The AR-15 has come a long way over the past several decades and so has it’s charging handle.
The need to be able to operate the charging handle from either side and using gloves, especially the heavy gloves I use during these harsh midwest winters has had me exploring various options for a new charging handle.
The NLX223 from Next Level Armament is solid charging handle made from 7075 Aluminum.
The NLX223 features true ambidextrous handle featuring extended ears, robust roll pins and according to Next Level, the fewest moving parts of most competitors.
The scalloped ridges on the front and back of the ears provide and excellent gripping surface for running the handle while the rounded edges mean it won’t cut into your body when the rifle is slung up against you.
A forward curve to the ears also helps with the grip by preventing your fingers from rolling off.
With it’s solid build, true ambidextrous nature and excellent ergonomics the NLX223 is a serious contender for anyone looking for a new charging handle.
I give my full thoughts on the NLX223 and other considerations over at the 13C YouTube Channel –