TacOps-1 Ambi Charging Handle

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Although I’m not left handed, I’ve been practicing shooting with my non-dominate hand for a few years now.  Many military units, security forces, and S.W.A.T. teams have been doing the same for God knows how long.  In order to appease the lefties as well as those who train to shoot with either hand, a few companies have rolled out ambidextrous charging handles for the AR platform.  Most of these products do a decent job but until now, none of them had been built specifically for ambi use.  Instead, they are all modifications of existing products.  Each of these modified charging handles have added springs, pins, or extended handle extensions.   Some of them have even drilled and/or cut the original charging handle to install their new parts.  All of this creates weak points in the products.  The TacOps-1 from Mech Armor Defense Systems, Inc. has none of this.

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CNC machined from a solid piece of 7075 T-6 aluminum, the TacOps-1 ambidextrous charging handle offers an extended grip on both the right and left sides.  This allows for clearance around most optics.  However, it does not extend so far as to cause problems with your other gear.  While all competing products utilize multiple pins and extra pieces, Mech Defense opted for the K.I.S.S. strategy.  The design uses only 5 parts including a single latch which extends to the rear of the charging handle then bends to provide a point for your right thumb to depress it.  This causes the latch to rotate on the single roll pin and release without the need for extra parts.

The 7 pound spring ensures positive engagement of the latch which is overkill in most cases.  However, the standard charging handle designs do not take into account the added pressure from suppressors and such which can cause weaker springs to unlatch and send the handle back at your face.  Inserted and capping off the spring is a brass pin which keeps debris from getting into and around the spring itself.  The latch pushes against the self lubricating brass pin allowing for easier operation along with less wear and tear over time.
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I’ve been using The Tac Latch but have had some problems with the handle being too long and hanging up on my sling while maneuvering.  I can also see how The Tac Latch could easily bend or break if my rifle were to be dropped or knocked over.  The TacOps-1 is much more robust and can clearly take a lot more of a beating than any of the other  charging handles I’ve used.  It’s considerably more comfortable to use than my Mod 4 BCM Gunfighter and easy to use with or without gloves.

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Mech Armor has provided their TacOps-1 to a number of police, military, and firearms companies for testing and evaluation.  From everything I have read, it has passed all test thrown at it with flying colors and the company stands behind the product with a lifetime warranty.

No matter if you’re right or left handed, the TacOps-1 is a great charging handle.  At this point, this is the only rear charging handle I will be using.

Time for another giveaway.  This drawing will take place on Tax day, April 15th, 2012.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below and follow our usual Giveaway rules.

A special thank you to Jason, from Guns & Ammo Garage, who helped out with the video portion of this review.

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March 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm

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addlemanb March 15, 2012 at 2:33 am

Left eye dominant shooter…would like to give it a shot. Thanks.

joshuat March 15, 2012 at 6:15 am

Looks interesting. I like the size of it.

arichmond March 15, 2012 at 9:32 am

I like it.

Match_book March 15, 2012 at 10:39 am

I should work on my ambi skills, count me in for the drawing.

dindale March 15, 2012 at 10:45 am

Would like to try it out….

cal March 15, 2012 at 10:51 am

Right handed, but left eye dominant. Would love to try it.

aquaticvisions March 15, 2012 at 11:08 am

I’m in.

Metalchemist March 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Semper Paratus.
It’s good to be prepared.

radrobbeatty March 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Always nice to have options. Neat product.

mbogo March 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm

As a left-handed shooter, this would come in handy.

SquirrelAssassin March 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Looks like a useful addition.

mudpuppy March 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Very Handy for my Carpal tunnel surgery

gmochizuki March 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm

i switch occasionally and this would be great.

Rustpot March 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm

It looks a bit odd, but I’d be interested in trying one out. As a lefty shooter I usually put my index on the latch side, thumb on the other and charge the gun overhand. Works well enough at the range, but leaves something to be desired.

DynamoVegas March 15, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I am another right hander that shoots with my left. Started in the corps and I have switched off since.

