Its crazy to think how far AR Pistol braces have come over the past few years. At a time where most AR Pistol brace options are getting bigger and more expensive, its nice to see someone coming out with an more compact and more affordable option. One of my favorite AR Pistol brace solutions is the original Shockwave Blade. Today we get to meet the Shockwave Blade 2.0.
Today, Shockwave is proud to introduce the all-new, compact Blade 2.0 for AR-15 pistols. This version of our highly successful Blade pistol stabilizer is even smaller and lighter—and more versatile—than the original. Injection-molder of high-strength glass-reinforced polymer, the Blade 2.0 assures durability.
The patent-pending Shockwave Blade 2.0 mounts to a proprietary carbine-style buffer tube, manufactured by KAK Industry. Blade 2.0 features a slim, low-profile design and a steel adjustment lever for changing the position of the pistol stabilizer on the buffer tube with just a finger. A standard sling slot allows users to safely carry their firearm when on the move.
Blade 2.0 is ATF-approved. In a letter from Tech Branch dated October 31, 2017, the ATF opined that “attaching the Shockwave Blade pistol stabilizer to an AR-type handgun alone as a forearm brace does not make a[n] NFA weapon.” The letter goes on to caution users against making any changes to the Blade 2.0, including a host of generic brace alterations—some of which obviously don’t apply to the Blade 2.0. A copy of the 8-page ATF opinion letter is available here.
You may have heard the news that Shockwave, the makers of the Shockwave Blade AR Pistol Stabilizer, were being sued by SB Tactical of the SB-15 Arm Brace fame. I personally have reviewed/used both products and was really surprised to hear about the law suit against Martin Ewer, Shockwave and KAK Industry as the Blade really is nothing at all like the SB-15 and works completely different. The SB-15 is designed to wrap around your arm and is made from a soft rubber material. The Blade is designed to create friction against the side of your forearm and is made of a hard polymer material. Come to find out the law suit has more to do with the looks of the Blade than anything else which again makes no sense as they really don’t look alike in my opinion.
Martin Ewer of Shockwave Technologies said:
To ensure that my design was free and clear of any patent entanglements, I did my due diligence, hiring a patent attorney to review my device against everything else out there. After exhaustive research, my attorney wrote a Freedom to Operate letter on July 30, 2014, stating that my device did not infringe on any utility patents or design patents on record, including those of Alessandro “Alex” Bosco. With specific regard to Bosco’s design patent D706,896 for the SigTac SB-15, my attorney wrote: “[This is] not germane to your invention.”
I launched the Blade in early March of this year (2015). Much to my surprise—and that of everybody I’ve told this story to—NST Global LLC (aka SB Tactical aka Alessandro Bosco aka Alex Bosco) filed a lawsuit against my company within just two months of the Blade hitting the market. His claim? That I am infringing on his cosmetic design patent, D706,896. Yes, the very same patent that my attorney wrote wasn’t even germane to discussions about the Blade. Looking at the pictures below, the two products couldn’t look more dissimilar in my opinion.
More information regarding the lawsuit is available in a blog post on www.ShockwaveTechnologies.com where you can also donate towards the Shockwave Technologies legal defense fund if you feel compelled to do so. You can also view the original lawsuit documents HERE.