Slide Fire Bump Stocks: An AR-15 Accessory That Makes Shooting Fun Again

Senior Sales Staff Mark Warner shows a bump stock installed on an AR-15 rifle at Blue Ridge Arsenal in Chantilly, Virgina, on October 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Slide Fire bump stocks are AR-15 accessories that make shooting fun by allowing the gun owner to increase the rate of fire without converting the firearm to a full-auto weapon.

The accessories do this by enabling the gun owner to pull the trigger every time it hits the reset position, thereby firing shots quicker without ever firing more than one round per trigger pull.

While there is certainly plenty of misinformation on bump stocks in the establishment media, it is a fact that bump stocks to do not convert semiautomatic rifles into automatic rifles. This was key to the ATF approving the sale of the accessories during the Obama administration.

As Breitbart News reported on October 4:

Bump-stock devices do not change the action of the gun; they do not make the gun an automatic weapon. Rather, they allow the gun owner to mimic automatic fire in short bursts with variable consistency. This means the devices are categorized as an accessory rather than a conversion. Because of this, USA Today reports that they are ATF approved.

Slide Fire is one of the most popular manufacturers of bump stocks, making them for AR-15s, AK-47s, and Ruger Mini 14s. Their bump stocks allow the gun owner to shoot faster with the bump stock enabled — i.e., loosened where it can bang back and forth on the buffer tube — or shoot normally by locking the stock in place.

Bump stocks are not for accuracy but for novelty. A gun owner will run through quite a bit of ammunition getting accustomed to one, but for those who have a lot of ammo, the smiles may outweigh the cost.

Bump stocks of any brand are currently hard to find, as demand shot through the roof when Democrats pushed a ban on the accessories post-Las Vegas shooting. But that push has lost all steam. In time, gun owners should be able to buy the accessories again for between $180 to $300.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


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