Big 3 East PDQ (Pretty Damn Quick) Bolt Release

    One of the interesting products presented at the Big 3 East was the PDQ (pretty damn quick) ambi bolt release. Now we all know about the other after market bolt release products on the market such as the BAD lever. The PDQ is a more permanent solution.


    The PDQ really is one of those gadgets we see and go why didn’t I think of that! It’s simple and very sturdy. I imagine it will last as long as the rifle. All of the other bolt release products attach pretty much the same way. The part attaches to the factory release on the left side then extends down in an “L” shape going through the trigger guard. No matter the brand at some point the paddle, where it attaches, is going to fall off. You could make a living selling Loctite to keep these things on.


    The PDQ differs as you can see from the photo. The left side is pretty much like the stock factory bolt release. The right side extension comes out above the magazine release but not close enough to interfere with its operation. Installation is simply an extension of the lateral cut in the lower making room for the right side paddle release. That’s really all there is to it. Now the company website, Teal Blue Bravo, has a video and still photo set of installation instructions. I imagine most of you with any experience at home gunsmithing could install it. In all honesty since it requires a cut in the lower receiver I’d send the lower to the company for installation or take your rifle to a local gunsmith. I’ve built a lot of AR’s and done some gunsmithing on as many. My rifle is going to the gunsmith for installation.

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    The owner of the company brought a sample AR with the PDQ installed and it does work as advertised. I actually like it and certainly like it’s operation better than the other type. The unit is solid with no wobble that’s always seems to be present in the L shape designs.

    Operation is simple and if by chance you are using a BAD lever the change won’t be a tiresome process. You just raise the trigger finger to depress the paddle, which is much the same shape, and size as the left side factory paddle. You raise the paddle to lock the bolt back. Those of us that tried it out were pretty well sold on it. You also don’t need to break your grip to activate it. It doesn’t get in the way or cause you to accidentally activate it and lock the rifle up. It’s certainly worth checking out.

    Price is $59.95 Blue Teal Bravo

    Phil White

    Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m retired as associate editor since December 14th 2017. My replacement is my friend Pete M email: [email protected] you can reach Pete for product reviews etc.