SB Tactical SBA3 Pistol Stabilizing Brace – Review

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SB Tactical SBA3 Pistol Stabilizing Brace - Review
SB Tactical SBA3 Pistol Stabilizing Brace – Review

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- SB Tactical makes stabilizing braces for shooters to use on AR-15 pistols, AK pistol, shotguns, and other types of firearms. Although SB Tactical designed these braces to be strapped the shooter's arm, a lot of people shoulder these braces now that the ATF has given the OK.

The government requires citizens to pay a $200 fee for a tax stamp to own a rifle with a barrel less than 16 inches or a shotgun with a barrel less than 18.5 inches. By installing an SB Tactical brace on your AK or AR pistol and shouldering the pistol with the brace, a shooter can get around this dubious rule that the government included in the National Firearms Act of 1934.

I use an SBTEVO brace on my CZ Scorpion. I was going to make my Scorpion into an SBR, but after adding the brace, it made me realize that it will be a waste of money to pay for a tax stamp because the brace works as well as a traditional stock. I saved myself $200 and just stuck with the SB Tactical Brace.

The second SB Tactical brace I received was an SBL brace that I used on my .458 SOCOM AR pistol. I once again used the brace as a pistol stock. The .458 has one hell of a kick, but the brace made a massive difference in the recoil management. It is well worth the money.

SB Tactical TAC14-SBM4 Arm Brace
SB Tactical TAC14-SBM4 Arm Brace

I needed something for my Remington TAC-14 “firearm” (aka not-a-shotgun). SB Tactical makes a brace for that gun as well. I received a TAC14-SBM4 from SB Tactical, and it made the TAC-14 practical. Even when using slugs, the brace held up to the recoil without any issues.

When I started a new 7.5-inch barreled AR-15 pistol build, I knew I wanted to save $200 by not paying the ATF's fun tax, so I wanted to add a brace to my gun. SB Tactical offered me an SBA3 for my new build. I had success with all the other SB Tactical braces, so I decided to try it out.

SB Tactical includes a mil-spec carbine receiver extension (aka buffer tube) with the SBA3. They made the carbine buffer tube out of a tough anodized 7075-T aluminum. This is the same metal that most manufacturers use for their AR-15 receivers.

SBA3 Pistol Brace

SBA3 Pistol Brace
SBA3 Pistol Brace

SB Tactical designed the SBA3 to be a five-position adjustable brace. I was able to find a comfortable position when shouldering my pistol like I would a rifle. The brace felt snug in the pocket of my shoulder, I couldn't even tell the difference between the brace and other stocks that I used in the past.

The shooter changes the position of the SBA3 by squeezing the release lever. It is just like most other stocks on the market. There wasn't a learning curve when using the adjustment on the brace. Anyone who has used a collapsible stock on an AR-15 in the past should be able to figure out how to adjust the stock without too much trying.

I like the minimalist design SB Tactical of the SBA3. It reminds me of a Mission First Tactical Battlelink Minimalist Stock. That has been my go-to stock for years on my AR builds, so the SBA3 felt very familiar to me.

SB Tactical designed an ambidextrous QD sling socket in the SBA3. It is quick and easy to connect and disconnect my sling to the brace. The QD sling socket is reinforced with metal. One of my biggest pet peeves with a lot of stocks (or in this case braces) is that do not include QD sling sockets. I wish MFT would take a page of SB Tactical’s book and include a QD sling socket.

SB Tactical designed an ambidextrous QD sling socket in the SBA3
SB Tactical designed an ambidextrous QD sling socket in the SBA3

The SBA3 has a polymer spine. The hard-plastic works well as cheek weld. It is better than most actual stock cheek welds I have used in the past. SB Tactical went out of their way to make it super comfortable against the shooter's cheek. It is almost like they designed it so the shooter could use it as a stock.

