ATF Says No to AutoGlove

The device, marketed by a small start-up, activates a rifle's trigger using battery power, mimicking full-auto fire.

The AutoGlove has been nixed by the ATF.
The AutoGlove has been nixed by the ATF.photo from guns.com

Not to long ago, we told you about the AutoGlove, a glove for shooters that included a "trigger actuation device" that repeatedly pulls the trigger, mimicking full-auto fire.

The unit uses a batter pack attached to the wrist or forearm to manipulate the trigger in bursts or rates beyond 1,000 rounds per minute.

Since the device doesn’t actually attach to the gun, it was hoped the ATF would be OK with it.

It turns out, they’re not.

According to guns.com, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tested the AutoGlove and issued a determination letter last week saying the device "may not be used or possessed by individuals" and is considered a machine gun under the National Firearms Act.

The story says AutoGlove has stopped taking orders and is issuing refunds for those who have paid for the device already. A small start-up, the manufacturer says they do not have the resources to fight the determination.

"While we respectfully disagree with the ATFs determination, as the AutoGlove was not tested in accordance with our design criteria or provided instructions/limitations, we will NOT appeal the ATFs determination," says a statement posted by the company.

“As we have always stated, it was never our intention to thumb our nose at the ATF or NFA regulations, we were simply trying to develop a device that could work within the existing construct of the laws to create a device that could assist a person with pulling the trigger rapidly, whether it be a paintball gun, nail gun, or firearm,” says AutoGlove.

The device was set to begin its first production run this month.