There's been a lot of attention given to Pistol Stabilizing Braces recently. We put this article and video together to help you understand what they're all about.



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A Springfield Armory SAINT Pistol. (Photo: Recom /

In 1934, Congress passed the National Firearms Act, or NFA. It classified a rifle as a weapon fired from the shoulder with a barrel length of 16 inches or more.

Under 16 inches, it was classified as a short-barreled rifle, or SBR. Buying an SBR requires the purchase of a $200 tax stamp much like machine guns or silencers. The NFA also classified handguns as firearms with a short stock designed to be held and fired with a single hand. But handguns had no barrel length regulations. These classifications remain today.



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An FN 15 Pistol. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

In 2012, Alex Bosco invented the Pistol Stabilizing Brace. He made it to help a disabled Veteran friend fire his gun with one hand. That same year, he submitted it to the ATF for consideration and they approved the device for use with pistol and other firearms.

Soon after, Bosco co-formed a company called SB Tactical. They've been manufacturing and innovating Pistol Stabilizing Braces ever since.



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A Sig Sauer MPX Copperhead. (Photo: Wisemen /

Millions of pistol braces have been sold today. However, since 2013, the ATF has been re-evaluating their decision. This has caused a considerable amount of confusion. But sales have remained strong and gun owners have attempted to comply with the vague and often shifting guidance from the ATF.



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A Diamondback DB10 .308 Pistol. (Photo: Chris Eger /

The latest news in the Pistol Stabilizing Brace saga came on Dec. 31, 2020, the ATF officially announced the withdrawal of the agency's “Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with `Stabilizing Braces'.” There will surely be more news to come as the Biden administration takes office. will keep you up to date on the latest news.

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