Time to Change

Think about your car. It is called a “Low fuel” indicator, not a “No fuel” indicator. Basically your AR-15 locks the bolt when it has run out of fuel. The Time to Change Follower is actually your “Low Ammo” indicator, which lets you go over to your reserve tank while reloading. Just by hitting the bolt release, you will load that one round to keep you safe while you get your rifle refueled by finding a new magazine. It takes about 0,19 seconds for your reaction hand to reach the Bolt release. It takes 2-4 seconds to do a full standard reload procedure with no #%&-Ups. In that time you are unnecessarily vulnerable, while with the TTC-FOLLOWER or TTC-MAG you will be locked and loaded ready to send that round flying within a split second.

With TIME TO CHANGE we have turned the “empty gun problem” inside out. Our Founder, CEO and inventor of the TTC-Follower asked the very important question the first day he went to the range more than 12 years ago. Why? Why does our rifles leave us with no rounds left after a bolt stop. A situation so distressing that we will eject partially expended mags, replacing them with a full mags whenever possible.  This procedure is known as the “Tactical Reload”. The procedure solves the problem, but the wastage of cartridges and magazines can be significant.

Why not have one round left after every bolt lock, which you can then chamber by dropping the bolt, BEFORE you start finding your new magazine? Leaving you with a loaded gun between mag changes every time.

Here is how it works; The very clever TTC-Follower has a bolt stop engager that trips the bolt stop on the next to last round. With a TTC-Follower installed a bolt stop no longer means empty gun. It means you have one round left ready to chamber by dropping the bolt before changing your mag! This means that every reload becomes a tactical reload.

The TTC-Reload procedure goes like this; Release, Eject, Insert.

  1. Release/drop the bolt on the last round in your TTC-MAG (Weapon NOT Empty)
  2. Eject the now empty TTC-MAG (Weapon NOT Empty)
  3. Insert a fresh TTC-MAG and carry on (Weapon NOT Empty)

With your weapon never empty that is. This is the beauty of the TTC-Concept.

 

Innovative

Innovative is the first word in our mantra. And with good reason. Being innovative is needed in order to stand out and really make a difference. Maklarbak was not founded to flood a market with the status quo wrapped in new designs and nice new colors. We are here to deliver progress and improvement. It is all about asking the right questions, and think out side the boxes and paradigms. When we innovate, we park our military experience and activate our open mind. We question everything and ideas start fluorescing. The Time to Change concept is a perfect example. As an unexperienced shooter 12 years ago, it was natural for our CEO to ask the question: “Seriously, so I don´t have any rounds while reloading if I get down to a bolt lock?”

Think about your car. It is called a “Low fuel” indicator, not a “No fuel” indicator. Basically your AR-15 locks the bolt when it has run out of fuel. The Time to Change Follower is actually your “Low Ammo” indicator, which lets your go over to your reserve tank while reloading. Just by hitting the bolt release, you will load that one round to keep you safe while you get your rifle refueled by finding a new magazine. It takes about 0,19 seconds for your reaction hand to reach the Bolt release. It takes 2-4 seconds to do a full standard reload procedure with no #%&-Ups. In that time you are unnecessarily vulnerable, while with the TTC-FOLLOWER or TTC-MAG you will be locked and loaded ready to send that round flying within a split second.

Having Innovation as a dominating part of our company strategy is what makes us different from all other weapon and weapon component manufacturers. We are not afraid to try something new, and we see change as an important part of staying ahead, and at the end of the day, staying alive. Whether it be as a company in a competitive market, in a home defense situation or navigating the hillsides of tomorrows Afghanistan at night.

The TTC-MAG

We didn´t just set out to develop another Polymer Magazine with the benefits of the Time to Change concept. From the very beginning we were determined to produce a GREAT Polymer Magazine with the benefits of TTC. So when you buy a TTC-MAG, you buy a constant curved X-Tech Polymer magazine, with reinforced curve compensating, anti-tilt, self lubricating TTC-Follower. Got it? Let´s go through it step by step.

 Time To Change Magazine 

When you use a TTC-MAG a bolt stop no longer means empty gun. It means you have one round left ready to chamber by dropping the bolt BEFORE you start finding your new mag. Meaning every reload is a “Tactical Reload” on a closed bolt and with one round in the chamber. Always!

