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    Nov 2009
    While the side charging handle is good in theory, I think it is not as practical as the AR charging handle. I know, I know. Everyone right now is shaking their head and saying "WTF is ACRFan talking about." Let me clarify. As far as ergonomics are concerned for a firearm, it is virtually universally agreed upon that ambidextrous control features are the most desirable. I personally could care less as all firearms are initially geared towards righty's which is what I am. But in the quest for the ever perfect firearm, I think a left side only charging handle is not a great idea except that you can charge the weapon without breaking the cheek weld, etc. I think the ACR got it right with the side charging handle being forward of the action and up high as well as being ambidextrous. I think the ACR is the first real weapon that I can think of that is fully 100% ambidextrous out of the box. Not even the XCR is fully 100%.

    So While I think the side charging handle on the AR is "kewl," I do not think is necessary and I still prefer the standard AR handle which is mostly ambidextrous with the right charging handle.

    Just my $.02...
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  2. #12
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    Aug 2010
    agreed ACRFan...changing one or 2 things on a rifle (charging handle or a candy-stripe on the barrel)doesn't make it revolutionary IMO...kudos to magpul for keeping the stuff that works and redesigning the stuff they thought could be improved...and then welding it together A-team style...i hope the weapons industry doesn't start going the way of wal-mart and cell phones...having to buy a whole different rife cause they changed the charging handle, the battery size, or cause it doesn't shoot blu-ray would suck...hahaah

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