BLACKHAWK! Took the Latch Off Their Charging Handle

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BLACKHAWK! took an idea and ran with it, creating the first No Latch Charging Handle for an AR-15.

Looking for the next drop-in upgrade that will make your AR-15 that much cooler? BLACKHAWK! might have the exact thing you need in their new No Latch Ambi Charging Handle.

We were lucky enough to get a close up look at how this thing operates when we attended the Mossy Oak licensee event in Pike County, Illinois earlier this year. The unique leaf spring holds the handle to the receiver, so there isn’t any squeezing requirement each time you want to charge the rifle.

Left-handed gun owners will appreciate the full ambidextrous capabilities, and the over-molded handle helps give the handle an overall larger pull point from both sides. That means cold hands, gloves, and even low set optics aren’t ever an issue.

There are four colors to match several furniture kits, and the simple nature of this charging handle is the kind of thing you’s wish happens more often in firearm accessories.

The creation of the BLACKHAWK! No Latch Charging Handle is doing even more to put the company on the map. BLACKHAWK! first impressed us when we saw what they rolled out at SHOT Show, and their suppressors, tactical gear, and various other accessories go above and beyond what the average gun owner would expect.

The new No Latch Charging Handle is available alongside the rest of BLACKHAWKS!’s lineup on their website.


  1. avatar PeterK says:

    Huh. But does it work?

    Also: Boo! No autoplay!

    1. avatar Alan Esworthy says:

      Ahem. Yes. About that autoplay…


      Just thought it would be good to let the TTAG honchos know that. And yes, that’s shouting.

    2. avatar Cliff H says:

      It looks like TTAG is boycotting YouTube and the vids are coming from a source that autoplay. Hopefully Nick and RF are on this.

  2. avatar Vhyrus says:

    Sintercore would like a word.

    1. avatar PeterK says:

      Blackhawk is crazy if they think they can pull that msrp in. Can get latched ambis for around 30. Not convinced this is any better.

      That sintercore one looks AWEsome.

      1. avatar C4v3man says:

        And the Sintercore is available in a silencer friendly version as well… I don’t understand why all premium charging handles aren’t hollowed out like the Freedom Bone/Raptor SD/Sintercore Tripwire-SCV. The Freedom bone made a difference on my 300blk upper.

    2. Thanks for the shout out for my handle, but credit where credit’s due: there were latchless, steel ball bearing detent charging handles before my Tripwire. As far as I know, they’ve all been discontinued because the hardened steel ball destroys the upper receiver’s latch point and trashes the entire thing. Lots of videos and pics online of what happens when a company tries to use a hard material for the sliding latch…it wears things out really fast. Interested in seeing if BLACKHAWK! addressed this issue. I believe my Tripwire is unique in that it utilizes a polymer material (Delrin now, carbon fiber previously) for the sliding latch instead of steel or aluminum.

      1. avatar Jack says:

        That SI one is revolutionary. And, there is a video review here
        that shows the receiver taking a beating from the BLACKHAWK one.

        1. avatar Asamuari says:

          And The Phantom works great. They caution on their website that it won’t work for SBRs because of the overpressure but in piston guns it stays put every round. The spring that retains it does not mar the inside of the upper receiver. I only have one complaint, can we have the ISO extension tabs now? Please!

  3. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    Forty bucks.

    Leaf spring? Is it held in by friction, or what? Clarification needed. Seems to me like if you had enough friction, the handle would stay put and recoil would help keep it there.

    I always thought there was room for improvement over the Stoner charging handle latch design, but I don’t know if I’m operator enough to pay $40 for an upgrade.

  4. avatar James Earl Hoffa says:

    SLR rifleworks had one of these latchless levers charging handles out two or three years ago.

  5. avatar James Earl Hoffa says:

    The one SLR rifleworks had designed had a titanium leaf spring holding a titanium detent. You used pure Force to pull back the charging handle, and to return it to its closed locked position. Sounds almost exactly like what this company is trying to say the first latch list charging handle. The only problem I had with the SLR product was that it took quite a bit of force to get it to break loose when charging and to be honest I don’t mind the charging lever. It’s never been that big of a deal with like a Bravo Company gunfighter charging handle, that’s what I use and I like them and don’t plan on changing anytime soon.

  6. avatar Dave says:

    I’m sorry, I don’t see the point. The regular charging handle is good enough for myself & my lefty buddy, but I guess we’re just not operator enough.

    1. avatar Anonymous says:

      Yep. I’m right handed. Really don’t care much about the charging handle.

  7. avatar Velvet Elvis Gun Guy (formerly Timmy!) says:

    Did I dream it, or was there some kind of faux pistol-slide style charging handle in this month’s NRA magazine? I have a cat sleeping on my lap or I’d run to the bathroom to check.

  8. avatar Ted Unlis says:

    I bought a Strike Industies Phantom Latchless charging handle for my latest build, good quality and it works great. Soon all my AR’s will have them. has them for &32.95.

  9. avatar little horn says:

    pfft like that makes any difference what so ever. stupid.

  10. avatar Stinkeye says:

    So, TTAG isn’t labeling press releases as such anymore? Just straight running them like it’s an article?

  11. avatar RocketScientist says:

    Well this is getting a little old… two autoplay videos in the past day, and now sponsored content press releases aren’t being labeled/highlighted as such?

    Do you want to chase away the remains of your readers? Because this is how you chase away the remains of your readers.

  12. avatar LucYarasheski says:

    I just wish they would stop yelling at me. BLACKHAWK!

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