Videos & FAQs

AR-15 Side Charging Handle System; the Hard Charger

Make it a Side Charger! No Mods - Better Ergonomics

Hard Charger Benefits

How To Install the DDC Side Charging Handle System

The Advanced Armorer's Wrench

Problems with other Charging Handles

HC-10/308 Hard Charger In Action

Hard Charger Rear - HCR

Hard Charger Tactical - HCT


Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that is not answered below, please contact us for more information.

If your rifle has a "Roll Mark" above the forward assist, your upper is a standard forged and compatible with the Hard Charger.
The Hard Charger also works on Ruger SFAR
Hard Charger Rear works on PSA KS-47
The HC-10 is the NEW Hard Charger designed for the AR-10 /AR308 model rifles. 
The original Hard Charger works on Ruger SFAR 308 Rifle
Not at this time. We hope to offer this option in the future. At this time we do not have an expected release date.
The standoff support section of the Hard Charger that rests against the upper receiver, requires that receiver to be standard across the board. Billets are not standard in width.
  • Sig MPX and MCX
  • CMMG Mutant
  • PSA AK47
  • H&K; 416
  • any other rifles whose upper receiver and charging handle size are not standard as they would be for a 223/5.56.
In many cases, the answer is Yes. However, once any of our products are modified, it voids any guarantee and voids our warranty.
For international inquiries and exports, please contact Alex Chongmontre at Rainier Arms.
Yes. The Hard Charger will work on any caliber as long as the upper receiver is a standard forged upper and the charging handle size is standard as it would be for a .223/5.56.
In most cases, Yes. Optics such as Aimpoint Pro, ACOG, and many others, with the large mounting knobs, have mounts that are reversible (usually a couple screws on the underside). Switch the knob to the ejection port side (*this will not interfere with the case ejection) and they will work great together.
We ship via USPS. Orders placed Mon-Fri are usually shipped within 48 hours. Back order items ship when available. Orders placed on weekends usually ship within 48 hours of the following Monday.