SB Tactical HBPDW Brace

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  • Weight
  • Function
  • Ease of Install
  • Design
4.8/5Overall Score
  • Fit: Mil-spec bolt carrier groups and AR lowers
  • Length: 5.75", 10.25"
  • Weight: 12 oz, 16 oz (w/ included buffer & spring)
  • Colors: Black, Gray
  • Design
  • Complete Buffer Tube and Brace Kit
  • Install harder than standard brace
  • Price

SB Tactical and Q have just released the new HBPDW brace, and it’s a near-exact copy of the Honey Badger brace. The brace is made for standard AR-15 rifles as well as pistol caliber carbines chambered in 9mm. The available colors are black and gray (even though the gray model has yet to be seen).

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I picked up the HBPDW Brace for my Aero Precision EPC-9 build I was working on.

Honey Badger Pistol Brace on Aero Precision EPC 9
HBPDW Brace on Aero Precision EPC-9

Why is the Honey Badger Pistol Brace so special?

The Honey Badger brace is much lighter and shorter than nearly any brace on the market. It’s great for making your AR pistol small and compact.

There are a number of other braces with similar designs but it seems like Q and SB Tactical have perfected the design to have a streamlined and clean brace design.

The function and aesthetics of this brace set them apart from the original PDW brace that SB Tactical created.

What does the HBPDW Brace come with?

The nice part of the HBPDW Brace is that it comes with everything you need. Since it is a proprietary design, the right weight and spring had to be included.

Honey Badger Pistol Brace Box Contents

In the box, there is:

  • Complete Brace assembly to include:
    • Buffer weight and spring assembly
    • Buffer tube
    • Castle nut
    • Castle nut wrench
  • Adjustable nylon strap
  • Instructions
  • Blue Loctite

Installing the HBPDW Brace

After opening the box, the HBPDW brace was nicely packaged and very minimal.

I opened the box, spread out all the parts, and immediately understood the price point of the braces.

There is a proprietary castle nut wrench and included blue Loctite.

It quickly read through the directions and then studied how the brace would go on the gun. It took me a minute to realize how it worked, but it was pretty easy.

The tube easily comes off of the brace extension, and you screw the buffer tube on the gun and use the included blue Loctite to secure it.

The only tools you need are a socket wrench and a long screwdriver to turn the castle nut wrench.

HB Tactical covers the install in this easy video. Naturally, I didn’t know about the video until I already had mine installed.

How does the SB Tactical HBPDW brace look extended?

The HBPDW brace extended looks exactly like the Honey Badger pistol and since there’s not much difference between the Honey Badger SBR and the Honey Badger pistol, it’s a near-exact match.

edc9 openbrace

I was skeptical about the rails the brace live on at first but they seem well constructed and the two position option is a nice addition that the Honey Badger Pistol doesn’t have.

How does the HBPDW Brace look collapsed?

My favorite configuration of the HBPDW brace is collapsed. It’s a much cleaner design than most collapsable stocks on the market and features thin guide rails and a large easy push the release button.

edc9 closedbrace

The HBPDW stock collapsed is really where this brace shines. It allows you to make the gun extremely compact and the smallest possible package.

Should you buy the Honey Badger Pistol Brace brace?

Let’s face it, this brace isn’t cheap, but personally, I think it’s worth every penny. The quality, look and feel are all top-notch.

Looks aside the function of this brace is out of this world! It makes your gun extremely compact and the fit and finish are both great.

After using this brace for a few weeks now I couldn’t imagine using anything else on this gun.

The SBA4 is a great brace but if you have a PDW this brace is almost a requirement.

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Michael Savage
Michael Savage

Michael is the President of Lynx Defense and an avid gun owner and outdoors man. He's passionate about helping find the best bang for your buck and helping others learn about firearms and the industry as a whole.

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One comment

  1. This is a beautiful build, man. I’m obsessed with it, planning to do the same one myself. Looks like the Space Invader/Honey Badger but at an affordable price and with cheap ammo.
    What’s the length of your build collapsed? I can’t decide between 5.5” or 8” barrel

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