For California: Inlander Arms’ Bolt-Action Glock Kit

A bolt-action handgun. Why would anyone make a bolt-action handgun?

Is it a minimalist kit with only a few moving parts for the budding gunsmith? No. Is it chambered for elephant gun belted magnum rounds that would destroy a conventional pistol? No.

Is it a convoluted design built to comply with California’s emerging and increasingly intolerant firearm laws? Of course it is.

Introducing the Easy Bolt, the patent-pending Glock-compatible bolt-action slide modification kit by Inlander Arms for the California home gunsmith market.

Every year California’s roster of approved handguns shrinks a little more. Because of this some see home gunsmithing as the future of pistol ownership in the Golden State.

Thanks to the huge Glock aftermarket, several companies have begun work on 80 percent Glock-pattern pistol frames and kits. These kits aren’t considered firearms by law because they are non-functioning.

Recognizing this, California legislators have regulated the private manufacture of handguns as well, implementing strict restrictions on what kinds of pistols home gunsmiths are allowed to build.

“California law requires all individuals building handguns to make it a single shot bolt action or break top action,” explains Inlander Arms.

“Before the Easy Bolt, there was no practical way for most people to achieve compliance. The only option was to hire a machinist or gunsmith to custom-fabricate a solution. The Easy Bolt is universal in design and can help you stay in compliance with multiple builds.”

The kit is fairly simple. It clamps onto the pistol slide and locks the slide into battery. Lifting the bolt unlocks the slide allowing the user to cycle it manually. The conversion is non-permanent and requires no special tools to install.

To make the kit comply with the rest of the legislation it needs to be used with a zero-capacity magazine, non-functioning magazine release and extended barrel.

Inlander Arms decided to place the bolt on the right side so that the majority of shooters will have to take their hand off the trigger to cycle the action for safety reasons. With a standard-length barrel installed the bolt sits in front of the muzzle, a risky combination. Because the kit works with both standard length and extended barrels the extra safety step was added.

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Ultimately this lets builders use proven semi-automatic components to build single-shot firearms. Previously California law allowed the sale of semi-automatic pistols converted to single-shot handguns but legislators barred the practice in 2015.

Using the Easy Bolt, home gunsmiths can take a “virgin” frame and build it into a single-shot pistol from the start using easy-to-find, off-the-shelf components.

Currently, Inlander Arms is offering the Easy Bolt kit at the introductory price of $149. The company also has bundles including the kit, extended barrel, and 80 percent frame starting at $269.

Time will tell if Inlander Arms will also develop a slide that feeds from stripper clips for out-of-state users looking for the best in late 19th-century pistol technology.

Visit Inlander Arms for more information.

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  • Jonny5 April 6, 2017, 5:00 pm

    That looks totally wank.

  • Harold Wratchford March 2, 2017, 4:39 pm

    What a load of crap for those dumb asses in Califoria , why don’t you get a real life an quit playing games
    God pretty soon you’ll be trying to outlaw rubber bands an paper clips
    What a friggen joke !!!!!!!!
    I guess the west was won with cap guns you fools !!!!!

    • Gory Costello March 5, 2017, 6:31 pm

      Well now they want background checks for ammo & seriously get this- outlawing gas powered lawn devices. Weed whackers etc… I despise nothing more then Pelosi and the rest

  • Keith February 26, 2017, 7:55 pm

    Wait a minute. The author says: “California law requires all individuals building handguns to make it a single shot bolt action or break top action,”. Just which CA law is that asserts this requirement?

    Gun Shows in CA openly sell 80% AR-15, 1911, Sig, and Glock lower receivers by the hundreds. They have for years and continue to do so today.

    That means it cannot be an old law already in effect, otherwise businesses couldn’t sell them or no one would buy them, which is not the case.

    I’ve looked over the new laws scheduled to go into effect in 2017, ’18, and ’19 and I didn’t see any mention of a single-shot a requirement.

    Can you please provide the bill number or the section of the code or the regulation that asserts this requirement?


    • Max Weber February 28, 2017, 1:57 am

      That’s because 80% receivers aren’t firearms until people take it home and complete it.

      (a) A person in this state who manufactures or causes to be manufactured, imports into the state for sale, keeps for sale, offers or exposes for sale, gives, or lends an unsafe handgun shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year.

      (b) Article 4 (commencing with Section 31900) and Article 5 (commencing with Section 32000) shall not apply to a single-shot pistol with a break top or bolt action and a barrel length of not less than six inches and that has an overall length of at least 10½ inches when the handle, frame or receiver, and barrel are assembled. However, Article 4 (commencing with Section 31900) and Article 5 (commencing with Section 32000) shall apply to a semiautomatic pistol that has been temporarily or permanently altered so that it will not fire in a semiautomatic mode.

