5 Best AR-15 Charging Handles

When looking to upgrade your AR-15 the charging handle is often one of the first pieces to be upgraded. The stock charging handle is not ambidextrous while most aftermarket charging handles are. One reason many people decide to upgrade is performance, an upgraded charging handle can feel smoother than a stock one. Lastly, many people upgrade their charging handle just for the style/color to match their AR. Whatever your reason for wanting to upgrade your charging handle we put together a list of some of the best charging handles out there for every price range, from budget to top of the line. You can shop all charging handles here.

Radian Raptor-LT Ambidextrous Charging Handle Assembly AR-15 Aluminum

The Raptor-LT ambidextrous charging handle by Radian is truly revolutionary in design & function. From rapid palm “blading” or finger thumb charges of the weapon, the motion is fluid & fast from either strong or support side. Made in the USA from aircraft grade 7075 aluminum, the Raptor Ambidextrous Charging Handle is built to last!


  • Ambidextrous Design
  • Rapid and fluid weapon charges
  • Allows for Rapid Palm Blading or Finger Thumb Charges
  • Custom Polymer Lever

What Customers Are Saying

Very impressed, was hesitant at first

This is my first time owning a Radian Raptor charging handle and am impressed. The only difference that I can find with this LT version and the and the regular version is the ears/tabs are polymer; the original is all aluminum. The ears are plenty rugged and don't seem to be prone to failure. They are also somewhat textured to ensure good friction between your hand or palm. You are covered by the limited lifetime warranty in the event that they would break, but honestly shouldn't be a problem. The price point is good too. Hard to justify a $100 charging handle but $57 seems a lot more reasonable.
- Matt L., 10/5/2017 Shop Now

Geissele Super Ambidextrous Charging Handle Assembly AR-15 Aluminum

The Super Charging Handle (SCH) is 3D machined from a solid block of aircraft grade 7075-T6 aluminum. Its ambidextrous design allows for seamless operation from either side of the weapon. The levers are dual contoured similar to that of the charging handle of an M14, where not only the x-axis but also the y-axis receive radius cuts. The handling surface of the lever is also checkered, adding a textured grip aiding to the use when operating with gloves. The heightened rear lip of the SCH aids in mitigating gas blow back to the shooter when shooting with short barreled and suppressed weapon systems. All parts are then Type 3 Hardcoat anodized and are available in black and DDC (Desert Dirt Color).


  • Ambidextrous design
  • Dual contoured levers
  • Checkered handling surface
  • Heightened rear lip mitigates gas blow back

What Customers Are Saying


For 100 dollars you should expect a lot from this charging handle. Boy does it deliver! I've been using the raptor for the last year or so and this geissele is much better IMO. It's so much smoother and the charging latches are heavily curved so it really wants to hold on to your finger when you charge the weapon. As with everything geissele makes, this charging handel oozes quality and the price is most definitely justified.
- Trevor J, 10/3/2017 Shop Now

Aero Precision BREACH Ambidextrous Charging Handle Assembly Large Lever AR-15 Aluminum

The Aero Precision BREACH® Ambidextrous Charging Handle is a rugged, ambidextrous, precision-manufactured charging handle for the AR15 platform. The BREACH's design utilizes a reinforced 7075-T6 aluminum bar that is up to the most demanding tasks. Its ambidextrous levers feature a patent-pending, dual spring system, that directs the force-of-use into the robust charging handle body. This allows the shooter to use a one-sided charging technique without compromising the part — a pitfall for traditional mil-spec charging handles. The large lever configuration provides an extended operating surface, perfect for a user with bigger hands, or someone who wants a larger surface for manipulation of the charging handle.



  • Ambidextrous Controls: Ergonomically designed 7075 Aluminum levers allow the user to easily charge their firearm with either hand, while remaining low profile and comfortable when slung.
  • Robust Construction: Reduced chamfer angles on the 7075 Aluminum reinforced bar design provide a strong foundation for the BREACH® that is resistant to rotational flex or breakage.
  • Patent-pending Lever Mechanism: Transfers force-of-use away from the roll pins and into the top/head portion of the reinforced bar protecting the charging handle in the most demanding circumstances.
  • Gas Deflection Shelf: Aligns with the upper receiver to redirect gas flow away from the users face when shooting suppressed.
  • Functional Design: It is not all just good looks. Stylistic cuts on the charging handle also help to clear stuck on carbon and debris from the upper receiver, while the spacer design seals and protects the lever mechanism from debris.


What Customers Are Saying

Excellent Charging Handle

This replaced a mil spec charging handle and is a wonderful upgrade. The space to grasp the mil spec charging handle to charge the chamber was a little awkward. Being left-handed, I wanted an ambidextrous CH to allow it to be pulled with my right hand. The forward assist and LVPO ocular housing caused little space to grasp the CH. This CH provide has wider and thicker arms to get a good grip for a one-handed pull. Excellent quality and works easily. I highly recommend this product.
- Cruiser51, 4/7/2023

About Aero Precision

Aero Precision’s roots are deeply tied to aerospace, and their drive for clean, perfect engineering and machining stems from that. When you’re building something that will fly in the air, there is no margin for error. Aero Precision takes that same approach in the firearms industry. Whether it’s a bolt carrier group, handguard, upper receiver, or lower, Aero Precision ensures its products are machined to razor-thin tolerance levels. MidwayUSA offers a wide range of Aero Precision products, including AR-15 parts, bolt action rifles, and scope mounts. With Aero Precision gun parts, better engineering builds better components. It’s just that simple.

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Daniel Defense Grip-N-Rip Ambidextrous Charging Handle Assembly AR-15 Aluminum Black

The Daniel Defense Grip-N-Rip Charging Handle was designed and manufactured with the features and benefits to enhance every user’s comfort and performance. The Grip-N-Rip is engineered for suppressed fire, with anti-gas features that redirect gas flow upward and away from the face and away from the operator. Independently ambidextrous handles accommodate left and right-handed shooters with each handle independently operating the latch. The 5.56 Grip-N-Rip fits all AR-15 pattern rifles.


  • Light weight enlarged ergonomic handles made from 6061-T6 aluminum and Type III hard coat anodized
  • Main body machined from 7076-T6 aluminum & type III hard coat anodized
  • Latch is made from 6061-T6 aluminum & Type III hard coat anodized
  • Ridge in back redirects gas flow upward away from the face
  • Heavy duty stainless steel roll pins


What Customers Are Saying

I would buy again

Excellent device well designed
- John, 9/26/2023 Shop Now

Battle Arms Rack Ambidextrous Charging Handle Assembly AR-15 Aluminum Black

The Battle Arms Rack Ambidextrous Charging Handle Assembly is unlike any other charging handle on the market. Even the best-designed products fail at their weakest point so they have taken the infamous roll pins out of the equation. The RACK was designed with no roll pins. Not another pivoting mechanism to wear out the upper receiver notch, this patented latch system slides parallel with the receiver notch for slick and quick release and simultaneously minimizes wear.


Purpose built with asymmetric use in mind, the RACK will handle left or right side pulls with ease. Regardless of your charging handle racking technique, the RACK will perform with consistent and positive assurance. Machined from one single piece of aluminum, the RACK handle was designed with strength in mind. It is also key to the sliding latch and the positive and balanced pull of the charging handle.

What Customers Are Saying

I would buy this product again

Very smooth, it works exactly as it should.
- Jeremy, 6/6/2020 Shop Now