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TTAG’s Chris and I run Black Collar Arms, so posting our press release here feels a bit like cheating. But I swear we would have run it anyway. Probably. Tell ya what; we’d like to extend a discount to our TTAG family! So use coupon code TTAG-Family to take us up on that. My own press release follows:

Bolt Action Pistol Builder Kits From Black Collar Arms

Austin, TX (March 20, 2019) — Black Collar Arms is in production! Our Remington 700 short action-compatible Pork Sword Chassis will be shipping to customers next month. In the meantime we’re taking pre-orders (which, for a couple more weeks only, will come with a free Warfighter Tobacco cigar!) and have now made it even easier for our customers.

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Announcing the Pork Sword Chassis Builder Kit!

Intended to provide most of the critical components for your pistol build project, we’ve bundled our 7075 aluminum chassis and 4-slot FARend with an SB Tactical FS1913 pistol brace and the pistol-length barrel of your choice. Then we’ve thrown in one of the best grips available for this size firearm, the ERGO Swift Grip, at no charge.

With factory stripped actions starting at around $300 and magazines around $28, a complete Pork Sword Chassis pistol is possible for just under a thousand dollars.

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Announcing straightforward payment plans!

Our $299.99 chassis and $125-$160 barrels are a heck of a deal, but we aren’t stopping at awesome prices. For all of our Builder Kits (and many future items) our customers now have the ability to put 33% down and pay the balance over the next two months. No fees or interest or anything silly like that.

Black Collar Arms Barrels 1 lg

Announcing pistol-length barrels for the Remington 700!

Off-the-shelf shorty barrels for the R700 aren’t easy to find, so we’ve done the hard work for you. We’re proud to offer 300 BLK, .458 SOCOM, and .308 Win barrels in lengths from 6.5 inches to 12.5 inches and starting at just $125!

Black Collar Arms Barrels 5 lg

Quality is top notch with clean threads, square shoulders, 41V50 construction, and a really slick lock nut system. Most Remington 700 barrels must be installed professionally, but thanks to the Savage-style lock nut on these bad boys you can install at home with just a few readily-available tools. Heck, it allows caliber changes in about 15 minutes. All while retaining better-than- factory accuracy in most cases.

Black Collar Arms Barrels 2 lg

Questions? Visit our “Building a Pork Sword Pistol” page to learn more about how to build a bolt action pistol. From components to process to other options, we tried to cover it all.

Black Collar Arms Pork Sword Pistol 10-inch .308 Winchester

More questions, feedback, concerns, or naughty pics to share? Email our boy Jeeves at or find us on Instagram, Facebook, and

Black Collar Arms .458 SOCOM bore

Black Collar Arms Pork Sword Chassis

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  1. What does that complete rig with the scope, can and bipod weigh? That looks like one handy as hell thick brush hunter. Need to put a person in the photo to give some scale.

    • Chassis with FARend weighs a pound. The rest depends on what components you choose 😉 …and strictly speaking the FARend is optional…

    • JWM — the one seen in that photo at bottom with literally everything you see in the photo is a hair under 10 lbs. That bad boy’s a 10-inch .308 with a heavy profile barrel and a fairly stout action. The bipod could lose a few oz (Magpul, for instance, would be lighter). That’s the Atibal X 1-10x scope on there. It’s pretty freaking amazing to have a legit 1x with daylight bright reticle up to 10x with a FFP reticle and such, but obviously there are lighter options there, too 🙂 (not that its 21.1 oz is heavy for what it is!)

      • This rig is likely illegal in CA. Having something like this, just lighter in weight, would have worked well for me on a couple of my hunts.

        Brush was so thick that I joked with my hunting buddy that if I had a stroke and died My body would be found standing up. Short, handy, light would be ideal for those areas. I’ve never used .458 socom but if it could be fitted into a package like this for six pounds or less it would be ideal for that area.

        • The only thing that’s illegal is the suppressor. This handgun is otherwise completely legal in California. We have a bunch of chassis shipping to CA and as soon as our FFL is in and we can do our own actions we’ll be putting our complete handguns on the Roster. Yes, they’ll be Roster approved and available in CA to buy. Right now you have to build it and there’s one little hoop to jump through but it’s pretty dang straightforward.

