• True ambidextrous design - works well for both left and right handed shooters
  • Aggressive extended latch for positive engagement under any weather
  • Made in U.S.A.


  • Material: Aircraft Grade 7075 Aluminum
  • Finish: Mil-Spec Type III Hard Coat Anodized
  • Weight: 1.45 oz.


  • AR-15


If you need a 556 charging handle for a new build or to upgrade your existing rifle, you could choose from a lot of different “better than Mil-Spec” charging handles, among them, an ocean of ambidextrous AR charging handles and extended charging handles of various designs. If you’re really serious about an ambidextrous AR charging handle that’s easy for guys with big hands to deal with or that won’t give you grief when you have large optics equipped, even when you need to wear gloves, you’ve got to take it to the Next Level. The Next Level Armament Charging Handle was designed to do the job in cold climates and so much more.

Northern Designed and Refined

The Next Level Armament team hails from Michigan where gloves are more of a necessity than an equipment choice. Since those guys can either stay in the house and behave nicely or go outside in the cold to make noise, the need for a charging handle that was easy for everyone to operate with gloves on was huge. With the Next Level Charging Handle, it doesn’t matter if you’re a southpaw, you can still operate efficiently, even with big glass equipped.

Big Ears and Grooves for Grip

The best way to get a little extra room for guys with big mitts to run a charging handle without raking knuckles is to build a bigger handle, so that’s just what Next Level did. The design of their Ambidextrous AR Charging Handle isn’t flashy, it addresses the big problems effectively without making a big deal of itself. Large, easy to grip ears make room for gloved and over-large hands on the Next Level Armament Charging Handle. Deep grooves provide solid purchase so you never look like the greenhorn on the range. No slips, no busted knuckles.

Ambidextrous Latching that Works

Of course, this is an ambidextrous 556 charging handle, and we couldn’t just treat that as an afterthought. The Next Level Charging Handle features a dual latching system that really works. There are no weird add-on levers or extra pinch points on this one. It works smoothly, without extraneous junk to slow you down. This one will give you an edge.

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