 

Constant Curve

Because every cartridge has a conic shape, stacking 2 X 15 rounds against each other in a magazine means they will form a curve. That is why a 20 round alloy mag is straight and a 30 round alloy mag is bend. This compensates for the stacked bullet curve. Instead of bending the mag, our Polymer TTC-MAG has a perfect curve interior designed according to the 5.56/.223 caliber curve of 31 rounds. This means a smoother feed of the bullets even when exposed to the elements.

X-Tech Polymer

Not only the geometric design is important to realize a great Polymer Mag. The Polymer itself has to be state of the art, utilizing the newest  of polymer technologies. That is why we use X-tech filled Temperature Resistant Polymer. X-tech adds small X glass fibers to the mix, which means the glass will connect in both x and y directions, giving a higher geometric stability.

TTC-Follower

The clever TTC-Follower has a special spring loaded trip that engages the bolt stop when the next to last round is fired. This means that when the bolt locks to the rear, you know you have one round left in your magazine. So whenever the bolt locks, release the bolt to chamber that last round BEFORE you find your new mag.

Think about your car. It is called a “Low fuel” indicator, not a “No fuel” indicator. Basically your AR-15 locks the bolt when it has run out of fuel. The Time to Change Follower is actually your “Low Ammo” indicator, which lets your go over to your reserve tank while reloading. Just by hitting the bolt release, you will load that one round to keep you safe while you get your rifle refueled by finding a new magazine. It takes about 0,19 seconds for your reaction hand to reach the Bolt release. It takes 2-4 seconds to do a full standard reload procedure with no #%&-Ups. In that time you are unnecessarily vulnerable, while with the TTC-FOLLOWER or TTC-MAG you will be locked and loaded ready to send that round flying within a split second.

Curve Compensating

We realized that because of the special geometric design of the curve in the magazine, a follower that could compensate with a 1 degree angle was necessary. This means that the follower sits uneven without bullets but when you insert a round, the follower will not touch the inside of the magazine in more than one place at a time. Hereby helps prevent the follower from tilting which could potentially stop the feed of bullets, if the follower becomes stuck.

 

 

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Tactical

The Tactical aspect is an important part of the idea, design & development process. Between the members of our team, we have more than 50+ years of shooting and tactical experience, which ensures our ability to innovate, not only the hardware, but also the tactical theory behind the product.

Add to that our network of former and active Military & LE operators, who we involve at the earliest stage of new projects to make sure every aspect is considered.

A lot of ideas has gone through our R&D stage, but then we look at all of them again from a tactical viewpoint, and not many ideas pass this stage. Change for the sake of change alone won´t do. It has to add that tactical advantage that will make the change and possible need of re-training worthwhile.

And when these guys has given their input on the tactical use of a product, they are going to wan´t to try it themselves. Which then is when we start looking at our last key word in our Mantra. Performance. These guys knows what they expect from the guy next to them, and they don´t expect less from the gear they choose to carry. When you work in environments where only the toughest can keep a mental breakdown at bay, you don´t need your gear to do so. You need gear that performs in even the most hostile and stressing environments imaginable. Therefore our third key word in our Product R&D chain is Performance.

Developing TTC

Why does our AR-15s leave us with an empty rifle once the last round is fired and the bolt is locked open? Why leave us unnecessarily vulnerable in a tactical or home defense situation. 
This was what our Founder, CEO and Inventor of the TTC-Follower asked when he was first introduced to the AR-15 weapon system more than 12 years ago. Back then we were told to count our rounds, and when we would get to 27 we should change our mag with one up the spout. (We had some very crappy mags which could only hold 28 rounds otherwise they would cause the rifles to double feed). Needless to say it was close to impossible even at the shooting range to keep track. Now imagine trying to count while hearing the snaps from enemy bullets flying around your head. Simply beyond impossible!
The risk of finding yourself standing with an open bolt and no rounds to fly, is so distressing that in a tactical situation today, we will eject a partially expended mag, replacing it with a full mag whenever possible. This procedure is known as the tactical reload. While the gun is never empty, the wastage of cartridges and magazines can be significant, with partially used but still useful mags littering the ground. And the risk of finding yourself vulnerable with an empty rifle and open bolt is still there. So the procedure is costly, both from an economic viewpoint, but also from a tactical.  Why through half your load in the mud to avoid a problem that could be solved mechanically? And because every round counts, it is tempting to dump your partially expended mags into a dump bag. Good idea, if you have time to re-distribute the rounds from 5 partially empty mags into one full mag. If not, you have no idea when that bolt stop will engage, should you get your hands on a partially expended mag from either your vest or your dump bag. Over time we have heard people express concerns that we where looking for a problem to go with our solution. However that is not true. There is not just one problem, there are several. All solved by procedures and “What to do if”s. “You will want to change on a closed bolt”. Do so whenever there is time. But you are still risking to find yourself vulnerable because of an open bolt and an empty mag, because you can not always do tactical reloads in time. 
Then, after each tactical reload, you dump your partially expended mags into a dump bag or bump them around your vest, trying to keep track of full and half empty mags. If not, you probably just lost 3-15 rounds of perfectly good ammunition, to avoid a vulnerable situation you could have avoided mechanically, dependably, every time. 
Furthermore, just a simple thing as inserting on a closed bolt can cause problems if you are used to insert on an open bolt at the range, because you always empty your mags in this non-hostile situation. We have all seen a magazine drop from the mag-well every once in a while, because it has not been inserted with enough gusto to insert on a closed bolt like you do with a tactical reload. With TTC you will always insert on a closed bolt. Even at the shooting range. This means consistency. Same amount of force every time, same feel, same same but better. This small change in paradigm, eliminates 3-5 other problem solving procedures, meaning the manual of arms is simplified and the amount of theory needed to learn is cut down to a minimum.

