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Agro
01-28-2009, 8:56 PM
Does anyone have any experience with these Ambidextrous (Ambi) Charging Handles? I am a lefty, thought it would make my life just a little easier...

Badger Ordnance seems to have one
http://www.badgerordnance.com/productgroup.php?id=latch#

Anyone else? Any opinions on this stuff?

BroncoBob
01-28-2009, 9:10 PM
That's pretty cool.

Mississippi
01-28-2009, 9:34 PM
Thats a cool find! I really like the looks of it,

Capt. Speirs
01-28-2009, 9:39 PM
One of my next upgrades.

joelukehart
01-28-2009, 10:40 PM
I`m a southpaw as well.I bought the first gen. tactical latch to clear the Ace folding mechanism on my .22lr AR. Buy it! Great upgrade for the price.

pacrimguru
01-28-2009, 10:50 PM
i have that badger ambi handle, it's very very nice. i'd recommend it to both right and left handers.

Saigon1965
01-28-2009, 11:09 PM
I really like mine - Makes it easier -

4thSeal
01-28-2009, 11:16 PM
just put put one on each of my ARs... its awesome... only thing is the forward assist is in the way some... but its better than reaching over or going under the weapon to lock the bolt back...

good luck finding them, i had to hunt for them, ordering direct from Badger was a no go... they fill orders for suppliers and then get to the end user orders when they can...

Badger said the AF just ordered 400 of them... they are wiped out atm.

bohoki
01-28-2009, 11:31 PM
odd i though the standard one is ambi when used as directed

trinydex
01-29-2009, 8:46 AM
there was a picture of an ambi charging handle in one of the shot show threads too. i guess i needa get one of these now. nobody told me about this :[

Agro
01-29-2009, 9:15 AM
there was a picture of an ambi charging handle in one of the shot show threads too. i guess i needa get one of these now. nobody told me about this :[

Many people are posting the same thing on this thread. Well, I'm glad I brought this to CG ppl's attention :) I'm not completely useless I suppose.. just mostly.

jooe
02-28-2009, 9:06 PM
I too and a lefty, do badger make one like this one but on the right side:

http://global-tactical.com/badgerordmodel1taclatchoncmtcharginghandle.aspx

or should i get the Ambidextrous Charging Handle from badge ordnance?

JerryM
03-01-2009, 2:34 PM
If I am not mistaken, the link you provided is offering the Badger Ordenance.

BTW, I am right handed and use the BO charging handle.

It does feel a bit weird when racking it with your left palm, as the charging handle sorts of grinds back, as opposed to riding straight when using a regular handle as directed.

Also works great with heavy gloves (winter ops, wet suit, etc).

NRAhighpowershooter
03-01-2009, 7:11 PM
I be a Lefty and I have tried both and I use a OLL AR in both Service rifle and a OLL SpaceGun in competition and I find no need for a ambi-carge handle... my 0.04 (increased yet again for inflation :D )

muskater
03-01-2009, 7:27 PM
La Rue
http://stores.homestead.com/Laruetactical/Detail.bok?no=304

Agro
03-01-2009, 8:14 PM
La Rue
http://stores.homestead.com/Laruetactical/Detail.bok?no=304

My LaRue stealth upper is supposed to ship this next week (or so they said last week in a call). I think I am just going to go with the standard CH for now. I am building a SPR anyhow, so is it really honestly that big of a deal for me? If maybe I try someone who has a ambi charging handle and I fall in love, then I will buy one, but for now I am going to use the funds elsewhere.

fairfaxjim
03-01-2009, 9:16 PM
I shoot left handed, and have the tactical latches, mostly because most of my uppers have scopes. Those I like. I have never had any problem with the charging handle with out them except to clear the scopes, and have never needed the ambi one.

Agro
03-02-2009, 9:06 AM
La Rue
http://stores.homestead.com/Laruetactical/Detail.bok?no=304

They took that product off their site as of today. I remember looking it up over the weekend and seeing the CH listed.

Darklyte27
03-06-2009, 9:30 AM
cheapest i found was 65$ anywhere else makes these or sells these?

tango5
03-06-2009, 9:36 AM
Pretty cool!

Agro
03-06-2009, 9:55 AM
cheapest i found was 65$ anywhere else makes these or sells these?

There are only 2 ambidextrous charging handles. The badger ordnance is exactly that, an ambi charging handle. Not too big of a deal.

This new ACLM charging handle is different. Even when operating right handed it is different. A by product of its design is that it is truly ambidextrous. They have another version coming out soon (not REALLY soon but they said they are in development) that is made for a supressor (similar to gas buster).
This thread has a lot of 411 on it - http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=2&f=219&t=170943

Omega13device
03-06-2009, 10:03 AM
I shoot left handed, and have the tactical latches, mostly because most of my uppers have scopes. Those I like. I have never had any problem with the charging handle with out them except to clear the scopes, and have never needed the ambi one.
I've never needed the ambi one either and I'm kind of mystified why it's even necessary. I use one or two fingers on each side when pulling it back. What are people doing that makes an ambi charging handle necessary?

Darklyte27
04-10-2009, 7:16 AM
oh nice.. i got the badger ones already.. i cut the spring just a turn or two, and its really light.

trinydex
04-10-2009, 9:52 AM
just noticed no one linked the review from mm

http://militarymorons.com/weapons/ar.access.html#ambichg

Darklyte27
04-10-2009, 10:07 AM
thats the ones i have, bad part is that they run 65-70$!!!!

Clark_Kent_X
04-10-2009, 10:23 AM
got to fulton armory. they have a Ambi latch that i bought. pretty sweet

just got to the 308 or the ar15 parts page and scroll down http://www.fulton-armory.com

this latch cost 15 or 20 bucks if i remember right. its just the latch though

http://www.fulton-armory.com/AmbiCharger300x109.jpg

Agro
04-10-2009, 10:28 AM
I think the ACLM is a much better design than Badger Ordinance. Still, both expensive and prob not worth the $$. Go look at their site.

digiblue74
06-22-2010, 1:19 PM
i think below ambi latch on the picture can help the lefty.
http://combatoptical.com/images/products/large_710_COI_AMBITL1h.jpg

check the youtube video too.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gaOy3DZSGk&feature=player_embedded

Agro
06-22-2010, 1:53 PM
holy crap, someone resurrected a really old thread of mine.
I was reading it and I saw the Avatar and thought "Wow whoever picked my avatar has great taste", then I saw it was me. Then I thought again "yes, I do have great taste" :P

Back on topic. That design of the post above mine is completely flawed (IMHO). It does not offer the same functionality for leftys as it would for righties. The ACLM is completely ambidextrous and requires a pull for a lefty the same as the righty. Note that it is 5x more expensive ($100 vs $20)