AK H.A.M.M.R. CA Bullet Button Tool

California is a pretty awesome state, they’ve got sunny weather, beaches, Disneyland, traffic, high housing cost and bullet buttons. What the hell is a bullet button you ask? It’s a device that makes all Californians safer and has prevented further gun crime in the state. I’m kidding of course, it’s actually a little device that replaces the magazine release (or attaches to it in the case of the AK). It requires you to use a tool to release a magazine, usually you use the tip of a bullet hence the name.

Lots of companies have made innovative new products to make things easier for Californian shooters, there was the Guerrilla Grip Mag Grip for AR-15 mags that put a bullet button tool on the end of your AR mags that made it easier for quicker mag changes. There was also the ARMagLock and the UBML from Thordsen Customs. Strike Industries also released their own AK bullet button that made mag changes a bit easier.

I recently stumbled upon the AK H.A.M.M.R., short for AK Hybrid Adaptive Magnetic Magazine Release. It’s a handy little tool that can work as either a semi-permanent extended AK mag release for those in freedom loving states or as a bullet button tool for those in Commiefornia. It’s made here in the USA and it works with various AK platforms and bullet button style mag locks on the market. It retails for just $24.99 over at akhammr.com.

Check it out in action below.


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The AK H.A.M.M.R.™ was developed as an enhancement for AK-47 style rifles. AK H.A.M.M.R.™ stands for “AK Hybrid Adaptive Magnetic Magazine Release. The hybrid designation comes from the fact that the AK H.A.M.M.R.™ can be used as a semi-permanent magazine release enhancement or simply as a bullet button tool for California based AK owners. The AK H.A.M.M.R.™ is adaptive in that it can adapt to many different AK platforms as well as several bullet button (magazine lock) styles.

The magnets are installed for California shooters that often travel out of state to shoot–allowing the shooter to operate the AK as it was intended without removing the CA required magazine lock. The installed rare earth magnets have enough holding power to keep the AK H.A.M.M.R.™ in place even after multiple magazine changes and strings of rapid fire. The AK H.A.M.M.R™. is manufactured with a hole on the “paddle” end the tool that can be used to secure the AK H.A.M.M.R.™ to some type of retention device—as simple as a piece of para cord or a basic lanyard, always keeping the tool within arms-reach. Set screws come factory installed so that non-CA residents may install the AK H.A.M.M.R. as a semi-permanent magazine release enhancement for increased leverage and ergonomics during magazine changes. The included set screws also allow the AK H.A.M.M.R.™ to adapt to the varying thicknesses of magazine release levers.

Ray I.

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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    “Im so sorry”
    – Texas

    • Vhyrus

      “Sorry T, they can’t hear you over the gunfire.”

      • SP mclaughlin

        This sounds like the beginning of a countryball (stateball?) comic.

      • forrest1985


    • ProLiberty82

      “Lol, wtf CA???”

      – Socialist Norway

  • iowaclass

    California is, like, the worst ever. It has a “Red State” criminal justice system and “Blue State” gun control. It’s like Texas had a baby with Japan.

    • Blake

      “It’s like Texas had a baby with Japan.”

      You win the intarwebz for the day 🙂

  • iowaclass

    I’m surprised that with all these 10-round limits across the country, no maker has come up with a good fixed-magazine self-loading rifle that you can “top off” with individual rounds.

    • LG

      Yes, it is called the Johnson M1941. And you can top it off with the action closed and a round in the chamber for instant use. It uses both stripper clips and individual rounds.

  • ChierDuChien

    Non-Californians should quit laughing, this and worse will be the law of the land next spring, courtesy of President Clinton and Senate Majority Leader Feinstein. “Turn them all in Mr.& Mrs. America”.

    • gunsandrockets

      At least Californians can still buy ‘bullet button’ rifles. In some places like Highland Park, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) they ban possession of semi-auto rifles, even of tube fed .22 rimfire rifles like the Marlin Model 60.

      • Kivaari

        I attended a traffic safety conference with the police chief of Highland Park a decade ago. He was a real poster boy for urban elite political chiefs. Typical of many urban chiefs. They are political animals and will not go against a mayor and council.

    • Dan

      Agreed. Politicians will look at states like California, and New York when trying to draft national legislation. Not to mention countries with severe firearm restrictions. Which will never solve the problem of WHY Americans kill each other. Instead lets just focus on how, until we have banned rocks and pointy sticks and surgically altering our thumbs to make choking someone near impossible.

  • TheSmellofNapalm

    UBBT mag spikes are better. You can install them on all your magazines so you don’t need any tools for dropping mags.

  • jessie

    so if some one was going to us one of these “locked guns” in a crime. what prevents them from simply removing them? dumbest law I have heard of.

    • Laserbait

      Because, criminals follow the law, so they wouldn’t do that because it would increase the penalties if they were to be caught. This law has all but stopped all mass shootings in California. Food for thought.

    • nadnerbus

      well, the law originally banned all ARs/AKs completely. A court ruling that found the language too vague, requiring all banned guns to be listed by make and model, opened up the wiggle room for bullet buttons to become a thing. Legislative inaction let it go on for ten or more years now, but it’s not a liberty they ever intended or condoned. Last I heard there was legislation pending to amend the AB ban legislation to define any semi auto centerfire that could accept a detachable magazine, even with a tool, as an assault weapon. Not sure where that has gone.

      I’ve given up on the legislative side. The Dems have a supermajority and are gerrymandered into electoral safety. They are just going to keep at it, over and over again. The only hope out here is court cases and getting things overturned.

      Sorry for the politics, but it’s been eating at me.

