As many industry insiders are aware, the addition of a secondary vertical grip to a pistol creates a class of firearm called an “AOW,” or any other weapon and requires an NFA tax stamp. Franklin Armory management made the argument to ATF that the XO-26 configuration above is not readily concealable and therefore should not be classified as an AOW even though it has a secondary grip. ATF agreed.
On March 14, 2011, the Chief of The Firearms Technology Branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, authorized the sale of the above configuration without the need for any NFA permits! What is shocking is that it was also defined as a non-pistol. The 4473 would only need to be filled out with “other” checked off. Franklin Armory is proud to be the first company in the nation to be able to shepherd this project into fruition.
California residents will find that 12001 PC will still define this firearm as a pistol, but thankfully there is not an analog to the AOW classification in state law. California buyers will have to be at least 21 years of age, and the DROS form will require one to check “Pistol.”
The classification (or lack thereof) of this gun will likely spawn other companies to produce similar products. I really like the idea. I think anytime someone builds a gun to fit into a loophole, it undermines the NFA as a whole. I believe this helps to symbolize the arbitrary and pointless existence of national (and California) gun laws.
I have no idea why handguns with a forward vertical grip are considered Any Other Weapons (AOW). Maybe some self-righteous legislator somewhere thought they were dangerously over-gripped? Or maybe legislators just don’t want Americans to personalize their guns? Regardless, I’m glad these guys are able to navigate around the senseless categories that the NFA created and build something consumers can legally buy.
Barrel:Chambered in 5.56 NATO or 7.62×39Salt Bath Nitride Finish (60 Rockwell Hardness)11.5″ Barrel Length4140 Chrome Moly Steel Construction1/7 Twist for 5.56 Nato1/10 Twist for 7.62×39Low Profile Gas BlockYHM Phantom Flash Hider
Upper Receiver:A4 Flat Top with Full Picatinny RailForged 7075-T6 AluminumYHM Specter Length forearm Quad RailPop Up Front and Rear SightsHard Coat Type III Anodized BlackForward AssistYoung Manufacturing Bolt Carrier Group
Lower Receiver:Forged 7075-T6 AluminumHard Coat Type III Anodized BlackSpecialized Tension ScrewJP Enterprises Hammer, Trigger, & Disconnector SpringsLightly Polished Hammer & Trigger SurfacesFranklin Armory Single Stage Tuned TriggerBullet Button™ Magazine Release installed on XO’s sold where required.Standard Magazine Release installed on XO’s sold where legally eligible.Delrin Magazine Well Plug*Magpul MIAD GripPadded Buffer TubeAdditional Features:Thorough Safety Manual and CA Certified LockMil Spec Upper/Lower ComponentsTactical Soft Side Carrying CaseWeight: 6.9 PoundsLength: 27.8 Inches