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Old March 16, 2018, 10:14 AM   #1
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AR charging handles for suppressors

Does anybody with a suppressor on their AR have a charging handle designed to keep gas out of your face? Do they really help? I saw Griffin Armament makes one and debating about getting it.
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Old March 16, 2018, 12:14 PM   #2
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I have mutiple suppressed ARs and have used the Gasbuster and BCM charging handles. In my opinion, the old trick of using RTV sealant around the charging handle works best; but since most of the gas is coming out of the ejection port, none of the charging handles are all that helpful. You’ll still have your eyes burn a bit if there isn’t good air flow and if you shoot long enough, you’ll still get a little sooty smear on your face.
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Old March 16, 2018, 02:25 PM   #3
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Black RTV is the way to go, IMO, as well.
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Old March 16, 2018, 08:32 PM   #4
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Yes, I do. I have a couple of BCM but found the Strike Industries does just as well at a lower cost. I can't quantify the durability differences or compare strength since I haven't damaged or broken either brand. The SI finish is inferior to BCM but this is cosmetic.
Personally, I've not experienced "gas-in-the-face" problems from either.
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Old March 16, 2018, 10:41 PM   #5
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On one of my uppers I have an AXTS Freedom Bone charging handle (now sold as the Radian Raptor SD). It makes a difference with the initial gas-to-the-face issues, but if you're rapid firing eventually enough gas builds up that it makes its way to your face just like usual. Maybe if I added a second route for the gas it would make a bigger difference, like a forward assist gas vent. But I haven't gotten around to trying one of those.

On all my ARs I use the RTV sealant on the end of the charging handle and that's what makes the biggest difference. It makes the gas tolerable, but it doesn't eliminate it.
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Old March 17, 2018, 07:09 AM   #6
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" like a forward assist gas vent. "

I put that on the the first dedicated suppressor AR I assembled. Can't say it's better.
Theo and I have vastly different applications for our AR's. I seldom fire more than 1-2 shots in a hunting scenario.
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Old March 17, 2018, 11:45 AM   #7
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I shoot 6 different AR's suppressed,and shoot LH,I've never had any problems with gas in the face. I do run adjustable gas blocks on all of my guns!
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Old March 17, 2018, 03:39 PM   #8
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and shoot LH
I'd guess that part helps more than the adjustable gas block.
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Old March 17, 2018, 07:26 PM   #9
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i don't think I could recommend using a drilled FA plug for a lefty.
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Old March 17, 2018, 08:14 PM   #10
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Good set of gunfighter goggles and a inexpensive gunner shemagh.
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Old March 30, 2018, 07:24 AM   #11
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I'm about ready to do the RTV goo in my CH. The blowback on my 300 BLK shooting subs is pretty bad.
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