AR-15 Push Button Safety Is VERY Secret



I don’t get why people are shitting a brick over this… it’s a push button SAFETY.  Who cares?  Why would I even want one besides to be one of those operational contrarians everyone can’t stand?  The standard switch is badass, I’m going to continue rolling with that.

There is a completely useless video on youtube from Practically Tactical, where the screenshot is from.  If you spend all 6 minutes watching it, hoping to see what it looks like disassembled, how it works, who makes it, and to maybe even buy one you’ll be out of luck on all four points.  Again, I say this all the time but that’s pretty standard when coming out with a new product these days.  RULE #1: Make absolutely sure no one can buy your product while the hype is at maximum. *smh*  There is a bit of a discussion on Practically Tactical’s facebook post if you want to check it out and weigh in… mostly people freaking out / saying the standard things though.  Facebook user “Greg Bowling” though does post an interesting related link showing that CMMG made a proof of concept push button safety (by the look of it), in an effort to ease the development of an instereting plastic brick AR-15 lower which they call “Effort Bloomberg”.. cool!  Did CMMG make the safety shown in the video though?  *scooby doo mystery music* no one knows!


Gat tip: SayUncle



elephantrider February 12, 2015 at 01:47 am

I can tell you exactly how it works without seeing it disassembled, or even handling it. It uses the existing safety detent (same as used with a std. rotating AR safety), but instead of the detent channel configuration (around the circumference of your rotating safety barrel), it runs laterally across the length of the barrel. Same with the portion of the safety that actually blocks the trigger. Instead of having a cutout that allows trigger movement once the drum is rotated, move the cutout so it allows trigger movement once the safety barrel is moved laterally.

As for who makes it and when/if it will be available: irrelevant as far as I am concerned. This thing has major drawbacks in terms of operating the safety ambidextrously, and in terms of determining if the weapon is on safe or not by looking at it… but, if it catches on (no pun intended), then a possible new t-shirt opportunity for you Mike.


Cal S. February 12, 2015 at 08:26 am

Did you make sure to pronounce ‘ambidextrously’ wrong when typing it, just to keep in the mood of the subject?

And yes, it would be a significant drawback in those terms. I look at it differently, though, that it would require me to add hours of re-training so that I’d be sure to slide it instead of flip it if I were ever under duress.


Dave March 10, 2020 at 08:37 am

Is it quiet though
My safety is loud as fck
Not good for a hunting rifle


derpmaster February 12, 2015 at 07:52 am

I hate push button safeties. This is honestly a step in the wrong direction.


Confusias February 12, 2015 at 08:29 am

I saw this on FB a day or two ago and I saw a comment that echoed my reaction. This is a solution to a non-existent problem…


frequentlywong February 12, 2015 at 02:50 pm

“Operational contrarians”, hah! That’s exactly who this is for. That and Fudds who think that a cross-bolt safety is the pinnacle of technology, because it was on the .22 rabbit gun that their great-granddaddy passed on to them.


Gwolf February 12, 2015 at 08:07 pm

Fuck no.

That shit is dumb.


Ed February 12, 2015 at 09:48 pm

These types of safeties are for shotguns and air rifles. That’s it.


Safetyfirst February 13, 2015 at 01:11 am

16 hours ago

+Practically Tactical From a historical perspective, I’m surprised that Stoner didn’t use a cross-bolt safety in the original design of the AR. The technology already existed – it would have been an “off the shelf” answer. 

Practically Tactical
16 hours ago

That is a very valid point.

Eek, hmm, erm.

That’s right, Eugene was an idiot for not considering a three position push button fire selector.



hextone February 13, 2015 at 10:30 am

I hope the guy in the picture is a maritime operator, that upper is oily!


Squirreltakular February 14, 2015 at 01:55 pm

Great idea! Take one of the best safeties in the firearms world and make it emulate one of the worst! Can they make a slide-mounted M9-style safety for the 1911 next? 10,000/10 would operate with.


ENDO-Mike February 14, 2015 at 01:59 pm

Haha yup. Well put.


Distributer July 25, 2017 at 08:10 am

I found them useful on AR15 pistol platforms, not so much on a rifle. Novelty item all the way but does have some practical uses for instance people with a hand disability or limited use of a thumb.

But I guess most of you didn’t think about that did you ?


we'reallonthesamesidearent'twe November 22, 2017 at 11:38 am

After reading this post and it’s comments I checked my gun safe and found a little old 22LR semi called a Ruger 10-22 with the same type safety…says it was first produced in 1964. There was a bigger 44 caliber semi auto carbine next to it with, well, same type safety. Further back were an older Marlin and Remington 22LR semi autos with…yup, same safety. Weird, huh?


bitchnlar February 4, 2019 at 04:58 pm

I shoot left handed . safetie in fire position is always under knukel of finger and I dont like it there so I am trying one


Stuart March 3, 2019 at 07:14 pm

I’m left-handed also. I’ve already installed 4 of these. I would never even consider going back. I like everything about them.


NotIdiot April 13, 2020 at 04:06 am

A bunch of idiots on here. Civilian ARs are either on or off. No burst. No full auto. There is zero reason to use a rotating selector style safety on a semiauto rifle that is either on safe or fire.

These are made by Elftmann, and they are better than your safeties. They are still plenty safe (they don’t move when dropping the gun), and they are much faster to use. They are also perfectly fine to use from either side. That’s the whole point. You push the button from either side. It does not matter whether you are right or left handed.

“And yes, it would be a significant drawback in those terms. I look at it differently, though, that it would require me to add hours of re-training so that I’d be sure to slide it instead of flip it if I were ever under duress.”

^ If you can’t figure out how to use this safety within seconds in any situation, you probably shouldn’t own a gun, period.


John Henry August 19, 2021 at 05:19 pm

At 67 I have progressive arthritis in both hands and its no longer easy to operate the traditional AR safety. Getting hard to rack my handguns even. So I bought the Elftmann push button type to try.
Yup, slight learning curve but its less painful for me. Buying two more soon.


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