine receiver extension, the SBA3™ is 5-position adjustable, dramatically enhances versatility, and features a minimalist design with an integral, ambidextrous QD sling socket.
SBA3 Brace Specifications
Fit: All platforms capable of accepting a mil-spec carbine extension
The installation and removal of the SBA3 brace can be done in a few simple steps and takes only about 15 minutes to complete. Removing the SBA3 brace is even easier. The video below explains in detail how to install and remove the brace. You can also download the written instructions from the SB Tactical website.
Which is Better SBA3 or SBA4?
The SBA3 brace and the SBA4 brace are both great AR pistol braces. The major differences between the two are that the SBA3 brace weighs less, is shorter, and slimmer than the SBA4 brace.
The SBA4 brace on the other hand is more rigid. The QD attachment points on the SBA4 are located toward the front of the brace rather than toward the rear like they are on the SBA3, and just as with the SBA3 brace, there are attachment points on both sides of the brace.
Check out our blog on AR Pistol Laws where we break down the best pistol brace options amid the ATF letters.
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