The advent of pistol braces has changed everything in the firearms world. What started with a chunky piece of polymer called the SB 15 has evolved and grown into adjustable designs like the SBA3, the Gear Head Works V2, and now the Shockwave Brace 2.0. The original Shockwave brace was the first brace that was adjustable for length of pull, although it did this through a screw and dimple system that was a bit rudimentary, but effective overall. The Shockwave Blade 2.0 keeps a lot of the features of the original blade but completely revamps its adjustable nature.
What’s New With The Shockwave Blade 2.0
Obviously, the biggest change worth noting is the change of adjustment means. Previously the aforementioned dimpled tube and screw system worked but was tedious to change on the fly and to get just right. The New Shockwave Blade 2.0 features a small lever positioned in the rear of the blade. You press the lever and you can adjust the brace to a wide variety of different lengths.
Other than that the design is very similar to the original Blade. It braces against your arm, not around your arm. This results in a cleaner, and a thinner overall design, which means less weight as well. The Blade 2.0 is a bit leaner and smaller than the original Blade and weighs only 5 ounces.
Like the original KAK brace the Shockwave Blade 2.0 sports a proprietary tube that is included with the kit. One thing that sets the Shockwave Blade 2.0 apart from the competition is the fact it’s less than 80 bucks for the brace and tube. This makes it the most affordable adjustable brace on the market.
It’s called the Blade for a reason. It’s small very thin. If you were to shoulder such a design on a powerful weapon you may have a wee bit of pain. Albeit when used as designed as a brace against the forearm or bicep the design is pain-free… even with something like a Mossberg Shockwave.
It has found a very nice place on my Kidon conversion system. The lighter weight arm brace seems to be better suited on lighter weight systems. As a brace, it does balance the weapon better when the weapon is lighter.
When paired with the Matador side folding adapter the Brace 2.0 and the Kidon become a very compact system for storage and transport. The thin design is very handy in this regard.
It is a strong brace and can take some serious punishment. It shrugged off the recoil of the 12 gauge without issue. My initial concern was that the adjustment system would bend or break under serious recoil. However, after dozens of rounds of buckshot the brace moves and adjusts with the same ease.
Final Thoughts and Parting Shots
The Shockwave Blade 2.0 is a hardy and robust brace that remains lightweight, durable and thin. It’s perfect for your SMG style pistols like the CZ Scorpion, MCX, and of course my Kidon system. That being said my teeny-tiny 80 lower build AR is an excellent host for the Shockwave as well. It’s robust enough for more powerful guns, but be aware that pain and recoil may go hand in hand if the design is accidentally shouldered. I love how affordable it is as well. Check ‘em out here.