AK-47 Safety Selector Lever for an AR-15 ?

Yes, a company called BRDC has made a prototype of an AK-47 style safety selector lever for AR-15 rifles. And it is not a “just for fun” project. It is an actual product that is being tested right now and will be available soon. This safety selector is called PROS System. PROS stands for Positive Reaction Obstructive Safety. Here is a video showing the prototype:

When companies try to develop AR-style or similar safety selectors for AK rifles, it is understandable, because the AR-15 selector is much easier to manipulate than that of the AK-47. Of course, that depends on training and experience etc. However, the AR-15 selector is just more comfortable, faster and easier to master. So, that being said, it is a little bit hard to understand why would somebody do the opposite? I asked the same question to BRDC and I am quoting below their answer:

BRDC feels that innovation from any sort is highly needed in the firearms industry, that being said, the BRDC PROS System (Positive Reaction Obstructive Safety System) is the adaptation of the two most lethal firearms in the world. The ergonomics of the AK47 safety coupled with the functionality of the AR15 makes perfect sense. BRDC produced the PROS system as an answer to an unasked question but feels it increases the overall functionality of the AR15 platform for the industry by allowing shooters to maintain a better grip and sight picture while operating their weapon system

In the video, the manufacturer shows the prototype. However, the final product will be something like the computer mockup in the images below. It will be ambidextrous, but the levers will be removable so you can leave a lever only on the side you want.

I think if they could somehow retain the AR-15 selector on the left side of the lower receiver and at the same time have the AK-style lever on the right side, then this could be a better accessory. That way you could have both AR and AK style safety selectors on the same gun. Although I suspect that it is a mechanical challenge because of the opposite axis rotation directions of the two systems.

BRDC PROS System would be nice (at least will look nice) on AR/AK hybrid guns like the CMMG Mutant or Faxon Firearms ARAK-21.



Hrachya H

Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying design, technology and history of guns and ammunition. His knowledge of Russian allows him to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience.
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  • QuadGMoto

    Even after reading their response to you asking why, I’m still left thinking, “Ummm… why?”

    • Major Tom

      Because reasons.

    • FOC Ewe

      Have dremel, will gunsmith.

  • andrey kireev

    Y THO ?

    • Major Tom

      Why not?

  • The Dude (Noveske Fan)

    Nyet, rifle is fine.

  • Nicholas C

    Actually an AK style safety for an AR is not the worst idea.

    HB Industries made an AK style safety for the CZ Scorpion. It is a little different. The safety hangs down at around 4-5 o’clock covering a bit of the trigger guard area. You sweep it up to switch it off. And it moves to a 3 o’clock position.

    • Ευστάθιος Παλαιολόγος

      My vz.58 has the safe on 6 o’clock, semi on 9 and auto on 3. As a right handed is very easy and fast to go from safe to semi, not so much to auto but I don’t care that much for it.
      So, maybe CZ tried to keep some of the muscle memory of the vz users
      flanker7

  • KestrelBike

    “Hello, Planned Parenthood, yes, can you please give me herpes?”
    “Excuse me? Do you mean you’d like to get treated for herpes?”
    “No, I mean, please transmit herpes into my body.”

  • Jared Vynn

    Put it on an Ares SCR lower, with a wolf 91 upper. Confuse everyone.

    • JSmath

      Fightlite* SCR lower.

      They got rid of the STEP 22/45 upper right when I’d cobbled together the bucks for it. 🙁

      • Jared Vynn

        Forgot they changed names. But Ruger may come out with their own version, they did for the 10/22 takedown surprisingly.

    • Gary Kirk

      That would be about the only somewhat logical thing I could see here.. Or the cali compliant Hera stocks..

      But again, just use a standard ambi safety..

      • Zach

        Dude, we have enough damn commie crap to put on our rifles as it is. No thanks.

    • iksnilol

      American SKS ?

  • Form Factor

    For commies?

    No thanks, AR is fine.

