How is this legal?
People often ask us, "What makes your grip featureless?" Here we will answer that question, as quickly and easily as possible.
(Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer; this isn't legal advice; I'm not liable for anything that may happen as a result of applying this information.)
Being a featureless grip means not being a pistol grip.
The California Department of Justice's (DOJ's) definition of a pistol grip is:
(d) "pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously be
neath the action of the weapon" means a grip that
allows for a pistol style grasp in which the web
of the trigger hand (between the thumb and index
finger) can be placed below the top of the exposed portion of the trigger while firing.
For a grip to be a "pistol grip," both the red and orange conditions must be true.
That gives us two options to create something that isn't a pistol grip:
- We can prevent a "pistol-style grasp." This is the legal basis for a fin grip.
- Or, we can design a grip in which the web of the trigger hand cannot be placed below the top of the exposed portion of the trigger when firing.
We decided to go the 2nd route, because it allows you to use your thumb.
So, how do we satisfy condition number 2?
Long story short, most of the featureless grips are going off case law. In 2010, there was a court case, The People vs. Haack and Haack, in which a DOJ expert approved several featureless products.
One was the Exile Hammerhead:
Another was the discontinued U-15 stock:
The reason given was that both designs went straight back from the top of the exposed trigger, and therefore kept the web of the trigger hand above the trigger.
So, there it is, from the horse's mouth: that is how to design a featureless grip. We designed our grip to be featureless for the same reason:
In summary, from a legal perspective, our grip is like a much, much more ergonomic version of the Exile Hammerhead.