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AR Charging Handle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by TimM, Dec 9, 2010.

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  1. TimM

    TimM Member

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    I am not happy at all with my DPMS charging handle. What is the best possible replacement?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. G27RR

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    Why aren't you happy with it and what do you want a new one to do? Are you looking for an ambidextrous handle or something?
     
  3. possum

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    BCM Gunfighter Charging Handle is the answer.

    www.bravocompanyusa.com
     
  4. Z-Michigan

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    The BCM Gunfighter is hard to beat, IMHO.
     
  5. Trebor

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    What they said. Bravo Company Gunfighter. If you go with modern technique of left handed charging with the rifle still at eye level in your right hand the Bravo handle fixes the weak point of the original design.
     
  6. Tommygunn

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    +1 on BCM Gunfighter; I added this to my M4orgery because I didn't like the standard and it makes a lot of difference!
     
  7. TonyAngel

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    A charging handle is a charging handle. You have to get the one that does what you need it to. There are charging handles and add ons that allow you to more easily charge the rifle from one side, such as the gunfighter, but other than that, there isn't anything earth shattering.

    I use a medium Gunfighter on my precision AR because I'm running a scope on it and I don't have it set up to have my nose to the charging handle when I shoot, so I need the gunfighter to get around the eye piece. On my carbine with ACOG, I just run a plain jane charging handle and have no problems charging the rifle by any method that I choose.
     
  8. Gordon

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    +1 on the Medium Gunfighter (and their 'full auto bolt' too!)
     
  9. twestbrook10

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    BCM is a great charging handle.

    I like my PRI Gas Buster too but it is kind of pricey.
     
  10. Tirod

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    I was unhappy with the charging handle for 22 years. Especially compared to the FNFAL I wanted, or the HK91 I bought. I'm still unhappy with it.

    This is what I'm doing about it building an AR: http://www.americanspiritarms.com/p...er_Upper_Receiver_without_Carrier-124-12.html

    Adding all the tac latches and gunfighter handles just means you still break your sight picture charging the weapon. It's a finesse point for a hunter or range shooter, but if you can fix the problem on a custom AR to make it the way you want ( i.e., improve it,) then why not?

    It's good to see all the new designs using side charging handles, in fact, it's become a standard in military weapons designs the last twenty years. The AR is great, but anybody who's added an ambidextrous control knows it can be made better.
     
  11. Creature

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    Another BCMGUNFIGHTER charging handle fan here. I went with the large latch (Mod 3) on my carbine. Liked it so much I ordered another for my 20" AR.
     
  12. Bartholomew Roberts

    Bartholomew Roberts Moderator Emeritus

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    I've got the BCM Gunfighter and the PRI Gasbuster and I prefer the Gunfighter, even when using suppressors. Having said that, it all depends on what you need the charging handle to do for you.
     
  13. ny32182

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    I have some mil-specs, a couple Gasbusters, and an LMT handle with a slightly enlarged latch as seen here: http://www.rainierarms.com/?page=shop/detail&product_id=1476 Likely similar to one of the "BCM Gunfighters" though I don't have any of those.

    All things considered (function, price, ease of use) I would probably say the LMT is the best of those. Super-oversize latches worry me a little bit from a snag perspective; not terribly though. The milspec one is a little on the small side for my taste especially if there is a scope over it. My opinion is, go with the smallest latch you can easily manipulate.

    The Gasbuster has has a nice easy to use latch and nice beefy T-handle portion, but I don't really think it is $40 better than other big-latch options. Especially since I can't really tell any difference in its "gas busting" abilities.
     
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    Overall I consider the CH to be the weak point of AR15 ergonomics... a big latch helps, but in my opinion it will always be much more PITA than any side mounted CH except the folded/way forward HK roller locked design.
     
  15. Z-Michigan

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    I too prefer the FAL design, but you have to go waaaaay out of the standard to get such a thing on an AR.

    Re: the BCM Gunfighter, it is much, much more than just a bigger latch - it's a complete redesign that is much stronger. See here:
    http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/BCM-GUNFIGHTER-Charging-Handle-GFH-Mod-4-p/bcm gfh mod 4 556.htm

    You can even get it with a small latch that's barely bigger than a USGI standard latch if you want.

    IMHO, the large latch is far too big, the medium latch is slightly too big, and the small latch is too small to get full benefit (I own all three sizes). I would recommend the medium latch for 90% or more of users. There is a bit of snagging issue, but the benefit in ease of charging generally outweighs this. If it were for hunting in mild weather (no gloves) I would probably get the small latch.
     
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    Based on their diagrams, I don't see much more than a change in direction of force on the roll pin in the "BCM Gunfighter".
     
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    Except cheap ones are cast aluminum.

    Good ones, like Colt for instance, are forged aluminum.
    Other good strong ones are milled from aluminum billet.

    rc
     
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    Another vote for the BCM Gunfighter. I like my mod 4 latch (medium), unless your wearing bulky gloves, or have have a sizable optic, its plenty big enough to get good purchase on.
     
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    Mod3 Gunfighters on both of my ARs.
     
  21. TimM

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    Thanks guys. I guess the gunfighter it is,

    As for the question as why I don't like the current handle... The first jam I had the stupid thing bent like a wet noodle. A charging handle is not a charging handle... unless they are all a piece of crap like the stock DPMS one.
     
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    How did it get bent?
     
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    Does the Gas Buster or Gunfighter help with the gas in face with suppressor over a standard charging handle?

    My nose is sensitive and 1 mag gives me a headache.
     
  24. MrCleanOK

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    The gas buster supposedly directs the gas out the side. The gunfighter is not designed to.

    I correct this with RTV silicone gaskets in my charging handles.
     
  25. Shawn Dodson

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    I assume you were operating it with your left hand like it wasn't designed to be operated?
     
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