However, charging handles are essential, especially if you fire anything other than plinking. Charging handles are your primary tool for clearing a double feed or removing a round or empty case that won't eject cleanly for any reason. To admire or adore "Adore" is described as a passionate or euphoric love. A deep affection, admiration, dedication, and respect for someone. These are all good descriptions of what you should feel when handling a gun that has been charged by its owner. You should feel proud to know that you have a weapon in your hand that person believed was important enough to charge.
Ambidextrous charging handle: The ambidextrous form is frequently favored for tactical charging. This allows the shooter to use a gloved hand to engage the charging handle during nighttime activities/operations or in high-stress scenarios. The advantage of this design is that it provides an equal opportunity to pull the trigger with either hand.
The disadvantage of this design is that it requires the user to swap hands when changing weapons, which may not be possible in some situations. Also, some users complain about the added weight and cost compared to standard charging handles.
When you need to chamber a round or clear a malfunction, you draw your bolt carrier group to the rear with a charging handle. If a cartridge fails to fire properly, just pull on the charging handle to remove the defective shell and reload a new one.
The charging handle is connected to the bolt by a rod that extends down from the top of the charging handle. When you pull the charging handle toward you, the bolt rotates upward, allowing the next round to be chambered. When you release the charging handle, it lowers back into place. The bolt continues to rotate forward, placing another round into position for firing.
Some bolts have an additional locking mechanism called an ejector. This is a small metal hook that pivots up at the front of the bolt and engages the rim of the cartridge casing when the bolt is fully closed. It prevents the round from moving back into battery while still in the process of being fired. This is useful if the shooter detects a problem with the round's location in the chamber (such as a misfired round) before it has had time to explode. The ejector also ensures that only rounds with sufficient power to push it away can be removed from the gun. Without this safety feature, a shooter might be injured by an errant round that has not been fully propelled by the powder charge.
A simple charging handle would suffice, but an extended clasp will be more convenient. It's not a big problem because an AR doesn't need to be charged very often. Like other AR enhancements, they are as much for show and aesthetics as they are for functionality. An AR with custom parts is still an AR-15/M16.
The first thing you should know about upgrading your charging handle to an extended one is that there are two types: single-stage and two-stage. The name comes from how many parts make up the entire assembly. A single-stage charging handle has only one moving part while a two-stage handle has two separate parts that must be moved together in order to release the latch that holds them together. Two-stage charging handles are easier to manufacture and distribute as a single unit, which is why they're usually found on higher-end rifles. They also provide better control over where the rifle falls when released since there are now fewer parts to get wrong. One downside to two-stage charging handles is that they can be difficult to re-engage after releasing them if you have your hand near the trigger during release. This can cause someone else to be shot if they reach for the gun after you release it.
Single-stage charging handles are easier to manufacture since there's only one way to go about it. They're also less likely to malfunction since there's only one part making contact with the bolt carrier.
Even the most simple Mil-Spec charging handle may be nicely constructed and stand out from the crowd. While the variations are slight at first, they become substantial after the charging handle is turned on. When your hands are sweaty or you're wearing gloves, a rough grip is ideal for eliminating clogs. A non-slip surface is also helpful when you cannot see your handiwork.
The type of material used to construct the charging handle can affect its ability to withstand heat over time. Aluminum handles tend to get hot during use so they must either have vent holes or be attached to something cooler (such as steel) with rubber bands or bolts. Steel charging handles remain cool during operation and do not require venting. They are usually painted black to reduce reflection from headlights.
A wooden charging handle is an attractive option but will absorb moisture from your hands if it gets wet. This could cause problems later if it becomes dry inside your gun.
A plastic charging handle is lightweight and does not conduct heat away from your hands. It's perfect if you plan to wear gloves while shooting or if you like to keep your hands clean.
A glass charging handle is another way to provide a clear view of your target. These are available in both rifle and pistol configurations and are easy to clean. However, don't let children play with them because they can be broken easily.