This article was originally posted on Thefirearmblog.com
Dark Storm is continuing down the path of making AR15s available for those in the less fortunate states such as California and New York. To fuel this endeavor the company is working with the California company Bear Flag Defense in introducing the companies polymer ejection port magazine loader that is used to load 10 rounds of 5.56x45mm into a state compliant rifle with a pinned magazine. Understand that the loader is only meant and designed to push rounds into the magazine and is then removed from the rifle for shooting. It is not at all meant to be fired from, which would actually be impossible in the first place. Dark Storm is also bringing in a number of pistol caliber carbines but many of these have been around for a while.
The importance of Dark Storm’s system is that the magazine is permanently attached to the AR15 via a pin in the magazine well. It cannot come out unless completely altered. In fact, even if it is taken out somehow, you still would have a lower receiver that cannot accept magazines due to the fact that there is no magazine release to insert them into. If your follower, spring, or baseplate becomes damaged, you can still easily replaced all these parts with the magazine still in the rifle. However, if the feed lips become damaged, it would require sending the rifle back in for repair. Fortunately the rifles ship with Magpul Pmag magazines (I would prefer Lancer ones or anything with a steel or aluminum feed lip). They also make 7.62x51mm versions with appropriate magazines that are also pinned into the receiver.
Fortunately for customers, the majority of their AR line is available in this “Non-Detachable” configuration and isn’t a single specific product. So anything from PCCs, AR10s, to AR15s is able to be ordered.