Raptor Charging Handle

First thing I changed on my Stag Model 2L was the charging handle.  I was kind of disappointed that with all the nice left handed features Stag puts on their rifles, a left handed charging handle wasn’t one of them.  I did some searching on line, and I found the Raptor by Rainier Arms and AXTS Weapon Systems.

This is a very nice charging handle.  It’s all aluminum, very sturdy, and the handles are just about the right size.  When pulling back the handle, the action moves both sides of the handle at the same time, kind of wing like.  Since This was probably designed for a right handed AR-15, the right side is longer to stick further than the forward assist, and the left side is about the same length as a standard charging handle.

So far, I’ve had no problems with the handle, and I like the size.  I like how it’s not as huge and oversize like the one from Badger Ordnance.  However, I think it would have been nice for both sides to be the same length.  On my right side, since there is no forward assist, it’s great.  However, on the left side where the forward assist has been relocated, it’s almost too short to be affective.  It works, but not as well as it could.

If you are a lefty, hell if you’re a righty, it’s a nice upgrade under $100, that’s actually useful.