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AR-15 Charging Handle BCM Gunfighter Mod 3 Large Latch Enhanced Latch System Manufactured By VLTOR
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Manufacturer: Vltor Weapon Systems BCM-GFH3
Item: ARR-412

The BCM Gunfighter was designed from the ground up with tactical operators in mind. The internals of the latch have been completely redesigned to redirect the force of pulling the latch off of the roll pin and onto the stronger charging handle body. This allows the handle to pull directly to the rear instead of off to the side preventing binding and reducing friction and wear on the handle. Built from 7075 T6 billet aluminum and coated with a Mil-Spec-A-8625F Type III hard anodized finish, the BCM Gunfighter is tough enough to last a lifetime.

When the AR15 system was first introduced to and fielded by the US Military in the 1960s, the manual of arms for an infantryman was significantly different than what currently exists today. To charge the rifle the shooter released their hand from a firing grip, grabbed each side of the charging handle with the thumb and forefinger or the first two fingers , (while applying pressure to the latch) pulled the charging handle all the way to the rear, and then released it to charge the weapon. Like everything else in the last 45 years, tactics and weaponry have undergone a continuous evolution. Red dot optics get the shooter on target quicker, shorter barrels allow the operator to more quickly negotiate tighter urban areas, and operator's manipulations of the weapon system have become much more efficient and faster. The current manual of arms has the operator maintaining a firing grip almost continuously while manipulating the weapon with the non-dominant hand in an effort to more quickly get the weapon ready to fire. With that premise, most weapon manipulations are done only with the shooter's support hand; to include operating the charging handle.

In order to perform an immediate action or charge the carbine, current CQB techniques have the operator racking the charging handle to the rear using their support side hand only. This is done in one swift and strong movement. With the operator's firing grip maintained, the weapon again has a loaded chamber, and the shooter can immediately bring a hot weapon back into the fight.

The current use of extended tactical latches has made this movement much more efficient. The only drawback to this type of manipulation is all the force used to rack the charging handle rearward goes into the extended tactical latch and is then transferred into the roll pin. With this scenario, the entire operation becomes contingent on the sheer strength of this tiny 1/16" roll pin, and its' ability to take continuing blows. Repeated and forceful support hand only racking of the charging handle eventually can lead to breaking the roll pin and loosing the latch completely. With the latch blown out, the charging handle will not stay secured to the receiver as the bolt is moving back and forth during each cycle of the weapon's action. Not a good situation on a two way range.

The BCMGUNFIGHTER™ Charging Handle and extended latches feature internal redesigns to direct the force off of the roll pin and into the body of the charging handle during support hand only manipulations. This new design has a built in backstop engineered into the extended latch and into the charging handle. As the latch is opened up, its' travel is limited by these flat surface backstops. With this travel limiting feature, the stress is taken off the roll pin, and is now redirected into the entire body of the charging handle.

The BCMGUNFIGHTER™ Charging Handle offers two significant advantages.
1. Since the tiny roll pin is no longer the weak point - it is a much stronger system and tactical latch will stay intact even under repeated support side only manipulation.

2. With the force kept inside the body of the handle, when the handle is pulled directly to the rear, it moves directly to the rear and does not angle off to the outboard side. A much smoother operation.

Available with three latch lengths for AR-15, AR-10, and LR-308 rifles.
AR-15 Model 5 Short Latch (ARR-410)
AR-15 Model 4 Medium Latch (ARR-411)
AR-15 Model 3 Long Latch (ARR-412)
AR-10/LR-308 Model 5 Short Latch (ARR-413)
AR-10/LR-308 Model 4 Medium Latch (ARR-414)
AR-10/LR-308 Model 3 Long Latch (ARR-415)

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5.0 Rating Heavy Duty - 10/13/2011
Reviewer: avidgunguy
All my AR builds I use tactical latches. This charging handle has a real heavy duty feel. The overall frame and latch. First fit was a firm fit, but it quickly got loose and sliding like it should. There are cheaper charging handles out there but this is well worth the money. If you choose this, you will feel good about the money spent. As always thanks to CTD for the good service.
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5.0 Rating great - 10/20/2011
Reviewer: Frank M.
I put this charging handle on my AR, it is great! A must have with a scope, you will be glad you purchases this item.
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5.0 Rating Love it - 10/26/2011
Reviewer: Operator61
I don't know why they don't include this on more builds. It is a great addition, very functional and aids in speed especially in high stress situations. A must have for any serious AR shooter or operator.
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5.0 Rating Good equipment - 10/27/2011
Reviewer: Operator61
If you have a scope or plan on using your AR in competition or high stress situations you won't go wrong with this charging handle. It is easy to operate the handle and works naturally without having to look or think about it.
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5.0 Rating Love this thing - 12/21/2011
Reviewer: Luke
I originally meant to buy the medium but, I'm glad that I made the mistake and ordered this handle. Its a perfect fit with my Burris AR332.
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AR-15 Charging Handle BCM Gunfighter Mod 3 Large Latch Enhanced Latch System Manufactured By VLTOR
AR-15 Charging Handle BCM Gunfighter Mod 3 Large Latch Enhanced Latch System Manufactured By VLTOR
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