Franklin Armory’s New Title 1: A Feature-Rich Firearm for Restrictive States (Takes Detachable Mags!)

The Title 1 is purpose-built as a firearm and is not an “assault weapon” and uses detachable magazines. (Photo: Franklin Armory)

Franklin Armory, longtime experts at finding gaps in between the NFA rules, now offers the Title 1 AR-style semi-automatic firearm for heavily regulated markets. Not a rifle, nor pistol, nor shotgun the Title 1 is simply a firearm and does not qualify as an “assault weapon” by state laws.

Because of this, it can legally use detachable magazines, and in California, magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds if they were previously legally purchased.

The Title 1 combines rifle and pistol features in order to stay outside the boundaries of either designation. Chambered for 5.56 NATO, the gun has a 16-inch barrel with a modular free-floating FST M-Lok handguard and a padded buffer assembly instead of a conventional assembly with a buttstock.

“The … Title 1 was created for our friends behind enemy lines where the modern sporting rifle is neutered beyond comprehension,” said Franklin Armory. “While fixed magazine and featureless platforms will continue to have their place, the Title 1 provides a full-feature option to the consumer in restrictive jurisdictions.”

“Whether for hunting, competition or defense, Franklin Armory is constantly working to provide new options for the American firearms enthusiast.”

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In addition to the standard push-button magazine release, the Title 1 has a custom-tuned trigger and comes standard with Magpul accessories including a 10-round magazine, MOE SL pistol grip, and a forward M-Lok grip. It has a standard safety lever, bolt catch assembly and A2-style birdcage flash hider.

The Title 1 is priced competitively at $944. Franklin Armory will be building these to order but delivery times are expected to be low at two weeks or less.

Franklin Armory will debut the Title 1 at this year’s NASGW trade show later this month, but they’re taking orders and shipping firearms now. Click here for more details or to place an order.

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  • Franco May 21, 2020, 2:40 pm

    Is it legal to also build a Title 1 at home from a virgin 80%? Essentially just mill out an 80% Ar-15 mil spec receiever, add a minimum 16″ barrel, and finally add a pistol buffer tube ?

  • JohnL October 19, 2019, 2:04 pm

    I do not understand? What does not make this a rifle, LOL. PS I want one!

  • Jimmy October 18, 2019, 11:21 am

    So it’s identical to a pistol configuration but it’s not a pistol, it’s a “firearm”?

    How is this any different than purchasing a stripped lower labeled “multi” and putting a pistol buffer tube on it? The lower was neither a rifle nor pistol when you purchased it as a incomplete lower receiver.

    Can we just call a self-assembled AR a firearm rather than a pistol or rifle so long as we dont put a rifle stock on it?

    Seems like California will now be banning “firearms” with any of the said features it currently restricts on rifles and pistols. I dont see this loop hole lasting long before its closed.

  • J Franks October 18, 2019, 8:10 am

    That there is a need for such a thing is further proof that we’re in dire need of a civil war

    • John October 18, 2019, 7:17 pm

      Uhhhh but how?

  • Evan October 18, 2019, 7:59 am

    This actually looks like a good workaround for California’s absurd laws. Far better than that absurd AR musket that they made.

  • John M Denney October 18, 2019, 6:17 am

    not legal in NY

    • Robb October 18, 2019, 8:15 am

      Breathing is barely legal in NY.

  • Will Drider October 17, 2019, 11:44 am

    AND NOT STRAIGHT RIFLING, 1:7 Twist!

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