ABC/R (Augmented Bolt Catch/Release) with its angled and larger top paddle and lower paddle with increased surface area, is purpose designed for use with AR15/M16 receivers equipped with ambidextrous magazine releases. Specifically, it is designed to address the difficulty with accessing the factory bolt catch's lower paddle with an ambidextrous magazine catch, such as Norgon's Ambi-Catch, on the receiver. Many of the ambidextrous mag release's lower paddle is on the same vertical plane as the factory bolt catch lower paddle, making identification difficult by feel, especially with a gloved hand.
The ABC/R's chief effort is focused on that single issue. The lower paddle protrudes further, and is angled at 10 degree to give it even more surface area. These measures put the lower paddle and Ambi-Catch's paddle on different vertical planes. That done, we worked on the top paddle. While we don't use it ourselves, preferring to pull back on the charging handle instead to load and reload, we do recognize far more users use it, so the ABC/R's top paddle is made larger, and given a 5 degree angle at the lower 50%, and 10 degree angle at the upper 50% cant. The angled paddle makes it easier for the palm or thumb to access.
The notch immediately above the ABC/R’s lower paddle isn’t there by accident. As you run your finger down the bolt catch towards the lower paddle, the notch is meant to provide tactile feedback to indicate the beginning of the lower paddle. It is important be able to differentiate one control surface from another, all without diverting one's gaze to it.
ABC/R version 2 consists of the following changes:
Deletion of lightening cuts
10% thinner, and tapered upper paddle to better clear wide billet upper receivers (tapered upper paddle design input from Military Morons)
Machined from billet 8620 alloy steel and heat treated, or 17-7 stainless steel, available in black nitrided finish (8620) or raw (17-4 SS), bead blasted or polished finish, the ABC/R v2 is proudly designed and made in the US.
For more info on the dimpled ABC/R-AA, please follow this link ABC/R-AA
Please note the ABC/R and ABC/R-F are not designed for use on 9mm receivers that use Colt 9mm magazines which require a Colt 9mm bolt catch, or 7.62mm receivers.
ABC/R's top paddle's upper half is angled at 10 degree, and lower half is angled at 5 degree, to make accessing the bolt release easier when the bolt carrier is locked back. Our good friend Nate Schultz (known on various social media as NSZ85) has influenced the ABC/R's top paddle design.
Lightening cuts on the ABC/R, with its enlarged upper paddle, help keep the weight (0.445 oz) close to that of a factory bolt catch (0.401 oz)
The horizontal serrations of the top paddle continue further below, and terminate at the notch. The additional serrations here help provide more traction on the ABC/R's top paddle.
The notch immediately above the ABC/R's lower paddle serves an important function. It provides tactile feedback to the user as to the location of his finger on the bolt catch, and differentiates the two control surfaces on the ABC/R (upper paddle and lower paddle) without having to visually identify them. Visual identification takes time, and isn't always possible in low light conditions. This design input came from the famous gear guru, Military Morons.