  • maynardb

    Run left hand drills on a right hand only AR. You’ll get the idea why.

    • SGT Fish

      are regular ambi safeties insufficient? I love ambi safeties even as a right hander, especially 60 degree ambi safeties. but I have no reason to see a need for this

      • KestrelBike

        yup, completely addicted to ambi safeties on ARs. Left side to go to F with thumb, right side to go back to S with trigger-finger.

    • The Dude (Noveske Fan)

      Yeah, this is still dumb due to the abundance of ambi thumb safeties.

    • CommonSense23

      Um, left handed, never put a ambi safety on my AR, and none of the guys I worked with either didn’t. The normal safety works just fine for lefties.

      • maynardb

        Does your left hand make the same general movements as an AK selector? Sweep down for fire, sweep up (and back) for safe?

        • Cactus Air Force

          There’s two ways to manipulate it. You can do the Viking Tactical way, which is pretty similar to how you would run an AK safety, or you can do the PFC Tactical way, where you use your thumb staged on the safety similar to the right handed way. But if you had the OPPORTUNITY to add a different safety and make it easier, why would you not add an ambidextrous safety lever? It’s not like this AK selector is going to be any cheaper, or just…better…in any way

  • Dougscamo

    This is innovation? A 70 year old safety on an almost 60 year old platform….?

    • snmp

      the Remington Model 8 Safety Selector Lever is from 1906

      • Dougscamo

        Roger that! Even more to the point….

  • USMC03Vet

    What happens when you take crazy pills for $500, Alex.

  • AmmoMFG (Drew)

    Next thing you know they’ll have trigger packs that integrate AK trigger slap, and delete that pesky bolt-hold-open device that’s been the biggest stumbling block for AK operators who are used to hearing a loud “click” when the gun is out of ammo, and instead go into remedial action drills to clear the AR they believe to be jammed, when in reality it’s out of ammo. Lets not even get started on them not being able to figure out how to drop a locked-open bolt, and resorting instead to smacking it butt first on the ground to bring the rifle back into battery.

    While they’re at it, they should probably delete the dust-cover, and open up a large slot on the side of the upper receiver so a large reciprocating charging handle can be fitted to the right side of the AR-15 carrier.

    As a final gasp, they might delete that difficult to use peep and post sight common to most US arms since WW2, replacing it with the tried and true speed and precision of V-notches cut with a triangular file into some investment cast steel. Having a windage adjustment is pointless on an AK because it’s large bullets don’t deflect sufficiently in the wind, and so will the new supremacy of an AR redesigned with a peasant aesthetic take on mythical status of the gun that won’t jam and is the best battle implement ever created, regardless of what George Patton said about the M1 Garande, it’s just too bad he never saw the AK-47.

    • Aerindel Prime

      The funny thing is, side charging AR’s are all the rage.

      • JSmath

        That’s kinda like saying that women are popular atm. Only by non-specificity do you have a point and it’s not a particularly good one when taken within context and considering the details.

    • iksnilol

      V notches are superior for speed. Look at safari guns. Nary a peep sight in sight (heh).

      • AmmoMFG (Drew)

        And this is exactly the reason I gave up my glock 19 and replaced it with a howdah pistol in 577/450 martini-henry. When the chips are down, and my life is threatened, nothing matches the speed, effectiveness, and lethality of a large bore pistol chambered in a cartridge so well suited to defend oneself from charging elephants, and tigers who managed to be only wounded by piddly underpowered cartridges like the .375 H&H.

        To this point, why has no one made a double rifle in .416 rigby that has a similar manual of arms to an AK, allowing those who are so disadvantaged that they could never hope to attain any proficiency with a firearm not designed by communists to arm massive conscript peasant armies. It’s clear that they could probably master the sights, which they have probably never used on an AK, but would be lost when it came to reload the gun using a take-down lever, and lets make no mention of the double trigger system, this would likely cause a debilitating existential crisis which they would never recover from!

