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BB63Squid
03-13-2008, 5:26 AM
I have recently added a magnifier along with a Holosight on my AR. The issue I am having now is that it is a real hard to get a decent grasp on the charging handle when I want to chamber a round or if I need to pull back the bolt.

I have seen the Charging Handle Tactical Latch (http://bushmaster.com/catalog_parts_lower_receivers_p3.asp#100524902) on Bushmasters site and think think that might solve the issues I am having. I have also heard that those setups have the propensity to bend the charging handle after a while.

Has anyone had any experience with these (good or bad)? Any other suggestions that would provide better access to the charging handle?

Harbinger
03-13-2008, 6:19 AM
Has anyone had any experience with these (good or bad)? Any other suggestions that would provide better access to the charging handle?

That's the Badger Ordnance latch, which I have on my varmint AR. I wouldn't be able to charge the rifle without it. I haven't noticed any problems with excess wear or bending of the handle.

Really, your only other option is a side-charging upper... which sounds like overkill, if you ask me.

Mike

shark92651
03-13-2008, 7:25 AM
They are almost a requirement when you have low mounted, rearward optics. I've have this one in stock: PRI Big Latch (https://riflegear.com/p-275-pri-big-latch.aspx)

You need a small punch and hammer to knock out the pin and swap it out for your stock latch. To install, you get the roll pin just started in the top of your handle so that it stands on it's own, you then insert the spring and latch, press the latch into place to compress the spring and align the holes, and then tap the pin the rest of the way in.

fairfaxjim
03-13-2008, 8:08 AM
They are almost a requirement when you have low mounted, rearward optics. I've have this one in stock: PRI Big Latch (https://riflegear.com/p-275-pri-big-latch.aspx)

You need a small punch and hammer to knock out the pin and swap it out for your stock latch. To install, you get the roll pin just started in the top of your handle so that it stands on it's own, you then insert the spring and latch, press the latch into place to compress the spring and align the holes, and then tap the pin the rest of the way in.

What he said. I have a Badger on one of my uppers, and a Bushmaster on another. They don't seem to bend anything that I can see happening. I have even installed one with a small nail and a hammer.

trinydex
04-24-2008, 4:26 PM
the badger tactical latch looks a lot like the wilson latch. the quality is good on the badger?

anyracoon
04-24-2008, 4:42 PM
Badgers work great but I just noticed that Brownells sells a ambidextrous tactical latch. There item #553-000-006EA $15.00 a pop which is $2.78 cheaper than the dealer pricing on the Badger. Think I'll order one with my next order from them.

trinydex
04-24-2008, 4:59 PM
i found this one

http://www.sogarmory.com/ProductDtls.aspx?id=101262

but same diff, has anyone used these? or is this a hard part to mess up on?

RECCE556
04-24-2008, 7:20 PM
You should have your setup look like this...I don't see why it would be hard to get to the charging handle if you have your optics set up correctly:
http://photos.imageevent.com/smglee/cltactical/huge/TG0906-011.jpg

I use the PRI latch on my personal guns. I find the shape much better than the Badger units (which I sold off)

Lon Moer
04-24-2008, 7:54 PM
The PRI "Big Latch" is such a 'no brainer' idea, that I can't believe it took 40 years to be developed. I use them on all my non-clone builds.:cool2:
I also can't believe that they haven't become a standard issue GI part, either.:(