Parabellum Armament Company, LLC are the folks that brought you the highly successful AKARS or AK Adaptive Rail System. They’ve recently introduced, at SHOT Show 2013, a new accessory designated MARS for the AK platform. MARS is a lever actuator that attaches to the AK’s magazine release and extends back to the weapon’s grip. MARS enables the operator to release the magazine using the thumb; thus, enhancing safety and operator comfort. I had an opportunity to use it and examine it closely, and frankly I couldn’t think of running an AK without it!
Although still designated a prototype MARS should be available by June 2013 at ±$50. The production model will have some minor refinements, like a slightly longer lever to accommodate short stubby hands like mine.
If you are AK centric, MARS is a must have!