The Third Most Fun “Button” On An AR

I recently installed the Armaspec Tactical Combat Button on one of my ARs it was that basic AR I had floating around for when someone wants to go the range and use up all your ammo to get that “Black Rifle” experience under their belt, just nothing special about it. Well I got to feeling bad for it, it always gets abused and molested by somebodies greasy fingers who has no idea what they are doing and it is the one rifle I own that rarely gets cleaned properly for the simple reason it is usually the job of whatever trigger molester borrowed it to go the range and use my ammo and my rifle to clean it! So needless to say it gets no love, time to change that I have some great parts to install on her over the next few months and well show her the love and respect she deserves after her long career of being molested and abused.

The first part up to bat the Tactical Combat Button TCB for short, it really brings a lot to the table for the size and cost here are the specs from the companies website:

*All mounting hardware included

  • Improved magazine changes
  • 263% larger button
  • Ergonomic design
  • 7075 T6 Aluminum and Type III black hard anodized or FDE and ODG Cerakoted
  • Fits AR 5.56/.223 and 7.62/.308
  • Made in U.S.A


The button is easy to install with even basic understanding of the AR platform or with the help of a YouTube video. You can find a helpful video here:

Simply remove the existing mag release and screw in the new one and your off to the races. It took me about 10 minutes and that included finding a screw I dropped on the floor of the shop.

Fit and Function

As you can see from the photo’s of it installed on the AR 263% larger isn’t as big as it sounds but is defiantly large enough to make a nice difference. When you have meat hooks like mine having that extra large button to push really helps (my wife tells me I am good at pushing all buttons) but that is a different article all together. All joking aside the increased size is nice especially if you train with gloves on. You can operate the button without changing the position of your hands and that makes it a lot easier to operate and work into your muscle memory while training. Let’s face you can’t live in Michigan and not plan ahead for gloved manipulation.


It is one of those little things that you don’t really think about until you try it and is probably in my opinion one of the least expensive and most effective upgrades you can make.


  • Makes both gloved and general manipulation easier
  • Quality machining with no sharp edges
  • Low cost useful upgrade
  • 100% USA made
  • Close to factory finish
  • No gunsmithing required to install


  • Like most extended mag releases it does fall pray to having a bit of wobble.
  • Screws require Loctite that is not pre applied
  • I twill make you realize how crappy some other parts on your gun are requiring you to upgrade more stuff

Final Thoughts

USA made, quality machined and does the job at a low cost of ownership. We are sold on this part. Armaspec is not an advertiser (the banner above is given to companies that provide product for review to assist users in finding the product) but has supplied us with several other products we are testing. Expect to see more reviews in the coming weeks. Overall no only does the product impress us the company is one to watch.

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Charles is the editor for 248 Shooter a midwest based gun news and gear review site as well as Online Content Director for On Target Magazine. He is an avid student taking classes from top tier trainers around the country. Charles shares his love for training as well as experience and opinions on some of the most talked about gear and products used by competitive shooters, military, leo and civilians.