AR15 Rear vs Side Charging Handle By: AmSJ Staff

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Do you shoot AR15 much? How about for those that have shot the standard M4, do you find having the charging handle at the rear cumbersome? Especially, when you get a malfunction while shooting rapidly during a competition or target practice.imageCompanies such as ADCOR, Dead Foot Arms or JP Enterprises offers a side charging handle on the upper. Which many are saying is a game changer or its just easier to work the charging handle when the malfunction happens. Don’t take our words for it, here’s a test that Youtuber U.S. Warfighters did.

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U.S. Warfighters conducted a side-by-side test, putting the standard rear-charging handle of an M4 against the ADCOR forward-charging handle. They evaluated the time and easiness of clearing a failure to fire exercise. In a 30-round magazine, every fifth round was a dummy round, and then a straight-up speed test, again 30 rounds.There were standard triggers in both rifles, using a standard Magpul 30-round magazine. Both rifles had an Aimpoint H-1 Micro sight on board. On the battlefield, in competition or in defense of your home and loved ones … which rifle would you rather have in a gun fight? You be the judge.

Comparison in SpeedM4 – 16.53 seconds to go through a 30 round mag with dummy rounds. (every 5th round)ADCOR – 14.08 seconds, which is a 2.5 seconds faster.

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