New firm Adaptive Tactical Gear is re-thinking how AR-15 operation should be done. They’re doing it with their Freedom Follower magazine system that automatically ejects when it runs empty.
One of the key features of the AR platform is that the bolt locks open on an empty magazine. This gives the user a tactile indicator that it’s time to reload, and it ensures that the rifle stays cocked and ready to return to action after reloading without additional administration.
Adaptive Tactical wants to take things one step further by automatically dumping empty magazines. And they’re doing it with just a couple of simple part swaps that don’t require permanent alterations to any guns.
“An empty magazine is a bad magazine,” says ATG. “In the first place it needs to be is out of the gun and stowed or on the ground. Sometimes it takes a little bit to recognize the gun is empty and immediate action must take place to replenish the weapon. We’ve taken one step out of the equation in the process of reloading.”
“[The] Freedom Follower in your Gen 1, Gen 2 and Gen 3 Magpul magazines will automatically release the magazine when you’re empty,” they add. “You will retain all the functions of your standard AR-15 rifle with no permanent modification to your receivers.”
The Freedom Follower works in conjunction with a modified bolt catch and ambidextrous magazine release button. When the magazine runs empty, the follower, the bolt catch and the magazine release act together to positively eject the magazine.
This can be helpful for shooters new to the AR platform who aren’t familiar with standard AR operation as well as other shooters looking to speed up reloading.
While it’s not necessarily a modification that benefits a rifle for hunting, self-defense or duty, the Freedom Follower system will make running and gunning a split second faster and easier. In a lot of shooting scenarios, faster and easier is always better.
The Freedom Follower replaces the standard follower on popular Magpul PMag magazines. It only works reliably with modified Adaptive Tactical magazine catch and bolt catch components.
It is possible to modify existing bolt catch and ambidextrous magazine release components on the end-user side to work with the Freedom Follower although Adaptive Tactical doesn’t guarantee 100 percent reliability.
The company offers complete magazines, parts and components for people curious to see how the Freedom Follower system works in the field. Followers and bolt catches run around $15, and magazine buttons $29. Complete magazines are also available for $29 but because the company is located in California they can only sell them as 10/30 restricted capacity magazines.