Good Question....On AR-15, you can go look at a lot of AR pistols. Some of them have the Magpul triangle shaped front handle on them. Someone ask if they were legal and one owner replied..."I haven't been arrested yet"....I think I would have to have a better answer before I put something like that on my pistol....
It may be on the magwell which is part of the receiver however it is intended for use by the off hand and is used in a vertical fashion.
The Magpul AFG is not used in a vertical fashion although it is used by your off hand.
Wiki says; In May 1993, in response to legal action brought by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), the South Carolina District Court's finding of fact concluded that a pistol modified with the addition of vertical fore grips was still a pistol and not an any other weapon device. Following this, the ATF dropped their charges and the case was not tried; as such no precedent was set.
In an open letter sent to Federal Firearms Licensees in April 2006, the ATF stated their interpretation of the law; that installing a vertical forward grip on a handgun is the same as manufacturing an Any Other Weapon (AOW) category firearm and subject to registration and taxation, with significant penalties for manufacturing or possessing such an unregistered weapon
Seeing as how I don't have an AR pistol it's kind of a moot point.
I agree it's kind of goofy looking as though it was made for someone who could not reach a real vertical foregrip.
Vertical foregrips on pistols is just kind of a sore point with me.
I tracked down and refinished a Romanian vertical foregrip for my AK pistol before I knew I could not have it on there.
Not wanting to spend a few years at Club Fed I took it off and now it is languishing in a parts box.
One of the prevailing forms of instruction on how to use the AR type rifle is for the support hand to grasp the front of the magazine well and pull the weapon into your firing shoulder to steady the weapon.
The other extreme is to extend your support hand as far as it will go and to grip the front of the weapon with a fully extended arm, hence the Angled Fore Grip (AFG) being manufactured to facilitate a more comfortable grip.
Most people with little, informal or zero training prefer a looser grip on the weapon with their support hand and will grasp the forend of the weapon in different locations depending upon their mood or pure chance when they raise the weapon.
I fail to see why a vertical foregrip should be illegal in the first place.
It only makes the weapon safer to shoot.
At one time it was illegal to have a lock blade folding knife in South Carolina because many bikers and other criminal types had them.
It also used to be illegal to have a tatoo parlor in South Carolina because illegal activity occured in them.
To take this line of thought to the next step the Feds should shut down the white house and the federal government in general since so much illegal activity takes place there. :lol:
Pursuant to the US Constitution the entirety of the 1934 National Firearms Act, 1968 Gun Control Act and 1986 Firearms Owners Protection Act are 100% illegal and anyone that enforces them is subverting Constitutional Law.
I was just relaying what the fascist anti-American BATFE GeStaPo have stated concerning their Draconian laws and their arbitrary interpretation of how best to destroy America.
As I understand it, it works like this, the "firearm" (they are no longer classified as a pistol) must be 26" or more OAL (not including removable flash hiders, etc), it can not have a stock or place to attach one (AR's must have a pistol buffer tube), and at no time can it be carried in a Concealed manor. (define that one will ya!)
So AR "other weapon" with standard pistol buffer tube, 11.5" barrel works out to 26.5" OAL, = ok for Vert grip. same weapon with 10.5" barrel, = AOW and $200 tax stamp.
Same would apply to AK pistols, Pistol rear Trunion and a barrel long enough to bring it over the magic 26" OAL and you are ok.
Another weapon would be the Thompson 1927 Semi Auto pistols, (A5 model I think it is) and others I'm sure. http://www.icollector.com/Auto-Ordnance ... e_i9753234
NOTE: I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV, information above offered for Fair Use, and informational purposes, feel free to research the subject on your own and consult a Lawyer, MD or other professional help as you see fit.
Most people turn their Title I guns into Short Barreled Shotguns or Short Barreled Rifles since the fee for AOW and SBS/SBR is identical. The only difference is that with an SBR/SBS you can put on a buttstock whenever you like. With an AOW you cannot.
My SBS Remington 870 spends 3/4 of it's year without a buttstock and only wears a pistol grip. Periodically I feel like having a buttstock on it and swap. If I had registered it as an AOW instead of SBS then I would be committing a felony.