Magpul is getting into the pistol brace business. Arguably the biggest name in polymer firearm accessories, especially AR accessories, these braces may very well be the next big thing for AR and compatible pistols.
Magpul has two models of brace that are scheduled to hit the market later this year, the Magpul BSL and the Magpul BTR. Both are designed to work with MIL-SPEC carbine receiver extensions and similar adapters.
The differences between the braces are largely cosmetic and give shooters the option of using a brace that looks similar to their preferred Magpul carbine stock, whether that’s the classic CTR style with the BTR or updated MOE SL style with the BSL.
Both braces are adjustable and clip into the positioning slots on standard buffer extensions and both have quick-detach sling swivel points at the rear. They adjust using a small lever at the center of the brace.
They can be used with a sling for added leverage using a push-pull stance or as-is without a sling attached.
The BTR has a single M-Lok accessory slot that can be used to attach a sling swivel point or QD sling socket on one side or the other or use as a pass-through for a loop sling. It also has a single hole for a hook sling.
The BSL has two M-Lok slots in addition to the central QD sling socket at the rear. Both will first be available in Magpul’s black polymer, hopefully with more color options down the road.
Magpul hasn’t released all the details including weight but they’re sure to be lightweight from the looks of things today. Pricing is expected to be around $59 as a base price, not accounting for retail prices.
According to Magpul, the braces will be available by the summer of 2020 and the wait couldn’t seem longer. While these won’t completely displace other pistol braces in production today, the Magpul style and brand will absolutely make the BSL and BTR standard components in the pistol scene once they do become available.
Pistol braces have become standard industry-wide with AR pistols and other commonly called “large format” pistols based on rifles and other firearms. Because they are not stocks, adding one to an AR pistol does not make it an NFA-regulated short-barreled rifle.