COULD THIS MEAN THE END OF THE SIG BRACE FOR AR PISTOLS? the headline at shootingsportsretailer.com asks. “In a letter to short-barreled shotgun manufacturer feds say shouldering an SB15 could be illegal,” the sub-head suggests. “No, it’s not the end of the SIG Brace for AR pistols,” SIG Brace inventor and manufacturer Alex Bosco told TTAG. “The author needs to learn how to read.” Indeed. The ATF letter above addresses an inquiry from Florida gunmaker Eric Lemoine (of blackacestactical.com) about using a SIG Brace on a short-barreled shotgun. And only that proposal. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the SIG Brace and AR pistols. As Bosco makes clear . . .
“The ATF has cleared us to sell the brace, which was designed as an orthotic device to help wounded warriors or anyone else with limited mobility or strength to fire a pistol,” Bosco points out. “We’ve sold thousands to date; there’s nothing that should prevent us from selling more.”
The letter does raise some interesting questions. The chief of the ATF Firearms Technology Industry Services Branch writes that a short-barreled shotgun with a SIG Brace is only an NFA item if the shooter uses it as a shoulder brace. So . . . you could only be arrested for owning one if the ATF caught you using it improperly.
Let’s see that hold up in court. As Alex puts it, “If you use a toothbrush as an ice pick, legally, it’s still a toothbrush.”
That said, Bosco’s SB Tactical has no plans to attach his brace to a shotgun. Any shotgun. Ever. “We’ve got a great partnership with SIG. We think the brace on their new MPX we will be a huge hit . . . We don’t need to get caught up in this. And we won’t. Meanwhile, if you want a brace for an AR pistol, you can have a brace for your AR pistol.” Truer words have never been spoken.