Franklin Armory Introduces The New DFM Magazine For California

In before the jokes about “Comiefornia” and whatever else clever jokes you have about the overly regulated state. I feel for our shooting brethren that have to deal with the laws that were recently put in place. As much as I want to scream and yell about the insanity of the whole thing we don’t do politics here.

Franklin Armory has rolled out a solution for those in California that are in need of a compliant rifle that requires apparently no modification. The new mag is a rather clever design that has two tabs that prevent it from being inserted or removed from the bottom of the rifle. They also reversed the mag catch cutout to allow it to be loaded from the top of the receiver.

This design requires the shooter to open the receiver halves to change mags, this complying with the new CA law as far as I am aware. As always I would recommend consulting a lawyer (the less soul they have the better) to ensure that this is 100% compliant. After all, gun laws are nothing to joke about.

MSRP is $25.99, a bit on the steep side, but well below the cost of other options that bring an AR-15 within compliance. Enjoy the below video, they do a wonderful job of laying out how it works. Visit Franklin Armory’s page for the DFM magazine to learn more.

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  • Anonymoose

    Prevent it from being removed or inserted from the bottom the rifle? May as well just use a fixed magazine and stripper clips then.

    • abecido

      5.56 Mini-Garand with 10-round en-bloc clips.
      I’d buy one and I live in Ohio.

      • gunsandrockets

        Back during the dark days of the Fed AW ban, some outfit used to sell a replacement bolt-hold-open cover plate, that fitted a charger guide on the Mini-14 rifle, a guide designed for use of standard 5.56mm 10 round chargers.

        I don’t know how well they worked. In general charger loading of a semi-auto rifle doesn’t work anywhere near as well as the charger loading of a military Mauser bolt-action rifle.

        • clampdown

          If you can find good clips, it works a charm in an SKS.

          • gunsandrockets

            I’ve owned several SKS rifles over the years, and while the SKS is one of the better functioning charger feeds of those semi-autos which are charger fed, I wouldn’t describe the SKS charger as working like a charm.

            The 10 round SKS chargers typically lose one or two rounds from casual handling. Which in a way is a good thing, because a fully loaded SKS charger is clumsy, the curvature is too great for applying force straight down into the SKS magazine, so the rounds tend to bind at first.

          • clampdown

            It took me awhile to find good clips. Finally found them at an LGS 1.5 hours from my house. The NcStar clips, OTOH, are horrible and useless. I think I got maybe 5 good clips out of a box of 20…

          • iksnilol

            Are regular ‘ole milsurp ones good?

          • John Wirts

            M-14 had a stripper claw on the back of the receiver, empty magazine, load 4 stripper clips directly into the magazine through the action. Simular to loading a clip into an M-1.

      • UnrepentantLib

        Cool idea, but if you have the “deer rifle” stock you can have a detachable mag, as long as you don’t have other evil features. Something I wish someone would make is a copy of the Winchester Light Military Rifle that competed with the AR-15. Looked something like an enlarged M1 carbine, in .223 (originally .222) and would be legal in California, but it would compete for the Ruger Mini14 niche.

        • John Wirts

          I saw a AR-15 look alike that would drive California politicians and lawyers nuts! It looked like an AR-15, but it was slide or pump (choose your term) action. Therefore since it is not an EVIL SEMI-AUTOMATIC the magazine restriction would not apply! I’ve seen guys compete slide action against semi auto, and they both empty the magazine equally as fast and accurate!

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        Why not a real Garand?

        • abecido

          I already have one of those.

        • gunsandrockets

          Why? Perhaps 11 pounds loaded, 43 inches long, no optical sight, market price $800 very used condition.

          • RICH

            But oh so sweet ! !

        • iksnilol

          Because 30-06 belongs in a museum.

          • PersonCommenting

            Okay Indiana.

          • John Wirts

            Obviously never used one! I trained on the M-1 and later the M-14. Later in the reserves I helped operate ranges at Ft Benning, and Ft Jackson. We walked the ranges to make sure they were safe, no one on the, and no dangerous material left on the range. We get out about 500 yards and we would start stepping on 223 slugs, about 600 yards no more 223’s, 900-1000 yards new would find the 30-06 and 762 mm slugs. M-16/M-4 platforms are fine in jungle/urban environment, with short range. For Europe, or open desert give me an M-1 or M-14 any day.

