Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thorsden® Tube Cover: Product Review

Thorsden® Tube Cover: Product Review

If you have been paying close attention to the firearms world in the past 10 months or so, you will have noticed the introduction of the Sig SB15 Stabilizing Brace to the market…and the roller coaster that has followed.  During its brief time in the limelight it has generally confused the ever-loving hell out of nearly everyone in the market. Is it legal? Is it not legal? Well, in short: yes.

Basically, the ATF has issued an opinion letter stating that if you build an AR pistol with the SB15 on it with the intent of firing it from the shoulder, you have created an SBR.  It remains, however, completely legal for purchase, ownership, and use on a firearm as the manufacturer intended.  Now, the key word to look at in all this is: intend.  Intent is a very hard thing to prove and an even harder thing to enforce.  Given that, I built my AR pistol as an augment to my daily carry configuration.  I intended it to be used in accordance with all state and federal laws. That being said, sometimes things may need to be employed in ways they were not necessarily designed to be used. I believe as a responsible gun owner, you should practice for those eventualities.

All of these things aside, I have decided to step away from the Sig Brace. This decision is more personal than anything else and has to do with Sig’s decision as I see it, not to support shooters rights, but that is neither here nor there.  At this time, I have fallen completely in love with the Thorsden® Tube Cover. There is little to no confusion on its design and as of yet and Thorsden® hasn’t played the “what about now game” that has gone on with Sig.  For example, no one has mounted a Thorsden® on a grenade launcher and asked if it was still appropriate legally. Like Sig, Thorsden® explicitly states that it is not designed to be fired from the shoulder.  It does however provide a design which one can use as a cheek reference point, and with the addition of the CAA® Side Saddle Kit (see picture below), a storage options for batteries.

Another nifty feature is the fact that the Thorsden® Tube Cover can be mounted on a standard carbine buffer tube.  No need to buy a second tube if you are planning on making an SBR down the line, just throw a tube cover on it until your Form 1 or Form 4 comes back.

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