Very soon, Law Tactical will be releasing their new Gen 3 Folding Stock Adapter so I wanted to give you guys a quick overview of the new Gen 3 and its new features and a few additional details. For those that are not familiar with the Law Tactical Folding Stock Adapter, it basically is exactly what the name describes. It is a device allows you to fold the stock of virtually any AR-15 or AR-10 rifle to the side and then locks back in place when not folded which can be very useful for concealment, storage and transport.
Below are photos of the new Gen 3 Adapter which at a quick glance doesn’t look much different than the Gen 2. Lets take a closer look though. In the box you see the usual adapter, threaded flange, bolt carrier extension, buffer tube retaining pin/spring and the newest addition to the kit with the Gen 3 which is the included installation tool. In the past you used to have to either create your own tool or purchase one. Now Law Tactical will include the T-shaped installation tool with the adapter.
One of the single greatest upgrades that the Gen 3 adapter received was brought on by Law Tactical listening to their customers. The previous Gen 2 model was a great product but it had a few kinks in its armor. One such issue was that the folding hinge was high enough that unless you were careful you could easily rack your knuckles across it while using the charging handle. The Gen 3 folding hinge has been lowered a full 1/2 inch which should really help a ton.
The Bolt Carrier Extension also received some attention. Because you are placing the folding adapter between the lower receiver and the buffer tube, you have to increase the length of the Bolt Carrier so that it stays in contact with the Buffer and Spring. The previous models required that you insert the Bolt Carrier Extension into the Bolt Carrier, turn a screw until it was tight inside but also required a tool to remove it and also had to be installed in a certain way so it wouldn’t interfere with the buffer retaining pin. The new Gen 3 model just uses a couple of rubber O-Rings allowing you to just insert or remove the Bolt Carrier Extension without the use of any tools. The new Gen 3 Bolt Carrier Extension is not only tooless to install and remove, but also is symmetrical in design, meaning that it can be turned in any orientation and cannot interfere with the buffer retaining pin.
There are a lot of miss-informed people, who have never even tried the Law Tactical Folding Stock Adapter, that say you can’t separate the upper and lower receivers of your AR while using this adapter because of the Bolt Carrier Extension. This is actually not 100% true. With most rifles, to separate the upper and lower receivers you simply pull both the take down and pivot pins in the lower, then lift up from the muzzle end of the upper and slide it out, reverse the steps for putting back together. Simple as that. Some rifles don’t have the same machining of the fire control pocket and won’t allow that.
Another update was that the entire Housing, Locking Lug and Latch have been upgraded to 4140 Tool Steel. The Locking Lug, which keeps the BCG from falling out when the stock is folded, is now larger as well. In the past Law Tactical has not recommend shooting the rifle while the stock is folded as it would damage the mechanism. With the new 4140 Tool Steel material and beefed up Locking Lug on the Gen 3, it is quite possible that they may change their stance on that. I’ll wait on their official word on that before trying it myself.
Last but not least is the set screw which keeps the Gen 3 adapter from loosening from the receiver by locking the threaded adapter into the receiver. This is a nice upgrade as in the past you needed to use Loctite to make sure the threaded flange didn’t come lose. Having a set screw will make assembly/disassembly much easier.
So as you can see, there were some very nice upgrades made for the new Law Tactical Gen 3 Folding Stock Adapter. They really thought through the whole product and made all of the essential upgrades to make this a first class product. Be on the look out for the new Gen 3 adapters to be available very soon. The projected release date is by the end of this month. Thew new price will be $229 and available for purchase at www.LawTactical.com.