Fostech is now taking deposits for their [sight unseen] Echo AK trigger, a binary trigger for the AK platform. A binary trigger will fire one round when pulled and a second round when the trigger is released. The ATF has declared these triggers are not machine guns and are legal to own, however some states disagree . . .
The National Firearms Act defines “machinegun” as “any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.” 26 U.S.C. 5845(b).
Single action of the trigger is the important part here, the ATF rightly considers the release of the trigger to be a single function of the trigger.
Fostech can’t make their AR15 Echo trigger fast enough to satisfy demand. I suspect the AK Echo will sell just as fast. The AK platform is not nearly as consistent as the AR so the installation may be a little more complicated. According to Fostech the AK Echo is designed to work in common stamped AK-47 receivers.
Here’s the company’s message about availability, price and other terms and conditions:
This is a deposit for the new ECHO AK Trigger. This trigger will contain the great features of the Echo AR-II but will be for the AK-47 platform of rifles. The current ECHO AK trigger will be for the stamped versions that are most common. The exact models beyond the common stamped AK-47 are still being explored.
This is a non refundable deposit. If you are not sure that you are willing to wait please hold off until they are in stock.
Current expectations on delivery will be before the 3rd quarter of 2018. This is also only the deposit on the trigger. The full retail cost of the ECHO AK trigger is $547.00. This deposit will hold your place in line and triggers will be delivered based upon when your deposit is received. When your trigger is complete, FosTecH will contact you to pay the remaining balance of $297.00.
There is also an option to pay for the complete trigger. This is offered for a convenience of our customers that do not want the hassle of having to pay twice. No preferential treatment is given for full payments versus those that pay the deposit.
The ECHO AK trigger will allow you to select between Safe Mode, Semi Auto Mode, & Echo Mode. The secondary disconnect technology is in the ECHO AK which is what makes it legal according to the ATF. The trigger lock technology is also implemented into the ECHO AK which makes your AK very reliable. The ECHO AK is now moving to full production and by taking deposits it allows FosTecH to ramp up to the appropriate numbers for the launch of the product.
*****PLEASE READ CAREFULLY******* THIS IS ONLY A DEPOSIT AND IS NON REFUNDABLE. IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT REGULATION OR THE TIME IT TAKES TO PRODUCE, PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE NOW BUT WAIT UNTIL THE PRODUCT IS IN STOCK AND ON THE SHELF. THIS DEPOSIT IS FOR FOSTECH CUSTOMERS THAT WANT TO BE THE FIRST TO RECEIVE THE NEXT BREAK THROUGH IN THE ECHO TRIGGER TECHNOLOGY.
OK THEN! TTAG will be reviewing this and other binary triggers. Watch this space.