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Final Rule ATF 2021-05F: The BATFE on 80% Frames

Monday, January 2nd, 2023

FINAL RULE ATF: Last week, the BATFE issued new guidance on the legality of 80% frame lowers like those manufactured by Polymer 80, Lone Wolf Arms, Nomad Defense, and Matrix Arms. It’s rarely a Good Thing when we have to report ATF news, and this time is no different.

ATF Changes its Mind. Again.

Once again, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) has changed its mind. Remember how 80 percent frames and lowers were legal until Joe Biden’s ATF decided that they weren’t? You know, like the ATF always does.

That question was shaking out as part of the Vanderstok v. Garland case in federal court, with the ATF agreeing that the frames and receivers in question were indeed legal so long as they didn’t ship with “associated templates, jigs, molds, equipment, tools, instructions, guides, or marketing materials.”

So, basically, the frames and receivers are only firearms under the Gun Control Act (GCA) if they are packaged with those “non-firearm objects” (NFO). Strange, but okay. Companies had already incorporated that change and were continuing to ship their products. NFO sold separately.

Then, out of the blue, ATF dropped a new rule on FFLs by way of a December 27 open letter. The letter stated that “these partially complete pistol frames are ‘frames’ and ‘firearms’ as defined in the GCA and its implementing regulations.” Even if they don’t include the NFO items.

ATF bases this change on the definition of the word “readily,” as in whether these frames can be “readily converted” to fully functioning firearms.

ATF open letter on GLock 80 frames

Here’s an excerpt from that statement:

Applying the regulatory text of Final Rule 2021-05F, partially complete Polymer80, Lone Wolf, and similar striker-fired semiautomatic pistol frames, including, but not limited to, those sold within parts kits, have reached a stage of manufacture where they “may readily be completed, assembled, restored, or otherwise converted” to a functional frame. This definition of “readily” applies to each and every classification of a partially complete frame or receiver under this Rule, whether sold alone or as part of a kit. Therefore, even without any associated templates, jigs, molds, equipment, tools, instructions, guides, or marketing materials, these partially complete pistol frames are “frames” and also “firearms” as defined in the GCA and its implementing regulations, 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(3)(B) and 27 CFR 478.12(a)(1), (c).

The following are some examples of companies that build 80% frames.

•  Polymer 80 

• Nomad Defense

•  Matrix Arms

•  Lone Wolf Arms

Now learn about the sizes of handguns!

The New F.A.B. Gradus Pistol Grip Offers Exceptional Control

Sunday, February 9th, 2020

Northbrook, IL (Feb. 4, 2020) – The Gradus is a revolutionary pistol grip with exceptional attention to detail and an incredibly durable design. It uses an ergonomic model that increases grip strength, control, and overall comfort. Made for long-range and close contact accuracy, the Gradus is versatile and mission-ready.

The grip uses a relatively straight profile with a 15-degree reduced grip angle that increases stability while creating excellent grip security. The design is slim, with a curved back strap that significantly improves comfort. It even comes with the option for a beavertail or flat configuration design.

The Gradus is constructed from a reinforced polymer core that delivers incredible durability. The textured rubber over-mold adds an additional layer of security while providing an outstanding grip for shooters. The combination of materials provides pressure relief by equally distributing force placed on the grip. The level of control increases as a direct result of the materials used and the ergonomic design.

The Gradus pistol grip is available in Black, Olive Drab Green or Flat Dark Earth. The MSRP pricing is set at an affordable $28, making the grip available for a large market. The Gradus has a beautiful design that performs at the highest levels. It’s made to last while delivering a stable and comfortable grip at any range.


Mission First Tactical (MFT) Introduces Battlelink Extreme Duty Minimalist Stock

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

The Battlelink Extreme Duty Minimalist Stock is capable of withstanding long term abuse delivered by larger caliber firearms while remaining nimble.

Horsham, Pa. (September 2019) – Mission First Tactical, LLC (MFT™), a leader in USA-made rifle/carbine accessories, is proud to introduce the Battlelink Extreme Duty Minimalist Stock. Building on its popular minimalist platform, MFT recognized the need for a more robust stock capable of withstanding long-term abuse delivered by larger caliber firearms, such as tactical shotguns of 12 gauge or 7.62X51 AR-10, while remaining nimble enough for use on a 5.56.

