Brownells is going to be selling a new AR-15 Charging handle called the Para-Trooper Changing handle. This new charging handle has an oversized lever on the left hand side that folds against the receiver, creating a slim profile preventing it from snagging. The Para-trooper charging handle opens instantly when tugged giving its operator more surface area along with a positive grip due to its deeply serrated edges.
It leaves plenty of clearance from scopes or optics that may be mounted on an A3 style upper since the paratrooper charging handle has a slight downward angle when in hte foled position. The drop in ready Para-trooper charging handle is made out of 7075 T-6 solid billet alluminum with a Mil-Spec type III black hardcoat finish which matches most factory finishes.
I can see some shooters utilizing this type of charging handle. There’s a definite benefit to be seen from that larger latch, especially for SPR styles of AR-15 platforms that may have a large scope mounted up top which could prevent a positive and accessible grasp on the charging handle. The price is relatively expensive at $99 compared to the popular PRI gas busting charging handles, or the BCM charging handles; however, the Brownells paratrooper charging handle provides twice the amount of surface area to grip with when extended while simultaneously having a slimmer profile while folded. The Brownells Paratrooper Charging handle is available now at Brownells.com.