Coming to the Range: The 1Shot Pistol Shoulder Rest

USA 1Shot

The idea of adding a stock to a pistol has been around almost as long as multi-shot pistols. Colt introduced a couple of models in the 1800s, like this 1851 London Navy model with a stock that doubled as a canteen. Smith & Wesson did the same. In the early 20th century we saw military handguns such as the Mauser Broomhandle, the P-08 Luger, and the Colt 1911 with optional stocks so they could double as a more accurate carbine.

While pistol stocks weren't very popular among regular shooters in those times, the National Firearms Act of 1934 ended any chance of them ever becoming so. It restricted pistols with a detachable stock by requiring a special, and expensive, tax stamp. Their use faded after that.

But a new company has found a way to add the advantages of a stocked pistol while avoiding any collisions with the NFA, at least for now, in a package that may actually be more tactically useful than any detachable stock.

The USA 1Shot from Accurate Pistol Systems is technically a rest, not a stock, because it never actually attaches to the pistol. Instead, a handgun is pressed into a cavity shaped for that specific pistol by the shooter and is held in place while shooting with a two-handed grip. Thus, it is not considered a stock.

According to this story from recoilweb.com, the CTO of Accurate Pistol Systems, Robert Gilmer, said, "We asked the ATF their opinion and they had none, as it is not a permanent part of the weapon."

But is it just a gimmick product? Time will tell, but it seems some initial tests were positive. The name, 1Shot, apparently came after several military operators and SWAT officers field tested it and experience such improved accuracy that they said it could end a violent scenario in "one shot," according to the company.

The story and the company claim that, using iron sights or a red dot, a shooter can push their pistol's accuracy out to 100 yards or farther.

That's ballistically possible, depending on the gun and ammunition used, but the fact that the 1Shot never actually attaches to the pistol could be a great plus for hunters, especially those using large-caliber, hard-kicking handguns.

A hunter could hang a 1Shot from a single-point sling, out of the way, and carry a pistol in its normal holster. The handgun can be drawn and used normally in an emergency, or if a shot has to be taken quickly, but if there's even a few seconds to aim, the gun can be quickly held into the rest and brought to the shoulder for a more accurate off-hand shot, or be moved to the rest and kept at the ready. It would also allow for much quicker follow-up shots.

But, as with any new product, we won't know for sure until it's been adequately field tested. But when the price is over $300 and a tax stamp for a stocked pistol is only about $200, you can't argue economy. However, shelling out the extra cash is much easier than applying and waiting for the stamp from the ATF, which is a plus.

Right now there are two models of the 1Shot, one with an adjustable M4-style stock and one with a fixed thumbhole stock. There are supposed to be models sized for several Glocks (3rd and 4th Gen), the Beretta M9/FS, Smith & Wesson M&P Core, Sig Sauer Model 320, and Springfield 1911, though only the Glock model appears to be available for purchase.

The grips don't fit their corresponding handguns like a glove, so there is some leeway among similar sized pistols, though when some guns are pressed into a 1Shot, the magazine release can be activated, depending on its position.