ATF Claims Rare Breed Triggers Define as Machine Guns

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According to The Truth About Guns

The agency famous for once declaring a shoe string a machine gun has now targeted Florida-based company Rare Breed Triggers. An ATF letter to Rare Breed is floating around social media stating that the FRT-15 trigger has been classified as a machine gun under the National Firearms Act and that Rare Breed needs to cease and desist sales of the FRT-15 and contact the ATF within five days to develop a plan to address those machine guns already distributed.

The ATF concluded the Rare Breed triggers to be a combination of parts designed and intended to convert a semi-automatic weapon into a machine gun. The ATF’s examination found that the Rare Breed trigger allows a firearm to “shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, with a single continuous pull of the trigger.”

The FRT in FRT-15 stands for Forced Reset Trigger, and while I’ve handled one, I understand that they still require one pull of the trigger to function. The user pulls the trigger, the weapon fires, and the FRT-15 forces a reset of the trigger. If the user keeps continuous force on the trigger, it will fire again.

Here’s Rare Breed’s explanation of how the FRT-15 works . . .

This is not an automatic function by any means, and the weapon fires one shot per trigger pull.

The ATF must’ve rolled an above 15 on their D20 and decided it’s time to go rogue once again. The FRT-15 does not seem to meet the definition of a machine gun, but then again, neither did bump stocks.

According to court documents, Rare Breed filed for declaratory and injunctive relief against all Defendants on the 2nd of August, as well as a temporary restraining order, which appeared to be denied on 8/05.

According to court documents, the team at Rare Breed has a hearing this morning in a Florida court regarding the ATF’s action. I’ve reached out for comments from Rare Breed Triggers and have not heard back at the time of publishing. I imagine they are gearing up for the legal battle, and I wish them nothing but luck. Watch this space for updates.



What we have come to understand from talking with Rare Breed is that the “Legal Experts”  the ATF is referring to have already stated in fact that this trigger IS NOT a machine gun.  However upon contact with the ATF the Experts have said (according to the ATF) that the triggers do in fact constitute the “full auto” .  Though like previously stated before this contradicts their original statements.  It appears to this editor that this may be another attempt for the ATF to bully manufactures to take their products off the line with LITTLE TO NO actual research or verifiable evidence being presented.  These essentially “Cease and Desist” threat letters are, in our opinion, just another form of the agency overstepping their legal boundaries with their strong arm, “DO THIS OR ELSE!!” tactics.  This is just another example of the inconsistencies of The ATF’s rulings which adds more factual evidence that this agency is long overdue for an overhaul, and that the NFA needs to be put out to pasture.

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