His original post is about one of Magpul’s competitors who did the same thingThe idea is slick, that’s for sure, but there are a few things to consider on what the end result may be with your new tricked out AR.
Not fixing what ain’t broke, especially in the case of your personal defense carbine, is very, very prudent.
A key set of grafs from Weapons Man’s post:
“The fenced mag release solved the problem. It is very rare (a freak occurrence, in fact) to have some stick or branch (or interaction with other gear or aircraft structure, etc.), drop your mag. And yet, there’s no difficulty reaching the mag release with your right index finger and dropping the mag free for a rapid reload. (At least, if you’re right-handed. Yeah, the ergonomics are significantly worse for a southpaw).
Why All this Ancient History Matters w/r/t this Rifle Accessory
The saga of the growing “fence” or boss on the receiver’s magazine well is the story of successive responses to a real problem, inadvertent and uncommanded actuation of the magazine release. You might say the military found that a protected switch was a “tactical” and “combat” necessary, and their users were actually, not Walter Mitty, tactical, and really, not in a practical-shooting-competition stage sense, in actual combat. And they decided a protruding magazine release was a A Bad Thing®. Enough, indeed, of A Bad Thing® that they spent the money not once, but twice, to redo the lower receiving forging to insulate the user against the consequences of a protruding button.”
Make sure you read the whole thing, because he correctly points out in addition to resurrecting an original failure mode dealt with in the mid-60’s, the item creates a new failure mode by allowing debris to get lodged under the mag release. Lots of good weapon’s history in the piece to boot!