Elftmann Tactical Releases Push-Button Safety for AR-15

Can’t say I ever expected to see a push-button safety for an AR, but I can say now that one exists, I am curious. Elftmann Tactical, known for their triggers, has released a push-button style safety for the AR-15. Just like most similar models, the safety has a standard “red = dead” ring option.

The new “Ambidextrous Speed Safety” is available in either polished stainless (silver) or a black oxide finish (I would like to see it nitrided). The A.S.S. is compatible with almost all lowers, but will work best on thinner walled mil-spec receivers. Pricing is set at $39.99



Description from Elftmann:

Quickly take your AR from safety to ready to fire and back to safe with the simple push of a button. With no rotation necessary, no shifting of the shooters hand needed, this is the fastest safety selector to engage and dis-engage on the market!

Push safety design
Ambidextrous Operation
Extremely fast on-off
Precision machined from hardened stainless steel
Compatible with all Mil-spec receivers
Includes Detent
Absolute Lifetime Guarantee
Proudly made in the USA


Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Giolli Joker

    63.284% faster to disengage.
    81.612% reduction in NDs.
    Game changer.

    • dbhm

      where are these numbers from?

      • Giolli Joker

        Ehm… just poking fun at the tactical accessories that tend to legitimise their existence with marketing boasting performance improvements through irrealistic and unverifiable percentages.
        In short: invented numbers, it was a joke.

        • dbhm

          OK, I can totally understand what you were doing. I suppose I was doing what we (thinkers) would do to articles such as this when they have numbers. Verify, verify, verify.

  • Anonymoose

    Looks like ASS to me. lol

    While this does make a little more sense for guns that only have two fire modes (safe-semi) than a rotary selector switch/safety, I don’t really like the location. If it was located on the trigger guard like on an 870 or Benelli shotgun, where I could easily reach with either index finger or thumb it would be acceptable, but I only have one thumb per hand, so it would be annoying to put it on safe or take it off if I’m shooting lefthanded.

    • Giolli Joker

      “I only have one thumb per hand”
      Don’t blame others for your limitations, son!

    • thedonn007

      I agree. I was going to say essestially the same thing. It is a neat idea, but the location of the safety is not convenient.

    • It’s actually significantly easier than you’d expect. Doesn’t require the pad of your finger at all. Explained further above.

  • Squirreltakular

    I’ve always wanted to get rid of the most ergonomic part of my favorite rifle and replace it with my least favorite part of the 870. Thanks, Elftmann Tactical!

    However, if you can go from a traditional switch to a push button, could you do the opposite? I’d love to have an AR-style safety on my Keltec Sub2000.

    • Anonymoose

      That’s actually my favorite part of an 870. The push-button safety is the reason Remingtons and Benellis are much better suited to pistol grips than Mooseburgers.

      • Squirreltakular

        Growing up shooting the AR, I guess I’m just uneasy with a weapon that can’t go back on safe as quickly as it goes off safe.

        I admittedly am not a fan of the safety on my Mossy, but I like the extended, flared replacements that allow you more purchase.

        • dbhm

          From what it looks like to me, it seems that the safety is a push-on/push-off type. Push from one side to take safety off, and push from the other to take safety on. If this is correct, then it will go on safe as quickly as it goes off safe.

          • Anonymoose

            How are you going to push it back on safe from the right side? Take your right hand off and fumble around?

          • gunsandrockets

            Set up per the photo, it looks like a simple push with the trigger finger pushes the safety to ‘safe’ position.

            Just as a push from the thumb takes the weapon off safe.

          • I have this safety on an AR already and it’s WAY easier and faster than I could have expected. It’s easily snicked back onto “safe” by just indexing your trigger finger a bit higher than usual. A push with the side of your finger — i.e. between 1st & 2nd knuckle — is all it takes. You don’t have to shift your grip to use the pad of your finger. It’s still a decently solid click into place, though, with a nice detent “snick.” My only concern is that it could fairly easily get disengaged with a bump to the side of the rifle. Not great for carrying it on a sling, basically, unless the right side of the gun is against you.

