Keeping You Up With CQB Doctrine – BCMGUNFIGHTER Charging Handle

BCMGUNFIGHTER Charging Handle - Support Hand Charging

If you are the type of person who can cite current CQB doctrine as easily as your birthdate—you should probably seek professional help. Luckily, I am that help! CQB doctrine dictates that the operator manipulates the charging handle with their support hand only. This eliminates the need to take your hand off the pistol grip, but may—depending on the buttstock and head placement—require the operator to lift their cheek from the stock. However, properly positioned, you should not have to lose a proper cheek weld.

BCMGunfighter used for support hand charging
Modern CQB doctrine dictates operating the charging handle with the support hand only.

The downside of this method would be the extra stress placed on the roll pin used by standard charging handles. However, extended tactical latches such the Gunfighter from Bravo Company Manufacturing (BCM) have made this method much easier. BCM specifically designed the BCMGUNFIGHTER Charging Handles and extended latches to take the force from the roll pins and displace it internally on the charging handle during support-hand-only manipulation.

The extended latch has a built-in backstop, as does the charging handle. When engaged, the backstop limits travel thus reducing the stress placed on the roll pin. The reduced stress in turn eliminates the roll pin as a weak point in the system, which makes the entire system more reliable. Another benefit of the BCMGUNFIGHTER Charging Handle design is the increased handling. Because the design keeps the force inside the body of the handle—when pulled directly to the rear—it does not angle off to the outboard side, which results in much smoother operation.

BCMGUNFIGHTER Charging Handle - artistic top down view
The extended latch has a built-in backstop, as does the charging handle. When engaged, the backstop limits travel thus reducing the stress placed on the roll pin.


The BCMGUNFIGHTER Charging Handle is offered in three different sizes—small, medium and large. Size matters; so make sure you check to ensure the handle you order is for your caliber. All latches are constructed from 7075 T6 aluminum and are Mil-Spec Type III Hard Coat Anodized.

There may be personal reasons, but in my opinion, if you are going to make the change, you should go big. In the heat of the moment, the last thing you want to rack is the charging handle and have your hand slip. Much of this is going to be accomplished through technique—perfected through practice. And while I admit my hand has never slipped from a standard-size charging handle, I would not want to bet my life on it in a high-pressure situation. The large is a .25-inch bigger than the medium and I’ll take it.

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Comments (16)

  1. Absolute DITTOS from me @RickRosado-TXgunner..Kudos to you for helping out a patriot in need,as our country has let them down[at the top anyway]. I have 2 Mod 3’s on a Colt 6940 & the Bushmaster and I think it’s a priority as I see the ‘typical’ charging handle as a weak link in the AR design. Great job BCM…

  2. I have the bcm large charging handle on my ar and i really like it it makes shooting it easier with or without gloves on and to me its a lot stronger than the standard charging handle and for cqb its great.

  3. Is there a left handed version of this? My support hand is my right, so I need one with the latch on the right side.

  4. @Rick Rosado thanks for your service. I agree, the VA system is a joke. Our vets who are completely dependant upon VA disability need better care and compensation. I am also on VA disability (90%) but thankfully I am still able to work. It breaks my heart to see individuals such as yourself as well as my father (Vietnam Vet) not properly compensated for the sacrifices you made that make our country the envy of the world and a military with no equal.

    @TXGunner, you sir are a great man! Well done and Thank you!

  5. Has anyone noticed the new design on these? I never noticed an issue with gas control though. I have a couple of these and consider them one of the best mods especially if you have a large scope that you need to get around.

  6. BCM charging handle makes things much easier and smoother. All three of my AR’s have the MOD-3 which is the large.

  7. @Rick Rosado, Send me your information at austinjatusadotnet and I will order one for you. Let me know what size you prefer and forget about it. This is the least I can do for the service you have provided to our country. God bless and keep you safe.

  8. $44.95 . great price . but i cant afford one . i live on VA disibility . after i pay the bills im flat broke . our VA system is a joke .

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