    • gunsandrockets

      Which is exactly what happened in the San Bernardino, California terrorist attack. The terrorists violated the California law banning “assault weapons”.

  • gunsandrockets

    Californians right now are faced with a cloud-with-a-silver-lining situation.

    Odds are a new law will pass which bans sales of the ‘bullet button’ rifles. But if you already own one of those ‘bullet button’ rifles, and register it with the California government, the owner would be able to restore the ‘bullet button’ rifle into a Free State configuration with the normal magazine release.

    But to hell with that. I’m escaping to Free America.

    • Marcus D.

      You should say “maybe” convert it to a regular mag release. That is unclear at this point. But it may be worse than that. Of the three AW ban bills pending, one would ban ALL semi-auto rifles and shotguns with detachable mags, unless the rifle is an antique. Bye bye M1 Carbine, Ruger Minis, AKs and so forth and so on.(Which means the market w2ill be primed for the return of SKS style rifles.) To keep what you already have, the rifle has to be registered as an “assault weapon,” which means that it cannot be sold or transferred in the state, not even by inheritance. And another requirement is that all 80% lowers would have to be serialized and registered by January 1, 2018.

  • Kivaari

    California is seriously awful. Nothing in California cancels out the horrible gun laws the state has. We need to stop all Californians from moving north and bringing their ideas where they are not wanted.

    • Dr. John Charles

      Many Californian liberals that hated the liberal policies they voted for years fled to once Red Colorado turning that state purple.

    • Evan

      While I agree that California is an absolutely wretched state, I would welcome all decent people living there to move somewhere normal.

      • gunsandrockets

        Thank you. Soon I might join them.

  • Kivaari

    They out lawed the grenade launchers on the Yugo M59/66. When Mitchell arms imported the first 65 Yugos they were $800, with the launcher machined down to a flash hider. The rifles shot like target rifles.

    • gunsandrockets

      In think in Commiefornia all grenade launchers are illegal and have been since 1965. A ban so broad it includes the standard flash suppressors/grenade-launchers of AR type rifles. Its just a law which never seems to get enforced, until some dealers tried to import that M59/66.

      • Klaus Von Schmitto

        And that law stopped the grenade assault plaque of ’64.

        • gunsandrockets

          Sadly, I do believe there were aspects of the 1965 California law (which banned many more things than just grenade launchers) which were aped by the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968.

  • Gregory

    Perhaps the magazine release should be on the magazine and not the rifle. The rifle would not have a release and the law would be useless.

    • jeff

      i am sure dianne finestein would find a way to make everyone think that magazine releases on the magazines should be banned aswell

    • gunsandrockets

      Hmm… like the release built into the MAS 49/56 magazine. You may have uncovered an interesting loophole.

  • disqus_PDmXLtTxJj

    I got a better idea, CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE just ask 2,500,000 New Yorkers and their 5,000,000 “assault rifles”, of which only 4,000 were registered.

    • gunsandrockets

      Actually California gun owners led the way in civil disobedience.

      California was the first place with a law banning so-called “assault weapons” in June of 1989. The most reasonable estimates are that less than 10% complied with the registration requirements of that ban. That is massive civil disobedience.

  • Mattblum

    I don’t worry anymore about crazy California gun laws. I just break them as needed. Have to be careful, as I certainly don’t want to have any trouble with my local PD, but I don’t choose to do anything to support the insanity. Including any further registration of what I already have.

    • Evan

      I’m not sure I’d advertise that

  • Evan

    I was stationed in Twentynine Palms, CA in the Marine Corps. I have not been to California since I got out, and can’t see any reason to ever go back. While I was there, I did buy an M1A though, which has the stupid CA mandated muzzle brake instead of the birdcage flash hider, and I haven’t gotten around to swapping it out yet (and this was 10 years ago). It didn’t require a bullet button then. I even managed to trade some AR mags I had for a couple 20 round M14 mags with a gun shop owner out there. Now I see that Fulton Armory is selling their M14 with a bullet button for CA residents.

    • Cymond

      A Bullet Button is only needed if the rifle has an “evil” feature like a flash hider, pistol grip, telescoping/folding stock, etc. However, threaded barrels are specifically not restricted on rifles in CA.

      I haven’t looked at Fulton Armory recently, but it’s very possible to arrange an M1A so that it doesn’t need a BB.

      • Evan

        That was my understanding, and my M1A that I bought out there was standard configuration other than the muzzle brake. I have seen Fulton selling them with the bullet button, but I’m not sure if it’s only needed for certain configurations or if the laws in CA got even worse.

  • Cymond

    Firearms Policy makes sense, but does the NRA really do much for CA?

    • gunsandrockets

      Considering the only hope for Commiefornia is outside intervention, via the U.S. Supreme Court or new Federal Civil Rights legislation, I’d say the NRA does a lot for California.

  • S. Plankenberg

    I honestly don’t understand why liberty-loving people who live there stay there.

    Don’t you understand that by continuing to live there and paying all the taxes and fees you are funding the the very state socialists and communists that are taking more of your freedoms away each day?

    • gunsandrockets

      Many people are trapped by family, or property or employment obligations. Some decide the good outweighs the bad.

      As retirees flee the high costs of California, expect to see California as one of the earliest states to tumble off the financial cliff of their own making.

    • Cottersay

      That’s why I left Kalifornia immediately when I retired. I moved straight to a free state that is now also a full Constitutional Carry state, Mississippi.

  • Kivaari

    30 years ago you could not do so. Mitchell had imported brand new Yugos. A replica grenade launcher cost $280. A few years later you could buy like new surplus M59/66A1 rifles for $150.