I'm trying out the Fortis Manufacturing Fortis Manufacturing Hammer charging handle on my HK416D demo gun. Many of you that aggressively operate the MR556/HK416 systems have found most charging handles want to pull laterally under the load of the heavier recoil spring. This creates additional friction and can contribute to a more difficult charging/malfunction clearing operation.
The Nickelene "slick" finish on the Fortis Hammer caught my attention so I thought I would give it a try. I immediately noticed the benefit of the finish. I also noticed the design/angle of the release lever helps eliminate the lateral pull, thus further reducing drag/friction. As advertised, the serrations are deep enough for good purchase with glove but soft enough to use with bare hands. The release lever has a positive stop against the back of the handle which reduces roll pin stress when utilizing the "pinch" technique and/or performing an aggressive handle pull. This is not an ambidextrous handle. I have cycled the handle in many different senarios and have been extremely pleased with its performance. I'm looking forward to giving it some more range time and getting it in the hands of some professional operators.
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