Machine guns haven’t always been as heavily restricted as they are now. During the early part of the 20th century, they were far more common, even among civilians. Since their restriction, many have developed ways to legally simulate the experience. Now there’s a new option, a glove that works in conjunction with a stock trigger to speed things up.
The AutoGlove should be in production soon. The company says the mechanism simulates “full-auto fire without ATF approval, tax stamp or firearm modifications.”
The glove is wired to a battery pack. Its mechanism will allow a standard semi-automatic rifle to fire at 1,000 rounds per minute.
Some who are hearing this are questioning the device’s legality. That is a bit of a moot point. The rifle itself is not being modified. The glove performs a function separate from the rifle, so questions of legality don’t really apply.
“There’s been a longstanding cottage industry of companies trying to create attachments that mimic fully automatic fire in semi-automatic weapons,” Josh Sugarmann, Executive Director of the Violence Policy Center explained to Gizmodo. The AutoGlove “is just the latest example.”
There are numerous examples of this. Sliding stocks that convert recoil energy into trigger impulses work decently well. There are even triggers that are designed to reset more quickly, or those that fire on the pull and the release. Those are often more questionable, as they modify an existing gun.
This glove will fit in the thematic category. Speaking from experience, these devices are uniformly seen as novelties. They work well on the range, under controlled conditions, but are not as easy to master as their respective marketing materials would suggest.
Gizmodo describes the AutoGlove’s functionality like this:
“The AutoGlove uses two mechanisms to rapidly pull a semi-automatic weapon’s trigger. The Trigger Assist Device (TAD) that depresses the trigger is controlled by a separate button. It’s attached to the shooter’s right trigger finger. When the finger is fully extended, there’s a bit of distance between the motorized trigger and the gun’s trigger. The user then uses “micro trigger pulls” to engage the device.”
All of the talk about the device has some questioning the definitions used to regulate rapid-fire firearms. Yet one thing remains. Creative ingenuity exists. Firearms nomenclature and legal restrictions mean loopholes exist. There’s no way the ATF could step in and regulate a glove, despite its inflammatory name and intended purpose, as it is clearly not a firearm.