I recently wrote a review of the Norgon Ambidextrous magazine catch/release for the AR15, and I mentioned how I paired it with the Odin Works XMR2 (Xtended Magazine Release version 2). Odin works has been a favorite of mine for a couple of years now, and about 2 years ago, I got to get my hands on one of their gas blocks and fell in love with the quality right away. So after some discussion, Odin works graciously sent over the XMR2, and the 18 inch DMR (Designate Marksmen Rifle) barrel.


So, when I installed the XMR2, I installed it like any other mag release button, just make sure that the side with the 1 large hole and 2 small holes faces out. I found that if I threaded the release button on all the way, it would feel like it bottomed out too soon when pushing in the mag release with the XMR installed. So I backed off the button by 1 rotation and that was sheer perfection. After getting that correct, the finishing part of the install was even easier, line up the XMR with the holes, and use the provided screws and Allen Key to tighten down the XMR. The fact that Odin works provided an Allen Key with the XMR2 as well as the gas block, is a huge thing to me, as I get tired of fishing through my tool box for the right size Allen Key.

With the XMR2 I found it much less of a thought to release the mags, and very natural, specially with the design of the XMR2. I even use the XMR2 as a contact point now, when keeping my finger off the trigger. The two best parts about the new XMR2 is that it is still in the low $20 range, and they have OD green! Finding OD green stuff is near impossible these days. Too bad I don’t live in a desert where I could fan boy it up with Flat Dark Earth, but I don’t.

Go buy this product ASAP even a barrel, and you will not regret the choice to do so, besides, getting one will make you a tacticool ninja………or something like that.

By Jimmy Ogletree

Jimmy is a southern man, raised in a military family with over 24 years of firearms experience. He has worked in the security and Law Enforcement field for over 10 years, many of those years were spent in a car for 13 hours a night on patrol. He is also a former investigator for the Department of Defense. Jimmy is an NRA certified instructor, as well as a Florida Security Officer School Instructor.

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