MPN: HMB-556


  • Drop-in bolt for Mil-Spec carriers
  • Eliminates the pass-through cam pin hole
  • Significantly increasing the amount of metal at the cam pin location - corrects the natural weak point in existing Mil-Spec bolt
  • Substantial improvement in long-term durability over Mil-Spec bolt
  • Comes with enhanced tapered cam pin

HM Defense HMB AR-15 Bolt


  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO / .223 Rem. / 300BLK
  • Material:
    • Bolt: 9310 Steel
    • Cam Pin: 4340 Hardened Steel
  • Finish: Black Nitride
  • Weight:
    • Bolt: 1.55 oz.
    • Cam Pin: 0.25 oz.


  • AR-15


  • 1x HM Defense HMB Battle Bolt Assembly
  • 1x HM Defense HMB Cam Pin


General Curtis LeMay, got things started for the AR-15 when he ordered a batch of Armalite's new AR-15 rifles in 1961. Decades later, the AR is still in wide-spread use by military, law enforcement and private citizens. Counting all the variants of the AR, an estimated over 13,000,000 of them have been produced. While there have been improvements to the original design, a constant effort continues to bring about more accuracy and reliability to the AR platform. One method for improving the AR’s reliability is the HM Defense Bolt.

Impending Failure

As fine a weapon as it is, the AR’s design has a failure in the making. The bolt of the AR-15/16/M4 and that of the AR-10, have an opening for the cam pin. Possibly for production efficiency, the cam pin hole is drilled straight through the bolt. With heavy usage, or from indifferently manufactured parts, the pressure exerted by the cam pin will eventually crack and ultimately break the bolt.

HM Defense Battle Bolt Solution

The HM Defense bolt eliminates this catastrophic failure with its battle bolt. The cam hole in the HMB bolt is not drilled through. The extra material at the bottom of the bolt gives the HMB bolt increased strength and long-term durability in a critical area. The bolt is compatible with all Mil-Spec AR bolt carrier groups.

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Reviews (3)

  • HMB Battle Bolt

    Posted by Tim Vaughn on 11th Mar 2020

    Awesome product, beautiful machining, above Mil-Spec materials, weak point of cam pin hole eliminated!

  • Can't Believe I Agree With Nancy!

    Posted by Chuck Irwin on 27th Jul 2019

    Ordered 1 of these, and knew immediately it was a winner. So, we now have 3. They all operate smoothly, and as Nancy said, no issues. We have used them with multiple brands of BCG. Personally I have never had a bolt fail, however, I am beginning to do things I have never done before; like play with triggers that will shoot real, real fast. That's extra heat, and that's trouble. So enough said except we believe in short stopping potential problems.

  • Good engineering, so far so good.

    Posted by Nancy Pelosi on 12th Apr 2018

    The idea to strengthen the bolt in this area is good. Only a few rounds fired and so no problems at this stage. Materials used are top notch as listed in the product details. The other thing I like is the fact that you are shown a detailed drawling of the product so you can see exactly what the design changes are. Great service from WingTactical which is appreciated.

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