I've owned/built several AR's over the years. Had scopes on most of them, and I've never liked the charging system with optics. I'd like to build another and try a side charging type upper. Any opinions on who's got the best side charging system?
for sure a lot of slop. Gibbz said to use the take down pin tensioner which did tighten it up a fair amount but you can still see the gap. that gun got stolen and I built another thinking if I got a set and asked them to try and pick ones that fit well together I might get better results but didn’t. Probably won’t try again.Looks like a fair amount of gap! Was there a lot of play/slop then? I see that your Gibbz is a right hand charge. Any thoughts too on which is better? Left side or right?
I'm kind of surprised that with all the people that put optics on an AR that there aren't more side chargers out there. I've always thought the rear charge was a PITA with optics. But, no one ever seems to talk about them.
I may be in the minority here as a High Power shooter with 1-4 power scopes the optic is well forward of the charging handle.I'm kind of surprised that with all the people that put optics on an AR that there aren't more side chargers out there. I've always thought the rear charge was a PITA with optics. But, no one ever seems to talk about them.
Gibbz OEM there tooI have a gibbz on my ar-9 built on a spikes ar-9 lower it fits fine I don’t have the gap like some have shown but you never know. As far as function I’ve had no issues, I also looked at Wolfpack armory they have some that look nice but I don’t know much about them.
The sidecharger system from 6mmar.com is just a small knob thread into the bolt. This has two major drawbacks. 1. It reciprocates with the bolt. 2. You have to remove it every time you need to pull the bolt. I quickly left mine off and just used the standard top charger.6mmar.com sells side chargers. Grab you a 6ar while you're at it
@Mntnman-TF That's the only reason I haven't ever jumped on the side charging upper bandwagon, I can't see getting jabbed in the chest by that large handle when carrying slung. Is your upper a JP or is there some other option out there for a folding handle that I'm not aware of?Goodness gracious put a folder on there. Stop getting jabbed by the handle.
It's actually more expensive than JP, which is fucking ridiculous.
I have a couple gibz and would have demanded a return with a fit like that. All of mine have been tight.I’ve have/ had two of the Gibbz uppers and was not happy with the fit with either of them. Maybe cause they were lefty but there was a gap all the way front to back between the upper and lower. The second I bought as a set thinking they might hand pick them to fit but same slop. Managed to dial some out of the first with the Seekins tensioner and the other I put on a Radian lower that has a spring loaded tensioner I think. Gibbz said they were in spec...
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I had a Young side charge upper and BCG and no matter how tight i got the charging handle it would loosen up after about 100 roinds or so. I even put blue loctite on it and it didn't make a difference.Young Manufacturing makes a solid side charge upper, and a National Match side charge BCG to fit. Reciprocating and RH, if that works for you, and very high quality.
I absolutely abhor the rear charging handle. It makes no sense.Been shooting ars with optics for 20+ years i guess i dont see the point of a side charger. Just one more thing to go wrong, different manual of arms and non standard parts.
do people really have issues charging?