There are thousands of AR-15 accessories on the market, but none are cooler (or more absurd) than Tracey Copeland and Andrew BeGole’s “Firearm-Mounted Rescue Tool.”
Their patent, which they received earlier this month, describes multiple accessories first responders can affix in place of an AR-15’s buttstock and buffer tube. These accessories include a fireman’s ax, a crowbar end, and other tools designed to breach doors and windows.
“We both had friends that are special forces, friends that are SWAT, friends that are firefighters, and we were just thinking: What if we could put some kind of breaching tool, some sort of halligan tool, on the back of an AR,” Copeland told Guns.com. “That’s just kind of the idea behind it was to see if that’s even feasible.”
Copeland doesn’t mention the tool/gun’s zombie-fighting potential, but that’s obvious to anyone with eyes and a Walking Dead obsession.
It’s important to note that the tool Copeland and BeGole designed replaces both the buttstock and the buffer tube. This allows the buffer tube to be constructed from a heavier material than the standard, lightweight aluminum, which would have trouble withstanding the prying or hacking necessary to breach a door.
The patent notes that the tool and buffer may be constructed of “steel and other metals and metal alloys, and polymers,” depending on the type of tool and applications.
The aluminum upper receiver would likely have to be reinforced as well, so it’ll be interesting to see how Copeland and BeGole address that.
They do mention in the patent, however, that their concept does not have to be used exclusively on AR-15’s: “Although embodiments of the rescue tool discussed herein included a threaded end for mounting onto an AR-15 type pistol, alternative embodiments of the rescue tool may connect, attach to, mount to, or otherwise fasten to a portion of a firearm or other device by any known or heretofore unknown means.”
It’s a fascinating idea, and one that has developed beyond the realm of theory.
Copeland and BeGole have already manufactured at least one prototype, which you can see in the image below.