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Review of the Hammerhead Stock Adapter
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Posted: June 23 2010 at 3:13pm | IP Logged Quote weaponeer

when the assault rifle ban expired people wrongly assumed it expired every place, and thats just not the case.

The Hammerhead Rifle Stock Adapter/Grip (P/N HH02) is made from Weapons Grade Polyamide Composite and weighs only 5 oz.

The Hammerhead is NOT a pistol grip, and is designed to allow the AR type rifles to have a grasp similar to that of a wooden rifle stock. This in turn allows the modern AR style rifle to avoid the "assault rifle" ban in place in several states.

The Hammerhead has two options of mounting a stock.  The conventional way of attaching the stock the the stock extension (buffer tube), or the unconventional means of mounting the stock low and directly to the adapter.

This is the only product that I know that will allow you that option, and while it may sound strange and even look a bit odd to some people it's actually pretty confortable, and it allows the "none assault rifle" classed AR15 to still look cool.

If you mount the stock in the normal position you use the rifle much like you would use a standard rifle with a wood stock.  you place your hand on the hammerhead the same way, and it has the same feel. You cannot grab it like a pistol grip and fire it.

To mount the stock in the lower position directly on the adapter you will need a receiver extension (buffer tube) to screw into the Hammerhead so you have something to mount your stock onto. no buffer or spring is needed for the lower mounting position, but you will need an additional receiver extension (buffer tube) in the normal place for the weapon to function.  Now you can use a rifle extension, Carbine extension, or the better option of the Pistol extension, buffer and spring.

using the lower mounting location actually places your eye in the proper place for a flattop Iron sight or low mounted scope, and is actually pretty comfortable.

I live in a state that allows semi-auto scary black rifles without modifications, but the states below, they don't allow the ownership without this and other modifications.

while I don't need the Hammerhead to stay legal.  I thought I would try it for a long term test to see how it compares.  The problem is the economy is getting in the way for the final parts needed to complete the project for range testing, so I'll just have a basic review this time, and then I'll revisit the project when the rifle is finished for additional reviews based on range time etc.

California

The Hammerhead Stock Adapter permits an AR15 to be configured compliant with California law, and detachable legally-owned large capacity mags can be used.

California law defines a pistol grip as one which allows for a pistol syyle grasp in which the trigger hand (between the thumb and index finger) can be placed below the top of the exposed portion of the trigger while firing.

keep in mind that in California you will also need to remove the flash suppressor, pistol and forward grips, telescoping stock, grenade launcher, mag lock and maybe a few other things as fast as that state likes to bend and/or remove the rights of the people under the second amendment.  so adding the grip alone will not make your rifle compliant.

The main reason to use the Hammerhead vs other compliance products for California is because it permits the shooter to use legal detachable high capacity mags, and use the stock magazine release button.  Fixed-magazine products (i.e., bullet button) require you to use a pointy tool or bullet to drop the mag, which is slow when seconds count.

CT, MA, NJ, and NY

The hammerhead permits an ar15 rifle to be configured compliant with the assault rifles ban (AWB) laws in the northeast. AR15 rifles are allowed by state law to have a single feature from the AWB listed features.

Hammerhead replaces the pistol grip, and allows another feature to be added such as a folding or telescoping stock, grenade launcher, bayonet lug, or threaded barrel for flash suppressor.

It may come as a shock that not all hunters and shooters like a pistol grip, and the hammerhead allows them to have a conventional hold on a modern rifle.

It should be noted that the Hammerhead also works well for people who have other challenges or hand disabilities. in the case of someone missing a hand, they have no need for a pistol grip, and it's just something to get into the way of the prosthetics.

The point is the Hammerhead is far more useful than just getting around the California laws regarding the AR15.

Personally I found the Hammerhead to be well made, very rugged, and far more comfortable than I would have guessed. with a short magazine you can also get the rifle lower to the ground than one with a pistol grip. and placing your face on the receiver extension/buffer tube is comfortable even with the short pistol buffer.

You can even choose to mount your stock on the adapter but upside down if you have one of the "L" shaped stocks for a nearly identical feel to a conventional rifle.

I like the Hammerhead and I'm building a rifle to use it. It's simple, allows other stock mounting options and best of all gets around stupid laws that are in place due to fear and not legitimate problems, and if you live behind the iron curtain in a state that still limits your rights, then I think you will like it too.

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You can buy the Hammerhead directly from the makers site at:

http://www.exilemachine.com/

 

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a quick revisit with another stock so you can adjust the length of pull.

not my best photos (taken in doors in poor light)

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