  2. I mean, I guess it fills a niche for someone somewhere. But I wasn’t aware of pretty much anyone being in search of a shorty. 308 bolt action. Maybe I’m just a bit ignorant of the intended market. But, um… cool?

    • A pistol has all sorts of advantages to a rifle and an SBR. Even from a 10-inch .308 barrel like we chose for our first few builds, the ballistics were impressive. For instance, factory 185 grain Federal Gold Medal Berger Juggernauts don’t go subsonic until 930 yards! Then if you shoot 220 grain or heavier subs it’s just as quiet as 300 BLK. With no noise out the action. And the whole thing fits in a small backpack, racquetball racquet bag, etc etc. It’s a heck of a handy package! Not to mention fun to shoot. Truck gun, ranch gun, hog gun, BOB gun, etc…

      • Thank you for the reply. I definitely don’t mean to look down my nose at a product. After all, it’s a bill of rights, not a bill of needs. One of my biggest concerns was ballistics, as my limited research (I’m not a .308 guy) led me to believe .308 out of short barrels suffers considerably.

        If it is still effective, and serves a purpose, then cool. I’m curious how it would work as far as hunting laws in some states (rifle vs pistol ect.) But it seems like a neat concept.

        My primary interest in firearms is self defense and law enforcement. As such, I could see some relevance in short barreled .308 as a SWAT weapon, if the ballistics hold up as you say. Most of our engagements are under 50 yards, so a 20+ inch barrel is probably overkill. Like I said, I’m not a .308 guy, pretty much into handguns, 5.56 rifles, and pistol caliber carbines. But always cool to see something new and learn something.

        • Some states have extended or separate handgun hunting seasons. Not sure if any restrict using a handgun during primary/rifle season as long as any minimum caliber restriction is met?

          Many states do not allow you to keep a rifle loaded in your vehicle, but those laws don’t apply to handguns.

          Keep in mind our part is the chassis and it accepts any Remington 700 short action footprint action. Many of our customers will be building rifles. We built a 20-inch 6.5 Creedmoor and made hits past a mile with it. There are lots of stocks you can attach to our rear picatinny rail and we’re making two Stock Options of our own very soon.

          We’ve already had two orders from SWAT that we know of. One was from the department’s sniper and it sounds like he intends to drop his existing barreled action into our chassis. The other one was specifically looking to make something far shorter.

          If you go on our chassis product page and down to the details section I ran a handful of different factory loads over a chronograph from the 10″ barrel and the data is there:

        • The chassis accepts any Remington 700 short action footprint action. You can build whatever you’d like, pistol or rifle! Lots of stocks can be used on it now and we’ll have our own Stock Options soon.

  3. I’m surprised no ones done this on such a scale before. Q has their pistol Fix in the works, and some guy online has a straight-pull 300BLK pistol that looks like Han Solo’s blaster (though without a buffer tube or brace).

    This has some serious potential if you fellas can shave weight down to a minimum. Skeletonize stuff, carbon fiber wrapped barrels, titanium, etc. Folding or collapsible braces (MPX/MCX style). AR mag compatability. Simple pic rail for optics.

    Short, stuff barrels, sub loads, damn quiet and accurate. Plenty for game within 100-125yds.

      • If I had a drill press I’d be cutting into an upper receiver and modifying a BCG to make my own. It’s a sweet concept. I’d do a MPX-style brace adaptor (vertical pic rail) on the female buffer tube threads threads, having the same effect as the firearms in this article. Simple, fast action, very lightweight, AR mags, AR everything compatability…beautiful!

  4. Is handgun metallic silouiette (sp) still a thing? I competed in that in the early ‘80’s. And a lotOf the unlimited shooters used Remington XP 100s. Is this a possible replacement?

  5. I imagine you or Chris have built a complete pistol during testing. Without a can, optic, or ammo, about what did it weigh?

    • Yes sir, we’ve built a few. And a rifle. But the weight of actions and barrels varies greatly so I’d hate to just throw a random number at you. The chassis is 14 oz and the FARend about 2 oz.

