New Strike Industries Extended AR-15 Bolt Catch

Strike Industries has released a new extended AR-15 bolt catch. It is a drop in accessory and fits any mil-spec AR-15 rifle. The advantage of this bolt catch is the enlarged actual bolt release paddle (a.k.a “ping pong paddle”). It is shorter than the original AR-15 paddle, but it’s much wider. Also, the lower portion which allows to manually catch the bolt is enlarged too and has the same kind of serrations. It looks pretty minimalistic but I think Strike industries not just made the bolt catch bigger, but enlarged it in the areas where it needs to be to provide faster and easier manipulation of this control.

Although this accessory is made by casting, Strike Industries points that it is not done by MIM (metal injection molding) process. I assume by that statement they try to say that this product has better mechanical properties than the MIM parts. As you know, MIM parts have not the best reputation in the industry. The SI-XCB is also hardened to military specifications.

The Strike Industries Extended Bolt Catch comes with its roll pin and has an MSRP of $14.95.

Before releasing the XBC, Strike Industries already had an AR-15 bolt catch product called Enhanced Bolt Catch. I think the new one is definitely an improvement over the older one and it costs only a dollar more.

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  • Cymond

    I reeeaaalllly hate roll pins…
    The only lower I have that has a threaded pin is one that’s not compatible.

    • James

      I hate them moar.

    • Twilight sparkle

      Nothing wrong with your original ping pong paddle, just smack that area with your palm when you wanna drop the bolt and you are good to go

      It’s been my experience that replacing that specific part (or adding other things to it in the case of the bad lever) tends to cause too many issues, I don’t see a point in risking those issues happening down the road when what you already have will work just fine.

  • SlowJoeCrow

    I think they made the top part too big and should have gone for a more balanced shape like the Forward Controls Design bolt catch.

    • Risky

      They already have an enhanced version that is close to the original size. This is like their XL version.

  • pablo4twenty

    I prefer the magpul B.A.D. LEVER® – BATTERY ASSIST DEVICE which i installed on both of my AR’s.

    • Russ Kell

      I do too. Then I built an upper with a bit ‘beefier’ proportions and the top of the BAD doesn’t fit in the depression for the bolt release…

      Totally my fault for not thinking about it in advance. 😉

      To be frank, this level wouldn’t fit either.

  • Sianmink

    I’ve got their Enhanced Bolt Catch on my sidecharger SBR, when working the handle I can easily hit the lower portion to lock the bolt back with my thumb. No contortions necessary.

  • TheScrutineer

    Hey I like Strike Industries and I like modded bolt catches …. but … why does this whole thing look like one big piece of Nazi iconography? the ‘SI’ looks like the ‘SS’ collar devices and the parts design looks like the Nazi party’s eagle…

    Do I need to say what my grandfather did for a living?
    Lets just say it didn’t involve walking Nazi’s across the street safely.
    Looking forward to a version 2.