Gear Review: TBL9A Bolt Lever For AR-15s

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The AR-15 is one of the most popular guns in America, and part of the reason for that is its high level of customizability.

A large number of aftermarket upgrades are available for the platform, which allows individual users to create their own perfect version of the AR-15 that they want to shoot.

And recently, one more aftermarket upgrade has been added to the already impressively long list of options available…

It’s the TBL9A from The Bolt Lever, LLC.

The goal of The Bolt Lever is owned by American veterans and their goal is to “create a line of 100% American made, tactical, but practical products.”.

So, why use The Bolt Lever TBL9A? Consider the standard bolt release that comes on AR rifles…

The problem is that with the standard mil-spec bolt release you have to waste time when you really don’t have any to spare. That’s because you have to remove your support hand from the rifle in order to press the release lever.

As you can imagine, this process wastes time…and when you’re in a competition or in a self defense situation, time is something you can’t afford to waste.

However, The Bolt Lever TBL9A fixes this problem by making it quick and easy. The end result of using the TBL9A is that you can do a quick release using only your trigger finger without moving it away from its natural position.

That way you don’t have to make any more movements than necessary. It’s quick, easy, comfortable, and everything is right there within reach.

The Bolt Lever makes the TBL9A with 1020 carbon steel and treats it to military specifications, so the construction is as durable as you expect it to be.

And the installation is easy. It installs into the same receiver slot as a traditional bolt release does, and uses the same size roll pin as well. All things considered, it should take about 5 minutes to install…even better if you have experience with changing bolt release levers for AR’s.

While the way the TBL9A works is certainly fast and easy, not everyone thinks it’s a great idea. Some have brought up the concern that it’s now too easy to release and is a safety concern.

Their concern is that the release button is too close to the trigger and could potentially activate while firing.

I haven’t had the chance to try it out for myself yet, so I can’t confirm whether that’s a valid safety concern or not. I would imagine the button is far enough out of the way that it wouldn’t be a problem and that The Bolt Lever wouldn’t make a product without testing it for that sort of thing.

If you’re interested in trying it out for yourself, you can pick one up for $39.99 from The Bolt Lever on Ebay.

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