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Alright, alright, alright. A third category of rear accessory for firearms has dropped. We’ve had shoulder stocks since the invention of the long gun, we’ve had pistol braces for about a decade, and now we have pistol supports. New from Black Collar Arms is the APS, or Adjustable Pistol Support.

Designed to be a second or third point of contact for a large format pistol, the APS provides a stable, height-adjustable rest for the rear of the pistol.

While a pistol brace is designed to brace against the shooter’s body — typically on the forearm — for extended-arm firing of the pistol, the Black Collar Arms APS isn’t designed to contact the shooter’s body. Instead, it supports the weight of a pistol on a shooting bench, the ground, or another solid surface and it provides vertical point of aim adjustment.

TTAG’s time with these prototype Adjustable Pistol Supports showed the APS to be a rock solid shooting platform and a decent place to rest one’s cheek when shooting accurate pistols designed for longer ranges that have, until now, lacked a good way to solidly support the rear end.

The first model to be sold by Black Collar Arms will be a finished (this is a rough-and-dirty prototype that we saw during SHOT Show) version of this clamp-on unit.

It’s designed to clamp to any pistol buffer tube or any adapter made for a Gear Head Works Tailhook MOD 1.

On a buffer tube, of course, it can slide forward (as in the previous photo) and rearward (pic above) to align with a given shooting bench, rock, side-by-side dashboard, hunting blind, or other support surface.

Height adjustment is achieved by simply rotating the monopod.

Black Collar Arms says the production version will have the ability to accept popular bipod feet (likely Magpul bipod-compatible feet) in the bottom. Given that bipod feet are available in styles ranging from rubber bumpers to machined aluminum spikes, that will give the user a lot of options to accommodate different support surfaces and shooting styles.

Shipping is supposed to begin within approximately 90 days. Pricing isn’t set yet, but is estimated to be around $149. Info can be found at Black Collar Arms HERE.

 

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    • The AFT would only care if it saw companies marketing it with photos of people shouldering & cheeking it like a stock. As long as companies play a smarter game this time and stick with pics like those shown above…

      • avatar Geoff "A day without an apparently brain-damaged mentally-ill demented troll is like a day of warm sunshine" PR

        Have you noticed ever since public comments were requested by the BATF on 80 percent receivers and what is, or is not a brace, that we haven’t heard a decision for them yet?

        I’m wondering if they are deliberately not saying a word until after the mid-term elections, since pissing us off will make their losses at the polls even worse.

        Just spit ‘balling here…

      • “…& cheeking it like a stock.”

        So, we’re all just gonna pretend that Image #4 doesn’t show Jeremy “cheeking it like a stock”?

  1. I think this one is a legit ATF compliant feature. That would be a little sharp to use as a brace on anything with any recoil.

    • As shown in the HK pic, for example, where is the recoil going to go? It looks like that piece shown against his cheek will move. And even if it’s just moving a little at recoil, it would seem like any sharp corner on that arm is “going to leave a mark”.

      • My first concern on seeing this thing, then hearing that you could add a spike on the bottom, was that it’s going to take a beating rubbing against any hard surface, even with the minimal recoil of 5.56 NATO.

        It will have to be a tough little son of a bitch to not get metal fatigue or other deformation after a couple of quick 30-round mag dumps.

  2. For hunting type pistols, as shown above, I think this could be a real winner. Not for $150 but since it’s a clamp, a bolt, and a fancy nut the market will be flooded with cheap alternatives before the end of 2023

  3. Who in the world has a pistol length carbine dedicated to long range use?? This is one of the dumbest things I’ve seen in a long time.

    • It’s like asking “Who would buy a pistol with a brace when they aren’t disabled, or can perfectly support a pistol with 2 hands?” As long as no one goes to the ATF with a letter asking for clarification, we should all be fine and dandy

  4. You’re kidding, right? More crap. Go to Freedom Arms booth. They’ll have a real handgun there you can talk about.

  5. Turning the foot scores of times to extend and retract it would be pain. An improvement would be a quick, coarse adjustment. Lots of clamps and monopods have a button that opens the threads and lets the foot drop. The button is then released, and the foot rotated for fine adjustment.

    Another suggestion is a locking hinge that allows the support to be folded forward, parallel to the tube, for more compact transport.

    Are there any rulings on it?? Is there a letter from BATFE that says it doesn’t count as a stock for their proposed SBR definitions? Even if it doesn’t count, it doesn’t mean they won’t change their mind later. Does a gun intended to sit on 3 points of contact count as held by one hand, or might it be called an AOW?

  6. Innovative, but better mousetrap this is not. Points for effort against the FEDz though. It bears stating again and again. “You can’t stop the signal.”

  7. It looks like a common, off the shelf buttpod / monopod, usually coupled with legs / bipod at the front to create tripod support. Of course the article says this.

    So.. what’s new? That this one can be moved to the very back of the buffer tube and turned into a stock work around?

  8. This reminds me of the “Benchrest Rifle” (aka Rail gun) that is basically a tabletop artillery piece. It is a curious matter of semantics if this is even a handgun since it is designed to shoot from a table top instead of when held. If modified a little further it would probably just be a “firearm”.

  9. And now for the two most important questions of all: is that Jeremy in the photos? And is he wearing his cowboy hat with the custom molded indentation/retention on the top for a North American Arms mini-revolver?

  10. Seems like an item that has a very niche set of uses but where one has such uses this thing seems like it should do well.

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