|I'll take one of each please.....|
Unfortunately, the charging handle is one of the overlooked parts on an AR-15. The standard charging handle is simple if not effective, and for the majority of AR-15 shooters, they only use the charging handle to rack the bolt on a new magazine, shoot, reload, and then pack up and go home. But many people don't realize there is a crucial upgrade available for the wimpy charging handle that came with your AR-15. Details after the jump.
|Those were the days....|
Link to Technique 1: Racking the CH with the weak hand index finger
Link to Technique 2: Racking the CH with the palm of the weak hand
(I'd like to post the pictures directly but I do not own them and the guy who owns them is a nice guy who makes his living from photography. h/t Gearscout/Stickman)
Either one of these techniques is efficient and MUCH quicker than using the right hand to rack the charging handle. Not to mention, you relinquish control of your rifle when you take your strong hand away from the pistol grip and trigger area. The rifle should be kept in the "work space" at all times if possible. Using one of these left handed techniques allows that.
If you're still running the wimpy standard charging handle, by now you may have realized these techniques are quite difficult or impossible. The release lever on the left side of the charging handle is very slim and difficult to push, especially under stress. Also, when racked forcefully, the standard handle has a tendency to be pulled laterally (angled) and this creates undue stress on the roll pin inside the latch. Thankfully, VLTOR and BCM have fixed this problem for you.
|One is bad. One is good.|
Many of you may have overlooked the charging handle as an area for upgrade on your rifle. Lost in the glitz and glammer of quad rails and competition triggers, a heavy-duty reliable charging handle such as the VLTOR/BCM Gunfighter is a cost-effective and essential upgrade for any tactical AR-15. Check them out at Strongsidetactical.com today if you've been thinking about upgrading your AR-15. I hear a new shipment just came in...(HINT HINT).
Be safe and see you next time.