Strike Industries AR-Enhanced Bolt Catch

Strike Industries has added another component to their catalog of AR upgrades.

The SI Enhanced Bolt Catch is another piece in our line of high quality parts for the AR. The SI AR-EBC features an extra wide bolt catch lever surface making its operation effortless. Its solid construction and clean matte black finish make it a great looking replacement or build project. It’s a great value for an essential item. If you need the parts to keep your AR in top shape, look no further than S.I.

MSRP: $13.95

Package includes:
1 x AR Enhanced Bolt Catch


  • Mil-Spec bolt catch
  • Wide surface area bolt catch latch for enhanced operation
  • Solid steel construction
  • Sleek SI Design

I go back and forth as to whether I like modifications to my bolt catch.  I’ve been using the BAD Lever for a while, but I’m not as thrilled about having things hanging around inside my trigger guard.  Readers, what do you think?  Is this a mod you would consider?

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  • Karl-InRangeTV

    What’s wrong with the standard one? Seems to work for me…

    • Andrew

      Operators need a larger surface to release bolt by throwing rocks at it from 12 ft away.

      • Karl-InRangeTV

        Oh, that makes sense.

    • Nickname

      The bottom portion is extremely useful for lefties.

    • Patrick R.

      I dunno but I intend to find out. Strike is sending us one to review.

  • Thomas Pirate

    I release the bolt a lot (big button), and I lock the bolt very little (small button) — at least on a standard part. This is a solution in search of a problem. Plus, the extended bottom paddle looks like something nice to for your thumb to trip over as you’re trying to drop the bolt.

  • Squirreltakular

    I like it. It would be useful when trying to clear malfunctions quickly.

    And it’s not giant and uselessly oversized like most aftermarket catches.

  • JLR84

    The BAD Lever is precisely why I *wont* change the standard bolt latch, because it only attaches to the standard one.

    • guest

      Of all the pointless “tactical dust covers” and “non-ir reflective firing pins” and what not, the BAD lever is outright smart and useful. Shooting hand always on the grip, servicing everything except charging handle.

  • Jack Morris

    I guess if I was operating way too hard and the bolt catch on my current AR broke, I would consider continuing my super hardcore range trip missions with this new bolt catch.

    • Nick

      Kudos for a great operator joke, bro. Don’t know how this blog entry made it three hours without one.

      • Jack Morris

        It’s a hard mission, but someone has to operate it.

        • Grindstone50k

          Well done

  • wittzo

    I like it. It looks a lot easier to manipulate than the little button.

  • Cymond

    I like it, and I would consider installing one, except I’m in love with the Tac-Link EBA lever. I put one on my first AR, and now it’s instinctive.

    I would like to try the Phase 5 lever though.

    Also, is it me, or are aftermarket bolt catches the latest part to get heavy attention for custom parts? Forward Controls Design, American Defense Mfg, War Sport Industries, and Seekins Precision all make enhanced bolt catches. If 2014 was saturated with short-throw safety levers, then maybe 2015 will be filled with aftermarket bolt catches.

    • Grindstone50k

      I have the Phase 5 EBRV2 on my first build and it is wonderful. None of the crap trying to attach it to an existing catch like the BAD lever.

  • John Daniels

    I still prefer my PDQ. The PDQ, or something like it, is what the AR should’ve been built with from the very start.

  • MR

    They seem to price their stuff reasonably. And I’ve seen that give some people pause-“$20 for an ambi safety? Must be something wrong with it, I only buy $80 safeties.”

  • Grindstone50k

    I’ll stick with my EBRV2, thanks.

  • Sledgecrowbar

    Is Strike becoming the new Kel-Tec? Since SHOT they’ve announced a handful of legitimately good-looking stuff that still doesn’t exist. I’m still waiting for their Glock locking block.

  • HKGuns

    Typical negative comments aside, I think this looks useful and is priced reasonably. Funny how the completely useless BAD lever gets so much attention and this simple, useful design gets negative comments.

    I might buy this one. I would never buy a BAD. That is the beauty of choices.

  • TheDentedHelmet

    That looks like heavily borrowed elements from the bolt release on the SCAR… which borrowed ideas from the AR… oh hell now I’ve gone and confused myself…