Ever wanted to shoot your much bigger guns in a similar fashion to that of a handgun. Having something that ensures your rifle can be shot with a single hand is most gun enthusiast dream and fortunately, the SIGTac’s decide to make this dream come true. Introducing the SIGTac’s SBX15 Pistol Stabilizing Brace. This amazing item ensures users will always be able to make the very best single handed shot while simultaneously reducing the impact of recoil. This beauty was invented and manufactured by Alex Boso of SB Tactical. As you can guess from the implications of its name, it’s designed to help shooters support and stabilize their weapons such as the AR15 and so on.
Other than this brace, options for controlling the AR 15 in a pistol like a mode without the brace include, holding the AR15 one handed in a similar fashion to a regular handgun. Weight remains somewhat of an issue. The gun’s Long length causes the weapons to twist in the hand when recoil kicks in. Using the support hand on the handguard in order to stabilize the front in a modified weaver stance. While the grip may help with the weight issue for each hand it puts pressure on the handgun in a different direction cause all sorts of problem for accuracy when shooting. It also deploys a short sling over the head and across the wielders back with both hands on the handgun, pushing the weapon forward to create tension against the sling. As you can read for yourself. These options aren’t particularly effective for including accuracy to a fundamentally inaccurate platform.
The brace itself was designed in order to dock with the AR15. This brace comes along with a rubber attachment that allows a seamless slide over the handguns buffer tube. An open-ended cuff directly right below the tube fits around the shooter’s main arm, far beyond the wrist. The wielder tightens the webbed straps to secure the cuff around the arm.
When I first manage to get my hands on this weapon accessory, I was quite excited to try it out. I unpacked the brace and immediately began installing it as soon as I got it off the delivery guy hands. I skimmed quickly through the instruction manual on how to install this thing and got the general idea of how to attach it to my AR15. Real simple actually, just have to push it right in.
I proceeded to push the open-ended part of the brace right into the pistol tube and met with some problems. That’s right problems. After a couple of more tries, i decide it was time to buckle down and actually read the manual quite thoroughly. One of the pages stated that it helps to use a dry lubrication such as talcum powder to help it slip the brace smoothly in. Well, I decided to heed its instructions and powered the tube and tried again. Once again I had trouble inserting it in.
I decide to re-powder the tube and even coated the inside of the brace as well. Still not the results I wanted to receive, it only went in a few inches short of the goal. I began to reread the manual in my everlasting frustration again and noticed one part that stated that the brace fits on tubes with measurements of 1.1 and 1.2 inches wide. Reading manuals can be really annoying and frustrating at times.
Unfortunately for me, my tube was measured to be at 1.25 inches. I had assumed that the tube would be mil spec and that the brace would be able to still fit in with no problem. Of course, my assumptions led me to mess up severely and I suffered for it. Mainly due to mil spec never being a thing for AR pistols for those who are not aware as to why I screwed up badly. The creator for the bracers has stated in the past that he found it amazing to find so many varieties in length and diameter for tubes. After dealing with one buffer tube, I went on to try with another.
This took longer than it should have to change though, mainly due to how stubborn I can be at times when it comes to performing alternative solutions. I kept trying to get the bracer in, convinced that it was still possible to squeeze the darn accessory incompletion. All I needed to do was continue to apply more lubricant and pound the rest in. After a while, I succeeded in doing just that to the point where the brace was practically on, save for half an inch away from the receiver. Even so, have it distanced away from the receiver by a little bit was just dandy. The brace can totally fit into a 1.25-inch tube, but it’s not completely recommended as it stretches the limits placed on the accessory.
One neat feature to keep in mind about this bracer is that it extends beyond the castle nut and fits directly into the indent in receiver end plate. This ensures the bracer doesn’t rotate while in action. Also, it does not completely need to fully connect the brace against the endplate, it all depends on what kind of taste you have. While it may not have been the tightest fit against the endplate I found the bracer to be firmly in place and didn’t rotate while in use.
Does it work well?
Now let’s get to the main important part of this topic and why you’re really reading this. This bracer is incredibly amazing and very beneficial for those who are disabled and wish they could continue shooting an AR15 pistol. It’s really amazing how many issues this bracer has managed to solve for disabled veterans that want to not only shoot their favorite weapon but ensure they have a way of shooting it safely and keep their families safe.
