Law Tactical Gen 3-M Folding Stock Adapter Changes

| August 31, 2015 | 4 Comments


When we talked to the folks from Law Tactical at SHOT Show 2015 this year they told us they were at a crossroads. Demand was far outstripping their ability to create their innovative buffer tube folding adapters. They needed to either invest in very expensive equipment in order to meet capacity themselves, or find a partner that could help them meet demand but stay true to the Law Tactical quality.

It was tough to sit on this information. We talked to a lot of great people in this industry who run into problems bringing their product to as many people as possible. Buyers want their cool stuff, companies want to sell us their cool stuff, everybody loses. It’s rough to watch.

Some people claimed the Gen 3 units were “never available,” even though I’ve carried one for almost a year and helped several of you get them before retail supplies ran out.

I’m happy that the Gen 3-M is rolling out to retailers right now. Even though I haven’t handled a Gen 3-M yet, I am incredibly happy for Law Tactical and proud of them for an evolutionary upgrade to the already great Gen 3 (my review).

Here’s the data sheet for the Gen 3-M

law tactical gen 3-m data sheet

Here are some differences between the Gen 3 and the Gen 3-M:

  • The retaining pin in the Gen 3-M is now a standard retaining pin. This is a big deal ; I’ve fired several thousand rounds of .300 BLK through my Gen 3, and while the retaining pin is still going strong I like knowing that I could use any standard pin.
  • The Ionbond DLC finish instead of Cerakote. Cerakote made it difficult to make the adapters within acceptable tolerances. I have three Ionbond-finished Glocks, and this should be a great alternative to Cerakote.
  • The adapters are now laser engraved, which is faster and more consistent. Anything Law Tactical can do to speed up the manufacturing process without sacrificing quality or durability is a good move in my book.
  • The bolt carrier extension is differently shaped than the Gen 3. Zach Law told us:[…]The shape has been changed, first to very slightly lengthen the BCE to account for the change to a standard Buffer Retaining Pin (our old proprietary pin sat at 18 degrees. Now using a standard pin we have adjusted the hole so it sits at the mil spec 6 degrees.) because we were making changes we also adjusted the design to strengthen some areas, while reducing other areas to keep the weight the same as the old gen 3.
  • The Gen 3-M is priced slightly higher than the Gen 3 ($269 vs $229). Zach tells us this is due to upgrading the folding adapter to Aerospace-quality manufacturing standards and processes. The benefit of this manufacturing benchmark is that quality control and performance should be higher and more consistent. This increased the cost per unit.

The Law Tactical Gen 3-M is available from a variety of e-tailers, including Brownells. Most sites are already sold out of their initial allocation, but some have a backorder system.

In addition to Brownells, you might find the adapter here:

  • F3tactical
  • S.O.B. Tactical
  • Carolinas First Defense
  • GSS Gear
  • Griffin Industries (in stock as of this writing)
  • Weapons Outfitters (in stock as of this writing)
  • Extreme Outfitters
  • Rainier Arms
  • Harris Tactical
  • The Armory
  • XPI Armory (site under construction)
  • Sterling Arsenal

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4 Comments on "Law Tactical Gen 3-M Folding Stock Adapter Changes"

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  1. David says:

    “Aerospace-quality manufacturing standards and processes” – what does that even mean? I work in aerospace on a variety of hardware platforms (satellites, drones, manned aircraft, etc.), so I’m in that industry. Or, let me rephrase: it sounds like something I’d say when I’m going to hike the price because demand is far outstripping supply, but don’t actually want to say that. 😛

    The other changes are nice, but the high price still makes this a luxury item on most guns.

  2. C says:

    Supply & Demand. Aerospace quality/tolerances? Really now. When you sell all you can make at X, then X+10% is the price for the next batch. Gotta pay for new equipment loans, or partners’ profits. Simple. Still worth it for quality innovation, but the “justification” is a marketing reach.

  3. Matt A says:

    Anyone have experience installing these on a 9mm AR? Say rock river?

  4. kyliewyotie says:

    The retaining pin is a great change. I bough 3 spares on the gen 3 I have, out of fear that a broken pin would put my rifle out of service.

    I don’t think I will be swapping it out any time soon, but a second one may be a good idea.

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