LAW Tactical AR15 Folding Buffer Tube Adapter Review

| February 26, 2014 | 3 Comments

The vast majority of AR rifles have a buffer, buffer spring and buffer tube that are essential for the operation of the rifle.

I’m on a quest to build an AR15 smaller than my short barrel rifle AK47. On most ARs, the buffer tube keeps the rifle from having a folding stock, something that is critical for reducing overall length.

The LAW Tactical folding stock adapter attempts to remedy this problem.

The adapter mounts inbetween your lower and your buffer tube. A push-button release allows the buffer, spring, and tube (and stock, if you aren’t rocking an AR pistol) to fold against the left side of the AR.

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It’s not recommended to fire the AR with the stock folded, but a fellow student has fired his before “just to see what happened.” You can fire the AR once, and getting the rifle back into the fight takes some time. However, that one round might make all the difference between fixing an inoperable firearm and having to practice your trauma medicine.

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Installation

The good news is that the LAW Tactical folder is very well made.

The bad news is that it has a shit-ton of parts for such a small accessory, and installation is a comparative pain in the ass.

LAW Tactical provides instructions, and despite reading them twice beforehand I still had to go through some trial and error during installation. The instructions are clear, but the LAW adapter is so different from other firearms accessories (especially ones for the AR) that you need to go hands-on to really understand the instructions.

I normally skim the directions before diving in, but I knew I was going to shoot an installation video and wanted some idea of what I was doing before I got started.

It didn’t help.

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Not pictured: armorer’s wrench, two Allen wrenches, flathead / standard screwdriver, and a headache.

Basically, you have to do this (but read the instructions and watch my video first):

  1. Disassemble the LAW folder.
  2. Remove your AR’s buffer and spring.
  3. Remove the buffer retaining pin and spring (don’t lose this and/or hit yourself in the eye).
  4. Put the provided flange into the receiver half of the LAW adapter and attach it to your lower.
  5. Reassemble the LAW folder.
  6. Install LAW-provided, larger buffer retaining pin and spring into the folding part of the LAW adapter.
  7. Attach buffer tube.
  8. Install the included bolt carrier group extension piece to your BCG. You’ll need an armorer’s wrench and a flathead screwdriver for this.
  9. Make sure the gap in the BCG extension and the “gaps” in the flange line up so you can clear the buffer retaining pin.
  10. Close buffer tube, make pew pew pew sounds.

Value

It’s weird; people will spend $150+ on back up iron sights for their AR but balk at spending $200 for the LAW Tactical adapter. I’ve spent $200 on NFA tax stamps several times over, had to wait 8 – 10 months to see any “result” from my money, and then had to put up with a bunch of bullshit “legal” restrictions from the ATF.

For me, the adapter is a good investment for $200. It’s a very well built product, is made here in the USA, and offers you a no-paperwork way to shorten your EDC AR pistol. If you already have a stamp on your AR, then another $200 isn’t going to break your bank.

I think it’s a great value for $200. But I am also a big fan of getting the best bang for my buck, and while trying to find a used LAW folding adapter on eBay I found a Chinese knock-off for $49 shipped.

I have it in my possession and intend to do a full comparison in the future.

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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3 Comments on "LAW Tactical AR15 Folding Buffer Tube Adapter Review"

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  1. Josh says:

    Excellent write up. I’ve had my LAW folder for almost a year, and I’m so pleased with it that I’ll probably get another one. It is a little awkward to install, but you get used to it. One thing that can be done to mitigate the issue with firing the gun while folded it is use it with an easily adjustable gas system. I had mine on an AR with an Adams Arms piston system; just turn the knob to cut off the gas and it can fired a single shot just fine. There are also obvious problems with this in terms of rapid deployment and follow up shots.

    Another potential benefit for use with an AR pistol is that it adds about two inches to the length of the buffer tube in the extended position – which can make it easier to use depending on your shooting technique. The only problem that I’ve had with mine is that the “flange” nut that secures the folder to the lower receiver tends to loosen during extended range sessions. I’ve thought about using locktite, but once you go that route it is tough to undo.

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      Thanks for the comment, and the compliment.

      One thing I did not mention in my write-up or review is that LAW Tactical ships the folder with some sort of material that is supposed to keep the flange in place. I don’t know if they’ve added this to their retail kit since you got yours. I’m going to uninstall mine to try the “OUTlaw” adapter, but once I choose a winner I will probably use the supplied thread tightener.

  2. Jim in Houston says:

    Good video and write-up. I am looking at a 10-1/2″ SBR upper to build into an AR pistol, and having the option of a folding buffer tube would be great.

    Am going to look for your comparison of the eBay knock-off.

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