Radian Raptor Charging Handles
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Radian Weapons helped bring the AR15 into the 21st Century with the introduction of the Raptor Charging Handle. The Raptor combines a patented ambidextrous handle design with a handle size and shape that are just right. The Radian Raptor is available in many colors and models.
The original Radian Raptor Charging Handle has all the great patented features and is generally the best choice for most users. The Radian Raptor LT is a lighter, budget priced alternative. The Radian Raptor SD is the silencer optimized version. The Radian Raptor SL is the slim-line model with shorter handles. The Raptor SD SL combines the features of both the SD and SL models into one do-it-all wonder handle.
For more info see our review: Raptor Charging Handle Review - All Models
Radian Weapons manufactures some of the highest-quality firearms and components right here in the USA. As a leader in the industry, the company continues to prove its commitment to innovation and quality.
Radian products are designed to provide new capabilities and enhanced performance in rifles and pistols. One of their key contributions to the gun industry is the Radian Raptor Charging Handle for AR-15s.
Raptor Charging Handles
The original Radian Raptor is the standard model that brought ground-breaking improvements to the charging handle. The next generations of Radian Raptor models are built upon this ergonomic design and add adjustments or advancements that fit a variety of preferences.
Key Features of Radian Weapons Raptor Design
The first tactical charging handle was designed in the 1950s with basic functionality and a latch on the left side that must be depressed to unlatch the handle from the upper receiver.
The following are key advancements and features that differentiate the Radian Raptor from the original AR-15 charging handle:
- Ambidextrous functionality
- Unique appearance
- Aircraft grade 7075 Aluminum that is Mil-spec type III anodized
- Ease of use and installation
- Oversized roll pins for strength
- Extended charging handle width (approximately 0.517" wider than the first charging handle design)
Benefits of an Ambidextrous Charging Handle
The Radian Raptor ambidextrous charging handle is often preferred as it can be efficiently used in either hand. Not only is this useful for left-handed shooters, but with the ambidextrous function, right-handed shooters can benefit as well.
The standard charging handle must be worked from the left side, making it difficult to access, especially while using a scope. The Raptor is an efficient solution, with more surface area and quick access from either side.
The Raptor LT stands out as the affordable, lighter-weight option. This model uses the same ambidextrous functionality and Mil-spec anodized 7075 aluminum handle. The main difference you'll find is that the handle is over-molded with high-strength, fiberglass-reinforced polymer. This extra layer provides even more durability to the Raptor design.
The silencer-optimized Raptor SD the same aluminum handles with the addition of vent holes in the shaft. The new ported shaft design is able to redirect gasses down and forward to reduce the gas blowback to the shooter's face. This model has gotten great feedback, so if you shoot suppressed, the Raptor SD is the way to go.
The Raptor SL was designed to provide a low-profile option with slim-line handles. The new handle is designed with a width that is 0.434" less than the original Raptor and helps give an anti-snag experience.
An innovative hybrid of the SL slimline handles and the SD ported shaft, the Raptor SD-SL the best of both worlds for those who prefer shooting suppressed but also want that anti-snag benefit.
To learn more about the different Radian Raptor Models and which one would best suit your AR-15, check out The Ultimate Raptor Charging Handle Review.
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