Devil Dog Concepts' patented Side Charging Handle System will turn your Standard, Forged, Flat Top, AR-15/ M-16 type rifle into a side charger, quickly and easily with no machining or modifications.

There are three different mounting options for you to choose from depending on your preference, shooting style, or optic set up.

Installation Steps

The Hard Charger does not require any machining or modifications to install. The video and directions below should address any installation issues. If you have any remaining questions, please contact us.


  • Breakdown a safe and empty rifle as normal and remove the original charging handle.

  • Mount the HC Receiver to the rifle in the proper Picatinny slot and secure it down with the supplied hex key.  You will notice that the HC Receiver has a dual support system consisting of where it mounts to the rifle and the opposite end standoff support that rests against the rifle.  This part is what requires that the rifle's Upper Receiver be a standard forged because of the width requirement needing to be consistent amongst the rifles.  We are working on an adaptable HC Receiver that would be compatible with Billet Upper Receivers.

  • Once the HC Receiver is mounted, take the Push Rod and Pull Handle and ensure that they are screwed together, finger tight.  You will notice there is a recessed portion of the Push Rod.  This part is specific to the installation and field stripping capability of the system.

  • Insert the Pull Handle and Push Rod into the HC Receiver, Pull Handle first.

  • Then take the HC Charging Handle and insert it into the rifle main body with the tube underneath the recessed portion of the Push Rod that is sticking out of the HC Receiver.

  • That cleft/cutout portion of the tube in the HC Charging Handle is designed to go over the recessed portion of the Push Rod.  This design also aligns the ears of the HC Charging Handle properly in the Upper Receiver for ease of installation.

  • Now assemble as you would normally. (You can also now disassemble as you normally would.)

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