Slide Fire, a Texas-based gun manufacturer, is preparing to release a new gun that "sprays like a fire hose." The SFS BFR has been cleared as legal by the The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, despite the weapon's ability to fire thousands of rounds of ammunition in a short amount of time.
Here are five fast facts you need to know about Slide Fire's SFS BFR rifle...
1. The Firepower Comes from the Innovative Stock
The secret behind the SFS BFR's rapid fire performance is found in the gun's stock. The "bump-stock" significantly reduces the recoil involved in firing at such a high rate.
Stock has two positions: fixed fire and slide fire. Fixed, as seen in the video above, allows the shooter to maintain a stiff and accurate firing position for semi-automatic fire. The slide fire position increases the stock's capacity to absorb recoil, allowing the shooter to maintain accuracy at the high rate of fire.
Now, the true secret here is that the gun negates the weapon's receiver and relies on the stock's "bump" recoil to feed bullets into the chamber.
2. The Gun Is Belt-Fed, Making the Capacity Limitless
The basic mechanics of the SFS BFR mimic the rapid fire of a machine gun while using belt-fed bullets, which increases the bullet capacity into the thousands if you really wanted.
"It sprays like a fire hose," said Brandon Renner, sales and marketing manager for Slide Fire. "We recommend no more than 30 rounds on the belt, but one person could make it as big as they want."
3. The Gun Is Legal Through a Loophole
Automatic weapons are heavily restricted under U.S. federal law by the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986.
But the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has deemed the new rifle to be legal, classifying it as a semiautomatic weapon through a technicality. According to Fox6, this is because they regulate and classify guns based on only one part — the receiver. It's the only piece on a gun with a serial number. To purchase one requires a background check.
As explained above, the weapon uses the firing recoil to feed bullets into the chamber. This process allows a semi-automatic weapon to mimic the firing rate of a fully automatic rifle. And since this process negates the receiver's role in the rate of fire, it has been deemed legal.
In a 2010 letter posted on Slide Fire's website, the ATF wrote: "We find that the 'bump-stock' is a firearm part and is not regulated as firearm under the Gun Control Act or the National Firearms act," according to the Daily Mail.
4. It Will Cost $6,000
Brandon Renner, sales and marketing manager for Slide Fire, has told CNN Money that the weapon will be available this fall for $6000.
Fully automatic rifles, also known as Class 3 weapons (includes machine guns, short-barreled rifles, short-barreled shotguns, suppressors, destructive devices), generally run at a lower price point than the SFS BFR. A quick search indicates that an M4 rifle, similar to those used in the military, generally run around $1000 per unit. A MK18 machine gun rifle sits at about $1700. But to obtain these weapons legally, according to gunsandammo.com, you need to complete a transfer of registration within the NFA registry to allow you to own and operate a class 3 weapon. Additionally, a $200 tax is added onto the purchase.
Although the total amount you pay after the markup is significantly slimmer, it does remove you from having to qualify for the upgraded license and registration. For some, the SFS BFR is a much simpler option.
5. The Manufacturer Already Sells Products That Allow Rifles To Have Similar Firing Capacities
Slide Fire already sells rifle stocks that use similar technology and mechanics as the SFS BFR. The stocks are made for semi-automatic weapons to help improve their firing rates. The units costs between $1150 and $1950, according to the Daily Mail. The main difference here is that this accessory is sold to be used with magazine-fed weapons, while the Slide Fire rifle coming out this fall will be belt-fed.