      Pierce titanium action is like 18.5 oz. Factory Remington 700 short action is 1 lb 13.5 oz (receiver, bolt, and trigger). Defiance Ultralight 26 oz, Tactical 35 oz.

      The barrels we’ve used are of a heavy profile. Sendero or even heavier. With our new barrels seen in the photos above and a factory action, the total weight including chassis, FARend, ERGO grip, SB Tactical FS1913 brace, and 6.5-inch 300 BLK barrel is 5 lbs dead on the nose. Switch that barrel out for a 10.5-inch .458 SOCOM and you’re at 5.48 lbs.

      ^^^ that’s still missing a few small items like the recoil lug (sorry, don’t have one handy at the moment), a magazine, and rings or a rail for an optic but it’s most everything that weighs more than a few grams.

      • Definitely on the order of the extreme lightweight ARs, but without a pencil thin barrel and the dedicated closed-action quietness of a bolt gun. Thanks for the data.

    • The chassis has a bolt notch on each side. It’s ready for a left-handed action. Anything Remington 700 short action footprint will fit, whether left- or right-handed.

  6. Jeremy,

    Regarding a 300BLK build kit:

    If I’ve only got a 5” .30cal cal (Thunderbeast), I’m concerned that the 6” barrel will still have enough powder unburned to be significantly louder than the 9” barrel. I value light weight and a shorter barrel delivers, but what are your thoughts on just going 9” to achieve nearly complete powder burn and reap the benefit of better suppression with a stubby can?

    • I doubt you’ll be able to hear a difference with subsonic ammo on the 6.5″ vs. 9″ barrel. If you do it’ll be tiny. You probably will be able to distinguish some difference when shooting supersonic ammo. I doubt it’ll be much of a difference, but I bet you could ID which was which.

      The 300 BLK cartridge was designed for a full powder burn within a 9″ barrel, but that’s a bigger concern for supers. Most of the subs are running fast-burning powder and will be done well before the 9-inch mark. If you plan on hunting with supersonic ammo I’d probably go 9″ for the additional velocity bump. If you’re planning on shooting subsonic most or all of the time I’d have no reservations about the 6.5″.

      Did I mention it only takes about 15 minutes to swap out one of our barrels for a different one of our barrels? 😉

      • Thanks. It would mostly be a 150gr super load, though not as fast a load as the 110-120gr supers. I’ve found it to be a happy medium on suppressed noise reduction, ballistic drop within 150yds, and hog/deer terminal punch.

  7. Looks like great stuff Jeremy!
    I’m betting you have a winner.

    Any chance you’ll look to other actins? Like Savage or ?

    • Oh yes. We have a whole queue of chassis to fit other actions in the works. Prototype for the 10/22 is being machined right now. There’s HOWA, Savage, Tikka, and many others in line as well plus another we’re well underway with already that has to stay under wraps for the time being.

  8. When I first saw this I was thinking WTAF?

    However, it’s actually kinda cool and something, with a few mods, I could see buying.

    Once again Jeremy sends me down the tax stamp rabbit hole. Dammit Jeremy!

    • Unless you’re talking muzzle accessories, nothing mentioned in this article or on the company’s website requires a tax stamp. That’s half the beauty of it.

  9. Taking bolt action recoil to the shoulder via a 1″x1″ brace seems brutal. Is it on par with a ksg or similar lightweight pump shotty with slugs?

    • It’s not bad at all. Keep in mind when you do a short barrel it reduces the muzzle energy, which reduces the recoil. (P.S. the FS1913 brace is 1.25″ wide and a hair under 5″ tall at rear)

  10. This is very slick.

    You should also consider selling a kit witout an arm brace so that people who want to build an SBR don’t have to pay for the brace.

  11. If you are doing your own actions in house, are you planning to offer one that utilizes SR25 mags for short action and/or ar15 mags for micro action?

    • We aren’t planning that yet… Right now we want our chassis to work with as many actions as possible and really aren’t looking to make a unique-to-us (or darn close) complete firearm.

  12. Damn that is a nice bit of kit. wish i could buy one…. once set up might have to make something

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