          • iksnilol

            You’re right, I don’t raid museumsnor abuse collectibles when that’s all they are good for.

          • John Wirts

            I didn’t either the M1 was the current rifle when I went through basic, I got the NEW M-14 when I got to Europe. When I got to the Air Guard the weapon was the M-1 Carbine. These were not historical relics for some time. There are still enough that they will never be invaluable historical relics. They still function and perform admirably in the right situation. The Tonka toy M-16, and M-4 are good in urban or close forest or jungle settings. I have had hands on experience with 30-40 Kraig, 1903 and 1903A3 Springfield, 1917 Enfield, M-1 Garand, M-1 carbine, M-14, M-16, and M-249. So I feel I have some basis for comparison.

          • iksnilol

            Sooo… You’re kinda old then?

          • John Wirts

            What ever gave you THAT CLUE?????

          • iksnilol

            I read in the newspaper; “WW2 museum exhibit at large!”

          • John Wirts

            Museums and collectors have all they want of these. The M-1 and M-14 can hit a target at up to 1000 meters, the m-16/m-4 platforms max out at 500 tom 600 meters. They are fine for jungle/urban short range warfare. Counting too heavily on air/armor/artillery support can be deadly.

          • iksnilol

            That’s false, they did achieve a hit rate with M16s at thousand meters. Abyssmal but did achieve it.

            And there are .308 and 6.5 ARs as well.

            Much better weapon than any M-14.

          • John Wirts

            Well that’s strange When I and the rest of the Test Section walked the ranges to assure they were safe, no people at the wrong end of the range, or anything dangerous. When we got out 500 to 600 meters 556 slugs had fallen to the ground without striking anything! When we walked on to the steel bodied WWII armored personnel carriers 1000 meters out(someone always shot at them) the ONLY SLUGS WERE 30 Cal from M-1 30-06, or 308 (7.62MM) We never found a single 5-56 past 600 meters. So Where did you get this super M-1600000?????

          • iksnilol

            US military tested it at 1000 meters. Think this was done when testing the AK74.

          • John Wirts

            If you believe that I have some ocean front property for sale cheap in South Dakota! The m-16 was touted as a weapon that would not need cleaning, jammed weapons led to the m-16A1 with a forward assist to JAM the unjammable bolt closed! Killed a LOT OF GUYS WITH THEIR LIES. It’s major advantage is that it’s modular, the M-16, the M-4, and the 50 cal Boewolf, all fit on the same modular system and break down the same. Todays sheeplet need simple to teach them. Most active military have not handled any weapon other then the M-16, or M-4. So give me an M-1, or an M-14 and I’ll let you have your m-16, or m-4 at a thousand yards and see who walks out alive

          • iksnilol

            http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a228398.pdf

            Check page 95

            Don’t believe me, believe DTIC. They had 43% hit probability at crouchign target at 800 meters with M16. They fired 10 shot groups at 1000 yards (900 meters) and got 187 cm groups.

            So yeah, the M1 and M14 are just relics nowadays. Shoddily built relics with open actions and crap adaptability.

            Also, how’s the AR modular when you have to change out half the rifle (upper) to get new characteristics. I mean, at that point you might as well just have two rifles.

      • gunsandrockets

        Heck as long as we are going for a clean sheet design, why not a 5 round Mannlicher clip in 6.5mm Grendel? Two piece stock? Free floated barrel? Inertia-recoil operated?

      • WRBuchanan

        It’s called a Mini 14, and they have been out there for 50 years.

        And you can load one with stripper clips. But you don’t need to because they are not an Assault Weapon, and are considered “Featureless”under this law.

        Randy

        • NiteGoat

          Unless they have a flash suppressor, which last I checked, a Mini-14 does. They are covered under the band because they have the ability, that’s the key word – “ability” to accept detachable magazines.

          The CA State Legislature really made sure to cover all of their bases when they wrote these new laws. They wrote them so well, that it was the final straw that made me and my family move from California.

          • John Wirts

            Along with a lot of others, I am a third generation California native, displaced to Tennessee! California politicians don’t know the difference between a clip and a stripper clip, or a clip and a magazine. One female who ought to keep her mouth closed stated high capacity magazines were no problem, the owners could take them to the range and shoot the shells in them. Then they were used up and would be thrown in the trash, end of problem!!!

