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Franklin Armory Releases “Binary Firing System”

Franklin Armory is a Nevada based company which sells many components for the ubiquitous AR-15. They announced several new triggers that utilize the third (traditionally automatic) firing position. The Binary Firing System (BFS) acts like a standard trigger when set on ‘Semi' but allows an AR to fire a round both when the trigger is pressed and released when set to the ‘Auto' position. On a similar vein, they have the Release Firing System (RFS) that only fires upon release when in the ‘Auto' position.

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Is this even legal? Franklin Armory has this to say about it:

The BFS™ will be appreciated by three gun competitors, tactical shooters, and recreational enthusi-asts. It too features a three position selector that allows the user to switch from Mode 1 for Safe, Mode 2 for traditional Semiautomatic Mode, or Mode 3 for Binary Mode. In Binary Mode, the firearm will discharge one round with every function of the trigger whether a pull or a release. Similar to the RFS™, a user can negate the round that would otherwise be fired during the release function by simply moving the selector back to Mode 2 and then safely releasing the trigger.

It is important to note that as of this writing Franklin Armory™ has waited 117 days for the second letter of determination from ATF-Firearms Technology Branch. In the first letter, ATF-FTB asked Franklin Armory™ to address one nuanced element, which was immediately remedied. Given that ATF-FTB has not rendered an opinion within the customary 90 day period, Franklin Armory™ took the extra step of contracting an evaluation to be performed by Mr. Daniel O’Kelly, Principal at Inter-national Firearms Specialist Academy.

Mr. Kelly is himself a retired ATF agent, and he concluded in his professional opinion that, “At no time did it […the BFS™…] fire more than one shot per function of the trigger, no matter how quickly in succession the trigger was pulled and released.” Consequently, the BFS™ trigger system “is not a firearm under the purview of the Gun Control Act nor the National Firearms Act.”

 

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It should be noted that this isn't the same as having a determination from the BATFE. Even if it were, they've been known to change their minds in the past.

As far as the actually utility or even safety of such a system? We'll leave that up to you.

Here is a video of the BFS in use:

Currently Franklin Armory is only selling BFS triggers as components in their complete receivers and rifles. You can visit their homepage here and Facebook page here.

 




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