SB Tactical designed the brace part of the SBA3 that goes around the shooter's wrist out of soft rubber. It is thick enough so the shooter can't damage it from wear and tear, but thin enough to be comfortable around the shooter's wrist.

I was never planning on using the brace the way SB Tactical designed the brace to be used, but I did want to see how it would function as an actual brace strapped to my arm. I am sure most people will not use the brace this way, but since SB Tactical designed it as a brace, I had to try it out as intended by the manufacturer.

By using the nylon of the SBA3 to stabilize my shot I was able to improve my accuracy. At 25 yards my shot groups were enhanced by about a 1/2 an inch. It isn't life-changing, but it is an improvement.

The SBA3 really flourishes when the shooter shoulders the brace. Although the brace is not designed for the shooter to shoulder it while shooting it still works very well. In fact, a shooter would not be able to tell the difference between the SBA3 and any standard AR-15 stock.

SBA3 Pistol Brace
SBA3 Pistol Brace

SB Tactical invented the pistol brace and have been perfecting it ever since its original launch. This product has been my favorite SB Tactical Brace to date. The only drawback to actual AR-15 stocks is this is only a five-position stock where most collapsible stocks have six or even seven positions.

SB Tactical sells the SBA3 for $169.99 although it can be found on sale around the internet for cheaper if the shooter is willing to wait for sales.

If you have a pistol AR-15 and need a brace to make it more practical to use, then this brace is a sure bet. For the money, you cannot beat it.

Readers can find SB Tactical on the net at https://www.sb-tactical.com/


About John CrumpJohn Crump

John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%'ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on leftist deplatforming methods and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at www.crumpy.com.

  • 19 thoughts on “SB Tactical SBA3 Pistol Stabilizing Brace – Review

    1. I think criticism of the article’s tone is well founded. I am severely disabled (line of duty)..Pistol braces and pistols such as the AR in such configurations are a blessing for many people like me. They allow us to engage in aspects of sports shooting/defense that otherwise we no longer could.. due to leverage issues. I have no objection to people using them as they see fit for lawful sporting and or defensive purposes and the BATF has finally (currently) reached the correct interpretation with regards to their handling. Folks like myself benefit using them in many ways. (Barrel length becomes a big deal when movements along with traditional firing stances are restricted). I would just ask that those who review such devices use some discretion and whatever sense God gave as they describe such uses.

      Don’t get too wrapped around the axle.. Think of my critique as you would someone repectfully pointing out..
      “Your chasing the Bull”. when you are.. They only want for you to improve.

      Shooters are one of the few communities who more often than not.. Care for each other. want the best and look for the best in each other,..

      All the best.

    2. When you state that you never intended to use it for what it was actually meant for ( especially in today’s society) you are only giving anti’s more and more ammo to use against people who enjoy using guns and accessories for what they are meant for!

      If you are going to do reviews of products you don’t have to give anti gun people info in writing that people don’t use it for what it was intended! Enough people want to ban guns in the future but you don’t need to help put businesses out of business! Especially when they are trying to help out the gun owners !
      Do your reviews but stick to the point !
      The good !
      The bad !
      The indifference!
      Not HEY NOBODY Is going to use it for what it was ACTUALLY meant for !! You don’t need to give them the hammer to nail the coffin !!

        1. I’d rather watch them run out of fuel than give them free fuel to push the issue down the road and keep up their stupidity ! So no matter what you think with the blah blah blah bull just remember that they are saying the same thing about you and are still going to try to take your stuff so good luck and blah blah blah

          1. Good. I accept they do not care what I think. And i recpiprocate. However, I am supposed to cow tow to them and bend a knee to their wishes because they dont like something I enjoy and participate in. F that. Im going to shove it down their throats like they do to me. People like you are the reason we are in this mess. Find your hill and plant your flag AND DEFEND IT.

