The Gen 3 Law Tactical AR15 Folding Stock Adapter is available – we’ve been testing it.
After much anticipation, LAW Tactical has released their GEN 3 AR-15 Folding Stock Adapter. We talked to LAW back in the Spring about the anticipated release, but due to a few minor delays it wasn’t till the end of the summer that they actually started shipping. We spoke to Zach Law, the inventor and owner of the company; he explained that they did not want to release the MOD 3 until it was absolutely perfect, all the way down to the installation instructions. The GEN 3 saw extensive testing during R&D, and in the end the delay ended with a superior product over the earlier versions.
There have been many attempts to reduce the overall length of the AR-15 over the years, the first being the addition of the two position collapsible stocks on Vietnam era Colt CAR-15 Model 7 and XM177 model 629 carbines. With cut down barrels and the sliding stocks, the weapon was significantly shorter than the 20” barreled M-16. This started the carbine’s love affair with special units (or vice versa). It’s a love that continues to this day with the M4A1 and MK-18 carbines. There is no denying that the M-16/AR-15 family of weapons has a strong legacy with both the civilian market and military alike. It seems like everyone has their own take on what the firearm should be, and there are almost limitless options for how to configure your own.
Though they started by identifying the the need for a smaller overall package for storage, Law Tactical went on to identify several different applications where a super compact AR would benefit different military and government users. Previously others have attempted this task by making shorter buffer tubes, smaller buffers and chopped bolt carriers. Ultimately these solutions only shaved a few inches off the back and opened the platform up to a multitude of reliability issues as a result. Other folding stocks were attempted, but all of those fell short as well. What Law Tactical decided to pursue was a simple folding adapter which retained as many original parts as possible.
THE GEN 3 FOLDING STOCK ADAPTER
The newly released unit is made out of solid 4140 tool steel, resulting in a damn near bullet proof assembly. The hinge mechanism has a little weight to it, but it’s a good trade off for the increased strength. The new GEN 3 is not designed to fire in the closed position, but it will survive this in an emergency, with little or no damage to the unit. Once fired in this role, you would immediately open the stock, charge the weapon and have the ability to fire as normal. It’s important to note that Law Tactical does not condone firing your carbine in this fashion, but understands that Murphy likes to show up sometimes. The added strength and folded-fire survivability came at the request of some of our most elite pipe hitters out there (yes, we know, lots of people say that but we know one of ’em personally so we can attest it’s not bullshit), and Law answered the request.
The adapter is easy to install for those with AR-15 building knowledge, and we installed ours onto a carbine in about 5 minutes using only a Multitasker tool while on the range. We have talked about this style adapter before here, with the GEN 2. As much as we like the older aluminum adapter, its hinge was a little high on the left hand of the receiver, often resulting in busted knuckles. This has been remedied with a lowered, more streamlined hinge on the GEN 3. The unit is Cerakoted Black, and features a QD swivel socket at the 6 o’clock position for those that like to roll one point slings like 1998 SEALs. The long and short? The new GEN 3 is stronger, has more features and is completely tool-less for disassembly after being properly installed.
Overall, we really like our GEN 3 folding stock adapter. It adds about 1 1/4” to the overall length to the weapon when the stock is locked open, which is about the same as a collapsible stock being run at the first notch. This is actually a benefit for those with gorilla arms, as you get a longer length of pull. Folded, a 16” barrel carbine will fit in most “take down” style cases while still being fully assembled. With shorter barrels and the stock folded, the SBR or AR pistol can be kept at the ready in brief case, backpack or messenger bag. We have fired several thousand rounds through our rifle since install, and its been nothing but reliable, just as our older GEN 2 has been. If you are looking to shorten your AR-10, SR-25, MK-11, MK-12, MK-18, AR-15, M-16, M4, or any other Stoner based rifle regardless of caliber this is the ticket! Check out Law Tactical’s website here, and let us know if you are rocking one of their adapters on your favorite blaster in the comments section.
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