          • Lonnie

            thumb push, duh

          • Anonymoose

            You have a thumb on the backside of your hand?

      • NDS

        Mmm… Mooseburgers!

      • Bill

        I suppose if you have to have a pistol grip on your shotgun, that’s true, but at least in the case of the 870 it does nothing to render the gun drop-safe.

        • Synchronizor

          The 870’s firing mechanism is drop-safe because of its balanced sear, not the safety.

          • Bill

            The 870 isn’t drop safe. Just trust me on that one, or don’t, but nothing locks the firing pin, sear, or hammer.

          • Synchronizor

            I’m talking about the trigger/sear mechanism. Yes, the 870’s firing pin is only held back by a spring when the bolt is in battery (though it is blocked by the locking block when the action is unlocked, to prevent out-of-battery discharges) but that’s pretty much par for the course for shotguns. And with the firing pin spring, it takes a heck of a wallop from one very specific direction to cause an inertial primer strike.

            As for the 870’s sear, though, because it pivots about its center of mass, it will not move if the gun is jarred or struck from any angle. It’s simple physics. Thus, the sear is drop-safe whether the safety is engaged or disengaged. It’s a more elegant and effective solution than a safety that only locks the sear or hammer when it’s engaged.

  • Steve

    Congratulations to Elftmann Tactical for fixing a non-problem. At least the product is aptly named. After the designer, no doubt.

  • AndyHasky

    That’s what great about the AR, you can do practically anything to it because the aftermarket support. Sure, I would never do put this on one but I bet there are several people who for one reason or another dislike the traditional AR safety. People on here are always so negative about new products like this, but the fact is Elftmann Tactical clearly think there’s a market for it if they are selling it.

    • MR

      Now I might have to do this, just because I can. Good to have options.

    • Bill

      Or they think that they can create a market……Like my invention – the battery powered battery charger.

  • Fred Johnson

    Ug. I hate push button safeties positioned above the hand.

    On the trigger guard a push button isn’t too bad, but still not my preference over a lever safety that can operated with the same thumb or finger.

  • Felipe Revilla

    I’m with everyone else that thinks this product is a solution looking for a problem. The description states that you can re-engage the safety without having to shift your hand like with the traditional lever safety. I was having difficulty visualizing how I would put the safety back on without moving my hand when the button is that high. There is a youtube video on the Practically Tactical channel and the dude says he can use it without moving his hand. He proceeds to do some shooting and each time he’s shifting his hand to put the safety back on! Does he need to move his hand? Is he just moving it because he’s used to the selector like the rest of us? I can’t tell. I will admit that I’m totally biased. I don’t care for cross bolt safeties but I honestly don’t see this improving my experience enough to alter my training with the selector I’m so familiar with.

    • charlest

      I think this cross bolt is is a backward step. Changing a well-proven good safety, for a different and inferior one just for the sake of it. Makes no sense to me at all.

  • iksnilol

    They seriously called it the A.S.S.?

    • Jason St Pierre

      yup, that kept me reading.

  • iksnilol

    I like push button safeties inside the trigger guard.

    I really like the Sauer 200’s safety, a big button on the side you push down when the rifle is closed, and a small button right above the trigger inside the trigger guard to fire again.

    • Kevin Craig

      The only thing that belongs inside the trigger guard is the trigger, and your trigger finger when appropriate.

      I never understood the “safety” of manipulating things inside the trigger guard before you’re read to actually fire.

      • iksnilol

        I disagree there. It allows you to keep the safety on longer. I literally keep the rifle on safe right before the moment I shoot.

        According to your line of thinking the Mini 14 and the Garand are also unsafe rifles.

        • gunsandrockets

          Two advantages of a Garand type safety are it is ambidextrous, and the safety is protected by the trigger guard from getting accidentally bumped to the fire position.

          Considering the nature of the M1 Garand as a clip fed semi-auto, a practical and effective safety were more important to it than most other rifles.

