People are saying that gender identity (not genitalia) determines one’s gender. So, for example, you may be born with male equipment but if you believe deep down that you are a female then you are a female. The same is NOT true for race. Just ask Rachel Dolezal. If you’re born black then you’re black, if you’re born white then you’re white. There’s no changing your race. Gender: You can change. Race: You cannot change. Makes sense, right? Hmmm…
I’m bringing up the sensitive subjects of gender and racial politics for this reason. Suppose your rifle was born an AR but it really believes it’s an AK, how are you going to respond? Should it be treated like gender identity, where “rifle identity” determines the type of rifle it is? So, if you AR believes it’s an AK it is an AK? Or is it like race, where if it was born an AR than it is an AR and it can’t do anything about it?
Well, if you’re team #RifleIdentity then there is good news for ARs that want to begin the transition to an AK. A company called BRDC has created an AK safety lever for your AR platform rifle called the PROS System.
A post on the company’s Facebook page reads, “we posted a video and picture about an AK47 prototype safety for the AR platform called the PROS System. Again, this was a prototype. This is our current design ready for sample testing. It is Ambidextrous or left/right operation. It has a 35 degree rotation and will not interfere with the trigger well.”
The target price for the lever is $65. When it comes to advantages/disadvantages of the traditional AR selector switch versus the AK-style safety it really comes down to user preferences. If you prefer big and bulky then AK is the way to go. If you prefer lean and tight then AR is the way to go. To each his own, as they say.
Maybe it was a bit of a stretch to bring up the parallels between the customization of rifles and the mutability of human identity but I did so because I believe that some people will react to this PROS AK lever with disgust and opprobrium, much like the way people treat a white chick tanning her skin to look blackish. Others may view it like gender reassignment for a
dude “woman” born with dude parts who believes knows he she is a woman, and think, “Well, you won’t see me doing that but good for her.” Still, others may not have an opinion at all.
What all this boils down to is that whether it’s putting AK parts on an AR or slapping double “Ds” on a woman born with dude parts or going full Dolezal, the answer of whether it is good or bad or right or wrong depends on whom you ask.