Subdriver March 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm

This should help left eye dominant shooters make shooting lefty more manageable (just watch out for the brass)!

signwinder March 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Interesting… but I’ll stick with my rt handed M4. I’m to old to change.

blakeblake March 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Awesome. Gotta get one for my father

erratikmind March 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Interesting . . . Worth a try.

TomcatTCH March 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I’m not sure how the rear of the latch works when under an optic.

702 March 15, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Your thumb comes in from the side, not over the top. The advantage for the optic is the wider handle, not the thumb button.

ncffp163 March 15, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I’m left eye dominant also…this would be a huge help!

Mobius2386 March 15, 2012 at 8:19 pm

This would be a great add-on to my AR setup!

Mikes_Z06_Vette March 15, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Gotta cover all basis! I’m in for the lefty!!!

perna March 15, 2012 at 10:38 pm

I would like to try one out.

recall March 15, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Count me in.

seniorhigh04 March 16, 2012 at 4:26 am

I can safely say that I will probably purchase this.

gdv March 16, 2012 at 6:05 am

i’ll give it a shot. add me to the list

Jtapia March 16, 2012 at 8:54 am

Looks like a great set up. Having a 3×9 scope on my AR (for predator hunting) the Tac Latch looks like it has ample clearance for the optic. Sign me up.

DavidB March 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I remember when I first heard about the BCM Gunfighter. I was skeptical but eventually bought the midsize one.
It took me a few days and I still wasn’t sure. Then I picked up an AR with a conventional charging handle and in that moment I was convinced. The BCM Gunfighter almost made the AR like a different gun when charging – smoother, easier one handed charging.

Sounds like this could yield a similar improvement – maybe even better!

CaustusPium March 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Solid looking product, would like to give it a try. Thanks for the review and chance at winning one.

Starlight1 March 17, 2012 at 5:45 am

As A Lefty, This appears like the solution to a real problem for me. Count me in!!!

ar March 18, 2012 at 3:33 am

This looks like a great product for my AR. Thanks for the information and for the giveaway opportunity!

rolnthundr1 March 18, 2012 at 8:34 am

Count me in!

agent000x March 18, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Looks interesting and I like it.

clarkarchery March 18, 2012 at 6:44 pm

as a left eye dom. shooter this would be great

Ne Kaan March 20, 2012 at 5:04 am

I am left eye dominate but right handed so I usually practice with both sides. I am interested to how much this helps.

woodzie March 21, 2012 at 7:15 am

I like to practice shooting with both hands and both eyes from time-to-time. This would be fun!

Henry March 21, 2012 at 8:29 am

I am left eye dominant and shoot AR’s left. This is a great concept and I would love to give it a try!

SamNVegas March 21, 2012 at 11:23 am

My AR is having custom work done at Wild West Guns right now. I may have to consider adding this!

Travis-Echo90 March 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm

anything to make a rifle more comfortable to the shooter!

Whitboar March 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm

This sounds like a lot of good design philosophy went into it.

matt salveson March 23, 2012 at 6:10 pm

This is a great idea!

swedge58 March 23, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Love the looks. Would look great on my LMT!!!!!!

demory11 March 24, 2012 at 11:40 am

They put safety first which I like. This should be a good seller and a very good add-on for anyone’s AR.

snoopie March 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Man love the left handed feature count me in!

buddy March 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Sign me up… always run my ar’s ambi

apenkauski March 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I’ll have to give it a try

needammo March 27, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Very cool. I enjoy reading about these new products.

pistolpete6994 March 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm

About time someone did it right.

gmochizuki March 28, 2012 at 9:17 pm

sign me up for one.

B1Lancer March 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Amazing. Would love to try it out.

jetspeed8 March 30, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I would really like one of these!

triggatronic March 30, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Count me in.

wearetheonly2 March 31, 2012 at 12:32 am

Sign me up!

lobster March 31, 2012 at 4:31 am

I like the Tac Latch, it would help clear the scope when charging the weapon

jadda7480 April 1, 2012 at 1:27 am

I should learn to shoot left handed

bigmyk2k April 1, 2012 at 9:06 am

What a great idea, about time.

Ronin April 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm

An idea whose time has come… Nice job!

