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  1. I have (not in the thread here, though)... have you seen the picture that the Q released, which isn’t directly said to be from an ATF opinion letter, but is definitely identical in format to other letters? I mean, ‘13 and 9/16”’ is a very odd number to be specified in this entire situation without some sort of reason behind it. And it’s funny that Q’s corrected measurement is like 13.33” (if I remember correctly; if not, is pretty close to that)... which hovers right around that 13.5” in a very convenient way. https://www.gunsamerica.com/digest/honey-badger-sbr-decision-put-on-pause-a-possible-reason-for-classification/ That being said, this is not just a simple back/forth between ATF and Q. Q does have lawyers guiding their release of material related to this situation. Just because one letter, which was topping two months old when it was finally released, came out... does not mean it is the only letter. I definitely suggest listening to the YouTube interview between the owner of Q and Tim from Military Arms Channel (the one with the owner from SB Tactical also gives a lot of background in what the industry was looking for over the years). He does a good job pointing out that there is a lot more behind the scenes info, and is being directed from his attorneys to not put it all out in the open. The August letter was likely released to give Honey Badger owners the info required for making their decision on how to move forward... not to mention it specifies the actual cease/desist (sort of important to get out to the owners). ATF has been floating that 13.5” LOP for at least two or three years. I agree that there is not one statute in the CFR or USC related to 13.5” LOP... but which side of the fence do you want to be on when it is pretty clear on what they are trying to do? Even the 60 day pause on this decision is clearly being done to see where the chips will fall after the election. Personally, I really don’t care that much about it (whether 13.5” is the limit for LOP). 12.5” is fine for me with my AR pistol. But I’m not going to give someone asking about it a partial answer, especially with everything going on now.
  2. The current situation with the Q Honey Badger... which the ATF incorrectly measured the brace and stated it is over 13.5” (there is a picture floating around of a tape measure angled to make the LOP over that number; correct measurements should be taken parallel to the bore... which Q supplied showing it is under that mark). But it has been the issue with braces over the years... no actual specifications on what is legal, and ATF becomes the deciding factor in them (which an agency within the Executive Branch is not supposed to decide that... they are supposed to enforce the law).
  3. Officially, there is no statute that has anything about length of pull and braces. But really... a brace wasn’t designed to be shouldered, so really LOP can not apply. From the BS that the ATF has pulled with Q among other mentions of it... 13.5” seems to be their cut off of saying it is a magically a stock. If I remember correctly, the A5 adds 0.75” to the length of a standard carbine buffer tube. So, if your brace setup is less than 12.75” with the standard tube... you should be good. Food for thought... the SBA3 gives you 12.5” LOP standard. The SBA4 is 13.25” standard. By basic logic, the SBA3 would be good to keep it under that mark with the A5... giving you roughly the same length as the SBA4. If ATF’s BS limit is correct (again that isn’t on any official document supplied to the public or private company that states as much), an A5 tube and SBA4 would be a Waco/Ruby Ridge type of problem.
  4. Not that confusing in my eyes... fired round that you have to manually eject is along the lines of a malfunction (talking about semi-autos). So, the rifle is not ready to fire at that time... when in most circumstances, it should be (you pull the trigger on a semi-auto, fired case is ejected/new round is chambered). Unless you train to the point that you’d likely be wearing out that bolt tail quick/fast/in a hurry, you are going to be shooting it unfolded 99.9% of the time. That means the subsequent rounds will go off without cycling the action. Where are you going to default to? All the YouTube videos showing it does work folded are nice, but what happens when you are amped up, don’t unfold the gun, and treat it as a malfunction? Bolt is locked up, charging handle isn’t moving... not something I’d want to be diagnosing under stress. It is a lot easier to perform that task when you have a camera recording (which can edit out mistakes), and nothing is being fired back at you. I rather chamber a round from Jump Street knowing the gun will fire until empty than maybe fire folded, unfold, and possibly not cycle the action... leaving a spent case in the chamber. Gun isn’t going to go off when you need it to after that point. Consistency is a very nice thing to have in your corner. Grab the gun, try moving the selector to safe... it doesn’t. Obviously, the hammer is down and nothing is in the chamber. Chamber a round, either you are ready to fire or you are putting on the safety. And the biggest part... no odd quirks to consider. Besides, it isn’t what I’m using to shoot from the driver’s seat. Having it folded and getting into the fight isn’t the biggest concern for why I have it (it sits in my truck at some work locations where long guns are not present; or if I was ever off duty, and something along the lines of an active shooter occurred). If it were a big enough concern, it would be a pistol that fires 100% from the folding orientation (my AK-P... for example). I don’t see the negatives outweighing the positives, especially when not needing the shorter profile... and that doesn’t even get into the $270 price tag.
  5. I was looking at it for my truck gun... but not a fan of it firing folded... then having to cycle the action once the brace is deployed. The tail that fits in the bolt isn’t that nice to have to deal with (extra complexity when taking the gun down). I also don’t keep it with a round in the chamber. I guess CBP is running off on me... been stowing it in hot standby (hammer down, on fire, loaded magazine inserted). I confirmed zero today since I just got my upper back... and did it instinctively. I’ve been doing upkeep on our M4s at the port, so do it to each rifle every other month. Besides, my AR pistol is damn near close to 26”... I think maybe 1/8” short... and it is pretty compact as it sits. It might be more compact folded, but so was my PSA AK-P. Firing it like that guy with the plated AK underfolder in that movie 13 Hours isn’t too effective. Yes, you can send rounds downrange... but not going to be as accurate as if you utilized the brace. If I do a folding pistol... I’ll probably do the BRN-180S and then I don’t necessarily need to do the buffer tube. Fill the hole with a 1913 adapter, and can use a lighter setup.
