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Akins Accelerator 2

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Long time readers may remember the Akins Accelerator. If you don’t, the TLDR version is that it was a bumpfire stock for the Ruger 10/22 (the first I’d seen) except it had a spring to do the bumping. A sample was sent to ATF, who couldn’t get the thing to work, for approval. ATF initially […]

Well, they also couldn’t get the Akins Accelerator to work

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

ATF prints 3D gun and it blows up on them.

Akins Accelerator Update

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Appeals court finds for the ATF. Decision here.

Akins Accelerator Stuff

Monday, October 13th, 2008

From Bill Aikins, court documents related to the Akins case are available here.

Court says Akins Accelerator is a machine gun

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

David has the details

Akins Accelerator Update

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Looks like Akins is suing the US and ATF.

Akins Accelerator in the news

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

I’ve covered the issue many times. Now, the press is covering how Bill Akins has been bankrupted by inconsistencies from the ATF: More than five years later, Akins is teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. His business partner has severed ties with his company. His investors have bailed. He has a warehouse in Oregon filled […]

Akins Accelerator Update

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Lots of background on the case here. I noted that one of the directors resigned and cited he did not think case could be won. I got an interesting email this weekend from William Akins. Here’s the text: To the moderator of Say Uncle. Sorry, I do not know your name. Please let me know […]

Akins Accelerator Update

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Legal issues with the Akins can be seen at past posts here. Now, one of the directors of the company has resigned and cited that the case cannot be won as a reason why. I suppose all the folks who bought one now have a really overpriced stock on their 10/22.

Akins Accelerator Update

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Looks like the request for reconsideration was denied.

Akins Accelerator Update

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

The ATF has started sending out letters in response to letters it received expressing concerns that the Akins is a machine gun. Here’s a sample letter. Short version: tough dookie.

Akins Accelerator Update

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Update at their site. They’re asking the ATF to reconsider and have cited the ATF’s own rulings. They are also asking for you to write a letter (and they have a sample letter). Background info here. Update: BTW, I hope the ATF reconsiders. I really want one of these things. Update 2: The law says […]

Akins Accelerator Update

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

Here’s a link to their ruling, which is nothing new. It should be noted that if this ruling stands, it’s not a far stretch to assert that any semi-automatic firearm can be classified as a machine gun. Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them in. In this document, they give instructions and ask that you mail […]

Akins Accelerator Update

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

The Akins Folks have posted the letter rescinding prior approval of the stock system for a Ruger 10/22 that facilitated bump-firing. They have the other approval letters and such too. Very inconsistent and, honestly, just made up as the ATF went along. Translation: Wait, it works? Then it’s a machine gun. By the rationale they’re […]

ATF determines arbitrarily decides Akins Accelerator is a machine gun

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Should have bought one then. So says their site: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ATF DECIDES THE AKINS ACCELERATOR™ TO BE A MACHINEGUN Akins Group Inc. regrets to announce that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has reversed its position and has decided the Akins Accelerator™ to be a machinegun conversion kit, thereby subjecting it […]

Slidefire about to Akins themself?

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Remember the Akins Accelerator? It was a spring loaded bump fire stock that mimicked full auto. Well, ATF said the non-working version they tested was not an NFA weapon. It didn’t work because tech branch couldn’t figure it out, supposedly. Now, the stock sans spring could probably be used for bumpfire, which is basically what […]

Politicizing the ATF

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

From David Codrea: During the briefing, the Chief Counsels Office provided a written brief and a PowerPoint presentation, which discussed automatically and single function of a trigger. The brief and PowerPoint presentation, based on the intent of Congress and the statutory text, detailed how even the Akins Accelerator was not a machinegun. However, Acting Director […]

Bump stock stuff

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

The CSM: With lack of incentives, few Americans are giving up their bump stocks Why would they? Of course, if the proposed federal ban on them, in which the bureaucracy is making up law from nothing, goes through, a lot more people will be ex post facto criminals. IIRC, after ATF arbitrarily decided to ban […]

The ATF is correct

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Bump stocks do not convert semiautomatics into machine guns. The fallout and eventual attempt to legislate these away (which seems to be ATF’s goal, as opposed to NRA who thinks ATF should reevaluate their ruling) will be interesting. If legislated away, what happens to those already in possession? I mean, you cannot add new machine […]

Pull the other one

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

The ATF guy who greenlighed the bumpstock: We could not find a way to classify it as a machine gun Do you guys not remember the mental gymnastics you went through on the street sweepers? Or your various whoopsies, like with the Akins Accelerator or pistol braces. I guess they just weren’t committed enough this […]

Ruger 10/22 DIY Bumpfire stock

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Interesting. I wonder if that’s a giant rubber band? It was, after all, the spring that made the Akins Accelerator illegal.

That’s an expensive spring

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Take an old Akins Accelerator stock and remove the spring. Cut the price in half. It’s a bumpfire stock now.

Is blog. Is 9

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Today, this blog is nine years old. As is tradition, I like to look at the numbers: 30,957 posts 2,240,456 words 132,767 comments 11,220 tweets (5 of which are non-blog posts) 11,888,139 page views 6,202,916 visits 9,932 average page views per day 4,260 average visits per day 3:16 the average time, in minutes, a reader […]

Slide Fire Solutions Bump Firing Stock

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Steve has a video of a new stock design that makes bump-firing easy. My first thought is that it sounds a lot like the Akins Accelerator. The stock even comes with a letter of approval from the ATF. Just like the Akins Accelerator did. But that didn’t stop ATF from later determining that the Akins […]

Memo To DOJ

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Look, I’m not breaking my rule on pointing out that fed agencies read my blog and then get all ZOMFG!!!eleven about. But, pro-tip, it’s called the Akins Accelerator not the Atkins Accelerator. Just doing my part to help or whatever so you’re not wasting my tax dollars.

Conversion Devices

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

The Star Bulletin: The FBI arrested two veteran Halawa Correctional Facility prison guards over the weekend for allegedly arranging to obtain a device that can convert semiautomatic rifles into fully automatic machine guns. Ronald Philip Lee Jr. was arrested Saturday when he accepted a mailed package containing the device, while Patrick H. Sonsona was arrested […]

H.R. 1791: Fairness in Firearms Testing Act

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

I dig it: U.S. Congressman Phil Gingrey today introduced H.R. 1791, the Fairness in Firearms Testing Act. This legislation improves consistency and accountability in firearm testing by giving U.S. gun manufactures access to video documentation of their products’ testing at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). Video documentation will give firearm manufactures […]

Quote of the day

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

Subgunner Walther1 on the ATF’s recent compliance plan for the Akins Accelerator: The ATF could use this as the mechanism to insure (sic) who has AA devices and then only allow amnesty registration by those that sent in the springs Or should I just start digging a hole in the back yard for my poor […]

They’re looking

Friday, December 15th, 2006

I’d like to give a shout-out to my homie Ray-ray from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce Implementation Center. Given the ATF’s recent ruling that the Akins Accelerator is a machine gun after having ruled it wasn’t (be wary of fickle bureaucrats), there have been quite a few searches for Akins Accelerator landing at this site […]

Must have

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Check out the Akins Accelerator. It is a stock/spring system for a Ruger 10/22 that offers a rate of fire of 650 RPM. It’s completely legal (except in Cali and Minnesota) as it is not a machine gun. Video here. A bit pricey at about $1,000 but much cheaper than than a pre-86 registered Ruger […]