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Sneak Peek: Forward Controls Design ASF (Ambidextrous Selector, FCD)

Forward Controls Design is currently working on a new selector for AR-15s in conjunction with Sons of Liberty Gun Works. That is good reason to be excited because Roger Wang, owner of Forward Controls Design, is the designer of the Battle Arms Development BAD Lever, the premium selector that basically created the market for premium selectors.

Here is what Roger has to say about the upcoming ASF and the Quick (a shot throw version):

FCD’s ASF (Ambidextrous selector, FCD) and SOLGW’s The Quick (short for Quick Ambi Selector) is a joint project between FCD and SOLGW. As you guys know, the two companies have been collaborating on a few projects, starting with the 4140 steel MLOK sling mount (MSQ-H in FCD alphabet soup parlance). Work began in Dec. 2018 to create a safety that’s an embodiment of our not inconsiderable experience in AR15/M16 selector design and knowledge over the years.

ASF/The Quick was designed from the ground up to be a defense/duty/combat safety selector, its mission is quite aptly reflected by the way its levers are attached the center, via a stainless steel roll pin. The lever to center interface is immensely strong, the high shear strength roll pin simply holds the two in place. There is no wobble between the lever and center, we’ve called for very tight tolerances on all ASF/The Quick components to achieve that.

ASF/The Quick offers both the conventional non-offset standard and short levers, the offset standard and short q levers, and an end cap. The q levers are side specific, i.e. you don’t want to use a left q lever on the right side, or vice versa. Q levers are offset levers, by moving the lever as close to the shooter as possible, it enables the user to more easily rotate it back to SAFE without shifting his grip.

Center options: 90 degree conventional, 50 degree short throw, and M16 select fire.

The levers are serrated along the length to mitigate lateral movement. When a user’s finger is rotating the lever, we want to add traction to minimize movements to the side (slipping off the lever). The user’s finger slides on the lever as the safety is being rotated, here we don’t want traction to impede movement along the lever’s axis. Short levers are wider than standard length levers, since it gives up on length, we added some surface area back via width.

For dimple fans, there is a single dimple on both sides to function as a position indicator (in lieu of a pointer), it’s elegant and simple.

The end cap is for those that don’t wish to have a lever on the weak side of the receiver. With the end cap, ASF/The Quick is both reversible (lever on any side the user chooses), and convertible (between ambidextrous and non-ambidextrous).

ETA is between 1.5 to 2 months. Note: these are prototype pics, not of production units.

Stay tuned for additional details.

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