Side charging vs rear charging ARs?

What’s your favorite AR charging handle position?
  • Rear
  • Side
  • Other (do tell)

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I’m looking for uppers, and I’m seeing a bunch of side chargers. I’m reluctant to get one, because it’s not ambi and the BCG is not standard. Am I making a big deal out of nothing?

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I am also curious about this. I almost bought a side charging upper but went with rear instead . I thought it might be like buying a car that was only made for a couple years and now parts are near impossible to get.

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My thought exactly! Part of the big appeal of the AR platform is the parts compatibility & versatility.

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I would stick with the traditional rear charging setup for that main reason. Training is another reason. Converting to a different system requires practice to develop new muscle memory. With the current ammo situation, I wouldn’t recommend consuming precious resources to learn a new platform.

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I did a build with a non reciprocating version

only one, it was about 500.00

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That’s a nice feature @Robert also being left side keeps the strong hand (if right handed shooter) in position.

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https://devildogconcepts.com/product/black-friday-sale-hard-charger-with-free-steel-core-pull-handle

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Stock. To me, this is a partially odd question. The charging handle is on both sides, on top, and at the rear.

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I am still amazed that no one makes a left handed AR

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Because lefties are weirdos. :face_with_hand_over_mouth:

:laughing: Just joking

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No you’re not, now just lying :face_with_symbols_over_mouth:
Remember when you told me that a left handed Canadian cant even properly club a baby seal?

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Did Stag quit making their (almost) mirror image AR-15?

There was also the DPMS Southpaw, which used a left-handed upper receiver and left-handed stripped bolt (all other parts were standard). As I recall, I have two or three of the receivers and bolts.

I also have two left-handed side charging upper receivers and bolt carrier assemblies, that I got from BCA, a while back. One was assembled without a gas tube, and the barrel’s gas port was blocked by installing a low profile gas block backwards, to make it a straight-pull bolt action upper (just to try out the concept). I need to make a new handle for the bolt carrier, to make it a little more ergonomic for use as a bolt action.

The other is waiting for a few parts, to assemble as a 7.62x39 upper with a gas piston system. At some point in the future, I’ll probably get a lower receiver that takes AK mags, and mill the bolt carrier and upper receiver to clear the AK mags. Then maybe I’ll install a Sylvan Arms side folding adapter (just to take the AR-AK hybrid as far as it can go).

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There are a few out there.
When I was building the 458 I noticed Tromix has the uppers, and Black Rain has upper/ lower sets, BCG’s. Seems like a couple of the large caliber AR builders offer them, don’t remember who right now. Being a south paw I have noticed them from time to time. If I was building a bullpup I would probably have to use one. Otherwise, I just stay away from slick sides and have had no issues shooting from the wrong side.

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Yeah, I thought that’s what Stag was known for, offering ARs for lefties?

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By “side-charging,” I mean uppers like the BRN-180. Note the handle attached to the BCG on the right side only, and no charging handle under the 1913 rail.

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I’m building a side charging left handed AR for my wife for Christmas

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Rear Charging is more versatile and common. IMO…Also None-Reciprocating unless you go High End uppers.

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