        The world is so unfair to AK users. Imagine the utter panic when someone trained on an heirloom AK encounters an AK108, they’ll never be able to put it back together.

        • iksnilol

          You mock me, but to be honest. I’d go for a Howdah over a G19 here in Norway.

          • AmmoMFG (Drew)

            Good sir, I mock everything! But I am quite understanding of your howdah preference, given the penchant of the wildlife to climb the elephant on which you ride in attempt to extract a comeuppance from your high station.

  • DorfMeister

    I’m in the minority, but I kinda like it. I do think it should hang down over the trigger to keep your finger out until the safety is moved to the off position.

    • .45

      You mean have it over the trigger when on and down across the trigger guard when off? That’s not a bad idea right there.

      • DorfMeister

        Yup! Just a physical reminder and barrier to putting your finger on the trigger when the rifle is “safe”

    • noob

      Yeah. I expected that would be the Obstructive part of the name. Instead safe blocks the ejection port?

  • Uniform223

    Blasphemy

  • Gus Butts

    …No.

  • snmp

    AK-47 Safety Selector Lever => is Remington Model 8 Safety Selector Lever (from 1906)

  • SP mclaughlin

    MAYBE YOU TRADE STORIES WITH EUGENE STONER OVER DRINKS
    OR MAYBE YOU NOT DO THIS

  • David

    This actually looks pretty cool not every thing has to be to practical and tacticool its for giggles

  • Audie Bakerson

    Can it support 4 fire modes like the AK safety can?

  • schizuki

    The problem with elaborate April Fools jokes is that by the time you make the props and videos, it’s May 9th.

  • Thamuze Ulfrsson

    This looks vaguely like a solution, looking for a problem, looking for a solution within a solution, that equates out to a problem. Sounds like a heaping dose of “don’t bother”.

  • pieslapper

    Like teats on a boar, why?

  • Raptor Fred

    HEY AR-15 owners!! Are you tired of that old easy to use safety, you have on that wonder carbine of yours?? DON’T worry we’ve got you covered.

  • Jack Holmes

    “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.”

  • HenryV

    I love the variety of the US gun market. But sometimes even an envious Brit has to ask, why?

  • iksnilol

    I like the AK safety.

    *shrug*

  • int19h

    So, how do you say, “nyet comrade, ze rifle is fine!” in ‘Murican?

  • Some Rabbit

    For when having the safety selector right under your thumb is too much like common sense. Seriously, the safety on an AK is stupid enough, adding that to the AR takes stupid to a whole new level. What next? A reciprocating charging handle that smacks you in the face with every shot?

  • sineva

    Its funny but the company itself admits that this is an answer in search of a question.

  • Cal S.

    There are so many questions here. If it doesn’t double as the dust cover I don’t want it.

  • Cymond

    The movement direction & positions are backwards from normal AR, and confusing. It would make more sense to have down be safe, covering the trigger, and pay up with index finger to move to fire.

  • Arandor Thinnorion

    I hope they give it AK sights too–you know, to complete the experience.

  • Carlos Velazquez

    Believe it or not there is a market for this contraption. And that market is mechanically challenged ISIS members with special needs that were issued M4s that were captured from what is formally known as the Iraqi army.

  • Lee Attiny

    This safety is awesome! It solves all the problems I never had.

  • DunRanull

    This safety is a ridiculous solution to a non-existent problem! Adding an AK-style safety to the AR15 is a step backwards. Other than perhaps caliber the AR is fine just as it is.

  • ToddB

    This is like the recent article on the balls you hang from your AR. Mall ninja products.

  • Matt

    I failed to see how this is more efficient for the end user. Ergonomically this doesn’t make sense to me.

  • disqus_1IXWD6GbBr

    How is that better than the Ambi safety we already have available?

  • Richard Lutz

    Seems to me that some AR owners really want an AK but cannot let go.

  • Zebra Dun

    Any AR Platform Tacticool device no matter how stupid to make and sell a product.