For years I ran a BCM Gunfighter Mod 3 (Long Latch) Charging Handle on my 5.56 M&P 15. That gun is now gone and I researched and could find no contraindications to running the 7.62 Mod 3 on my M&P 10 until the package showed up and it's the only place I ever saw that said M&P 10's are a no-go. I'm seeing conflicting info on the Radian Raptor Ambi CH. Some sources say yes it fits others say no it doesn't. Now Ambi is not a requirement but a long latch is due to my serious lack of...
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Thanks for the excellent review and photographs. It looks like the Badger Ambi Charging Handle compares well with the BCM A44 offering (my favorite), but as you say, the Badger is considerably more expensive. I found it interesting that the latch springs are open to the elements, on the rear face of the handle. Do you feel that dirt and debris would be prone to work their way into this area?
That's a really good observation: one that I should have mentioned in the review. The back is open, but I just checked, and every single AR handle that I have is open in the back as well. I live in a sandy, desert environment, and I have some dirrrrrty guns, and upon close inspection, I do have sand in some of mine. However, even with the sand in them, I haven't had a single issue with latches. I'll continue to monitor that and I'll check back if I see any issues.
The jabbing me in the sternum, or the small of my back, is an issue I have with the BCM Gunfighter Mod4. Is this less obtrusive than that latch? If you don't have access to that no worries, I understand not having the funds to test everything. Just thought I would ask as the Gunfighter ones are pretty popular.
I don't have access to a BCM, Andrew, but I can attest that my big Gen1 Tac Latch was a huge problem for me being able to sling my rifle comfortably. The Gen3 Charging Handle eliminates all of that because 1) it doesn't protrude as far and 2) it's got softer radiuses so that when it does hit you (or rub, or poke) it doesn't hurt.
Originally Posted by mobius i: I don't have access to a BCM, Andrew, but I can attest that my big Gen1 Tac Latch was a huge problem for me being able to sling my rifle comfortably. The Gen3 Charging Handle eliminates all of that because 1) it doesn't protrude as far and 2) it's got softer radiuses so that when it does hit you (or rub, or poke) it doesn't hurt. Gotcha. Thank you for that. And thanks for an awesome review
I modded the BCM ch to fit my M&P 10. It isnt too big of a deal if you have someone that can machine it a tiny bit for you. All it needs is the groove cut / extended to the end 1/4" IIRC with a proper size ball end mill.
I have an entire machine shop at my disposal. I can get one of the guys on the manual Bridgeport mills to get it done. They’ve done other work for me before. Thanks for the info, brother. It is much appreciated.
No. I remember hearing about Bridgeport’s from my dad way back in the late 60’s early 70’s. Being a machinist is how he put himself thru Berkeley and got his business degree. Probably the last true conservative to graduate from there and that was the mid to late 50’s.
Dry run through with my dummy rounds. 4 X 5 cycles of 5 rounds each cycle. Not a definitive test but all rounds cycled without issue. I hopefully get to live fire test it this weekend. Once again thanks to @ THE EXTRACTOR for telling me about this mod.
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