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As we face a new, potential federal “assault weapon” ban, here is what you can do to keep your AR. 

At both the state and federal level, we are seeing bolder attacks on our nation’s favorite rifles. H.R. 5717 and S. 3254 are ready and waiting in the House and the Senate. Both make it illegal “to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess” a “semiautomatic assault weapon”.

Already, more and more states and municipalities are following suit and forcing the registration, or removal of “assault weapons” owned by law-abiding citizens. Political tweets that state “Ban Assault Weapons” could be harbingers of even more draconian things to come. Despite civil unrest and the move to dismantle police forces sending record numbers to gun stores, the almost daily headlines are clear: we risk losing our right to own our ARs.

A product called the Kali Key has set out to protect the AR-15 and AR-10. The logic behind the Kali Key is simple: if your AR can’t be defined as an “assault weapon”, then you don’t have to worry about laws against “assault weapons”.

Born in California where the Assault Weapons Control Act already bans pistol grips, forward vertical grips, flash hiders, and collapsible/folding stocks, etc., the Kali Key allows you to keep your AR legally, with every feature you want, without having to worry about future laws directed at semi-automatic rifles. The Kali Key is a true drop-in-solution, making it as easy to install as it is to use.

How does it work? The Kali Key sits in place of the gas key on any mil-spec AR-15 BCG. It diverts all gasses outside of the ejection port (not in your face), preventing the semi-automatic cycling of your rifle. It installs with the same ease as replacing a BCG and charging handle.

All you do is drop it into your rifle – without any modifications to the gas system or requiring any milling or other such modifications – and you have a straight-pull bolt-action. Why? Put simply, laws like H.R. 5717 say that a bolt-action is not an “assault weapon”.

Even if you live in Free America, it is an exciting option for those who want to hunt with their AR. The lack of reciprocating mass also improves LRP and could make your suppressed rifle quieter. Building an AR version of the Vietnam War “hush puppy” pistol would be pretty slick.

The newly introduced GEN2-A1 Kali Key has improved specs and introduces a first-of-its-kind gas blowback capture system initially designed by Kali Key for suppressed rifles. This system prevents blowback to the shooter and soot collection on optics when shooting suppressed.  It represents an added improvement for those who don’t own suppressors as well. Shooting suppressed is, for the first time on the AR platform, frustration-free.

Though there’s more to the Kali Key by comparison, at $97.95, the stand-alone Kali Key costs about as much as a Radian or Geissele charging handle.  It offers the same high-end build quality and will work with any mil-spec BCG.  However, if you don’t want to mess with the staking on your factory BCG, Kali Key sells a bundle where a high-quality, black nitride BCG with MPI bolt is included at near cost.  At less than $200 for the Kali Key andBCG, the bundle is a compelling option.

Since it’s inception, Kali Key has been using its sales to support the 2A organizations that brought the challenge to California’s “assault weapon” ban now being litigated in Federal District Court in San Diego.  It’s telling of where Kali Key’s priorities are when they are using sales to support grassroots organizations who are fighting for our rights and who, with every victory, put Kali Key closer to going out of business.  Nobody likes the idea of a compliance product, but the Kali Key is easy and cost-effective.  Add that to the fact that Kali Key is using sales to help claw back our 2A rights, and it may just be a win-win.

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