By including the second point of contact, this brace distributes the weight over a larger number of muscles and eradicates any tendency from the muzzle to drop down because of the forward weight. Furthermore, it also erases the side-to-side wiggle problem when handled. Although, shooting for a couple of minutes will rapidly remind you that the AR is quite a heavy weapon regardless of the brace or not.
With all of that said, you’ve got to become adaptable with your grip and stance. This is due to the bracer binding the wielder’s forearm to the firearm, the pistol can no longer be moved in the direction of the chest to centralize the pistol in front of the dominant eye. This can be quite difficult for most people to understand until you personally experience it for yourself. Even so, it does require some serious operational and familiarity to gain mastery over it.
Legal Issues to be aware of.
Since the cuff portions of the brace were created with a somewhat firm rubber, the wielder can use the pistol brace as a shoulder stock when backed against their body. Although some concerns should be taken into consideration. Doing this will, in turn, make the pistol become an illegal short-barreled rifle. According to the logic provided by the ATF, they’ve concluded and ultimately decided in its approval letter. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives sent the company and its invent a definitive missive.
“The submitted forearm brace, when attached to a firearm does not convert that weapon to be fired from the shoulder and would not alter the classification of a pistol or other firearm. While a firearm so equipped would still be regulated by the Gun Control Act, such a firearm would NOT BE subject to NFA controls.” ATF.
As you can read the paragraph above, this allows the bracers to be used on the pistol or rifle without allowing it to convert the weapon into something that would subject it to NFA rulings. This also tends to open whole other set problems, but we’ll cover that in a moment.
Shouldering the bracer would be a misuse of how the bracer was intended to be used. What this means is that it would be used in a manner not consistent or originally intended for, which is a pistol handler. Using this weapon accessory in a manner that’s different from its original purpose intentions does not necessarily make its use or the devices itself become an illegal product.
Shoulders the pistol buffer tube doesn’t transform the AR pistol into a short-barreled rifle. Instead of utilizing a bipod mounted on a pistol as a forward vertical grip and does not make the pistol become and illegal AOW. Also, firing the pistol with both hands does not change it into a rifle even though the definition for a pistol is a firearm mainly designed to be fired single-handedly.
The ATF has given their approval for the use of this accessory as a bracer for shooting a pistol single-handedly. Using it in a far different manner than originally intend it will not change the classification of the device or even the firearm. Make sure to keep this in mind for future references and use, just in case you end up in a bad spot.
While I was at the range to try out my new SB15 attached pistol, I decided to take some shots with the bracer both on and off. I definitely got what I asked for, with the stability being immensely enhanced and recoil was much smoother to control. There only two steps when it comes to increasing the comfort and accuracy for the weapon. First of all, make sure you keep the firearm to the side of your dominant eye, angling the gun slightly inwards. Don’t snug the strap on too tightly against the forearm. If the brace becomes too tighter, it won’t be as forgiving as you wish it to be.
After that, tip your head towards the firearm to bring the eye in line within the sights.
While this method may place you in a much more different position then you would normally be when shooting without the brace attached, it works some real wonders. Other available options for your shooting comforts, is to shoot in the traditional target shooting stance, that’s completely bladed to the target.
After I had my fill at the local range, I decided to head straight home and noticed that the bracer had finally embraced itself forwards towards the rest of the receiver. Funny enough, I didn’t feel it happen while I was shooting to my heart’s content. Apparently, the recoil was strong enough to give it the extra push it needed to make its complete entry.
This bracer has become quite amazing in the gun community and it’s especially held in highlight with disabled veterans around. It has immense benefits for anyone who enjoys hunting or links with their trusty AR15 pistol. These beauties can be found in almost any gun store around and purchased online if there isn’t one close enough carrying it. While Sig Saur continues to release a variety of new bracers every once in awhile, I can’t wait to see what kind of improvements and adjustments they continue to make for this fine piece of weapon accessory.
If you need further reassurance that this bracer can be of some great use, then look around at raving reviews it’s received from customers around the country. Or you can visit your favorite gun forum and ask their opinion on this matter as well. Heck, you can even search videos of people using this brace to its full extent. The main fact that this product was originally intended to help wounded and disabled U.S veterans and is completely manufactured right in the USA only makes the creation for this even better. The SB15 Pistol Stabilization Brace is a fantastic product that embodies the American spirit of entrepreneurship
Regardless of your personal choice on purchasing this accessory, it;s personally left with me a satisfied feeling for making this purchase and it’s definitely getting a complete usage on the AR15 pistol.