Here it is gentlemen, after more than a year of development, testing and refinement, the Battle Arms Development Ambidextrous Safety Selector Switch. This is the first of the line in the series we bring to market. In development is the BAD-Combat Ambi Safety Selector Switch (BAD-CASS), and the M16 BAD-CASS, where the left side lever and the selector axis are machined as one piece.
A: Selector Axis
B. Standard lever
C: Thin lever
D: Short lever
E: Mounting screws (Torx)
F: Torx wrench
A little background before we get to more pictures.
The ambidextrous safety selectors out there are mostly symmetrical, if you're a right handed shooter, the right lever gets in the way, if you're a left handed shooter, the left side gets in the way.
KAC had done something pretty neat, the lower right tip is scalloped to reduce the protrusion for right handed shooters, but it still ignores the left handed shooters.
Battle Arms Development Ambidextrous Safety Selector Switch is user configurable. The levers on both sides are detachable, the unit ships with three levers:
Standard: about the same thickness and length as USGI lever
Thin: same length, but half the thickness as USGI lever
Short: same thickness, but less than half the length of USGI lever
We have put a tremendous amount of thoughts into the lever designs.
Instead of the pyramid profile of the USGI lever, our levers surface is 90 degrees to the receiver, with broad and angled serrations to give them a sure and positive purchase. When you first put your thumb on it and flick it, the difference is very perceptible.
**The standard lever is about the same thickness and length as the USGI lever, with more positive purchase and traction.
**The thin lever is almost completely out of the way of the trigger finger when it's extended, out of the trigger guard.
**The short lever isn't out of the way of the extended trigger finger completely (there's no way to make it short enough and still usable). The upside of a short lever is that due to its abbreviated length and resultant shorter radius, the short lever is quicker to flick.
**Groove inside the pocket of levers, as well as the tip that points to Safe or Fire, designed to be filled with paint for easy identification of lever position.
The keywords are "USER CONFIGURABLE" We do not like the one size fits all notion, because often, it doesn't. In tests and evaluations, some testers like the thin, some like the short. We provide all three levers in the kit.
Even the screw (to secure the levers to the selector axis) came under scrutiny. We chose Torx screw to prevent cam-out and stripping of screw head. The screws themselves are larger than found on any other ambi selector. This combination means users can safely apply the torque necessary to tighten the screw, AND back it out later, after the thread locker had set in. An Allen head screw head would easily strip in this circumstance.
Every curve and serration has a purpose, we didn’t waste any money on looks. That it looks beautiful is somewhat accidental
. The manganese phosphate finish somewhat masks its beauty, the unfinished parts look like jewelry from all the fine machining that went into them.
•Precision Machined from 12L14 Solid Bar Stock & Round Stock Steel
•Heat Treated to Rockwell Hardness of 48-52
•Manganese Phosphate Finish in Matte Black & Oil Treated
•Aggressive Diagonal Grooves on Levers for Positive Grip
•Single Parallel Fluting on Face of Lever Provides Additional Grip & also Saves Weight
•(2) Indicator "V-Grooves" at Tip of Pivot & at Face of Lever - can be filled with high visibility paint for easy identification
•100% Made in USA
How the levers started life
Levers in the white
Levers in the white, and the configuration with short lever on left, standard lever on right
On a host AR15
The possible configurations (a few of these configs are possible with two sets of BAD Ambi Safety Selector Switches, e.g. both sides thin, both sides short, as the standard kit ships with one of each: standard, short, and thin)
Our website is still being updated, the only part that's up and running pertaining this product is found on shopping page here
Note: the production units from August 2010 forward will include these additions and modification outlined in the ongoing PIP (product improvement program):
1. Inclusion of a KNS stainless steel selector detent
2. A high quality T10 Torx wrench
3. Thinner selector flat area (that interfaces with the trigger's rear tang) for better compatibility with aftermarket triggers.