AR-15 Bolt Release Extension Review

-A review by Serena Juchnowski:

bob sledWhen service rifle rules changed to allow bolt releases, I must admit I was skeptical. There are several popular varieties, the two most popular of which I have observed being the Bob Hahin AR Bolt Release Extension and the Magpul B.A.D. (Battery Assist Device) Lever. It took a little bit of getting used to, but I have come to love the Hahin Bolt Release. It allows me to close the bolt without moving out of position during rapid Trigger Guard Bolt Release fire strings. I can do the same in slow-fire prone. In offhand, I do not want to risk having my finger in the trigger guard when closing the bolt so I press the top of the lever mounted above the bolt release on the outside and it shuts the bolt just as it would without the extension. I have heard other competitors recount stories about different levers having issues with the bolt locking back during rapid fire, costing them valuable time. I have never had an issue with this lever. MAGPUL B.A.D. LEVER BLACKSome prefer the style of the Magpul lever, that puts the end of the extension right by the trigger finger. I much prefer it on the side of the rifle so that I am acutely aware when I push it and do not accidently catch it or hit it on something. It really is a matter of preference, but for me the Hahin Bolt Release Extension is a reliable and convenient addition to my service rifle.

-Serena