Norgon Ambi-Catch NSN 1005-01-537-6498 Ambidextrous Mag Release
The Norgon, LLC Ambi-Catch™ is a patented "drop-in" replacement of the original magazine catch for M16A2 Rifles, M4 Carbines, AR15 Rifles and other firearms that use an M16 type magazine. Our improved magazine catch eliminates magazine retention problems that are caused by the "issue" magazine catch. When installed the Ambi-Catch™ also gives both right and left-handed shooters the flexibility to choose from several different magazine release methods.
Design elements combine to make a rugged and reliable ambidextrous magazine release.
Serrated Depression Surface - Provides a "non-slip" surface for positive depression. Depression surface is located on the same axis as the original magazine release button (ejection port side of weapon). Depression of this surface disengages the Engagement tooth from the magazine slot releasing the magazine.
Pivot Boss - Acts alone or in unison with the Forward Boss to provide protection from accidental release. Depression of this surface has a neutral effect on the action of the lever.
Forward Boss - Acts alone or in unison with the Pivot Boss to provide protection from accidental release. Depression of this surface actually forces the Engagement tooth into a positive engagement with the magazine slot.
Lever - Streamline design functions within the existing magazine catch slot of the weapon and is directly pressable by the user. Design characteristics protect assembly from snagging by equipment and foliage. At rest, the lever is completely housed within the magazine catch slot protecting the assembly from mud and sand.
Engagement tooth - Increased dimensions provide for a more positive engagement with magazine slot. Bevels at bottom and rear of tooth allow for smooth insertion of the magazine into the weapon.
Pin - Pivot pin is hardened to the same specs as Lever and Base ensuring long life and durability. Large head of pin is captured within the weapon at rest and cannot drop out when primary magazine release method is used. Easily removed by depressing the small end of the pin with the nose of a bullet or ball point pen (opposite side not shown).
Base- One piece design is rugged and durable. A cavity houses the Mil-Spec spring (extractor spring-not shown) which provides positive tension to the Lever. The threaded portion of the shaft is machined for precision engagement of the threaded orifice of the original magazine release button.
Question: I think all tactical weapons should be configured with the same controls “issued” with the weapon so manipulation of the controls is not confusing if you have to use a fallen buddy’s weapon. What do you think?
Answer: The Ambi-Catch™ only replaces the magazine catch of the weapon. The original magazine release button is retained. If someone has to use a weapon equipped with an Ambi-Catch™ he simply uses the exisiting magazine release button method he is accustomed to (right or left handed shooter). Users of the Ambi-Catch™ should train to use all six of the magazine release methods (three on each side of the weapon) to realize the full benefit of the use of our product. If an Ambi-Catch™ user has to use a weapon not equipped with an ambidextrous magazine release capability, he’ll do just fine.
Question: I am right handed and I’m worried about dropping the magazine accidentally if the weapon hits equipment. How does the Ambi-Catch™ protect against this?
Answer: The Ambi-Catch™ has a low profile and can only be actuated by depressing the serrated portion of the lever. By design, the Ambi-Catch™ requires more force to release the magazine when it is fully loaded. The engagement tooth has increased surface area which resists releasing the magazine if the serrated depressing surface is “bumped” slightly.
Question: The Ambi-Catch™ is in close proximity to the tab of the bolt catch. I am concerned about the possibility of inadvertenly dropping the magazine if I have to lock the bolt to the rear during an immediate action drill. Is this a possibility?
Answer: None of the leading military or law enforcement training manuals advocates locking the bolt to the rear during an immediate action drill. The user ensures the magazine is securely latched, pulls the charging handle to the rear (hopefully ejecting the problem ammunition), observes the chamber, releases the charging handle (chambering a round), taps the forward assist and continues to engage targets. Locking the bolt to the rear is a wasted movement (economy of motion) and unnecessary. Some units train to transition to another weapon altogether and not waste time performing immediate action in the event of a stoppage in the primary weapon.
All newer tactical weapon systems have ambidextrous controls. Why not add an abidextrous magazine release capability to your weapon?