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Well guys I've finished drawing up the specs for a folding charging handle ala SLR style and I have a machinist (mountainman on the FALFiles) to make them. I'll have my sample here soon and I'll take plenty of pics. Now, they're going to be made from aluminum, because for obvious reasons we don't want a steel handle slamming closed on a aluminum receiver. In order for him to have the aluminum anodized he needs 15 or more people committed to purchasing one, or else he'll just paint them. So how about it, who would be interested in one?

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- This will be a complete unit made of 7075 aluminum, the lug will be 4140 pre-hardened steel, as will the knob.
- Price looks like it will be $73, and that's for the entire unit with anodizing and shipping included.
- I changed the design making the slide as short as possible without exposing charging handle track cut into the receiver, so it should work with ezed's adapter. Either way, there's no way to go shorter without leaving an exposed slot into the internals.

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Here are some CAD's of the prototype (still tweaking the handle CAD). I didn't list any of the dimensions since they may be tweaked once I get my test sample:




And here's some pics of a modified SLR handle that I found in the parts bin:



 

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how much are these bad boys?
 

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I've been trying to talk to mountainman about modifying the handle so it would act as a lever to help remove FTEs but I've either spammed his in box or he hasn't gotten any of my messages today. Essentially what I am suggesting is that we add a piece which would act as a fulcrum above and below the slide indent, and expand the lever base to engage the fulcrum. This would require changing the angle of the lever a bit and make the overall system just a little bit heavier but as it would help me eliminate the last of my malfunctions it seems to be a good option... I COULD stop using bent ammo, but what fun is that?
 

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Not since about 2014, lol.
 

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I figured as much. Searches were turning old posts.
Yeah...sorry man. Mountain Man just didn't make a bunch. If they'd retained the regular knob's FBA, I probably would have bought a bunch. :(
 

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Did this design work? Any feedback?
Is there a high enough interest in this to do more?
Has anyone ever approached RA about this modification/change?
 

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Did this design work? Any feedback?
Is there a high enough interest in this to do more?
Has anyone ever approached RA about this modification/change?
It worked fine...no FBA though and though I've never had to use the CH as an assist on any of my XCRs to get the BCG into battery, I'd still want that as a feature, so I never bought one.

RA thinks the current knob is fine.
 

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Did this design work? Any feedback?
Is there a high enough interest in this to do more?
Has anyone ever approached RA about this modification/change?
It worked. But you lose forward assist like Sean said. IIRC, back in the day, Alex "The God" Robison called the idea "stupid" (when he graced us with his presence). I dare you to broach the subject with them. Could be entertaining.
 

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It worked. But you lose forward assist like Sean said. IIRC, back in the day, Alex "The God" Robison called the idea "stupid" (when he graced us with his presence). I dare you to broach the subject with them. Could be entertaining.
I am sitting on a lot of 7075 and cutters and knobs for Folding chargers. I have to get to this project god willing by Spring.
 

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I would be down for one as well, do they fit all generations of xcr? And can they be used on an M or a L or vise-versa? If these questions have already been answered, sorry for asking again.
 
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