            1. Did that yeas ago ! And when you say people like me are the reason we are in this mess you must mean law abiding people who believe in the constitution , aren’t afraid to stand up to Anyone when it comes to helping try to maintain the second amendment or better it for gun owners! Try to help people with learning how to use firearms while volunteering my time as an RSO,to help the younger generation learn how to safely us all types of guns, while at the same time learning more myself so I can help others out when it comes to using firearms safety ! Hmmm I guess you are right!! It’s people like me who got us into this mess !
              So I guess I’ll just say screw it all and give up trying to get more people to help keep the second amendment going! The hell with wanting to help people out with learning to protect themselves!!
              Thank you for helping me see that me and people like me who want to help others understand guns are the problem ! You are % right !
              I guess I’ll now just spend my time and money on myself and get back into motorcycles and say F it because I don’t want to be the reason anymore!! And thanks for helping me plant that flag a little higher! Only because of people like you! Thanks for your support and helping me not give a F anymore

          2. @Adam, They never run out of fuel. There are no campaign contributions in running out of fuel. We can only put our position in as reasonable light as possible, and hope that they continue their libtard frenzy.
            Find a “not corrupted yet” candidate and throw a barbecue, or party or something. Use fun to defeat the enemies of our Constitution.

    3. Palmetto State has several AR pistol kits that include this unit very reasonably priced. Fully extended the length of pull is 12.5 inches. Hey Bill, the anti-gun people are going to be offended no matter what so F’em. They want to ban just about everything anyway, so are we supposed to worry about what they want to take away from us next? Just buy whatever gadgets you want and let them try to take them. Most of them would pee their pants if they saw you holding one of these.

    4. Eventually they’ll go after these types of pistols as well. In California a pistol over so many ounces or that has a magazine outside of the pistol grip is an “assault weapon”.

      NFA needs to be repealed. It is a totally useless and silly law.

    5. Oh and reading further through your piece you state that you wanted to use it as the manufacturer “intended” and that ” most people wont”!! Great! The implication being told to the antis is that people are out there taking advantage and using these things in a manner other than how the manufacturer intended due to a loophole, a loophole that’s costing them a little money and giving us a little freedom. Do you have any idea what this will do to their sick little brains?? It will make them explode! Only they are allowed to take advantage of any sort of loophole. Dont you know this.
      Going to quit reading your piece now, it’s just way too unbelievable that you actually printed this.

      1. I was thinking the same thing brother lol don’t give em anything to use against us cuz it does kinda make is sound like non law abiding and just looking for loopholes when we r anything but

    6. I just love the first few paragraphs about your plan to SBR your Scorpion but you ” found a way to get around that dubious rule”. Does no one think the antis don’t read this stuff. This is just letting them know what type of weapons they need to use in their next event so they can get those banned too.
      When are you people going to wake up? You dont need to write this crap. Everyone of us knows what you can and cant do with a brace, others dont need to know, and never will if they aren’t hearing people flaunt their run-arounds, our precious few run-arounds since they live in a totally different world than ours. My theory on these A-holes is you treat them like mushrooms, you keep them in the dark and feed them $#!+.
      Seriously, when are we ever going to learn?
      Yes, I love the SBA3 too, it’s what I chose for my one and only pistol build. It’s a great addition to any pistol based AR platform. It’s pretty solid, easily and quickly adjustable, uses a standard carbine buffer tube and spring, offers great control, is built with quality materials and offers a whole range of other benefits that we can take advantage of within the law, but theres no need to point out any dubious work-arounds that may be working in our favor, and to our advantage at the moment. Or, do you want to loose that too? Use your head man.

        1. Yes. Yes they will. And I guarantee you will submit your weapons if they come for you. You will not fight back with a SWAT team at your door. Don’t be an idiot. This author needs to be careful with the ammo he gives the anti gun crowd with his words. Life isn’t as simple as brute forcing everything. This is 100% political, learn to play the game and win it.

          1. How do you know what I or anyone else will do? Obviously we differ in opinions on the matter. DO NOT COMPLY. Not all of us are going to set on our hands and wait for someone to come save us.

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