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Old February 29, 2020, 11:34 AM   #1
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PSA Carrying Handle ar15

Thinking about purchasing one from them. Are they good quality? I have seen quality and price all over the place, when it comes to carrying handles. The reviews look good. Thanks

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Old February 29, 2020, 02:50 PM   #2
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Never had a problem with PSA other than slow shipping. I also haven’t ordered from them in a year or so.
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Old February 29, 2020, 03:25 PM   #3
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I’ve had financial issues and slow shipping. The slow shipping is a know issue, and not a problem if expected beforehand.
The parts quality has been good in my experience.
I did order a Milspec A2 stock, but it merely had the plastic door and hardware.
I’ve never gotten a carry handle from them, may or may not be milspec, as a true milspec’ish carry handle sight is hard to find and expensive for what it is. Should be good to go from PSA when you get the rifle though.
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Old February 29, 2020, 07:34 PM   #4
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I bought one and still own it. Excellent quality, no issues with it and I've never had any issues with PSA as a whole.
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Old March 1, 2020, 06:25 AM   #5
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I have no experience with their carry handle specifically, but have been more than satisfied with the 2 rifle kits that I ordered and assembled. Shipping isn't fast, but in my case, it fell within the range stated in PSA's Q&A section. Really, it's the order processing that takes a little while, once it actually ships, time is reasonable. They do charge you as soon as the order is confirmed.
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Old March 1, 2020, 10:21 AM   #6
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Having carried a "real" M16 with integral carry handle for awhile in southeast Asia, my take is that I haven't yet encountered a bolt-on carry handle that has an opening large enough for adult male fingers to fit through so the carry handle can actually be used as a carry handle. (And I don't have especially big hands.) If you're looking to actually use the carry handle as a carry handle, IMHO you'd be better off buying an upper with a carry handle. If you just want the carry handle as a base for some optic or other, then pretty much any carry handle should do the job.
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Old March 1, 2020, 10:40 AM   #7
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Having carried a "real" M16 with integral carry handle for awhile in southeast Asia, my take is that I haven't yet encountered a bolt-on carry handle that has an opening large enough for adult male fingers to fit through so the carry handle can actually be used as a carry handle. (And I don't have especially big hands.) If you're looking to actually use the carry handle as a carry handle, IMHO you'd be better off buying an upper with a carry handle. If you just want the carry handle as a base for some optic or other, then pretty much any carry handle should do the job.I am intending to use for a sight. As a former Marine, We were instructed never to carry the rifle by the carrying handle. I was confused as young man in boot camp. Why call it the carrying handle then??
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Old March 1, 2020, 10:46 AM   #8
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Having carried a "real" M16 with integral carry handle for awhile in southeast Asia, my take is that I haven't yet encountered a bolt-on carry handle that has an opening large enough for adult male fingers to fit through so the carry handle can actually be used as a carry handle. (And I don't have especially big hands.) If you're looking to actually use the carry handle as a carry handle, IMHO you'd be better off buying an upper with a carry handle. If you just want the carry handle as a base for some optic or other, then pretty much any carry handle should do the job.
I strongly agree with the above. You can probably put your fingers in there but it is tight to the point where it's uncomfortable, is almost trying to break you fingers.

Carry handle upper and fsb is a nice iron sight combo. Flat top upper and forward fsb is commonly found but isn't a great combination (the better simple thing is a flat top gas block with a rail on it, then you can have iron sights, an optic, or back up iron sights with an optic even).

Also carry handle mounted optics are not on there particularly well, is not really an ideal base and is much higher than it needs to be.

If I wanted an optic on that sort of rifle, without going into a free float guard and all that, I'd go to a different gas block that had a little rail on it instead of the sight, barely more $$ even installed by a gunsmith really compared to a quality rail mount carry handle.

Carry handle uppers are available too, but admittedly the upper alone is about $200, very few complete uppers are found in that configuration - at least in a carbine, mostly they come with 20 inch barrels. I ended up assembling my own to make a carbine version.
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Old March 21, 2020, 08:42 AM   #9
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I have a PSA carry handle on an A2 (A4) build the I did. Their carry handle is nice and solid.
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Old March 21, 2020, 04:04 PM   #10
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The bolt on PSA carry handle is large enough to use as an actual carry handle. I have large hands and thick fingers.

That said, the height of the handle essentially confines carry to using my fingers to up to the middle knuckle. Beyond that, my fingers are going through it.

As AB pointed out above, a real M16 most certainly had a carry handle with a wider opening. But, if you aren't going to carry that way for an extended length of time, you are good to go with the PSA.
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Old March 22, 2020, 07:07 PM   #11
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Quality- PSA is my go-to for AR-15 parts. I consider them the best blend of cost and quality for my interests. Sure, there are higher quality, but not significantly higher in the same price threshold.

Shipping- read their website and expect them to be 2-3 weeks. Sometimes it is faster.

Service- I have had nothing but stellar experiences with them for the 3 ARs I've built on PSA lowers/uppers.

I don't get rifles out to the range often.

I bought a 20" PSA upper but didn't shoot it for 3 or more years. The order no longer showed up in my online order history.

They tracked it down in their databases, had me ship it in for service, and just swapped it out for me, as it was faster for them to replace than fix.

I like their service!
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Old March 22, 2020, 08:52 PM   #12
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We had M16A1s in the IDF in the 1980s and they all had carry handles. I kinda liked them for carrying.....not for shooting. I recently built an IDF "Shorty" clone and of course used an upper with the integral handle. Gotta say I still like it for carrying.....and now shooting also!
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Old March 23, 2020, 07:22 PM   #13
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I have one and it seems fine . I don't use it much because it's on my CMP NM rifle that I never shoot anymore . I replaced the aperture to a really small one but it seems gtg . It's never taken any hard hits so I can't say how strong it is .
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Old March 23, 2020, 08:51 PM   #14
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Bought mine off of Ebay. Don't remember who made it, but it is plenty stout. On my 7.62x39 BCA upper.
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Old April 1, 2020, 11:20 AM   #15
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I used one on a build for a friend. No complaints about its size or performance or loosening during use. It has been shot for a few thousand rounds and is still fine.
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Old April 1, 2020, 11:35 AM   #16
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Are we talking carry handle upper or detachable carry handle on a flat top upper? I tried a detachable carry handle on a flat top and the sights weren't centered. Had to adjust windage so far one direction the sight picture looked ridiculous. So it's in my junk box.

I wanted something like I carried in the Army, so I bought a lower and one of the 1970's Colt M16 parts kits (still available but the prices are higher). It came out great.
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Old April 1, 2020, 10:24 PM   #17
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I have a real 1970s A1 upper with barrel...
Looks beat to hell, but.. it's made of old parts.
There's pros and cons.
Pros: It was probably best of breed for 40 years ago. If SHTF, it might be BoB after batteries disappear.
Cons for mine: it works as designed: anything bigger than 55gr flies weird.
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