California residents have some tough firearms laws to deal with, and they often get the short end of the stick when it comes to new firearm introductions. Bucking that unfortunate trend, TNW Firearms has a new rifle that might be of interest to our friends in the Golden State. Based on the original Aero Survival Rifle, this state-compliant model makes it possible for California residents to own one of these popular guns, and do so without even a bullet button.
The ASR is available in five different calibers: 9mm, .40 S&W, .357 SIG, .45 ACP, and 10mm. The centerfire pistol rounds are fed from Glock pattern magazines. Magazine restrictions still apply in these states, while the style of the gun avoids classification. Each gun ships with a single 10-round magazine. Additional Glock magazines can be bought here.
These rifles have a fixed Thorsden Stock without a traditional pistol grip and a barrel that lacks any features like threading that would allow for the addition of a sound suppressor to protect the shooter’s hearing. Barrels are 16.25” in length and can be removed for compact storage.
Designed as a survival gun, the ability to store in compact spaces, like under a seat in a small plane, can be critically important. Since the barrels are designed to easily detach, caliber changes are also very easy. Swap out the bolt and install the correct barrel, and you are now ready to shoot the new caliber. This could be especially interesting for anyone interested in both the .357 SIG and .40 S&W rounds as the two calibers use the same magazines.
Similar to an AR-style rifle, the ASR has a buffer tube and a magazine release on the right side of the gun. Also like an AR, the ASR has an upper and lower receiver. Both the upper and lower are machined from 6061-T6 aluminum rather than forged 7075-T6 that is commonly used in AR rifles. Unlike the typical AR, however, these rifles are blowback operated and use a cross bolt style safety. These guns weigh about 6.5 pounds unloaded.
The suggested retail price of these California Compliant ASRs is $829.99.