5 Best AK Pistol Braces
Here are the 5 best AK pistol braces based on aesthetics, durability, design and price. These work with mil-spec or commercial buffer tubes or it comes with proprietary designs.
*Be sure to check your local state law before buying a pistol brace
Note: As of May 2022, On June 7, 2021, the Attorney General signed ATF proposed rule 2021R-08, “Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached 'Stabilizing Braces,'” amending ATF's regulations to clarify when a rifle is “intended to be fired from the shoulder.” Read more here on ATF.gov
SB Tactical SBA3 is by far the hottest selling AK pistol brace on the market, and it only works for AK rifles with AR15 style buffer tube. The package comes with a buffer tube, so the user doesn't have to worry about whether if the pistol brace fit on a Mil-spec or commercial tube
Adjustable Position - Change length of pull based on the shooter's body profile
Good Aesthetics - The SBA3 looks and feel like a low drag stock that look great on an AR15 influenced AK rifle.
Easy Install - Super easy
Strike Industries PDW brace looks slick on any highly customized PDW style AK pistols for tight space maneuverability and a comfortable cheek-weld and stabilizing interface.
Ultra Compact - Retract the brace all the way in for much more compact concealment or PDW carry
Better Vehicle & Tight Space Maneuverability - It doesn't add burden when operating in and out of tight spaces by eliminates any snag hazards and abrasion zones
Quick Deployment Latch - Simply pull and lock the length of pull
Standard Bolt Carrier - Works with standard length BCG
The Tailhook is an ATF approved pistol brace design that is much easier to operate than other braces on the market because it's easier to wrap it around the forearm. Simply open the foldout support and stabilize an AK pistol against the shooter’s forearm.
It's a much sturdier pistol brace strap than the velcro design.
Greater Flexibility - Adjust the brace on the fly to different shooters.
Compact - Small and easy to carry around
Works On Other Pistol Builds - The product is stiff and rock solid
The Tailhook Mod 2 is an upgraded version of the original Tailhook. This one features a stock alike feel.
Adjustable Length of Pull - Pull in and out to 5 different positions like the SB Tactical SBA3
Much More Durable - High impact reinforced polymer in 3 colors, it remains light weight and rigid.
Compatible With Existing BCG - Keep using the same carbine length spring and buffer
Shockwave Blade - Best For The Money
The Shockwave blade AK pistol brace is the best for the money. It's a slim fin alike design keeps the overall configuration lightweight, but it may not be the best look.
Are Pistol Braces Legal ?
As of 2022, pistol stabilizing braces are legal to configure an AK pistol.
In June 2021, the ATF redefined rifles by specifically excluding AR pistols and braces from the definition. Instead, this newly-proposed definition would move braced-AR pistols out of the pistol category and into the NFA-restricted short-barrel rifle realm
See official ATF documents here
Should You Shoulder The Pistol While Zeroing The Optic?
Do whatever you can do stabilize the firearm by applying basic shooting fundamental.