First Look: SilencerCo Gas Defeating Charging Handle

The new Gas Defeating Charging Handle from SilencerCo makes shooting suppressed rifles better.

by
posted on February 10, 2022
SilencerCo gas defeating charging handle

If you’ve shot suppressed AR-style rifles at all, you’ve most likely experienced the unpleasant effect of excess gas blowing back into your face as a result of the sound suppressor. It comes with the territory, right? One of those things you have to live with in order to protect your hearing, as-inevitable-as-death-and-taxes kind of thing. Except, what if it didn’t have to be that way?

SilencerCo has launched its Gas Defeating Charging Handle that uses a more precise fit to the upper receiver and a rubber O-ring to significantly reduce the amount of excess gas that escapes under the charging handle. It’s a smart, simple design that, not coincidentally, also centers around an ergonomic, ambidextrous lever that’s well made and easy to operate.

“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,” said Product Manager, Andrew Herbst. “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 has high-speed video of the Gas Defeating Charging Handle in use on its website, and we’ve received a sample here at Shooting Illustrated as well. Once time and ammunition permit, we’ll have range feedback, but for now, here’s some illustration of the difference between a standard, mil-spec charging handle (on the left) and the Gas Defeating Charging Handle on the right:

Comparison of charging handles

From a different angle:

Comparison of charging handles

Precise machining from 7075 aluminum carefully mates the Gas Defeating Charging Handle to the AR-15 upper receiver. The latch mechanism is fully ambidextrous and contoured for efficient operation even under adverse conditions. If you’re shooting a suppressed AR-15-style rifle and want to improve this experience, the new Gas Defeating Charging Handle from SilencerCo is designed to lessen the amount of gas blowback experienced.

Specifications

  • O-ring seal to redirect blow back (O-ring included)
  • Machined from aircraft grade 7075 aluminum
  • Type III Hard Anodize finish
  • Ambidextrous design for intuitive manipulation and smooth charging
  • MSRP: $114.00

For more information on the Gas Defeating Charging Handle, including high-speed video, visit SilencerCo.com.

Latest

CCI and Speer ammo
CCI and Speer ammo

First Look: New Ammunition From Speer And CCI

New cartridges for 22LR guns and pistol-caliber carbines.

Review: Thyrm CellVault-5M Modular Battery Storage

Because the brightest tactical flashlight in the world does you little good if you don't have fresh batteries.

First Look: Tasmanian Tiger Base Pack 52

When you absolutely, positively have to carry everything with you.

First Look: FN 510 Tactical and FN 545 Tactical

Two new heavy hitters from one of the most-respected gunmakers in the world.

I Carry Spotlight: Beretta 80X Cheetah

Beretta re-enters the compact .380 ACP market with an updated version of a classic pistol.

First Look: Tagua LOCK Line Holsters

The advantages of a leather holster with the firm grip of a polymer holster.

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.