The mad geniuses at Battle Arms Development are hard at it again this year with a product for SHOT Show 2017 that is entirely relevant to the AR-15 shooter stuck with California’s new firearms laws.
Battle Arms Development have designed a rather clever new way for AR-15 owners to deal with California’s new guns laws. Many of you might know the old and popular bullet-button is no longer considered a fixed magazine in California. Any semi-auto, centerfire rifle must have a permanently affixed magazine or it cannot have any assault weapon features such as folding stocks, flash hiders or pistol grips. The new law states that a magazine cannot be removed without disassembly of the firearm action, so Battle Arms Development devised a magazine release button that stays locked until the upper is separated from the lower. Smart. The smartness doesn’t stop there. Battle Arms Battle Arms Development created a clever rear takedown pin that functions normally, but when turned 180 degrees the takedown pin only allows the upper to separate from the receiver far enough to disengage the magazine lock pin and allow for the magazine release button to be used to remove the magazine like any standard AR-15.
I have an inkling that solutions to the fixed-magazine issue that California AR-15 owners have are all about to hit the market, but this one from Battle Arms Development really seems like a clever solution right out of the gate.