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I've been looking to replace the Upper on my AR. It's a 20" Heavy Barreled upper. As they say ... "Dead-On-Balls-Accurate". But heavy. Better suited to shooting from a bench. So, I've been looking for a lightweight upper.

Last week, while bored at work on an overnight shift, I started shopping on my iPhone. I ended up ordering a spiral fluted 18" upper. Yesterday, I looked at the order on my (larger screen) computer and instead of a traditional "T" handle, this one is side charging.

I asked a buddy who knows more about this stuff than me, and he tells me these are something new. Maybe an improvement, maybe not.

Can anyone share some light on this?


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Posts: 749 | Location: Long Island, N.Y. / Stephentown, N.Y. | Registered: March 20, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I've got a couple of side charging JP rifles. SCR-11 and LRP-07. They are beautiful rifles, but I'm not sure I've found a huge advantage with SC. Disassembly is a bit different and perhaps slightly more tedious.
 
Posts: 8416 | Location: The Red part of Minnesota | Registered: October 06, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I built one also on JP parts. Its very nice and I certainly like it versus the traditional rear version but it doesn't make enough difference to me that I would consider building more of them given the added cost. Its not a detriment in any way except that you have non standard parts.


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Posts: 9142 | Registered: October 14, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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They certainly aren’t anything new as they have been around for quite some time.
They are becoming more popular as people are buying/building whatever they can get.
Neat idea and they work but if there is an added cost I don’t see much gain.


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My precision AR is built on a Gibbz Arms side charging upper with a Shilen 20 inch barrel. Their design for handguard mounting is a very slick design, so good I've used their handguards on all 3 of my AR's. As for the side charging feature, it's fantastic when you are shooting off a bench. You can cycle the bolt without ever taking your cheek off the stock. BTW, Gibbs has two different methods for parking the charging handle, one is a detent and the other is a latch. I prefer the detent.


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Posts: 4674 | Location: Michigan | Registered: November 07, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I originally explored side-charging uppers with suppressors in mind. (Skipping the rearward blasts of expelled air and other effects). Some folks have issue with the reciprocating bolt design. I had no issues- a dot of blue thread locker and it's Bob’s Uncle. Being able to cycle the bolt without losing position/sight picture is a plus.

Until the Covid/Biden disaster, side-charging uppers were quite reasonable. (Even more so than some of the pinkie-finger-out designer uppers). I bought a number of Magpul/Aero Precision and the like parts at sale prices for the build components. I'm afraid the good deals are gone for now.
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Posts: 1358 | Location: PA | Registered: March 15, 2009Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I've always liked them.
I haven't built anything with them but I have an XCR and do like the feature.
Also prefer the left side charging too.
 
Posts: 18492 | Location: Houston, TX | Registered: June 11, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I have zero use for a right side charging one.


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