Over the years there have been a number of products which make claim that they effectively assist the shooter with “bumpfiring” an AR-15. They loosely throw around terms like “machine gun” and “full auto” etc… To be perfectly honest, most of those products have failed miserably and some have been banned altogether by the ATF because of their use of springs and/or mechanical components which do not comply with current Federal law. The guys over at Slide Fire Solutions believe there is more than one way to skin a cat. They have come up with a different take on the idea and designed the Slide Fire Solutions SSAR-15 Bumpfire Stock as a way to effectively “bumpfire” your AR-15 wile still managing to get approval from the ATF.
My personal plight for rapid fire AR’s:
I bought my first AR-15 about 20 years ago and was instantly hooked on the platform. Not knowing any better, at that time, I thought I could have it converted into a “machine gun.” So, off I went to a gun show to find somebody who could do the conversion for me. The first person I asked informed me that as of 1986, what I was asking him to do was illegal. We then discussed drop in auto sears and when he mentioned the cost, I was less than thrilled.
Some time later, I was at another gun show where I was introduced to the Hellfire trigger system. This device attaches to the trigger guard and applies tension to the back of the trigger forcing it forward in hopes of making bump firing easier. Of course, I bought one then ran home to install it and have some fun. Most people who are familiar with the Hellfire device will tell you that it’s complete crap and doesn’t work very well at all. Again, I was let down.
A couple of years after that I stumbled onto the HellStorm 2000 which is basically an upgraded version of the Hellfire. Once again I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, the results were the same. The product sucked and I was out another $30-$40. At this point, I gave up on the entire idea and since then have just enjoyed the gun for what it is, a semi-automatic rifle.
Besides the fact that neither of the above mentioned products worked worth a damn, they were also not very practical. The only way I was able to get them to kinda work was to lock my thumb into my belt loop and fire from the hip. Obviously this solution created some issues with accuracy as well as safety. The SSAR-15 addresses each of these issues by allowing the shooter to operate the firearm from virtually any position including the way you are supposed to utilize a stock, from your shoulder. This lets you use your sights and maintain much better control of the gun, two things which are nearly impossible to do with the other products.
This thing is very easy to install. All you have to do is replace your pistol grip with the Slide Fire Solutions SSAR-15 Bumpfire Stock Interface Block. The block locks in using the same screw as the pistol grip. Then you slide the stock over a Mill-Spec buffer tube and secure it using the lock pin modifier which is attached to the stock. As long as your buffer tube is aligned correctly, you’re good to go.
While this stock will significantly increase the rate of fire, it’s not the same that you will get from a full auto machine gun. We took this down to Discount Firearms and shot it side by side along with an M-16 and there is a definite difference between true full auto fire and the results achieved by bumpfire with this stock.
The SSAR-15 does have a couple of things I’m not real fond of:
- It’s not all that attractive.
- Although Slide Fire Solutions does offer a receiver end plate with a single point attachment, there is no place to attach a sling directly to the stock. It would be cool if they would mold in a QD option into the next version.
- The aftermarket trigger guard had to be replaced with a stock one since the SSAR-15 would not slide over it.
- My last gripe has to do with comfort. Overall it is comfortable to shoot but depending on the size of your hands, it can pinch a nerve in your trigger finger when you lock into the finger rest. Is it enough for me to dislike the product? Absolutely not.
I’ve discussed this stock with a few local gun stores and most of them have some concerns. They believe that eventually this stock, like the Akins Accelerator, will be banned. My personal view on this is that I don’t care. For once, I have found a product that does what it says and worked the first time right out of the box. Since it’s currently approved by the ATF, I see no reason not to own one while I can. If they change the law, so be it. For now I can still have some fun without spending 12k+ on a transferable M-16.
As far as I am concerned, this stock is a “just for fun” type of thing. I would not choose it as a primary weapon for any sort of “real life” situation but if you already have a few AR-15’s or want to add some good times to your shooting then I’d consider picking up an SSAR-15 for something new and exciting to fire.