Law Tactical Generation 3 AR15 Folding Stock Adapter First Impressions Review

| September 23, 2014 | 7 Comments

Let’s go ahead and make one thing clear: if Zach Law from Law Tactical lived nearby I would hug him. Not some wimpy A-frame hug or a “bro-hug” with arms in between the bodies. Like a real, full on, “holy shit I’m glad to see you again” hug.

The latest generation of Law Tactical’s AR15 folding stock adapter mechanism is THAT good.

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There are a few key improvements to the adapter over the 2nd generation version I previously reviewed. If you’ve only got another minute or two to read this article, here’s why the latest one is better:

  • Lower profile so it’s easier to work the AR15’s charging handle.
  • A better buffer tube extension piece that does not require the use of a screwdriver to hold it in place.
  • A set screw to help hold the connecting flange in place between the adapter and the AR’s lower.
  • A tool for screwing the flange down.

I encountered issues that each improvement attempts to address with my Gen 2 adapter. My biggest struggle was with the flange rotating loose over time (~1500 rounds fired). However, Law Tactical addressed every single issue from the Gen 2.

The Flange

To me, this is the biggest improvement overall. The flange is now held in place by a set screw. The adapter also comes with a tool that fits perfectly into the flange adjustment notches. The tool is so incredibly useful and I wish it was included with the Gen 2 model. Hopefully Law will sell them separately, and I’ll stock them in my SBS store.

Once the tool started to bend slightly I knew I had applied enough force. I adjusted the set screw per the instructions and was all set.

I had to install the Gen 2 model with improvised tools. The older flange sat too far inside the hinge for my armorer’s tool to fit, and I wound up using all sorts of devices to get it as tight as possible. The Gen 2 included a thread locker that was supposed to help against things vibrating loose but it didn’t work. I eventually used blue Loctite – way too much it turns out.

I am glad the Gen 3 design makes installing the flange easier.

Bolt carrier extension

My next favorite improvement is the bolt carrier extension. The Generation 2 model required a flathead screw driver to tighten the extension inside the BCG. The Gen 3 extension has two O rings that keep it firmly but easily attached to the BCG. Massive improvement, and as a secondary enhancement it is omni-directional. The Gen 2 model had openings that had to line up with the buffer tube spring. The Gen 2 extension rotated once in class and it kept me from running the charging handle.

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Lower profile hinge

The She-Shepherd and I both encountered some difficulties, even with our over-sized Vltor BCM charging handle that gives more clearance than usual. I got a little over-stimulated at a rifle class and opened up the knuckle on my left index finger. Not a big deal, just enough blood and raw skin to make the rest of the day interesting.

The lower profile hinge is more of an improvement to those running stock charging handles or aftermarket handles with a smaller profile than the BCM.

Random observations

  • I’m not sure why the finish is different between the Gen 2 and the Gen 3. However, the Gen 3 has a matte Cerakote finish and the Gen 2 had a smooth finish. I prefer the Gen 2. The finish just feels better than the Gen 3. I imagine this is an improvement as well, but I couldn’t find anything on the Law Tactical site about this change. Once you get the adapter installed it probably won’t make much of a difference.
  • Similar to the Gen 2, the Gen 3 adapter comes with an oversized buffer tube retaining pin. DON’T LOSE THIS. You can’t use a regular sized pin. One of my friends lost his, and had to so some CSI crime scene reconstruction shit to find it again. Who says trigonometry was useless?
  • The Gen 3 latch release button is a little bit more difficult to depress.
  • I am going to do a how-to video this week, but both the instructions and the design of the adapter make the Gen 3 easier to install.

Grateful for the Gen 3

The Gen 2 adapter was on my AR15 .300 Blackout pistol for over seven months. I carried it to work five days a week, every week during that time period. Without the Law Tactical folding buffer tube adapter this wouldn’t be possible. I’d have to carry a larger, less discreet bag. The Gen 2 allowed me to carry my pistol in many common containers, from my green Mountain Hardware backpack to a Timbuk 2 messenger bag to a laptop bag to a briefcase:

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The Gen 3 model is a large leap forward for an already innovative, one-of-a-kind product.

In my opinion, the Law Adapter is a must-have accessory for any AR pattern firearm with a barrel length shorter than 10.2″ At $229 the Generation 3 has several improvements over the last version, and you’re helping to support a US company.

The adapter is currently selling for $219 ($10 off the MSRP) on the lawtactical.com Web site. Demand is very high, with an estimated wait time of 4 – 6 weeks.

If you pick one up, tell them SBS sent you in the comment box.

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About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.
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7 Comments on "Law Tactical Generation 3 AR15 Folding Stock Adapter First Impressions Review"

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  1. Adam says:

    I believe that the reason for the finish change is due to the change in materials that the hinge is made from. The gen 2 was an alloy and the gen 3 is a steel.

    I’m hoping that the carrier extension of the gen 3 will be available separately and is backwards compatible with the gen 2. Needing a screw driver to break my pistol down really irritates me.

    • Law Tactical says:

      We will be coming out with a kit that will enable the use of the Gen 3 extension with a Gen 2 adapters. Currently, issue is that the Gen 2 adapter requires a new blocking finger to engage the Gen 3 bolt carrier extension. We will produce this kit for the Gen 2 when we are able to meet demand for the Gen 3 adaptors.

  2. DJ says:

    I never thought to ask before but what kind of ammo do you use for your AR SBR?

  3. BenDibble says:

    The set screw gives an incredibly strong hold. I almost broke the flange tool trying to remove the adaptor because i had forgotten to loosen the set screw. Really boosts my confidence in knowing it won’t accidentally loosen over time.

  4. Paul0321 says:

    I understand the demand is high. I cann’t seem the locate Law Tactical dealers (besides the Law website and ExtremeOutfitters(those guys rock)). I have a school gunsmithing project inspired by MAC and I cann’t seem to find a pre-order or advertisement.

  5. dominosaau says:

    How do you buy this on this site?

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      You cannot get the Law Adapter from this site; we ran a community buy but that was a one-time deal. You will have to get the adapter directly from Law Tactical or one of their larger retailers. Availability may be very limited or non-existent.

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