The Time to Change Follower or Time to Change Magazine takes care of the counting, you can shoot until the mag is fully expended and still have one round ready during the reload procedure. AND if you get down to your dumped partially expended mags, it will not matter wether there is 5, 9 or 15 rounds in them. Just shoot and the bolt will lock when you need to load the last round and start your reload.

(The TTC-Concept does not change the fact that if you have time, you should still do a tactical reload before entering a “new situation” like walking through the next door, changing position and so on. But with the Time to Change Follower you will always have one round ready to fly even if you do not do your tactical reload in time AND you can use your partially expended mags without redistributing rounds into one full mag. With Time to change every bolt lock turns into a safe tactical reload in 0.19 seconds)

For tactical situations only? No, even though an AR-15 might not be the best home defense choice companies like Daniel Defense has some interesting points when it comes to the use of the Home Defense AR. If I was to rush through my home, sweeping corners in order to keep myself or  my loved ones safe, I would have picked my Clock .45 over the AR´s any day. But Daniel Defenses points on sight alignment in low light situations may have changed my mind and that might be the case for many others who has read this Daniel Defense article. 
So I would like to add another advantage other than more intuitive shooting and sight alignment. Using an AR gives the citizen the safety of using TTC-MAGs in a home defense situation. Waking up at night by the sound of the alarm or disturbance in the living room is anything but a nice surprise. And in that situation you will have to act fast. You may not be fully awake nor an experienced shooter and standing face to face with a hostile home intruder isn´t a situation where you will wan´t to find yourself facing an open bolt with no rounds to chamber. Using TTC-Followers in your alloy mags or using our Polymer TTC-MAGs in this situation could mean the difference between staying alive and saving your family or getting caught on the wrong foot in the middle of your vulnerable standard mag change. 

There is a number of reason why you should adapt the Time to Change concept, with only one downside. You have to unlearn and retrain from:

Standard Reload;

1. Bolt locks (Weapon Empty) 2. Eject Mag (Weapon Empty)  3. Insert Mag (Weapon Empty) 4. Release Bolt (Weapon not Emty),            to

TTC-Reload;

1. Bolt Locks (Weapon Empty) 2. Release Bolt (Weapon NOT Empty) 3. Eject Mag (Weapon NOT Empty) 4. Insert Mag (Weapon NOT Empty)

 

TTC-Follower

Think about your car. It is called a “Low fuel” indicator, not a “No fuel” indicator. Basically your AR-15 locks the bolt when it has run out of fuel. The Time to Change Follower is actually your “Low Ammo” indicator, which lets you go over to your reserve tank while reloading. Just by hitting the bolt release, you will load that one round to keep you safe while you get your rifle refueled by finding a new magazine. It takes about 0,19 seconds for your reaction hand to reach the Bolt release. It takes 2-4 seconds to do a full standard reload procedure with no #%&-Ups. In that time you are unnecessarily vulnerable, while with the TTC-FOLLOWER or TTC-MAG you will be locked and loaded ready to send that round flying within a split second.

 

 

 

Guns.com

 

If you train with these, and learn how to use them effectively,there’s no doubt that the extra round in the pipe could be a huge benefit.
It could make your magazine changes faster. It could potentially save your life.

David Higginbotham, Guns.com