In the past few weeks we have featured stripper clips to load AR magazines through the ejection port, pinned pistol compensators and a bolt action GLOCK – all workarounds for California laws. And I’m not sure if I am more disgusted at legislation clearly aimed at legal gun owners or proud of the innovation and ingenuity at work within the business community. I choose the positive energy of the latter – Cross Armory has designed two devices that allow owners of Modern Sporting Rifles (MSR) in restrive states to more quickly perform reloads.

The first product is the SAFE MAG that is designed to eject the magazine when the upper receiver is pivoted on the front takedown pin. The second is QUICK PINS which allows the rear takedown pin of an AR to be quickly removed to aid in disassembly. Together they give California shooters a workaround for MSR ownership.

Cross Armory SAFE MAG:

Cross Armory Safe Mag

SAFE MAG is a safe and easy magazine release and lock system for AR-15 and M4 rifles. SAFE MAG automatically releases your magazine when the upper and lower receivers of your weapon are separated. SAFE MAG is among the most convenient fixed magazine lock and release system on the market.

  • Fixed magazine locking system for MIL spec AR-15 and M4 rifles
  • Automatic Magazine Release when upper and lower receivers are separated, no need to push a button
  • QUICK and SAFE fixed magazine release device
  • SAFE MAG prevents the removal of the magazine from your AR-15 or M4 rifle without disassembly of the action when properly installed
  • QUICK, EASY installation
  • RELOAD EASIER when separating the upper from the lower receiver

Cross Armory’s SAFE MAG is a modification, designed in California, for weapons in regulated states that require fixed magazines, such as CA NY CT MA MD and other states. The Cross Armory SAFE MAG works by releasing your magazine instantly when you separate the upper and lower receivers of your AR-15 or M4, without having to press a button.

Cross Armory’s SAFE MAG is intended to be consistent with the fixed magazine laws which state that your weapon must have a “fixed magazine” which has been defined as “an ammunition feeding device contained in, or permanently attached to, a firearm in such a manner that the device can not be removed without disassembly of the firearm action.” The firearm action of an AR-15 and M4 is housed in the upper and lower receivers. Separating the upper and lower receiver to release your magazine disables the firearm action.

Cross Armory QUICK PINS:


Cross Armory’s QUICK PINS is designed to replace your existing rear takedown pin. QUICK PINS opens easily and locks automatically when you close your receivers. QUICK PINS allow for the most convenient separation and locking of upper and lower receivers in the industry.

  • One Pinch upper and lower receiver release system for MIL spec AR-15 and M4 rifles
  • Instantly and securely locks the receivers together
  • Easier To Operate than standard takedown pins
  • Built from High Strength 7075 Aircraft Aluminum
  • Pairs with Cross Armory’s SAFE MAG, for a superior reloading system in regulated states

By removing your rear takedown pin and installing Cross Armory’s QUICK PINS you will enjoy improved convenience when breaking down your weapon. QUICK PINS allow for easy opening and servicing of your weapon with a simple pinch of your fingers. Closing and locking your receivers together is as easy a closing the two receivers together, QUICK PINS will automatically lock your receivers into place. QUICK PINS allow for the easiest access to your firing mechanism.

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  • JT Win

    Innovation is always sexy, good find. What I’m curious about is the amount of abuse the take down pin holes can take.

    • I’ve often wondered why someone doesn’t just make an upper that’s specifically designed to open a full 90° perpendicular to the stock so that stripper clips can be loaded in a fixed magazine. There are already plenty of handguard designs that get close with standard uppers, it seems like an easy thing to implement.

  • This is a very clever workaround that from videos looks even faster then the bullet button.

    That being said, I’m still amazed that anyone with an AR went for bullet buttons over a featureless build / kydex grip wrap.

    • valorius

      Featureless AR’s look like an abortion gone wrong.

      • EC

        There are good non-AR 5.56 rifles out there, like the Mini-14, SU-16, Saiga, MR1, or the Ares SCR.

        But people are just fascinated with AR-15s for some reason.

        • valorius


        • John

          To be fair, the Ares SCR looks like the military evolution of an M-14 in a parallel universe. Can’t really compare that to other non-ARs.

      • The kydex grip wrap versions don’t look to bad.

        • valorius

          I just threw up a little. 😉

          • Eh, function over form in this case. Both are sub optimal, but the Kydex grip wrap leaves you with a fully functional AR that has quick mag changes, and can be used with pre-ban 30rd mags. You can fight and shoot in competition (the two real raison d’etres of the AR) with a grip wrapped AR, albeit with a sub-optimal pistol grip ergonomics.

            With the bullet button, not only do mag changes require a small pokey tool, but inserting a pre-ban 30rd mag into the BB firearm turns it into an Assault weapon.

            And when you factor in the 30″ OAL limit as well, the BB makes you sacrifice a whole lot to have a thumb rest and flash hider.

