New: SilencerCo Gas Defeating AR 15 Charging Handle

Choosing components for your AR-platform rifle or pistol can be a challenge, especially when you’re shooting suppressed. In fact, did you know certain charging handles can decrease gas blowback, making for a more pleasant shooting experience? Enter the new SilencerCo Gas Defeating Charging Handle (GDCH), designed by one of the leading suppressor manufacturers in the country to optimize your suppressed shooting.

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SilencerCo is one of the best-known suppressor manufacturers in the industry. (Photo credit: SilencerCo)

According to suppressor maker SilencerCo, their new Gas Defeating Charging Handle reduces the overall blowback of gas commonly generated by the AR-15 platform. They also boldly state that unlike many other models made by other companies for a similar purpose, theirs really works.

The SilencerCo GDCH is made for the AR-15
The SilencerCo GDCH is made for the AR-15 platform. (Photo credit: SilencerCo)

How does this new AR 15 charging handle work?

SilencerCo designed their new charging handle with a proprietary design, incorporating an O-ring seal which functions to prevent gas from escaping from the most problematic and obvious point of egress. This seal cuts back on how much gas is blown back into the shooter’s face during live fire which, in turn, makes for a more comfortable day at the range or out hunting.

Other features of the SilencerCo Gas Defeating Charging Handle include ambidextrous levers for easier, smoother charging or clearing an AR-15. The charging handle is totally manufactured in-house and machined from aircraft-grade 7075 aluminum for durability while maintaining the necessary lighter weight. The GDCH is compatible with all current, common chamberings for the AR-15 platform whether on a rifle or pistol.

AR-15 charging handle
Even if you aren’t running a suppressor, this is a solidly-made charging handle (Photo credit: SilencerCo)

SilencerCo Product Manager Andrew Herbst had the following to say about the company’s latest product launch: “It’s been a long time since we have seen a product that so greatly improves the user experience while shooting the AR platform suppressed. Now shooters don’t have to choose between protecting their hearing and dealing with hot gas blowing into their eyes and affecting their ability to breathe. The SilencerCo Gas Defeating Charging Handle is the answer to this common problem.”

SilencerCo Gas Defeating AR 15 charging handle
The new SilencerCo Gas Defeating Charging Handle is designed for use with suppressors. (Photo credit: SilencerCo)

Even if you do not have a suppressor, you can benefit from this charging handle. After all, when it comes to AR components, quality matters. SilencerCo has a solid reputation backing the design and manufacture of its products, and it extends to smaller parts like receivers and charging handles. If you do run a suppressed AR-15, there are significant benefits to swapping out your existing charging handle for one specifically made to reduce gas blowback. The heat, pressure, and smell of blowback are severe enough that any reduction is certainly a good thing.

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The SilencerCo GDCH is ambidextrous for ease of operation. (Photo credit: SilencerCo)

The SilencerCo Gas Defeating Charging Handle is available now on the company’s website and at select retailers.

Product Specifications:

  • Uses an O-ring seal to redirect blowback
  • Machined from aircraft-grade 7075 aluminum
  • Type III Hard Anodize finish
  • Features ambidextrous design for intuitive manipulation and smooth charging
  • MSRP of $114.00
Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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