The AR pistol has changed the firearms landscape and given us some of the most exciting, sexiest, best guns for sale.
But they would have been nothing without the pistol braces that have turned them into a Short Barrel Rifle in all but name.
With these ingenious devices, the humble gunbroker has turned into a fountain of military style hardware, semi-automatic duty weapons that the average dude can buy.
So say a little thanks for pistol braces when you get a second. They have rendered the short barreled rifle, and the tax stamp, redundant.
AR pistol technology has run rampant and the 300 AAC Blackout round is the latest jump forward. It works perfectly with the AR-15 pistol set-up as you get the short barrel, then put a silencer on it that takes it back into rifle territory.
Check out the best pistols here if you have got the best pistol stabilizer and you want to buy something truly special:
That’s a weapon with a 250-yard effective range, so you need to have a proper tactical pistol stabilizing brace you can use to stabilize your weapon if you’re taking shots at that long-distance.
Get a decent reflex sight on top of your gun and a proper brace and you just seriously improved your gun.
What is the Difference Between an SBR and a Pistol?
Basically the difference is the pistol stabilizing brace. By definition, an SBR is a rifle with a barrel less than 16 inches and a fixed or collapsible stock that is designed to be shouldered.
The best pistol brace for sale is basically the same, but the brace has to be capable of separating, wrapping round your forearm and acting as a stabilizer for one handed shooting.
An arm brace then, yeah…
The only time I have ever really seen anybody do that is to illustrate how dumb it looks. A tactical brace is also designed to be shouldered, but it must be capable of going round your wrist and forearm too. That’s the reason for the strap, if you were wondering….
The difference between the AR pistol and SBR is so ridiculous that it makes a mockery of the gun control laws and the $200 NFA tax stamp. Of course, the money isn’t the issue. It’s the waiting time, which tends to be in the region of 8 months, which means you can’t legally play with your SBR for the best part of a year.
There is no major advantage with an SBR and they come with a buttload of paperwork and problems.
So get an AR pistol, a 300 Blackout pistol or even an AK pistol if you’re that way inclined and get yourself one or more of these awesome pistol stabilizing braces.
1. Maxim Defense Industries CQB PDW
- Price: $368.99 (Complete with spring)
The best AR-15 pistol stabilizing brace is in a league of its own, and its own price bracket. Seriously, you can buy a whole AR pistol for a bit more money than you will spend on this one AR-15 accessory. But it’s also a very different kind of pistol brace.
The Maxim Defence Industries PDW offers a much more stable platform and a bigger contact patch. But there’s obviously a lot more going on here and that translates to a heavier weight than the Shockwave Blade.
If you’re shooting 300BLK with a suppressor then you need to go for the heavier JP Silent Captured Spring in your Maxim PDW, which takes the cost of the kit to more than $450. You can buy an actual AR-15 for that, so is this Maxim Defense CQB stock really that good?
If you want the best of the best pistol stabilizer and money isn’t an issue then yes, the Maxim Defense Industries PDW pistol brace is the best in the business. It’s no accident that it’s turning up on high end designer AR pistols and that heavier spring set-up will do wonders to tame a wild 300 Blackout pistol.
That is a major selling point for the Maxim Defense CQB. It isn’t just a rock solid SBR stock substitute for your best AR-15 pistol.
A Maxim PDW isn’t the sexiest looking brace you can buy, and it does look a little bulky until it’s strapped to the gun. But it does collapse down and the functionality more than makes up for the aesthetics.
If your AR brace is kicking hard, this is really worth a try as it gives you the ultimate solid platform and the spring in the receiver extension tube will earn its keep every time you pull the trigger. But bite the bullet the first time and pay for the heavy duty recoil spring that takes the whole package beyond $400.
If you’re doing competitive shooting, then you might want the best. If you just like to have the most stable, best pistol stabilizing brace in PDW form, this is probably the best stabilizing brace for sale right now.
2. Kak Shockwave Blade 2.0
- Price: $76.95
This is the definitive polymer pistol brace. It’s cheap, simple and lightweight, and now the Blade 2.0 is here.
You really can use the Blade against your forearm as an innovative pistol stabilizer with a short barrel AR-15 pistol. Of course it’s really meant to nestle into your shoulder and that’s where the precision of this thin strip of polymer comes into its own.
It skirts the SBR regulations a different way, by just being a plastic blade rather than the loop that requires the strap to be considered a brace rather than a stock. Gun control laws are increasingly just a set of loopholes we have to contend with. Unless you live in New York or California, life finds a way…
Some people prefer a wider contact patch to spread the recoil, and I get that, but a lot of people are out in jackets and hunting gear. They have recoil protection built-in, but they really would like to save some weight if they could. That’s where the Blade comes in.
The slimmed down 2.0 weighs in at just 7.24 Oz. It’s a flyweight, then, that turns a simple AR pistol into a sturdy SBR and comes with the AR-15 pistol buffer tube.
You can buy the Law Tactical Folding Brace Adapter and fold the Shockwave out the way whenever you want to shoot from the hip. You can also go for something a little cheaper, like the Matador Folding Adapter.
It works perfectly without one, of course, and you can strap it to your AR pistol, Shockwave shotgun and AR-15 rifles for sale if that’s what you want to do. So it costs less than $80, it’s versatile as all Hell and it’s light.
The proprietary carbine-style buffer tube and Blade stabilizing brace slot together and you’re good to go. You can adjust it, it comes with full ATF approval and there’s a reason why this simple strip of plastic has displaced some of the biggest names in the world.
If you haven’t got a Blade, it’s time…
There are closeout deals on the first generation Shockwave and you can pick one up for less than $50 here.