            For something like an AUG, PS90, FS2000, the bullet button is the only rela option, as making these featureless is… degrading. But for the AR and AK, I’m firmly in the “featureless is less fucckery” then the BB camp.

          • Jon

            Iksnay on the pre-ban 30 rounders. This were banned in a separate law at the same time as the others. Can’t buy internet ammo anymore, either.

          • Marcus D.

            You can continue to buy internet ammo through the end of the year, unless you live within the city limits of LA and a few other jurisdictions. After that, you can still purchase internet ammo, but it has to be shipped to a licensed California ammo vendor for processing (mini background check, licensing check, id check, and probably finger prints, all reported to the state DOJ), assuming you find a vendor who is willing to forego his/her own sales and hold your ammo for you in exchange for the small fee allowed for the compliance check ($10 I think, but not sure).

          • Really the internet ammo one is the most brutal. The cost disparity between online and in store is huge, especially for less common calibers.

          • valorius

            I thought they banned all the pre-ban 30rd mags now?

          • They did when they banned the bullet button; so most of my comments are in reference to the merits of BB vs featureless prior to the ban.

            However even banned, I believe being caught with one is a rather modest ($100-$500 fine) whereas having one inserted into a BB equipped AR = assault weapon = asss pounding felony. So still giving the edge to featureless.

          • valorius

            So you get caught with a mag, it’s $100-500, but if it’s in a rifle, it’s a felony?

            Sounds about typical for a gun grabbers paradise.

          • If it’s in a BB equipped rifle, it creates semi automatic rifle with a fixed capacity of over 10 rounds, which is specifically verboten under the AWB. I believe originally to prevent the 20rd SKS fixed mag from being sold.

            But same mag in the featureless, and its just a fine / confiscation. Still lame, but not felony lame.

          • valorius

            Thank god it’s not like that in America.

          • No, just in America’s most populous and influential state 😉

          • valorius

            Influential? I really don’t think so. Take out the illegals and i’m not even sure how populous it is.

            We’re all hoping Ca secedes.

    • Henry Reed

      I much prefer my BB than not being able to adjust my LOP or wrap my thumb around my grip.

      • How often are you adjusting your length of pull, once you’ve found a comfortable setting?

        • Henry Reed

          I change the LOP depending on dynamic vs benchrest shooting

  • Gary Kirk

    “States that require fixed magazines, such as CA NY CT MA MD”.. Why ya gotta throw us MDers in there? We’re not stuck with fixed magazines yet.. Don’t give them any ideas man..

  • 48conkli

    isnt an easier ,*maybe not easier* but other work around by using rimfire, isnt there no restrictions on such. so chamber rifles in rimfire in 17 wsm or make a bigger rimfire round equal to 223 and boom no restrictions. again another arbitrary law easily defeated. kind of like the.510 DTC. for 50 bmg

    • gunsandrockets

      No restrictions on rimfire rifles, yet. And the current magazine restrictions on .17 rimfire are the same as those for center fire.

      The sad thing is, all of the innovation in technology to resist California law is only buying Californians some time. Even more extreme restrictions on California rifles (including rimfires) are inevitable if the Feds don’t come to the rescue.

      • valorius

        The real answer (besides moving to america) is a tube fed 9mm autoloader. You could probably cram 20 of those in a 20″ barrel tube fed rifle.

        • gunsandrockets

          Nope. Those are already banned. The only autoloaders with no legal limitations for the magazines are tube fed .22 rimfires.

          • valorius

            Does marlin make a model 60 autoloader in .22 magnum?

          • gunsandrockets

            Not many autoloading rimfire magnums period out there. IIRC they are all fed with detachable magazines.

          • valorius

            I’ll bet that would change if millions of Californian shooters started writing them some letters and emails.

          • Marcus D.

            Umm, no. The (majority) democratic party members of the Public Safety panels in both the Senate and the House revel in telling gun owners how despicable they are. Really. The Democrats have a either a supermajority or are only a vote shy in both houses. And that is very unlikely to change due to the demographics of the state.

          • valorius

            “Ummmm, no.”

            Ya had to throw the “ummmm” in there? Are you 12?

            As i’ve said repeatedly- move to America.

          • Marcus D.

            Sorry I upset your tender sensibilities. You obviously are not from California and know nothing about the facts on the ground here. You make it sound soooo easy. Just vote the bastards out! (Not gonna happen. We are out numbered 2-1.) Then just move! it isn’t as easy as it sounds. I have lived in the same community for the past 27 years, my business is based on referrals within the community. I have a professional license. I will have no job and no income if I decide to pull up stakes. Many here are in the same situation, whether because of business of family. Most who move have no work connection to the community, and even more so if they are retired. So you shouldn’t be so smarmy. It is insulting.

          • valorius

            Thankfully i’m from America.

