After you have put together a few guns, you get to the point where subtle changes make a difference. Of course, there are certain areas that some people tend to focus on more than others. Admittedly, a charging handle isn't something that you will likely be excited about until it fails to do its job. That's when you want something better than a factory charging handle that will work.
When you're sitting at home with a clean rifle the factory charging handle likely will work like it's supposed to. However, add some carbon fouling or field grit to the mix and see what happens. What once moved fine now is hard to pull or worse yet won't move at all. That's the time when a Rise Armament Charging Handle makes a huge difference. Its extended latch gives you a better surface area to be able to open the action. Suppose that your gun is really locked up and requires brute force. Well, when that happens, you'll be glad you have the RA-212 charging handle there to make things move.
The factory charging handle can be hard to hold onto in less than ideal circumstances. Unlike the Rise Armament Charging Handle which allows you a solid grip even if you have large hands or are wearing gloves. If your gun is shouldered and that little handle slips from your grasp what's going to happen. Yup, right in the face, I just hope that doesn't wind up on Facebook. Bottom line is that an RA-212 charging handle will always get the job done and you will look professional while you're doing it.