Review: Battle Arms Development Short Crank Lever

Battle Arms Development is rolling out two new lever options for use with their Battle Arms Development Ambidextrous Safety Selector (BAD-ASS). The first of these two levers is the Short Crank.

The Short Crank is a shorter version of the Crank lever that we previously reviewed here on JTT. The Crank was specifically requested by end users and it mimics the old “start burst” selectors that some people still prefer. The Short Crank is fittingly named because it is basically just a shorter version of the Crank.

Those who like this style of selector now have the option of using the Crank on the thumb side of their selector and the Short Crank on the trigger finger side. The shorter overall length of the Short Crank helps prevent it from getting caught on your trigger finger as you move the selector between positions. However, it is not so short that it is difficult to manipulate.

Left to Right: Short, Short Crank, Crank

I can certainly understand the attraction with this type of selector. The raised “bump” at the end almost seems to act like a hinge or pivot point that allows the thumb to easily move the selector through the arc of its movement. I found it to be very easy to use. Many people seem to only contact the selector on the end where the bump is anyway.

If you are a fan of the old star burst style selectors, you are going love the Crank and Short Crank levers. Even if you haven’t ever handled a star burst selector, you may like the handling characteristics of these levers. The new Short Crank will be available on soon.

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