The Battlelink Extreme Duty Minimalist Stock is a slide-on replacement for a collapsible buttstock. The angled, non-slip, rubberized removable buttpad allows for faster presentation, even when donning body armor. It has multiple sling slots with single point mount points, with the Quick Detach Sling mounting point positioned in the rear. It comes equipped with a single MLOK connection point and the upper section provides an enhanced cheek weld. Available in Black and Scorched Dark Earth, the Battlelink Extreme Duty Minimalist Stock has an MSRP of $69.99.

Mission First Tactical Battlelink Extreme Duty Minimalist Stocks are built for hard shooting and extreme treatment and shooting conditions and come with a Lifetime Warranty. For more information on Mission First Tactical, visit www.missionfirsttactical.com.

Fostech Echo Sport Trigger

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Fostech’s Echo Sport is designed as a lower-cost alternative to those who want an Echo trigger for their AR, but want to spend a bit less money. Rather than activate the Echo mode from the selector, the Echo Sport features a selector paddle that sits within the trigger well. The shooters moves the paddle to the left for Echo mode, and to the right for semi-auto. And, as with the standard Echo, the Echo mode can be turned off by moving the paddle back to semi-auto mode when the trigger is depressed.



Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Tribe ID Platform, A New Generation of Accessories

Tel Aviv, Israel – (March 8, 2018) Black Bunker™, game-changing designer and marketer of distinctive tactical accessories for shooting sports and firearms enthusiasts, today unveiled an innovative holster identification system. The Tribe ID Platform is the industry’s first recognition system adapted for gun holsters that visibly communicates the identity of the person carrying.

“Leading the way for a new generation of accessories, the Tribe ID Platform can be adapted to any individual, unit, force, team, group, belief, organization, family, state, nationality, place, or tribe,” says President of Black Bunker, Romain Lecosnier. “Whether you’re in an urban or wilderness environment identification and communication is paramount. Customizing your holster with the Tribe ID Platform provides an added level of immediate, non-verbal contact making you even more prepared,” he said.

Initially designed for integration with one of the most popular holsters in the world, the Fobus GL-2ND for Glock pistols, the Tribe ID Platform is adaptable to other holsters and brands and offers an unlimited opportunity for gun holster customization.

The Tribe ID Platform is designed and manufactured in Israel to military-grade specifications and standards and accepts a custom-made 54mm patch. The reinforced polycarbonate construction fits Fobus GL-2ND holsters for Glock 19, 17, 22, 23, 31, 32, 34, 35.

Please visit Black Bunker at the 2018 IWA Outdoor Classics in booth 8-200 to see the new Tribe ID Platform and learn more.

For additional information on Black Bunker and the new Tribe ID Platform, please email ADAPT.SURVIVE@BLACK-BUNKER.COM, or visit the website at WWW.BLACK-BUNKER.COM.

As Seen On Reddit

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015


This photo of a highly motivated Peshmerga fighter and his rather interesting rifle recently hit https://www.reddit.com/r/guns/comments/2ve0p1/peshmerga_fighter_holding_what_can_only_be/. The piece de la resistance (pun intended) is definitely the M16 charging handle.

Snow Lizard – SLXtreme 5 Case

Thursday, May 8th, 2014


Snow Lizard’s SLXtreme 5 is an iPhone 5/5S case designed for heavy duty use. The Polycarbonate case is certified with a MilSpec 810G rating, able to withstand falls up to 6.6ft, and is waterproof with a IP-68 rating for depths up to 6.6ft. An integrated 2550mAh battery extends the battery life of the iPhone by 150%, and a rear solar panel allows for emergency trickle charge: approx. 1 hr sun/10min talk. The SLXtreme also features wide camera lens opening, no slip side grips, and an audio and usb charge port.

Available in Orange, Black, Yellow, White, and Hunter Camo.


RamRodz Inc. Revolutionizes Gun Cleaning

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

A slow and tedious job is now faster and easier than ever before.


