Strike Industries Extended Bolt Catch / Release

Strike Industries Extended Bolt Catch / Release

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  • Mil-Spec bolt catch engagement surfaces function with any mil-spec bolt carrier
  • Wide bolt release surface for faster bolt lock reloads
  • Widened Bolt Catch lower lever for easier manual locking of BCG to the rear
  • Compatible with forged Mil-Spec receivers, and blends well aesthetically with many forged and billet receivers.
  • Comes with bolt catch roll pin, spring, and plunger


  • Material: Case hardened 8620 alloy steel
  • Finish: Black
  • Weight: 0.5 oz.
  • Length: 1.1"
  • Height: 1.15"
  • Width: 0.56"


  • Mil-Spec AR-15 upper and lower


  • 1x Strike Industries Extended Bolt Catch
  • 1x Bolt Catch Plunger
  • 1x Bolt Catch Roll Pin
  • 1x Bolt Catch Spring


Strike Industries Extended Bolt Catch



The stock AR-15 bolt catch leaves a bit to be desired. While Mil-Spec is “standard” it’s not really efficient in a lot of situations. There have been modifications to the Mil-spec AR 15 bolt catch design in the past, but most of them fell pretty short of ideal. Elongated release levers snagged on things and still didn’t feel quite right under hand. It’s time for a change, and it has arrived. Strike Industries’ latest offering in the AR extended bolt release category is the Strike Industries Extended Bolt Catch (SI-XBC).

The bolt release paddle of this AR extended bolt release is shorter than Mil-Spec catch paddles but broader with a grooved surface. This allows for easier operation and solid purchase on the paddle whether you use a thumb or palm engagement method even if you’re wearing gloves. In addition to the wide bolt release paddle, this Strike Industries Extended Bolt release also features an enlarged lower bolt catch paddle that makes locking your bolt carrier group back easier, even in high-stress situations where adrenaline may impact the precision of your actions.

The SI Extended Bolt Catch features a streamlined design that won’t snag in the field and marries beautifully with forged Mil-Spec receivers as well as most billet receivers. The SI-XBC is a Cast 8620, case hardened AR extended bolt release designed to be a “go fast” addition to your current AR system. This is a drop-in component that will install in place of your stock AR 15 bolt catch without extra modifications. While this is not a machined piece, the casting and hardening processes employed by Strike Industries in the production of this Extended Bolt release provide a product that is far superior to the injection molded products produced by competitors.

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18 Reviews


    Posted by Rick on 28th May 2019

    Read the pros and cons...and then buy it. I put this on my duty rifle and having used it, will be getting more of them for my others.

  • Extended bolt release

    Posted by Steve on 12th May 2019

    This was a replacement for one of your regular bolt release that broke. I chose the extended one to give it a try. I like the extended tabs, easier to manipulate the bolt release.

  • Looks and Performs Great!

    Posted by John Epley on 11th Sep 2018

    I am a detail freak as I am always looking to accessorize my AR’s where they look sharp without looking overdone. Strike Industries meets all my requirements for the look I am going for. Great fit, easy to install and Wing Tactical has the best prices ha did down...thanks so much!

  • Quality Extended Bolt Release

    Posted by Cody on 14th Apr 2018

    Installed on a Gibbs 5.56 Side Charging upper and it works as it should. Doesn't go the same direction as the recess on the upper but that was my fault due to my lack of attention to detail at that moment!

  • Great product for new AR build

    Posted by Chancerx on 22nd Mar 2018

    Great addition for the new AR build. As described, good quality, and good fit.

  • Egonomic, EXCEPT...

    Posted by Isaaccyclist on 8th Feb 2018

    On my recent build of a 10.5" AR pistol I thought I'd give this version of Strike's bolt catch a shot because this had a different look to it and "should" function the same as the previous version, right? No. This one has has been a struggle from the get go because of the pressure required to release the bolt. Using only your index finger is impossible as you simply cannot get enough leverage. I get I have small-ish hands but there's NO HOPE! You simply cannot release the bloody thing at all! The catch face LOOKS like the other, but upon inspection, I noticed the catch face appears to be thicker than the stock version. Maybe mine was a fluke (though I seriously doubt that) or, maybe it's how they designed this particular one; who knows. Because it's from Strike, it SHOULD be the same as the other Enhanced Bolt Catch except for the paddle shapes - it is NOT. Finally, between the 3x of uninstall, Dremeling, polish, install routine I was able to make this function as it should have right out of the package. Frustrating and disappointing for sure! I currently use a "Strike Industries Enhanced Bolt Catch Large-Wide Dual Paddle" on another build and it is STELLAR. I'm a lefty shooter with smaller hands and this latch makes life a lot easier for sure. In addition to being ergonomic, it catches as it should but releases with no effort- you push the paddle and the bolt slams shut. Easy, and as I imagined it should work- like the EOM mil-spec catch, but better. Hence, the "upgrade." This version, not so much. Bottom line: If you don't mind tinkering and gunsmithing products that should be "drop in ready," then great! If you want good to go out of the package, then STAY AWAY from this and get the other version. You'll be stoked.

  • Not a fan of the finish on it

    Posted by Joe on 23rd Jan 2018

    Purchased for my Aero Precision build. Great fit, form, and function. I'm not a huge fan of the finish on it but that's an aesthetic opinion that others may disagree with. Works great.

  • Nice.

    Posted by MP on 12th May 2017

    This bolt release out does SI's other release. I wasn't sure if it would be to bulky when I ordered it, but it blends well on my AR. It is quick to operate with the large paddle.

  • Trying something new

    Posted by Steve on 28th Apr 2017

    New type bolt release from SI, always been satisfied with there other one. Gonna Place this on my new build, I like the length for easy reach for release. SI always great product, with great finishes.

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