The curse (?) of the featureless rifle

In case you haven’t been following the news out of California last year, it was all bad when it came to gun rights with the one-two punch of a series of a dozen anti-gun bills passed by the state legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown into law and a voter referendum backed by Lt. Gov. Gavin “I want to be Jerry Brown” Newsom approved at the polls. Basically, old-style bullet buttons are gone, grandfathered magazines aren’t, “featureless rifles” are the thing moving forward, ammo will have to be bought at gun stores after a background check, etc.

However, not all of the featureless rifles look all that bad. Here are three contenders: from Thordsen Customs, Hera Arms, and Fightlite Industries:


The Hera line seem to have taken off a bit, though they remind me of the “thumb hole” stocks of the Clinton-era Federal Assault Weapon Ban of 1994-2004, sans hole of course, as that would be too tactical scary.


And I actually really like the Fightlite SCR, of which the company says, “SCR is much more than a ‘featureless’ gun to beat state bans. While the concept certainly began that way, its evolved into a simply kick-ass rifle rifle that many agree points and shoots faster and more naturally than most modern rifles. 3-Gun competitors take note.”

fightlite-scr-featureless-rifleSure they are wonky when compared to an og Colt SP1, but they are still “California compliant” even after all the mass of new regulation.

I asked one of the foot soldiers on the ground in California gun rights if this was to be expected, and here is what I got:

“To make a long story short, Yes! California will innovate, just like we have every other time they banned ARs,” said the Firearms Policy Coalition’s Craig J. DeLuz. “In 1990 we came up with ‘Off List Lowers.’ In 2000 we invented the ‘Bullet Button.’ 2017 will be no different. Once the regs are out, we’ll know which of the already proposed or soon to be created innovations will allow California gun owners to own these firearms while remaining in compliance.”

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Let me introduce myself. I am a bit of a conflict junkie. I am fascinated by war and warfare, assassination, personal protection and weaponry ranging from spud guns and flame throwers to thermonuclear bombs and Soviet-trained Ebola monkeys. In short, if it’s violent or a tool to create violence it is kind of my thing. I have written a few thousand articles on the dry encyclopedia side for such websites as, University of Guns, Outdoor Hub, Tac-44, History Times, Big Game Hunter, Glock Forum, Firearms, and Combat Forums; as well as for print publications like England Expects, and Strike First Strike Fast. Several magazines such as Sea Classics, Military Historian and Collector, Mississippi Sportsman and Warship International have carried my pieces. Additionally I am on staff as a naval consultant and writer for Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine. Currently I am working on several book projects including an alternative history novel about the US-German War of 1916, and a biography of Southern gadfly and soldier of fortune Bennett Doty. My first novel, about the coming zombie apocalypse was released in 2012 by Necro Publications and can be found at as was the prequel, Chimera-44. I am currently working on book two of that series: "Pirates of the Zombie Coast." In my day job I am a contractor for the U.S. federal government in what could best be described as the ‘Force Protection’ field. In this I am an NRA-certified firearms, and less-than-lethal combat instructor.

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