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SIG Statement on Stabilizing Brace Bulletin from BATFE

SIG has issued this statement…


Newington, N. H. (February 20, 2015) – SIG SAUER, Inc. has issued the following statement relative to the January 2015 open opinion letter issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms regarding the SB15 and SBX Pistol Stabilizing Braces.

BATFE Technical Branch issued an open opinion letter dated January 16, 2015 regarding the Pistol Stabilizing Brace (SB15 and SBX) which is marketed by SIG SAUER®. Contrary to several statements subsequently made in social media, this opinion letter did not make or otherwise declare that the SB15 product is illegal. The BATFE letter stated that the SB15 is a product “which is legal to own, legal to purchase and legal to install on a pistol.” SIG SAUER believes that the PSB enhances the shooter’s experience and offers the products as an accessory and pre-installed on a number of pistols. In all of its opinions, BATFE has consistently stated that a pistol with a stabilizing brace attached remains a pistol under the Gun Control Act when used as designed.

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11 Responses to “SIG Statement on Stabilizing Brace Bulletin from BATFE”

  1. Adam says:

    So the last sentence in Sig’s statement, specifically the words “…a stabilizing brace attached remains a pistol under the Gun Control Act when used as designed” is where the whole controversy started. When the Firearms Ammunition and Technology Branch of the BATFE first stated that shouldering the brace didn’t reclassify the weapon, they contradicted themselves by later issuing their statement regarding a “redesign” with the intent of shouldering the brace. I think this whole situation has gotten away from the ATF, and they don’t even know what the fuck they’re doing anymore… like POTUS saying we can stop Jihadism with jobs, then laying out our attack plans. This is NOT America.

  2. joe_momma says:

    Their statement didnt address the issue or mention the prior opinion letter they included their product. It was a nice long filler

  3. Darth says:

    Give it time, my fellow gun owners are going to fuck it up for everyone else

    • Mark says:


      An out of control federal government has fucked it up for all of us. A tamed, conditioned-to-obey-The Man and dumbed-down citizenry has fucked it up for all of us.

      This isn’t about guns, or ammo, or lengths of barrels.

      It’s about liberty. It’s about leaving a person alone if he is not harming anyone.

      This will not end well.

  4. Bill says:

    The ATF may have contradicted themselves, not initially realizing how many people would use it as a shoulder stock. When it became pretty obvious that it was being used to circumvent SBR regs, they instituted their idea of a fix.

    It’s also pretty apparent that SIG is going to stand by their position that it is a stabilizing brace designed to be strapped to a forearms and no more. I actually wonder if they realized how it could be used as a pseudo-stock when the first thunk it up, or at least how many people would do it.

  5. Chuck says:

    I think this entire issue has played out just about the way anyone could have conceived when the stabilizing brace was first introduced. I hope I’m not alone in thinking that this has been a very good example of just how inane the regulation of SBRs has been to begin with. If the regulation was being circumvented and there was no recognizable problems in the form of mass chaos and destruction, then what’s the big deal with an SBR to begin with? It’s probably time for short barreled rifles and suppressors to just become deregulated to the extent of any firearm or accessory. I mean, what part of “shall not be infringed” is so hard to understand?

    • Kaos-1 says:

      It’s all about that $200 bucks

      • John says:

        It’s all about control. I’ll have to dig the article up, but someone estimated the cost to process one tax stamp application including man hours, shipping, filing, storage of the documents for a lifetime, and it came out to well over $200. Remember when $200 was chosen as the tax amount that was a lot of money. It’s equivalent to $3500 in today’s money.

      • mike says:

        It’s more about the Permission than it is the $200.

        • Vince says:

          That, and tracking purposes as well. Big brother is always watching…

          • LCSO264 says:

            yeah, they have to track the evil sbr’s out there… there is no reason to track sbr’s. Vince is correct, purely a Big Brother issue..