      The last sentence was added to the penal code (ending SSE1) in 2014

  • RANDY W. February 25, 2017, 1:16 pm


    • Gopher Baroque February 25, 2017, 1:45 pm


      “It is a convoluted design built to comply with California’s emerging and increasingly intolerant firearm laws.”

      rest of discussion thread irrelevant.

  • Jim February 25, 2017, 9:29 am

    To hell with the california market. If those who value freedom and liberty can’t vote the liberal filth out of office and reverse these unconstitutional laws, then let them have the place. Pack up and move out, declare the whole state a gun free zone, and let the chaos begin.

  • FirstStateMark February 24, 2017, 7:52 pm

    I’m convinced that people have run out of good ideas and come up with this shit. Who the fu*k wants this?

    • American February 25, 2017, 10:44 am

      That’s funny but I agree who wants a Glock in the first place ? Who made a bolt action handgun ? REMINGTON that’s who.

  • Thumder February 24, 2017, 7:06 pm

    Kind of cool bit why would anyone need this ?

  • Charlie February 24, 2017, 2:37 pm

    TOTAL BULL S***. Nothing else to say

  • James February 24, 2017, 2:13 pm

    Build that Fence on North from Mexico to Canada along the California, Oregon and Washington Borders.

    • Jack February 25, 2017, 7:32 am

      Amen, bro

  • Kirk February 24, 2017, 2:12 pm

    You ever notice when marketers have some highly complicated difficult to use product, they put the word “Easy” in its name?

  • fritz bousigschouer February 24, 2017, 11:14 am

    yes that complete super duper bs must come from ca! instead of get rid of illegal gunlaws they get creative and make such a messup! thumps way down!

  • elnonio February 24, 2017, 10:54 am

    Someone please explain how that is a single shot, because I don’t see it.

    A Thompson contender-type is a single shot pistol: no magazine, single chamber, single barrel. Open action for every round, and firearm can only have a single round inside at any time.

    How is a Glock with a functional magazine well and feeding somehow a single shot within the meaning of their (admittedly idiotic) law? Magazine can hold multiple rounds, and their video demonstrates as much. What you have is the pistol world equivalent of a repeater rifle; by definition, not a single round.

    • bo duke February 25, 2017, 4:40 pm

      Had you actually READ the article or watched the video, you would’ve learned that for home gunsmithed guns to “comply with the rest of the legislation it needs to be used with a zero-capacity magazine, non-functioning magazine release and extended barrel” But who pays attention to articles or videos?

  • Norm Fishler February 24, 2017, 10:25 am

    The barrel looks like a good place to start for a suppressor platform. Seems like it might be challenging to carry concealed though. Jeff Cooper’s words come to mind here: “A solution in search of a problem.”

  • Dan February 24, 2017, 10:17 am

    Whata ! How stupid! Well maybe not so much if you live in California ! Who would want too anyway!

  • Scott February 24, 2017, 9:27 am


  • Tripwire February 24, 2017, 9:10 am

    Better plan!! Get the F**K out of that place! I don’t care what your job is the money isn’t worth your sanity! If you have a business move it, do anything you have to to get out of there. I did, in 1971 and never went back nor will I. No amount of money is worth living life in that 3rd world shithole. When the conservative business owners and workers leave the state will sink under it’s own weight of leftist BS

    • Chris February 24, 2017, 3:57 pm

      Good Lord proves P.T. Barnum correct. Watch Detroit start pulling the jobs from California. Once the Detroit police chief got his head clear from California, told his citizens that could legally own and/or carry to do so. Crime rate started to fall the current POTUS is getting company’s back to the U. S.
      If Trump stays on course I’d support lifetime president for him. Now if Congress will just back all of us.

  • Sean Carberry February 24, 2017, 9:06 am

    That’s the most asinine thing i have ever seen associated with a hand gun.

  • Ken Weaver February 24, 2017, 8:10 am

    Give it a few weeks and somebody will add a stepper motor and ramps and it’ll be running full auto … right back where they started , trying to “dumb down” a semi-auto.

    “Are you really excited to see me or is that just a bolt action pistol in your pocket ?”

  • The Truth February 24, 2017, 8:01 am

    THAT is someone with entirely too much time on their hands. And that design looks silly.

    Try again, Skippy.

  • Mark February 24, 2017, 7:11 am

    A bolt action glock has got to be one of the dumbest creations ive ever seen. Smh

  • Bill February 24, 2017, 7:10 am

    Pitiful. Clever engineering, to be sure, but the NEED for such an ungainly, impractical device in the first place is Neanderthal. PRK politics has gone down THIS far? Wow…………

  • William Martin February 24, 2017, 4:44 am

    Remington had the XP… much better gun… and Thompson was a breech load single shot that I would rather have than this “Frankenstein”

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