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The cocking handle, also known as charging handle or bolt handle, is a device on a firearm which, when operated, results in the hammer or striker being cocked or moved to the ready position. It allows the operator to pull the bolt to the rear. The cocking handle has a number of functions: it facilitates the ejection of a spent shell casing or unfired cartridge from the chamber; it loads a round from the magazine or by hand through the chamber; it clears a stoppage such as a jam, double feed, stovepipe or misfire; it verifies that the weapon's chamber is clear of any rounds or other obstructions; it moves the bolt in to battery, acting as a forward assist (but not necessarily); it releases a bolt locked to the rear, such as would be the case after firing the last round on a firearm equipped with a last-round-hold-open feature.
These devices vary significantly between firearms but may occur in the form of a small protrusion or hook from the side of the bolt, a pumped slide or lever. The slide in a pistol performs similar actions as a cocking handle.
There are also additional factors concerning the design of cocking handles, and some of them are especially important if the weapon is for tactical use. One issue is the mean time between failures due to metal fatigue. Just like other parts, cocking handles sometimes break when weapons are heavily used. Another issue is whether the cocking handle is sufficiently large for use by someone wearing heavy gloves and protective clothing. Some weapons are designed with thumb grooves for extra grip when cocking a weapon to prevent releasing it before it has been pulled back all the way, such as the British SA80 family of rifles.
Cocking handles can be reciprocating or non-reciprocating. The advantage of the former is that it gives the user complete control over the movement of the bolt and bolt carrier, and it enables great force to be used to chamber or extract difficult or ruptured cartridges. However it adds an extra, fast-moving part on the outside of the gun and may limit the way the gun is handled.
$20 minimum purchase for FTF but can be combined with anything from my other post.
Spikes Tactical Barrels all unfired.
Top one M4 unfired Chrome Lined $220
Middle one Mid Length gas New with wrap $220
Bottom one Lightweight profile with FSB unfired $240
Spikes Tactical Upper Receivers are...
All parts are used with low (>1000) round counts. From top of the photo to bottom:
2x BCM Gunfighter Mod 4 charging handles. $40 each
1x FailZero NiB BCG. $130
1x unknown manufacturer 9310 MPI marked $100
Take the whole lot for $280. Shipping can be negotiated.
- 357 lever action
I have four AR-15 Uppers from Palmetto State Armory for sale. All come with their own bolt carrier group and charging handles
18" 223 Wylde Upper. Rifle length gas system. $325 SOLD!
16" Stainless 5.56 FREEDOM. midlength gas system $300
16" 5.56. FN made Barrel. Carbine length...
AR-15 SLICKSIDE UPPER receiver Has some scratches on the edge behind the sight
has port cover and sight assembly has some blems on the edges $170
C7 upper receiver has forward assist, Dust cover, and forward assist assembly, does have a scratch on the windage wheel has feed ramps $185...
$30- 36” FDE Sold dual rifle range bag. Detachable Mille pockets
$35 - 30” black dual rifle range bag. Pretty new, been out twice.
$40 - holster for G19- selling for friend. Looks in good shape
$15 - for the pair - charging handles
$20 -SOLD spikes buffer and spring I think it’s the T3. Need...