          • NiteGoat

            I saw the video with that idiot woman talking about “high-capacity clips” and how they are disposable once used.

            These are the same morons who write the CA gun laws.

        • abecido

          I have a Mini-14. It isn’t the Mini-Garand of my irrational desire, any more than an M1A is a Garand. I want en-bloc clips, the risk of Mini-Thumb, and a ping in a higher octave.

  • Johnsmyname

    Glad to see manufacturers thinking about and capitalizing on these poor states. It really bugs me when the gun crowd cannibalizes its own and flames people who are fighting the good fight as hard or harder than anyone else! We’re all in this together and it stats with states like CA and MA, but will eventually end up as the status quo unless we all work together.

    • LGonDISQUS

      I was donating annually to my state’s Citizen’s Defense League (WV) until this year, since constitutional carry passed.

      I now split half of my donations to my state’s CDL and California’s.

      • Cymond

        As an expat Mountaineer who spent a few years in CA:
        Thank you!

    • Paul Patriot

      Amen brother. We are all kind one big family and need to stand together the best we can and support those fighting the good fight in regulated states.

    • WRBuchanan

      Good point why do so many think they are immune?

  • gunsandrockets

    That… just might work.

  • Joshua

    so not only do you lose the easily changed magazine but you lose last round bolt hold open as well? that sucks. At that point I would be looking for stripper clips.

    • Amplified Heat

      Kali. BTW, there’s point in a hold open if you have to open the action to change your mag.

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      All the designs that require you to open the rifle lose the last round hold open. Its an unfortunate necessity due to the BCG locking the upper and power together when locked back. Do you have a better solution for Cali AR owners?

      • Joshua

        burn it to the ground?

        I’d be going featureless, probably using the Aries lower.

        • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

          Burn it to the ground? You mean California?

          • Joshua

            I mean hey all those forest fires have to have done like, a quarter of the job for you right?

          • John Wirts

            Just get a few more libtards who want natural forest growing right up to their house, and a dry summer with Santa Anna winds. and the whole state will burn down while Brown releases all the water to save the delta smelt!

  • Paul B.

    Is it really that important to go through this crap in order to get a pistol grip/collapsible stock/flash hider on one’s Kali AR? Why not just get a Mini, an M1A, a Garand, or an Ares and be done with it?

    • gunsandrockets

      What about those people who want to ‘keep’ as opposed to “get”.

    • skidmark

      What if you already own an AR and you’re trying to keep it square with the law?

  • Porty1119

    How about a ‘fixed’ magazine with a side loading port allowing it to be topped off while not being removed? Something like a Johnson rifle sounds doable.

    • B Lewis

      Much as I don’t think the current regulations in California are sensible at all, the idea above about a fixed magazine with a loading port could be an interesting idea. The Krag rifle has a loading port also, and it is pretty easy to thumb in extra rounds. A good designer might even be able to come up with a way to feed a stripper clip into it. There are some issues though, since with the Krag, you are loading rounds into the top of the magazine, while a fixed AR mag port would be loading closer to the bottom.

      • Porty1119

        I have an idea for how it can be done. I’m not quite ready to share it- I’d like to build a working prototype first- but I have an idea.

      • John Wirts

        Kraig took 5 loose rounds into a side port and the magazine door snapped shut!

    • AD

      I am a big fan of the Johnson rifle design, I’d love to see a modern version.

    • John Wirts

      Sounds lie a 30-40 Kraig!

  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    I can’t stop looking at this damn gif

  • Disarmed in CA

    nothing ‘featureless’ about that rifle though…

    • Black Dots

      I took the best gif I could find.

      HOWEVER…it does have a muzzle break, could have a pinned stock, and it’s easy to imagine a grip wrap around the pistol grip.

    • some other joe

      Not a rifle, and technically legal in CA.

    • PersonCommenting

      All it really has is a red dot. Pretty modest compared to most. Not sure what is on the end there. Looks like a laser or something but he def isnt using it at the moment.

  • Joshua Allen

    I’ll go ahead and register, then go featureless on the next one.

    • Cymond

      I heard a rumour that the CA DOJ requires pictures of the new registered rifles, so Bullet Buttons can’t be removed.
      Any idea if that’s true or not?

      If true, that sucks. If not true, then yeah, I would register one, too.

      • skidmark

        IIRC the legislation is still being written. Calguns site is keeping mum on workarounds so as not to give legislators ideas on how to close loop holes.

