Making An AR-15 Pistol Suck Less And Helping Disabled Veterans In The Process

AR15.com member / veteran AlexBosco knocks it out of the park with this one:

Mmmmm up close it looks like it’s made out of cake:

About the product:

I have been developing with the Chief Prosthetis at local Veterans Hospital a Stabilizing Brace (SB15) for the ar15 pistol, and a few other pistols that are similar in format, that I think all of us here will appreciate. I haven’t posted anything sooner because I’ve been waiting for the “Patent Pending Approval” from my patent lawyer and the phone call from the ATF giving me the verbal ok. The ATF has finally given me the verbal ok over the phone and I am expecting the Approval letter shortly, which I will post once received. I am a veteran and after 12 years of service and various deployments I have some mobility issues with my shooting hand and arm and the intent of the SB15 is to assist those with limited strength or mobility while shooting from the one-handed pistol precision stance or one handed supported stance.

That’s awesome.  I really hope he doesn’t charge more than $120 for it.  I imagine the market is a lot bigger than he originally might anticipate.  A lot of people with perfectly fine mobility are going to want this thing just to make their AR pistol suck less (those of you that don’t have SBRs know what I mean).  If he tries to charge $150 for instance, people might as well just add another $50 and go the SBR route.  I’ve never worked with foam rubber, but I’m assuming it’s not any more expensive than the usual polymers.  If he keeps to the design pictured, the mold wouldn’t be that complicated either so I don’t anticipate the start-up costs being out of hand.

Alex says the final product will be available in black, tan, and olive drab.

You can read the full post and see more pictures over at AR-15.com

Thoughts?

Hat tip: Eugene, Don

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USSMunkfish November 29, 2012 at 01:20 am

Huh, I would never have thought of that. So many times I look at a new AR-15 accessory and think “I could have/already did come up with that!” This is one of the most original things I’ve seen. Can’t tell how well it would work, but I sure would like to try it.

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Church November 29, 2012 at 02:06 am

Pure genius!! I hope it works out well for him because I’m sure he has a solid market to work with.

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Linoge November 29, 2012 at 05:45 am

Wow. I am honestly somewhat amazed the BATFE signed off on that… Of course, bear in mind that the BATFE has a recorded history of whimsically retracting those “Approval letters” once a large number of people start using whatever it was they originally approved.

And there is no “grandfathering” for such retractions.

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denver chris November 29, 2012 at 10:35 am

As am I. Who knows what the ATF is smoking when they approve stuff like this, and bumpfire stocks, but retroactively ban all of those Ruger 10/22 stocks that simulated full auto fire on the technicality that the stock, being spring-loaded, constituted a machine gun. Who knows?

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denver chris November 29, 2012 at 10:36 am

with that being said, good on you Alex for doing something like this.

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ENDO-Mike November 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Yea I agree, definitely surprising.

And there is no “grandfathering” for such retractions.

Yea that is bullshit!

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cc19 November 29, 2012 at 02:49 pm

Yeah, we’ve all heard at some point about their infamous ruling that shoe lace qualifies as a machine gun.

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John November 30, 2012 at 03:43 am

The ATF isn’t really anti-gun; just tend not to use the color of authority, and go by the letter of the law.

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PJ December 1, 2012 at 10:42 am

Given the stuff they’ve done in the past I’m really not buying that.

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Alex November 29, 2012 at 07:55 am

Just to let you all know…I’d like to keep the price under $100. The problem is I’ve used up most of the money I’ve saved over the years in Patent Lawyer fees…but I will keep everyone posted…Thanks again!
Alex

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Alex November 29, 2012 at 08:10 am

Oh and just remember that the photos above are a prototype and will not be that rough in finish.

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Spud November 29, 2012 at 11:49 am

Nice work Alex. Cant wait to see the finial product.

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AR GUY November 29, 2012 at 01:44 pm

Nice Job! Do you happen to have a weight of this on the pistol unloaded? I ask because my state has a restriction on what is considered a pistol and one thing is weight. Thanks!

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denver chris November 29, 2012 at 02:21 pm

Your state? Implying you live in the United States? What state enforces this restriction? California or New York would be my first guesses. How arbitrary.

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Alex November 29, 2012 at 04:18 pm

Yeah, this is new to me, and I’m originally from New Jersey. But I just weighed one of the prototypes and it comes it and a little over 10oz. Hope this helps.

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Arm3nian November 29, 2012 at 06:18 pm

Shut up and take my money!!!!

Also I think it will be cool as hell to get that thing covered in fabric of a sort, like desert digital camo pattern or something…

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John Fritz November 29, 2012 at 07:04 pm

Outstanding product! It’ll get dirty quick, how do you clean it off?

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PJ November 29, 2012 at 07:18 pm

This thing gets to market and I might actually consider getting an AR pistol.

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AAFES Hot Dog Guy November 30, 2012 at 10:58 am

Same here. I was planning on waiting until I’m 21 and saving up to turn my AR-15 into a SBR, but this looks pretty awesome!

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PJ November 30, 2012 at 04:05 pm

I always figured a 16″ barrel was about perfect for a 5.56 carbine. I’m thinking either pistol caliber or .300 Blackout w/ suppressor.

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Alex November 29, 2012 at 07:36 pm

The rubber colored prototype does get dirty pretty quick. A little dish detergent and it comes clean right away. I already have a neoprene cover, but it needs a little work. Again…I’m doing this with money I’ve saved and my wife is really maintaining the family while I’m doing this, god bless her!

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kevin November 29, 2012 at 08:37 pm

Alex – create a video and raise the cash here – http://www.kickstarter.com/
Any issues or questions beyond the submission process about presentation just ask.
Oh and the product name…. the ‘Brace-L3T’.

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Alex November 30, 2012 at 01:36 pm

Thanks for the advice Kevin…much appreciated. I wrote to kickstarter but I’m not sure they will do it as it has to do with the weapons industry…but we’ll see. The product name is up for debate between my wife and I at the moment. Something catchy is important and I will suggest the Brace-L3T tonight. What made you come up with that name?

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Jayson November 30, 2012 at 02:00 pm

Uh, holy shit, Dianne Feinstein just pooped herself. This is WAY WORSE THAN A SHOULDER THING THAT GOES UP. Can you imagine how many innocent civilians will die because of this. FUcking GUN NUTS

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David August 10, 2014 at 02:07 pm

Alex, I Know this has been up for a while but I was ignoring AR pistols because I wanted one so bad !
“Out of sight, out of mind” kind of a thing.
THIS has tipped the scales in the right direction ! So now I’m building a 7 inch 300 AAC with a Spikes Hellbreaker lower (Yep, Aircraft Mechanic).
I am also a veteran, and one that is “retired” and under military disability, but I HAD to thank you for doing this !
I still go out and shoot C.M.P. and High Power, just a little differently than others.
It’s just too much damn fun to not do it !!!
T H A N K YOU for doing this, I can’t say it enough !!!
Now how the hell do I find one ? They’re sold out every where ! LOL ! CONGRATS !
And it’s a hell of a fine job !

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Work at home edu income March 18, 2015 at 11:11 am

Yes! Finally something about money making process.

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