The NSN (No Shoulder Needed) device by Halix Innovation is basically a straight bar/chin rest that fits onto your AR-style pistol, supposedly allowing you to shoot it more like an NFA short-barrel rifle. But is the NSN really a prescription for extensive dental work?
According to Neal Brace, CEO and founder of Halix, the NSN is designed for use with rifle-style pistols and regular pistols with carbine kits. The Grand Rapids, Michigan, company markets the NSN extension to people who desire a very short barrel AR/AK/MP5 in pistol format. Because it is not a shoulder stock, Brace says it can be used on a pistol without registering the pistol as a Short Barreled Rifle.
The invention consists of two main components: a stainless steel bracket, which mounts directly to a variety of firearms, and dual impact-absorbing foam pads, which mount to the rear of the bracket. Firearm operators place one of the custom engineered pads directly against their face to steady the firearm and, upon firing, the pad absorbs nearly all of the felt recoil.
The device mounts directly to any firearm with an industry-standard M16 lower receiver end plate adapter, including the popular semi-automatic AR-15 and several Glock pistol models fitted with an extra adapter.
Brace said, “I wouldn’t advise people to ditch their shoulder stocks on a 16-plus-inch barrel rifle/shotgun and switch to the NSN, because they wouldn’t gain as much as somebody with a pistol, where no stock is allowed.” In online comments he’s posted, Brace says, “There’s been overwhelmingly negative responses from people so far. I understand the concern, and I know I won’t convince everybody of the NSN’s benefits. But, maybe there will be a few open-minded people out there. It’s not a gimmick.” Brace says he appreciates feedback, so watch the video and provide Brace with your comments below.
— Cheaper Than Dirt Chronicle Staff