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News Brief – 6/9

Michael Crites

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In this week’s gun news the ATF rains on the brace parade, Bushmaster promises a rebirth, Sig has a new weapon light, and the Beretta 1301 gets some love.

New ATF Rule on Pistol Braces

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The Department of Justice this week announced a proposed new rule on the diving point between a stabilizing brace and a stock on a pistol.

The rule includes a three-section worksheet, ATF Form 4999, that assesses pistols on weight (over 64 ounces is bad with 120 ounces very bad), length (12 to 26 inches), style of the brace, and such things as “peripheral accessories” like optics and bipods to come up with a score that tells you if the firearm in question is still a pistol with a brace or an illegal SBR– that needs a $200 tax stamp and a Form 1 to make legal again.

Alternatives to filing for a stamp include removing the brace, turning the pistol into a rifle with a barrel longer than 16 inches, or turning the firearm over to the ATF. Groups are trying to  “Save the Braces” and, once published, the rule is open to a 90-day public comment period, so stay tuned.

Speaking of braces…

New Magpul: MP BSL Arm Brace for the HK94/MP5

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The new MP BSL Arm Brace is billed by Magpul as a lightweight, collapsible arm brace that “aids the single-handed employment of HK94/MP5-pattern pistols while maintaining the iconic aesthetic of the firearm.”

Constructed using high-strength polymer it features a tool-less adjustment system that makes it easier to deploy and collapse the brace. The integrated QD sling attachment and ample surface area for lateral forearm contact reportedly dramatically increase stability while firing.

And, as its Magpul, there is an M-LOK slot included for other sling mounting options. It is listed as being compatible with HK94/MP5 pattern pistols, which likely includes lots of clones by people like Century, PTR, Zenith, and others, but is not compatible with HK91/G3 or SP89/SP5K/MP5K pattern firearms. The cost is $159.95.

Bushmaster Doing Lots of Teasing

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For the past four months, old-school black rifle maker Bushmaster has been saying on their Facebook page they are headed back in operation.

Founded originally in the 1970s, they were one of the first companies that wasn’t Colt to market AR-15 style rifles and pistols. Remington bought the company in 2006 but, with that firearm giant’s fall from the big green beanstalk last year, Franklin Armory purchased all its Bushmaster branding at a federal bankruptcy auction.

While the Bushmaster Firearms website is still listed as “under construction” their social media in recent weeks have been posting images of what appear to be new-made M4 Patrolman and Quick Response Carbine models. With the big NRA Show set for September, there may be a more formal announcement coming soon.

Sig Sauer FOXTROT1X

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Designed with a sliding rail interface adapter to fit any Picatinny 1913 rail while allowing for maximum location adjustment and flexibility, the new Sig Sauer FOXTROT1X weapon-mounted light brings 450 lumens along with it.

Ambidextrous, with finger-actuated push-button side switches in either momentary or latching mode function, the new Sig WML uses a single CR123 battery, with 1.5 hours of runtime, and has an IPX-7 waterproof rating. It will add 1.9-ounces to your gun and take $129.99 from your wallet.

“The FOXTROT1X brings a massive 450 lumens to your pistol,” said Andy York, President, SIG SAUER Electro-Optics. 

“The design, function, and ease of use makes the FOXTROT1X ideal for everyday carry and law enforcement and will fit a variety of holsters designed for handgun lights.”

Pennsylvania Game Commission Adopts the Beretta 1301 Tactical Shotgun

Beretta announced this week that the Pennsylvania Game Commission has ordered 250 customized Beretta 1301 Tactical shotguns “after an extensive testing and evaluation process” to replace their worn pump action guns.

 The 1301, a semi-auto with an 18.5-inch barrel and 7+1 magazine tube, uses Beretta’s BLINK gas system which is listed as being 36 percent faster during the cycle process than any other shotgun on the market today. It has been described interchangeably as “The Best Shotgun for the Money” and a tie with the Benelli M4 as “The Best Tactical Semi-Auto Shotgun”.

Special features of the Pennsylvania Game Commission shotguns include a Mesa Tactical Urbino stock with adjustable cheek piece with Limb Saver recoil pad and a Sure Shell six-round carrier with an integrated receiver length aluminum Picatinny rail to support mounting optics, lasers, or other accessories. A Nordic Components MXT magazine tube extension, multiple swivel attachment points, forward Picatinny rail, and flat dark earth finish, round out the scatter gun for the Keystone State game wardens.

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