Rifle charging handle with ambidextrous latch

  • US 7,900,546 B2
  • Filed: 02/09/2007
  • Issued: 03/08/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/25/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A charging handle for a rifle having a housing, the handle comprising:

  • a body having an elongated bar having a forward end and a rear end;

    the bar having a bolt engaging element at the forward end;

    a crossbar having an intermediate portion connected to the rear end of the bar;

    the crossbar having opposed ends extending laterally of the bar;

    first and second latch elements connected to the body;

    the first latch element having a housing-engaging element operable to engage the housing when the handle is in a forward position;

    the latch elements being spring biased in opposite rotational directions; and

    the first and second latch elements being operably engaged to each other such that pivoting of the second latch element pivots the first latch element to disengage the housing-engaging element from the housing.

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