A charging handle is one of the easiest upgrades you can do to a rifle. This Guide will go over some of our personal recommendations with a wide selection depending on your budget.
(Disclaimer: These are all products that we have personally used and trust. If you are running a different setup, with good luck, we do not discount it.)
A budget-friendly and effective upgrade to a standard Milspec charging handle, this steel latch will replace the standard aluminum latch and give you a larger area to charge your rifle. Be aware this will require some tools to install properly.
(Left: Mil-Spec with upgraded latch. Right: Mil-Spec)
This charging handle is similar to the Vltor option while providing ambidextrous (Ambi) and non-ambi options.
(BCM Mod 3x3 Ambi pictured above)
A simple non-Ambi option with the ability to choose latch size ranging from large to small.
(Vltor Mod 4 medium latch pictured)
A more budget-friendly, lighter version of the Radian Raptor. This charging handle shares the same construction as the standard version but features high-strength polymer handles instead of aluminum, which is still very durable in our experience.
The PRI M84 is a durable charging handle that also serves the purpose of directing gas away from the shooter, this is extremely helpful when shooting with a suppressor. The M84 Gas Buster has both Ambi and non-Ambi options.
In our testing, the latches on the Gas Buster tend to be more slippery than desired and were easy to lose control of during Tap-Rack drills. Results may vary depending on which latch style you choose and environmental conditions.
(PRI M84 Gas Buster Ambi original latch pictured)
A high-quality charging handle with an Ambi design and a raised rear lip to aid in blocking the shooter from gas when shooting suppressed. It is available in multiple variations and colors.
(Geissele Airborne Charging Handle pictured)
The Raptor is a strong, lightweight charging handle with an Ambi design that we have been using for a long time. In our opinion, it is one of the best on the market.
The Raptor SD is an improvement to the standard Raptor; the updated geometry and gas ports block gas and allows it to bleed off before it reaches the shooter. The SD shares the same lightweight, strong Ambi design as the Raptor.
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