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Picking the Ideal Safety Selector for Your AR-15

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Despite the repeated emphasis on firearm safety, it is ironic that picking the ideal safety selector for your AR-15 is one of the most neglected aspects of gun enhancements. 

The most common upgrades, among many AR-15 users, center on stocks, optics & trigger groups. And while these are all a part of what gives your gun an edge, the safety selector has to be a more common consideration too.

Safety Is The Keynote

The arrangement of the safety selector on the AR-15 is quite simple. The selector lever is positioned at the gun’s left side, and it has two positions.

In the horizontal position, your gun is locked. The safety selector engages the trigger & makes it impossible for the hammer to disengage from the seer. This way, the hammer is unable to make forward movements & strike the fire pin.

Things change very quickly in the vertical position. Your selector disengages the trigger, and whatever you aim at now better be wearing a bulletproof vest. 

The safety selector is important, but keep in mind that it’s only a minor part of gun safety. Your AR-15 is only completely safe when the magazine is out of the rifle & its bolts are opened. In fact, this is the recommended setting for your AR-15 whenever you’re not at the firing line. 

Considerations When Making a Safety Selector Upgrade

There are plenty of factors to consider when buying a safety selector for your AR-15. I’ll mention them below but do note that they are merely what I believe to be most critical, in my opinion. You may make your decisions too, but I believe the factors explained below are all that it takes. Here we go.

Fit & Finish: The fit & finish of a safety selector is crucial to its performance. Bad artistry or anything less than is required translates to problems, which are even more than you suspect. Check out the finishing of a selector very well before picking it.

Clean Edges: The edge of the safety selector has to be clean & clear cut. This does not mean that they should be razor-sharp. Examine the edges to check for ragged spots or burrs, which are the symptoms of poor machining & finish. 

Straight & True: The selector shaft & lever have to be square & true. No curves, or bends  are allowed in the shaft.

Sizing: A chief problem with parts obtained individually is their size. Don’t buy a safety selector whose size does not meet the specifications set out in the user guide. A poorly fit safety selector will be wobbly & loose, or it may be so tight that it can’t be operated. You don’t want to experience any of these.

Material: Aluminum alloy is a great material when it comes to guns & their other parts. So, when selecting a safety selector, I suggest that you go for one produced from it. I advise against one made from polymer, as experience has shown me that they wear very quickly, thereby failing to perform the function it was bought for long. 

Final Lines on Picking the Ideal Safety Selector for Your AR-15

Picking the ideal safety selector for your AR-15 has to be a carefully thought process. Do not make impulsive purchases when buying any gear related to firearms, especially one that focuses on safety. You don’t want to wrongly believe that your gun is safe. 

Repentant WWII Veteran

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