  6. For the original question... no, you can’t put it on your other firearm. OAL is important, and must be over 26”. ATF changed their view, and the measurement is not done with braces unfolded... which is the opposite of how long guns are measured. What also put the death nail in the Black Aces DT, as was folders on TAC-14/Shockwave firearms. The folding setup would put OAL well under 26”. If you install it on your firearm, it will either make it a pistol (illegal) or an AOW, if you leave on the foregrip.
  7. I have the Caldwell... first one was defective. Called up, sent a replacement. Haven’t had a chance to try it, but actually turns on.
  8. That being said, can always put a brace on it, judging it doesn’t fold. I’m AOWing my TAC-14 for that reason (folding brace), since the current measuring method says it would be 24”. If you get out of NJ and decide to go NFA with it, I feel it is more efficient than SBS, mainly for transportation reasons. Plus, put the stock grip back on, back to the original format. SBS, you have to put an 18” barrel on to make it back to non-NFA status, since it was turned into a shotgun.
  9. You want broke? That got an all expense paid trip back to Adams Arms... and my PSA AK-P out as my truck gun.
  10. Different situation... but electronic media is covered under our (CBP’s) border search authority. It is a tool, but most people know that if it is something we abuse... we will lose it fast. Regular travelers... I don’t think I’ve heard of a phone being searched. Possible terrorist ties, organized crime, or something along those lines... it is usually considered for obvious reasons. That being said, it is required to put it on Airplane mode prior to a search, specifically because our authority does not extend to Cloud services. If there is a loaded page that gives Cloud info, it is fair game... judging you aren’t going to be able to look further than file names or thumbnails (unless the owner downloaded it previously). Not too knowledgeable on what the protocol would be for Cloud access, if we could even get it with a warrant. Whether or not NJ views Cloud data as the same as what’s on the phone... no idea. I doubt it, due to the fact that the info isn’t located at a specific location. However, there are multiple people that I’ve seen have child porn on their phones due to What’sApp downloading attachments to the phone. Literally heard that excuse twice within a month. So, worrying about the Cloud isn’t as important as what people don’t notice is being downloaded on the phone, itself.
  11. A few days before the storm hit that area, we paroled in a bunch of Canadian linemen. One group went down to northern NJ. Others were in MA and CT.
  12. I have one of theirs on my AR pistol... but haven’t shot it with it. Regular A2 was LOUD! Hoping that some of the sound is directed forward with it.
  13. I have a PSA AK-P... not NJ legal, but their GF3 line is good to go. I’d put it above my WASR. But if the market is like anywhere else, probably not going to find anything AK pattern out there. When I lived in NJ, HGW would have a few on the racks from time to time. Monmouth Arms is a great place to look, as well.
  14. Responding to a shooting... mainly off duty. On duty... I didn’t personally invest anything in that one. I forget who does the armor for DHS/CBP, but it is only Level IIIA. That is pretty much a standard across L/E, but I prefer a little higher if I have a choice. Am I likely going to be facing someone with M855 and an AR? Probably not... but the plates that stop that stop the calibers the less rated plates stop. I still have my DKX armor in the house (Level III), mainly if I have time if someone was breaking in. But in my truck, I keep AR500 Level III+ in there majority of the time. I do it for two reasons. First, I could conceivably use it in addition to my issued armor... same with my AR pistol, if something happened at work. Also helps out in the one outport that does not have any long guns... which I’ve still been arguing for an M4 there and the other one past it. The other location, I have to drive through Canada... so I wouldn’t push that issue. Secondly, if I’m around town and crap goes south... toss it on and grab the AR. I preferred the AR500 since it is less picky with the environment (I don’t leave my issued armor or DKX in a hot truck all day). Add the extra set of patches that came with my other armor (use the ones that specifically say “Police”), and it should be good enough. That being said, definitely recommend to make sure your armor is fitted correctly. I’ve seen a few people put more of the plate on their belly instead of covering more vital areas.
  15. Best of luck for you NJ guys... might as well ask for some Vaseline. NJ law cannot be applied outside of NJ. NY land border, Delaware River, Hudson River, and the Atlantic Ocean is where NJ jurisdiction stops. Federal law is what you follow, if the jurisdiction you are in doesn’t have any laws for transferring firearms (like a requirement that you must go through an FFL unless X). If you do something wrong in PA... you deal with their courts. PA law is applied to you. NJSP isn’t filing charges on that side of the river... and if they tried to charge you with something done in PA, it wouldn’t take an Evan Nappen to get you off. Let’s say you own a house in PA and one in NJ (Seabright, a nice shore home; not a rental) ... PA driver’s license. You buy a Glock 36 (PA’s NICS... I think PICS... and a 4473), which you carry in PA on your carry permit. Going to spend two weeks at your NJ home, and want to stop at GSSC one of the days to practice. You clear your Glock, toss in a lockbox... have a bulk box of .45 FMJ, and drive straight to your place in Seabright. You break a law? Because that logic implies you did. I’ve said it previously, but if you purchase a firearm legally in another state you reside in... and move into NJ... you didn’t do a CoE or pistol permit for those guns. If it’s a private sale, you didn’t even do a 4473. That being said, I’d love to see the statute that they would use in that case. I guess Grewal’s thought process of unlimited jurisdiction is flowing down to other agencies. Sad to see the NJSP following suit. But hey, at least I don’t have to deal with them anymore.
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