So I saw two comments on the Trio post regarding the paddle magazine release I still need to install on my SAR-8.
Apparently there is some confusion as to what a paddle magazine release is.
A vast majority of the HK series of rifles that were sold in the U.S (HK91, HK93 & HK94) did not have the paddle magazine release due to importation restrictions.
Below is what a normal HK91, along with any clones such as the SAR-3, SAR-8, FMP XG3S and even PTR-91, will look like. That circular button behind the magazine well is the magazine release.Unfortunately it is very difficult to operate one handed. It is not ambidextrous; the button is only present on the right hand side of the receiver.
The paddle magazine release looks like this. That little lever sticking out from the bottom of the push-pin tab acts very much like your standard AK magazine release. The rifle in the photo is an HK41 Santa Fe import, one of the earliest imported versions of the HK91 that retained the paddle magazine release.
Here you can see the paddle magazine release installed during someone’s build using an MP5 flat/receiver.
Now as one of the questions asked, is it illegal? No. It’s simply adding back a feature that was original to the rifle but removed for importation into the U.S. It makes it much easier to do magazine changes. It might not be legal in a restrictive state like California, but I’m not up to date on their laws regarding this; I don’t live there.
The only other concern would be possible 922r compliance. There are U.S made alternative paddle magazine releases available if that is an issue.
The Tac-Latch is a sideways operated paddle magazine release, where you push it in from the side to actuate the release. It’s supposed to be much easier to install than an original factory paddle magazine release.
So hopefully that clears up the confusion.