Woodstock, NY (March 13, 2014) – RamRodz™ Incorporated announces a revolutionary NEW line of gun barrel and breech cleaners. RamRodz™ provide a simple-to-use, all-purpose cleaning system that eliminates the need for cotton patches, rags and attachments. Mounted on 8” flexible bamboo handles and available in five common caliber sizes, RamRodz™ are ideal for cleaning all internal gun parts including barrels, bolts, slides, chambers, breeches, magazine housings and more. They feature specially designed industrial cotton tips that absorb solvents without dripping, expand deep into the rifling grooves and release solvent only when pressure is applied.

“RamRodz™ provide a far superior cleaning performance than existing methods without the splatter or mess,” explains Ian Vinci, President of RamRodz™. “They are a disposable, inexpensive and versatile innovation that allows the user to clean areas of a firearm that simply cannot be reached with other products.”

Available in six sizes including .22, .38/.357/9mm, .40, .45, .50 and a special 3” breech cleaner model, RamRodz™ are perfect for cleaning virtually every component of a gun. A slow and tedious job is now faster and easier than ever before.

Made entirely from renewable resources, RamRodz™ are disposable and biodegradable. For information on RamRodz™ Rifle Adapters, email customerservice@ramrodz.com. Ask your local distributor for RamRodz™, or visit www.ramrodz.com for more information.

MaxPedition – BOTTLE PALS

Friday, February 7th, 2014


MaxPedition BOTTLE PALS are designed to mount to most 1″ webbing, supplying pouches, backpack straps, and 1″ waist belts with a fully functional bottle opener. The BOTTLE PALS is made from heat treated stainless steel, with a matte black oxide coating. Each pack comes with two: one to keep, and one to give away.

It’s called a BOTTLE PALS, it fits on PALS webbing, and you can give one away to one of your PALS…


Ares Armor – Sliding CAM Sling

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014


Wrong Gear – Warrior Mask

Friday, September 27th, 2013


Wrong Gear’s Warrior Masks are deeply inspired by the Arabian shemagh. They’re made of light weight 100% cotton with a polyester nose mesh area to wick away moisture and allow unrestricted breathing. Warrior Masks feature a high thread count and tight knit with custom colors specially made for Wrong Gear. The masks strap on using Velcro hook and loop. The versatility of Warrior Masks means they can be used as a face veil, sunshade/sand/dust cover, neck warmer, sweat mop, dust wipe, field towel, foot wrap, short rope, emergency bandage material, etc.

They’re hand cut and sewn in Los Angeles, and no two masks are exactly alike.


www.airsoftextreme.com/store/ – Warrior Mask

V2 EBR Trigger Shoe

Monday, September 16th, 2013

V2 EBR Trigger Shoe

The X-Treme Shooting V2 EBR Trigger Shoe is designed specifically for the pistol gripped SAGE EBR M14 chassis, although it also works well with chassis from TROY, McMillan, LAW483, CM, Blackfeather, Archangel, JAE, Vltor, M14E2, etc. It was created because the standard M14 trigger isn’t designed to work well with a pistol grip, given the upward direction of pull. It widens and lengthens the stock M14 trigger, giving the trigger a more rearward pull and preventing the tip of the trigger from stabbing the finger tip. Made from 100% steel.



Strike Industries – Free T-Shirt With Purchase Of AK TRAX Combo

Friday, September 13th, 2013


For a limited time, when you purchase an AK TRAX combo from Strike Industries, you can receive a FREE Brown, Grey, or Aqua SI Gunslinger or Kryptic Cobra T-shirt in M, L, XL. Use coupon code SI23231.


Strike Industries – ARCH AR Charging Handle

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013



Springtac Holsters TC (Total Custom)

Monday, September 2nd, 2013


Springtac Holsters TC (Total Custom) holster is a customizable laser sight holster based on their patented design. They send out the unfinished holster, materials, and instructions. This allows for more control over the fit, form, and finish of the holster and reduces the break-in period since the holster is built for a specific weapon and accessory.