It’s still a great pistol stabilizing brace, but the new one is better and well worth the $30 premium for the KAK Shockwave Blade 2.0 and buffer tube kit for sale. For competitive shooting that limit your brace, this one has been surprisingly regulation friendly.
3. SB Tactical PDW Pistol Brace
- Price: $239.99
- Weight: 18.4oz
SB Tactical has become the yardstick of aftermarket pistol braces and this SB Tactical PDW Pistol brace is a work of art.
The interesting thing is that this PDW brace is so much cheaper than the Maxim Defense CQB, but there’s no clear cut winner when it comes to pure technical ability. Each pistol PDW brace has its own strengths and weaknesses.
That makes the price for this pistol PDW brace an even bigger factor and if you’re on a budget then you can buy this PDW brace safe in the knowledge that it’s a rival for the very best.
It doesn’t collapse quite as small as its nearest rival, which means you have more of an adjustable SBR than a pistol. Is that a bad thing? Not really, in most circumstances, and the SB PDW brace is certainly something you can adjust to.
The SBA3 Tactical is a legend for a reason, its one of the best-selling AR-15 parts & accessories and has been for a long time. That’s because everybody can use this PDW stabilizer.
This SB PDW brace for sale feels like a real rifle stock, too, with the solid attachment points on both sides and the body fixed to those rails on both sides, very firmly. It’s a world away from the skeletal stabilizing braces that you find on some of the other best AR-15 pistols in the world.
If you’re looking for the best PDW stabilizing brace for your best AR-15 pistol and money is a factor, this is your Huckleberry. The SB PDW brace will actually make your best AR-15 pistol that little bit more accurate and consistent.
If money doesn’t matter, Maxim has the answer.
4. Gear Head Works Tailhook Mod 2
- Price: $194.99
Th Gear Head Works lightweight AR brace unhooks at the rear to give you options when it comes to your brace and a platform that means you really can shoot your AR pistol one-handed.
I mean you won’t, as a rule, but you can playt with this Gear Head Works Tailhook mod in a few different ways. It’s fun at the range sometimes, especially if you’ve got a fully automatic sub-machine gun to play with.
Yes, we’re children sometimes too, but make sure it’s an outdoor range or you could still lace the ceiling with hot lead…
You can also increase the length of the Tailhook mod thanks to a proprietary telescoping system that gives you a number of different options for getting up and over or behind your AR pistol.
Tactically speaking, that’s a very good thing. This Gear Works Tailhook mod works on a few different levels and the arm brace aspect is smart.
This Gear Head Works Tailhook mod pistol stabilizer is supremely lightweight. Although there’s more substance to the stock than the Shockwave Blade, that is the real competition here.
The loop at the rear does a better job of spreading the force with the Gear Head Works Tailhook Mod 2, but it still weighs just 7oz.
This works like a dream with a Law Tactical Folding Stock Adapter too, so you can turn it into a folding brace. Turn your lightweight and slimline brace to the side for different shooting techniques and AR pistol configuration options.
The gun reviews online wax lyrical about the Gear Head Works Tailhook Mod 2. So get yours today, and see what the fuss is about. It will make your best AR-15 pistol that tiny bit better.
5. Battle Arms Development Ultra Compact Buffer Sabertube and Vert Buffer System
This one is really an exercise in minimalism while still providing an absolute designer finish.
The stunning tube is CNC machined from aircraft-grade aluminum. It’s Mil-spec the whole way and you have to admit it looks amazing. If you’re doing a DIY AR-15 pistol build, or your want an instant upgrade for the best AR-15 pistol you own, this can work.
Put a basic Mk 1 KAK Shockwave Blade on there, and you’ve got something really special. You can also slot the GearHead Works Mod 1 on there. It won’t be a cheap set-up, but it will be awesome and you can see it with the longer Mil-spec carbine tube here for $219.99.
It can totally change your pistol and it represents a change in your weapons philosophy, rather than just adding an aftermarket part. It’s a designer receiver extension for your AR-15 pistol, rather than an old-school buffer tube.
It can shorten most weapons, it’s compatible with any AR-15 lower receiver and you might find yourself buying this set-up for all your main weapons.
It’s really that good, and it gives any gun a designer look as well. If you’re doing a DIY AR pistol build then you have to admit you want it don’t you?
If you want to replace your pistol buffer tube, then Battle Arms Development has a pretty sexy Ultra Compact Saubertube and Vert Buffer system for sale.
6. Mk1 KAK Shockwave, Tactical Law Adapter and Buffer Tube Bundle
- Price: $364.99
This is a complete kit, together with a slide-on KAK Blade Mk1. You get the pistol buffer tube and the absolute benchmark of a folding stock adapter.
Obviously this can transform any AR pistol you have right now to give it a folding brace that gets out of your way when you want to use your best AR-15 pistol like a close-quarters firefight gun.
It isn’t quite as good as the Blade 2.0, but it’s pretty damned close and this is the icon that established the Shockwave legend.
It’s a cost-effective set-up that looks at home on the best AR-15 pistol. It also means you can assemble it and start shooting right now. It’s a serious bargain, too, and these are parts that you can move between pistols. They will pay for themselves many times over then…
If you’re buying a buffer tube and stabilizing brace from scratch, you might want to start with this folding brace kit and potentially upgrade the Blade later.
7. SB Tactical SBA3 5-Position Brace
The SBA3 is the classic AR pistol brace that pretty much defines the genre and will go straight on the end of your pistol buffer tube.
It offers five positions for the ultimate in comfort, it is compatible with any Mil-spec carbine buffer tube and it’s a solid brace. Has it been passed by some of the others here? Yes,, but it’s a solid budget pistol brace that you shouldn’t overlook.
SB Tactical make great pistol braces and this is a simple, effective option if you want to save money and have fun with firearms.