Over the past fifty years, warriors have been trying to come up with new and inventive ways to shorten the standard AR15 platform. One of the main reasons to have a shorter rifle comes in the form of transportation logistics.

When going about in public with a rifle housed in a standard rifle case, it is obvious to onlookers as to what you are doing. This leads some shooters to lean towards costly SBR permits to have a rifle short enough to carry in a backpack or some “less-than-obvious” case for transporting to and from the range or field.


Due to the basic design of the AR15 construction with its buffer, buffer tube and buffer spring, shooters have not had the option of a folding stock such as the piston driven Ak47 platform. Recently, this has changed thanks to a company named Law Tactical.

Law Tactical

During SHOT SHOW in 2015, I met with the owners of Law Tactical in a private meeting to check out the newest version of their folding stock hinge.

During our time discussing the product, it was obvious: a lot of time, research and money was spent to offer a military grade solution to a long-time issue.



The Law Tactical Folding Stock Hinge allows standard mil-spec buffer tube / stock assemblies to be folded to the left of the lower receiver when transported in the hinge’s “open” position. The rifle is fully functional when the hinge is “closed.”

Designed, built, and assembled in the USA from CNC machined, 4140 steel, the Law Tactical adaptor is stronger than any receiver it could be mounted on.

According to the folks at Law Tactical, the Folding Stock Adapter works with direct impingement or gas piston systems and fits A2, carbine, mil-spec or commercial buffer tube and stocks. It can be used with standard bolt carrier groups including: full auto, semi auto and 5.56 to .308.

Due to further testing and a huge back order prior to its release, it was a full year before a commercial ready sample arrived at our office for review.

Law Tactical Folding Stock Adapter Hinge Testing

When the product arrived, I decided to make the .300 Blackout short barreled rifle I had on hand even better! By installing the Law Tactical hinge onto the SBR, it shortened an already-compact AR15 measuring 27 inches down to only 19 inches with the stock folded.

Installation was quick and easy thanks to a very simple set of instructions as well as the supplied tool for applying tension to the hinge flange. I was very impressed by how solid the hinge fit to the lower receiver as well as with the stock in the firing position.


There was no slop or wiggle in the stock at all after installation in which would throw off a possibly important shot.

A noticeable difference between the standard AK folding stocks and this AR platform device is the lack of a mechanical lock position once the stock was folded to the side.

Instead, the AK hinge had a screw the end user can tighten to apply tension to keep the stock in the folded position.

Before the armchair warriors start crying behind their keyboards instead of getting out in the field and training, I would like to point out the benefit of not having a folded position lock out.

With the “tacti-cool” crowd, most devices involve small, cheaply made parts that require fine motor skills to operate. This may look cool and “cutting edge,” but having survived a few running gun fights personally, those fine motor skills go straight out the window and into a pile of broken Chinese made parts.

The Law Tactical device works easily and uses only gross motor skills to release a large button to fold the stock. A simple swipe of your hand or forearm will close it back to the firing position.

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