The kit comes with the following items:

-3 inch laser sight holster (5 inch after completion)
-Rubber bands
-Video instructions



Wednesday, August 28th, 2013


The SnapSafe is an all steel, key locked, heavy-duty overlap constructed pry resistant box with a 1/2″ memory-fitting foam liner. The dimensions of the SnapSafe are 9.” x 6.5″ x 1.75″, making it great for a pistol and/or other valuables. It’s constructed of 18-gauge steel and has a black powder coated finish. The locking mechanism is robust and uses matched numbered keys for additional security. The SnapSafe comes with a 40″ long 1500 lbs. test rubber coated steel cable for temporary attachment to a sturdier object, such as a car seat frame. The back of the safe also has holes for permanent attachment to a flat surface.


Rio Grande Custom Grips

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013


Rio Grande Custom Grips is a company, located in Brighton, CO, that offers illustrated grips for revolvers and pistols. Although they’ve been around for a while, they just recently gained the manufacturing capability to reach the national and international markets. Their grips are made from a molded high-strength specialized polymer that is salt, oil, solvent, water impact, and abrasion resistant. They offer over 100 grip images and designs, although they also have the capability to manufacture grips with custom imagery if requested.


Borderlands 2 Belt Buckles

Saturday, June 15th, 2013


One of our readers alerted us to these fan-made ‘Borderlands 2’ belt buckles representing the various in-game weapons manufactures, as made by a friend of theirs. The quality is fantastic, and the creator hopes to possibly obtain licensing permission from Gearbox to make them an official product.


No. 11 Survival Belt – Col. Littleton

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013


The No. 11 Survival Belt is made of native American steer hide with solid brass hardware. The belt is designed to fit sizes 34-38 using unique adjustment hooks. The survival aspect comes from the 27 feet of military spec paracord, available in olive drab, international orange, and navy blue, separated into 8 individual strands, accessed by unsnapping two brass snaps.


The Ferro Concepts Kydex Triple Shingle Now Has A Name

Saturday, April 27th, 2013


The Ferro Concepts Kydex Triple Shingle I posted about awhile ago has an official designation now: FC-M4-KTS.

This is the Triple Kydex Shingle by Ferro Concepts. It’s designed to curve to body armor or the user’s shape and fits most kangaroo pouches, giving the user fast access to three magazines. The Kydex inserts have holes punched in them for weight savings and are removable.


SAGear – Tactical Shot Pouch

Thursday, March 28th, 2013


The tactical shot pouch is designed to hold a standard hip-flask with a capacity of 240 ml (8 oz). PALS webbing allows for attachment on MOLLE gear while a wide Velcro flap secures the flask to prevent accidental falling and a D-ring allows for easy opening and attaching small objects. Velcro on the flap allows for the attachment of morale patches. Available in the following colors: olive green, black, flecktarn, woodland, MultiCam, DPM, coyote, wz.93, red, CCE, snow.


US Nightvision – A-TACS

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013




US Nightvision has released three new products in A-TACS AU and FG: Mag Wraps, Rapid Wraps, and a hard shell iPhone case for 4, 4S, and 5 models.


S.I. Jellyfish

Friday, March 22nd, 2013


The Strike Industries Jellyfish is a transparent all-weather red dot cover for the Trijicon RMR. This allows for accurate, close-range shooting without having to remove the cover, in case of an emergency. The Jellyfish also features a finger grip for quick removal, and a lanyard hole for quick detachment when holstered.

Strike Industries – Jellyfish

Airow Gun

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Airow Gun

Airow Gun is an accessory designed for most compound and recurve bows that allows for the use of paintball and .22 pellet projectiles. A simple conversion kit allows for the user to switch between the two projectile types, with additional accessories including a weaver rail scope mount and air chamber shield. Available paired with a Diamond Archery Edge compound bow or as a stand-alone accessory, in standard black or camouflage finish.


Smittybilt G.E.A.R. For Jeeps

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013


Smittybilt G.E.A.R. is a line of vehicle accessories with PALS webbing: seat covers, tailgate covers, overhead consoles, and door panels. The line is designed largely for more recent Jeep models as listed: CJ, Wrangler, and Wrangler Unlimited, although in the case of the seat covers, “universal truck seat” covers are also available. The product line is constructed from 600 denier polyester with a PVC liner and is UV stable; the overhead consoles are constructed from covered 3/16″ solid plate. Available in Black, Coyote Tan, OD Green, and ACU.