California is not known for its tolerant approach to firearms legislation. In fact, The Golden State takes a hard line on everything related to firearms ownership. And the rules recently got even more strict. But gun owners have a way of overcoming the ignorance of legislators.
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And here’s the latest example of genuine creativity. But first, a bit of background.
California legislators don’t like speedy reloads. Their latest legislation says shooter have to take disassemble their rifles in order to reload them.
Many rifles feed ammunition from removable magazines. The AR-15, a firearm that utterly traumatizes some California politicians, is easy to reload. Push in the magazine release button with your thumb or finger and the magazine falls free. Insert another, and you are ready to fire again.
California made the traditional AR-15 illegal by calling it an assault weapon (and then making those illegal). California legal AR-15s had to have fixed magazines (which could hold no more than 10 rounds) that could only be removed with a special tool (not a finger or a thumb). This became known as the “bullet button,” because the tip of a round of ammunition could be used in place of the tool.
Yet Californians became proficient at this method, too. So legislators sought a new way to slow them down even further.
Now, in 2017, the “bullet button” modification is no longer acceptable. These rifles have to have fixed magazines that are not removable unless the rifle is disassembled.
Assembly Bill 1135 and Senate Bill 880 mandated that rifles now operate from “fixed magazines.” A fixed magazine is, in California’s opnion, an “ammunition feeding device contained in, or permanently attached to, a firearm in such a manner that the device cannot be removed without disassembly of the firearm action.”
Law abiding gun owners (who are the only ones paying any attention to California’s laws, anyhow) have now found a way to make their rifles work. And it is surprisingly easy, and fast.
Cross Armory has developed an add-on they’re calling Quick Pins. The device fits on the rear of the AR-15’s receiver and replaces the take-down pin that normally holds the upper and lower together.
Now, rather than pulling apart the upper by completely removing the take-down pin, a simple push of a button with separate the upper and lower. Per law, the magazine can drop free once the upper and lower are separated.
Couple this with their Safe Mag (a mag release that automatically drops a magazine when the upper and lower are separated) and you’ll see just how rapidly a mag change can be achieved.