VLTOR/BCM "Gunfighter Tactical charger for your AR/15


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I've used the Badger latches and had the same problems with them as described in this explanation during tactical extenive use of support handed charging of the weapon. I recently ordered this as it came highly rec'd by members of SOF community. I LIKE IT !!!

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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.

We have been very fortunate to receive continuing feedback from trainers and operators alike for several years now regarding these issues. Internally we have seen this many times while in the course of continually test firing weapons before sale. Initially we matched up a couple prototype solutions, but in conversations with Eric at VLTOR, he was able to develop a better design at a better price for the consumer. (VLTOR patent pending)

Introducing the BCMGUNFIGHTER™

(VLTOR Patent Pending)

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.

On the cutaway computer drawings you can see the inside machining of the latch. It shows the 3 inside contact surfaces. (The 2 semi circular cuts are to aid in the removal of dirt and debris that can get inside the handle.)

On the bottom view you can see the outside of the latch itself. It is actually as thick as the handle. This provides 2 additional contact surfaces to insure the force is maintained inside the handle and offers the operator more contact surface to manipulate the handle.

A NEW Charging Handle and Extended Latch System

Charging Handle Machined from 7075 T6 Billet

Hard Coat Anodized per Mil-A-8625F, Type III, Class 2

GFH - Mod3 (large latch) and Mod4 (medium latch)

Sorry, the pics won't load and I don't know how to resize them. I'm PC illieterat :man_in_love:

I prefer the ACLM charging handle. Here's a link:

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Reliable, ambidextrous and you just pull back on it.
I prefer the ACLM charging handle. Here's a link:

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Reliable, ambidextrous and you just pull back on it.

I know Mark and his gang pretty well from Larue Tactical. Have many of their items and they've been good to me with sending free swag bags of their hats and other trickints to send to my brothers in the sand box.

As for that charging handle. It's a nice one, but I prefer a larger latch for one handed use than the Larue charger. Just my needs and user ability choices.

Larue makes top notch stuff.

ETA: The LaRue charger missed out in the critical area of the "BIG LATCH" idea, thus going for the "ambi-dextra" charger due to patent issues. These chargers are entirely meant to achieve two different operational aspects. One being a LARGE latch single sided, one hand operation that is an improvement over the Badger latches, and the LaRue being simply and normal sized charger but with ambidextrous lock and release for the left hander.

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