The Hard Charger

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

The Side Charging Handle System, the HARD CHARGER mounts to a specific slot on the Picatinny rail of your Standard Forged Flat Top Upper Receiver and replaces the existing charging handle, turning your rifle into a Side Charger.

 

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

There are also (5) different styles of Pull Handles. The Side Charging Handle System comes standard with the Traditional Pull Handle.

The other options are:

  • Tactical Pull Handle
  • Subdued Pull Handle
  • Competition Pull Handle
  • Extended Competition Pull Handle

The HARD CHARGER is designed to give you the more ergonomically beneficial option of a side charger allowing you to maintain control of the rifle with your trigger hand and charge the rifle or clear malfunctions with your support hand. The width design lets you clear your optics, rails and mounts without "knuckle-busting." The system is interchangeable from rifle to rifle, field strippable, and compatible with practically all optics and mounts. The parts are interchangeable between each type of Hard Charger system as well.

 

•  The disengagement design removes all the stress on the roll pin and the release lever while the dual support design reduces torque on the charging handle.

•  This durable, non-reciprocating system is made from Mil-Spec Anodized 7075 Aluminum, Stainless Steel, and Impact Resistant Polycarbonate. The entire system weighs less than 5 ounces.

•  The HARD CHARGER is designed to allow multiple ways to charge your rifle including the side charger, traditional "straight pull" method, and one handed or against static objects, while also essentially being "ambi" or ambidextrous greatly increasing the shooter's bi-lateral and left handed shooting capabilities.

•  The HARD CHARGER is specifically designed to be a "self thinking" type of system. By doing this, it removes the necessity of having to use fine motor skills and allows the operator/shooter to rely on "Gross Motor Skills!" This allows you to keep your concentration on your target and task at hand or acquire your target faster.

INSTALLATION OF THE HARD CHARGER

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.)

Need More Help?  Check out our video resources.

The HARD CHARGER ADVANTGE:

Be faster and more reliable, no matter the condition, environment, or engagement.