            I don’t have ‘tender sensibilities,’ you’re just rude. 🙂

          • Cymond

            “I don’t have ‘tender sensibilities,’ you’re just rude.”

            That’s what the SJW snowflakes say.

          • valorius

            LOL…you caught me. o.O

  • RSG

    “Just when you think it’s time to hide your weapons by burying them, is the time to dig them up to start using them”.

    • Calavera

      While I applaud the ingenuity and the innovative spirit, I can’t help but wonder, at what point will we be faced with developing a “workaround” for laws prohibiting the possession of flints and black powder for our front stuffers?

      • Some Rabbit

        Precisely, these efforts to comply with bad law is an exercise in surrender. Every time you jump through whatever hoop they present, the next hoop will be smaller and smaller. The best response is mass non-compliance. It worked in Connecticut where people refused to register their semi-autos and turn in their 30 rd. mags. In the end, the “authorities” gave up trying to enforce the unenforceable law. CA gunowners should restore their guns to the original configuration and tell the governor “molon labe.”

        • Calavera

          True that. With the stroke of a legislative pen, the CT. governor created several hundred thousand felons overnight; gun owners who refused compliance, making enforcement highly problematic. Now the law is simply an embarrassment, and the state would prefer it didn’t exist.

      • .45

        I find it amusing at how much they’ve already tried to make muzzle loaders as powerful and easy/quick to use as possible to give muzzle loading hunters a leg up. Inline caps, pellets instead of powder, smokeless powder using rifles, etc. I assume this is due to muzzle loading hunting seasons and states that only allow muzzle loaders and shotguns for deer hunting.

    • winterhorse

      Flints can be knapped out of chert road gravel. powder just takes a lot of extra work.

  • Anon

    I know this is about the pins, but can we take a moment to discuss that logo on the mag well that looks like it was hacked out with wood chisels?

    • PeterK

      It kind of looks cool, though, right? Kind of trench art vibe?

    • winterhorse

      I was wondering the same thing. have a “ghost gun” that just looks down right naked.

  • Vizzini

    A better solution: every gun-owner in CA give the state legislature the middle finger and refuse to comply. They can’t arrest you all.

    • Mattblum

      I think that is the most likely outcome. Of course, not registering will mean that the gun can no longer go to the range. Personally, I just plan to go featureless. That and move out of state at the earliest possible opportunity.

    • int19h

      They don’t have to arrest all. They only have to arrest a few, and make an example out of them. The rest will then be left wondering which one of them will be next.

      • Vizzini

        Both New York and Connecticut’s recent bans and registration requirements were met with heavy non-compliance.

        Are your rights worth fighting for or not?

        • int19h

          Well, did those states double down on enforcement and punished a few people to show how things are to the rest?

          And no, the right to own a gun with a flash suppressor or a pistol grip is not worth literally fighting for, in a sense that you’re implying here.

          • Vizzini

            The non-compliance in those states has been ongoing. I don’t know how many have been prosecuted, if any.

            California’s gun laws, as a whole, are a near-total repudiation of the second amendment. I really can’t imagine what it would take for you people to actually fight for your rights.

          • int19h

            I didn’t say I’m in CA.

            But I feel like the answer to your question has been presented back when Federal AWB was in force. How many people “fought” then?

            Moloning your labes on the Internet is cheap, easy and safe. But somehow it never translates to any meaningful real life stuff for 99% of people out there, when it would actually mean risking jail time or worse.

  • Nicholas C

    Dang I just scheduled the same article lol.

  • gunsandrockets

    “California Reload”

    Ugh. All too appropriate, all too true. Well said.

  • valorius

    If i’ve said it once, i’ve said it a million times- move to America.

  • Cal.Bar

    While I also applaud the ingenuity, this WILL NOT work if the BCG is not fully home (like in the case of an out of battery jam). If the BCG is not home, the gun WILL NOT pivot up and you will have to either pray you can remove BOTH take down pins and pull it apart that way or remove the mag base plate and fish up inside and pray you can clear the jam.

    • Marcus D.

      Which is what is really nice about the featureless rifles (which also allows you to use a standard mag button) or the reloading device mentioned in the article.

  • Brett

    The quick pins are pretty cool. I wouldn’t mind putting them on a rifle and seeing how the work, even in a free state.

  • Brett

    For a “California Reload”, yes it is way better. However, I am rocking in the Free world and am interested in the concept of a better disassemble.

  • clampdown

    Are pump action “ARs” with mags Cali legal? I would go for that before this. Barring that, a .357 lever gun.

  • Flyingchipmunk

    It’s ironic because it is actually an unsafe device. With this device you are no longer able to remove the magazine when the gun is jammed with a double feed or anything else that keeps the gun out of battery. That is unsafe. I set up both my ARs to be featureless and that is definitely the best workaround for this silliness, at least in CA.

  • Matt B

    I clearly see exposed Allen screws holding this device on that could be removed with a tool thus violating the new CA penal code.