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Frequently Asked Questions
Is using the MBC® (Modified Bolt Catch) make my AR legal in my State?
Each State law differs from other States. The commonality between most of the States restrictions on AR type platforms rest on the firearms “semiautomatic” mechanical operation. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (BATF) and most States define a “semiautomatic rifle” as any repeating rifle which utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round, and which requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each case.
The International Firearm Specialist Academy (IFSA) is a nationally recognized organization that are experts in the field of firearms and ammunition. They provide training to law enforcement personnel, attorneys and industry professionals and offers the ability for a firearm professional to become accredited as a Certified Firearm Specialist (CFS). Such accreditation serves as the benchmark by which firearm professionals may be gauged. CFS certification establishes that a person is a competent professional in the field of safe and accurate firearm and ammunition handling and identification.
The IFSA made the determination that an AR15-type firearm fitted with a Tier5® MBC® changes the method of mechanical operation of a self-loading firearm, to a manually-loaded firearm. In short, an AR15-type firearm fitted with a Tier5® MBC® is no longer a semiautomatic firearm. The IFSA Determination Letter is available in the provided link. IFSA Determination Letter
The following links below are provided for informational purposes only.
New York SAFE Act
Law Center - New York
New Jersey State Police
Law Center - New Jersey
Connecticut State Firearms Law
Law Center - Connecticut
California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms
Law Center - California
We have sent a letter to the New York State Police (NYSP) Counsel's Office regarding the legality of the Tier5® MBC®. We requested the NYSP Counsel's Office to provide us in writing their official directive and/or clarification in this matter. NYS Counsel's Office verbally told us that they do not provide approval letters for any NY compliant devices and simply referred us to the written law.
Tier5® does not provide legal advice. State laws are constantly changing, therefore does not serve as a guarantee that the inclusion of the MBC® shall allow all ARs to be considered acceptable by law enforcement in all States and locations. Refer to your local law enforcement agency for their definition of semiautomatic firearms.
Can I install the MBC® (Modified Bolt Catch) myself?
The MBC® is a Drop-In Modification with No Fitting Required. However, any firearm repair or modification, no matter how simple should always be conducted by a knowledgeable and competent gunsmith. Tier5® strongly recommends that the user of this product seek the assistance of a qualified gunsmith for installation and/or have the installation inspected by a qualified gunsmith before use. Below is a link to an informational videos on the installation of the MBC®.
Is there any fitting required to the AR-15 MBC® (Modified Bolt Catch)?
The MBC® will fit all standard Mil-Spec AR-15 Platform. NO MODIFICATION SHOULD BE DONE TO THE MBC®.
Will the MBC® (Modified Bolt Catch) fit all brands of Lower Receivers?
The MBC® is manufactured to Mil-Spec measurements. No alteration or modification is required to the AR-15 platform. It will fit all Mil-Spec Lower Receivers if the current bolt catch being replaced is a Standard Mil-Spec Bolt Catch.
Will the MBC® (Modified Bolt Catch) fit lower receivers that incorporate ambidextrous bolt releases?
The MBC® will fit lower receivers that have ambidextrous bolt releases as long as the current bolt catch being replaced is a Standard Mil-Spec Bolt Catch similar to the MBC®. Fitting may be required regarding the use of the current bolt catch spring and plunger in conjunction with the MBC® in order for the ambidextrous bolt release to function properly. NO MODIFICATION SHOULD BE DONE TO THE MBC®. The original standard bolt catch spring usually requires shortening in order for both the MBC® and ambidextrous bolt release to operate properly. It is strongly recommended that a qualified gunsmith conduct this modification since it requires fitting.
Can I use aftermarket accessories like the Magpul BAD Lever or other brand products that allows ambidextrous operation?
The MBC® is manufactured to Mil-Spec measurements, therefore any aftermarket accessories made to fit standard mil-spec bolt catches will fit the MBC® when used in forged Mil-Spec lower and upper receivers. Some billet lower and upper receivers may not allow proper operation of the MBC® in conjunction with the Magpul BAD Lever or other aftermarket ambidextrous release.