          • iksnilol

            I really like trigger guard safeties. Thanks for mentioning a couple more advantages.

      • Lonnie

        Ever shot a M1 Garand? Put trigger finger in trigger guard, push FORWARD on safety, pull REARWARD on trigger, BANG! Fastest way to release a safety I have EVER shot.

  • Bill

    Does it still keep the gun drop-safe? Can I get a Garand style safety instead? How about a primer fired black powder upper? Where can I get my TV Cerakoted? Making bets on whether people would go for stuff like this is one of the reason I quit drinking.

    • Lonnie

      Best reply yet!

  • Cymond

    I’m not sure whether this is idiotic or genius. It certainly looks like it works well in their demo video. Maybe I’ll try one eventually. Who knows, maybe this will be the next big fad.

  • John

    The AR-15 functions perfectly fine without a safety way all. Just lock the bolt back and the hammer won’t fall no matter what.

    • Kevin Craig

      Until you bump the butt against something, and the bolt slams home.

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  • noob

    On the 9th of August, 2000, Corporal Stuart McMillan Jones of Darwin became the second Australian soldier to die on active service in East Timor. The bullet hit the 27 year old in the upper, left chest. Immediately his fellow soldiers from the Sixth Battalion began delivering first aid, and within minutes a Black Hawk helicopter carrying an air evacuation medical team arrived on the site. The medics managed to stabilise the young soldier before transferring him into the Black Hawk. They lifted off and headed for the United Nations hospital in Dili, but Corporal Jones didn’t make it, dying en-route.

    COL GREG BAKER: “There were a number of rifles that were sitting in the back of the vehicle. They were sitting on some of the patrol’s packs. The vehicle that was moving at the time and crossing some rough terrain, it caused the vehicle to jolt, which we think possibly dislodged one or more of the weapons that were in the back of the vehicle. Then one of – we think what’s happened then was one of the rifles accidentally discharged, wounding Corporal Jones. […] The weapons are carried in a loaded state because the men and women that are serving across here are serving on active service in a very dangerous area of operations. It’s normal procedure that the weapons are carried in a loaded state, and at this stage I really can’t say whether there’ll be any changes to those procedures. It’ll be up to the board of inquiry to look at that sort of thing. […] They’re feeling it obviously very heavily. He was one of their mates and had served with them for quite some time across there in East Timor, so they’re taking it very hard at the moment.”

    Defence Minister, John Moore, said Corporal Jones’ death was a tragic accident.

    JOHN MOORE: “In the rush of the moment, in the rough terrain in which they were working, under the pressure in which they work, regrettably accidents do happen from time to time. But the record, I think, has been – considering the number of people we’ve had there, considering the conditions they’re working under, I think they’ve done a very good job.”

    The rifles in question were F-88 Austeyr variants which feature a crossbolt push-button safety.

    Defence commentator John Hunter Farrell, publisher of ANZ Defence magazine, said dealing with military weapons was inherently dangerous.

    JOHN HUNTER FARRELL: “While an excellent assault rifle in its own right, the F88 Steyr has a number of features that make is susceptible to accidental discharge. […] Chief amongst these is the cross bolt safety catch, which can be switched from safe to fire simply by lying the weapon on its side, and the arctic trigger guard, which by its very nature, is a much larger area for obstacles, article of equipment and clothing to penetrate.”

  • Squirreltakular

    I was talking about the 870 safety being slow. My original comment made it pretty clear that I like the AR’s safety.

  • Zachary marrs

    This is retarded.

  • Lonnie

    I have an elephant ivory grip on my $42,000 custom build AR. Titanium upper and lower, stainless bbl, platinum flash hider, 22 karat gold plated stock, diamond encrusted safety lever I doubt I would swap for this push button, unless they would set a nice ruby on it for me.

  • DaveBNZ

    I HATE pushbutton safeties. I have had more than one accidentally get knocked of/on safe. Nope, you won’t ever see one of these on an AR of mine!