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    Default Building a pistol with a lower receiver

    Just wondering if this was legal in PA.
    Can someone purchase a complete lower receiver(transfers from FFL as a receiver", a 10" complete upper, then put a pistol brace on it?

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    Default Re: Building a pistol with a lower receiver

    Quote Originally Posted by Will3212 View Post
    Just wondering if this was legal in PA.
    Can someone purchase a complete lower receiver(transfers from FFL as a receiver", a 10" complete upper, then put a pistol brace on it?
    Yes.

    Make sure there is only a"Pistol Brace", not a stock on the rear.

    Do NOT attach a vertical foregrip to it - it then becomes an AOW to the ATF.
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    Default Re: Building a pistol with a lower receiver

    Quote Originally Posted by markshere2 View Post
    Yes.

    Make sure there is only a"Pistol Brace", not a stock on the rear.

    Do NOT attach a vertical foregrip to it - it then becomes a SBR to the ATF.
    Actually, attaching a VFG makes it an AOW (Any Other Weapon). Still an ATF no-no without appropriate NFA registration.

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    Default Re: Building a pistol with a lower receiver

    But throwing an LPVO and all of your other favorite rifle bits on it is good to go…just make sure that ‘not-vertical grip’ is 89deg or 91deg and don’t worry about it.

    I love my “loop-hole SBRs”! 😎

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    Default Re: Building a pistol with a lower receiver

    Quote Originally Posted by ScaredOnce View Post
    But throwing an LPVO and all of your other favorite rifle bits on it is good to go*just make sure that *not-vertical grip* is 89deg or 91deg and don*t worry about it.

    I love my *loop-hole SBRs*! ��
    Recomending a slightly tilted grip is going to cost someone alot in legal fees, if slightly tilted grips were acceptable almost all foregrips would come factory on pistols i.e. tommygun, amd65, krink thumbhole etc

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    Default Re: Building a pistol with a lower receiver

    I find the "ramp type" angled foregrips actually feel pretty good in-hand, depending on the size of your hands I suppose, and on a short barrel pistol some have a forward stop, or you can also add a forward stop which I think is a good thing on something that short.
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    Default Re: Building a pistol with a lower receiver

    Quote Originally Posted by USMC3531 View Post
    Recomending a slightly tilted grip is going to cost someone alot in legal fees, if slightly tilted grips were acceptable almost all foregrips would come factory on pistols i.e. tommygun, amd65, krink thumbhole etc
    Maybe.

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    Default Re: Building a pistol with a lower receiver

    Quote Originally Posted by EFK View Post
    I find the "ramp type" angled foregrips actually feel pretty good in-hand, depending on the size of your hands I suppose, and on a short barrel pistol some have a forward stop, or you can also add a forward stop which I think is a good thing on something that short.
    The Magpul AFG was a go-to for many for a long time when people cared more. Seems like the “almost vertical” BCM style is more popular now from what I see on serious ranges.

    But most of those guys also rock the Dirty J Designs” Butt Plugs in their braces (lol) and it’s not really a thing anymore to care.

    I agree that a solid handstop is great on super-shorty ARs - like a 5” .300blk and the like. Can also be a useful barricade brace for longer loop-hole SBRs.

    I personally don’t prefer the vert grips. I’ve taken most of the off and either have something like an AFG2 or just a decent rail

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