Theron_Tatum April 1, 2012 at 9:49 pm

def. interested great idea!

DeezGsx April 3, 2012 at 10:35 am

I’d like to try it out.

clarkarchery April 4, 2012 at 6:35 pm

looks like a great product

g0tblu April 4, 2012 at 10:07 pm

I’m fairly fond of my BCM Mod4 but this looks interesting

SamNVegas April 5, 2012 at 7:33 am

Would make an amazing addition to my custom build lefty being worked on at WILD WEST GUNS right now!

FLdeepdiver April 5, 2012 at 8:18 am

Could be a useful product for lefty’s…

Snakeyes April 5, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Wrap it up…I’ll take it.

rdf5186 April 5, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Sooo very cool. Would look great on my boomstick

cjanik April 6, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Would come in handy!

meleniumx April 7, 2012 at 8:20 am

could use one.

dibrwi7 April 9, 2012 at 8:56 am

would like to try ambi

rdf5186 April 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Very cool

whitewolfcustoms April 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm

this would go good on my AR Build

charlienothing April 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

very nice!

DukeCommanche April 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Nice! Would be great addition to my first AR!

SamNVegas April 11, 2012 at 6:13 am

Just re read the article. Great info!

trevor3433 April 11, 2012 at 11:36 am

Interesting charging handle. I like the simplicity.

HRMC April 11, 2012 at 11:39 am

I need a new charging handle. This looks like it would be much easier to grab.

MGraves April 11, 2012 at 11:49 am

This would be a great addition to a weapon.

bblatt11 April 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm

As a lefty, I look forward to rounding out my ambi-build with this.

etrubilla April 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm

In like Flynn!

CroftonBilly April 12, 2012 at 7:17 am

I’m in. Thanks!

oldschoolshooter April 12, 2012 at 9:48 am

Now this could be a handy piece of gear to have. Sign me up for the drawing please.

ColoJer April 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Dig that it’s beefy. Doesn’t look like it will bust if you look at it wrong

aquaticvisions April 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I use an ambidextrous latch on my competition rifle. It makes it a lot easier to lock the bolt back and show clear after each stage.

KillerMedic April 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Would be a nice mod for my wrong-handed friend…lol!

mt April 13, 2012 at 7:45 am

very cool design. just built an AR. i could really use this.

mutantpoo April 13, 2012 at 8:37 am

Just what the doctored ordered ! And he should know, he’s left handed too.

tsconver April 13, 2012 at 8:42 am

Count me in

ptgarcia April 13, 2012 at 9:51 am

Being left handed I can certainly use one of these!

nahixson143 April 13, 2012 at 10:14 am

Awesome! I’m in!

swl April 13, 2012 at 11:36 am

This looks like a really nice upgrade from my plain vanilla charging handle. I’d love to have one!

l33t5p34k April 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm

This would get out of the way of my optics and make charging easier.

jameseguerin@hotmail.com April 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Awsome upgrade! I’d love to have one

cmegv73 April 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Seems pretty cool…

k.rollin April 14, 2012 at 5:28 am

Not as cool looking as the Rainier Arms/AXTS Raptor, but definitely stronger, and I’m all about function over form. I’d really like to put this charging handle through its paces.

glocktogo April 14, 2012 at 9:13 am

Looks like a well thought out product. I’ve been looking for a sturdy ambi CH and this might fit the bill!

Mary Toleson April 14, 2012 at 9:54 am

It looks like it is built like a tank and being left handed and clumsy it seems like a perfect solution for me.

zspitfire04 April 14, 2012 at 10:44 am

I remember seeing this before it came out and was up in the air on whether or not I would find it handy. Thanks guys for the video, it helped me decide that I would be able to put this on my build and not feel like I wasted some money. Looks a lot stronger than I was expecting it to be, I will have no problem taking one down range with me on my current build.

- Zach

redhat4201 April 14, 2012 at 11:55 am

I would love to have this

smwann April 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm
702 April 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm

No you’re not.
You might want to read the giveaway rules as suggested.

exhipit2131 April 14, 2012 at 5:55 pm

s w e e e e e t

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