        • Cymond

          Still being written? Oh, I thought it was already passed & signed, and taking effect later in 2017. If it hasn’t been, then rifles with bullet buttons should still be available.

  • Squirreltakular

    This is what I keep telling people…

  • Squirreltakular

    This would be very useful for keeping your rifle compliant, while allowing it to easily be converted back to a regular rifle when you “go out of state.”

    Disclaimer: I would never advocate breaking the law.

    • Amplified Heat

      Can you open your rifle with the bolt back?

      • Squirreltakular

        I don’t understand the question.

        • Cymond

          The bolt needs to be closed to open the rifle. The bolt locking open when empty just adds an extra step in an already long reloading procedure.

          • Zachary marrs

            If you are just shotgunning it open, yes, but you can open up the rifle woth the bolt to the rear. Pull out both pins, and pull the upper and lower apart

          • Cymond

            OK, yes, it’s possible to get the rifle apart with the bolt back, but that’s not the point in this context.

            This topic is about “shotgunning” the action open to reload because removable magazines are not allowed in CA (except on “featureless” rifles).

  • RICH

    I heard they’re going to limit magazines to two rounds in California….!
    …… just teasin’ !

  • Tinkerer

    Are vz58s legal in Suckyfornia? Those are stripper-clip-reloadable.

    • PersonCommenting

      Unfortunately Canada gets all the good Vz58s even though there their government just made 1000 of them prohibited and restricted. I say they should bring those unwanted rifles down here.

    • gunsandrockets

      The mag-locked version used to be legal. But no longer.

    • Porty1119

      FALs as well, with a fixed magazine.

  • jerry young

    I feel sorry for those in California that they have to put up with such nonsense and if California does get it’s way and secedes from America they can say goodbye to all their gun rights including owning any firearms, it’s time for them to fight back and vote out the idiots that come up with ridiculous laws like these

    • NiteGoat

      You would need to get rid of San Francisco, L.A., San Diego, Humboldt County, etc. first. They’re the ones who vote these fascists into office.

  • DanGoodShot

    That’s great for a manufacturer to consider people stuck in these states with laws on the books that have no right existing with in the United States. What really needs to happen is a mass non compliance of said unconstitutional laws and a federal government that adheres to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. For the later to happen we need to be united and resolute in standing up in defense of our rights. Prohibition is a great example of what happens when people band together in non-compliance of an unjust law(s)

  • Bo Bo

    It beats me how people live in that state. Between taxes illegals commie officials etc it sounds like a dump.

    • NiteGoat

      It is; which is precisely why I left CA, two months ago.

  • Nicholas Feeley

    Point of consideration:
    For those that have the AR Mag Lock or equivalent, the bolt *needs* to be forward to crack open the rifle.
    It might be worth it to get just the DFM Bolt Catch so that it’ll prevent the bolt from locking to the rear on an empty mag.

  • iksnilol

    What has reliability to do with hitting at distance? Now you’re just moving goalposts.

    All US military firearms were bad in your era since y’all didn’t chrome line parts. This was especially noticeable with the M16 due to the action and smaller bore (+ whole jungle environment). I also like how dishonest your argument is (somewhat paraphrased); “A piece of crap M16 that isn’t maintained can’t stack up against any other rifle that is maintained”.

    The M14 was horrible, they had accuracy problems with it from day one (when testing at Aberdeen, they found horrible quality control, including wrong bore sizes). Then don’t forget the part where accurizing one is a huge process which gets undone almost instantly if the rifle isn’t babied. I don’t have too much against them, but I do have a problem when people tout the M14 as a good combat rifle or something more than a drill rifle.

    • John Wirts

      The M-14 HAD A CHROME LINED BORE, Check your facts before you open mouth insert Foot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • iksnilol

        Yeah, with crappy uneven and thin chrome lining.

        Again, you really did not check the DTIC report I linked.

        But that’s “okay” since you’re an old relic and that excuses you from facts and stuff. Nostalgia, not even once.

        • John Wirts

          YOU MUST BE A DEAMONCRAT NO TRUTH MATTERS BUT THAT YOU WISH TO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BYE!!!!!!

          • iksnilol

            Well, I don’t really care for politics. But riddle me this: If the M14 was better than bacon and gravy, then why is it the the rifle with the shortest US service time ever?