Mecharmor Defense Systems TacOps-1 Charging Handle Review

As I discussed in the review of my Windham .308 AR, I am someone who likes to be able to get as much meat on a charging handle as possible. I want to be able to grip and rip when I am running my rifle and the milspec charging handle is just too small in my opinion. When I have to pull back a .308 bolt carrier group, I want to be able to do that without losing grip.

The old saying of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” came to mind a lot during my research phase of changing the charging handle on Windham .308 AR. My AR-15 (AWS ZA-15) came with a Mecharmor TacOps-1 charging handle.  I fell in love with it the first time I racked the bolt back. I have used the Mecharmor charging handle in my training and I have committed the feel to memory. As I said, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It was obvious that I wanted to get the same charging handle for the Windham .308 AR as I have on my AWS ZA-15.

Gears Of Guns | Mecharmor TacOps-1 Charging Handle Review
(Left to Right: Mecharmor TacOps-1 .308, Milspec Windham .308, Mecharmor TacOps-1 5.56)

There is no doubt that the Mecharmor TacOps-1 charging handle beats the Milspec handle by a mile when it comes to size.

Gears Of Guns | Mecharmor TacOps-1 Charging Handle Review

You can see even with one hand I have a lot of real estate to grip the charging handle and pull back on the bolt

Gears Of Guns | Mecharmor TacOps-1 Charging Handle Review

Having the Leupold scope mounted where it is normally, you would have to use two fingers to rack the bolt with the milspec.

Gears Of Guns | Mecharmor TacOps-1 Charging Handle Review

Gears Of Guns | Mecharmor TacOps-1 Charging Handle Review

Gears Of Guns | Mecharmor TacOps-1 Charging Handle Review

The Mecharmor TacOps-1 is an ambi charging handle.

If you like the compact size that a milspec charging handle has to offer then the  Mecharmor TacOpst might not be for you.  It could create more snag points for when you are using the sling, but I have never had a problem with snagging, so that is just a theory.

Both of the Mecharmor TacOps-1, the .308 and the 5.56  are just under $70  which is on par with most ambi charging handles.

I am interested in doing some comparison testing with other brands of charging handles which might be something I will try to work on this year. Keep watching for any follow up.

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  • Jack

    I had two different brand handles for some time that looked cool, but in the end were just the same size handle as the OEM with more moving parts. And when you have it topped w/a scope, its tough to get to. My friend had one of these TacOps handles and as soon as I used his rifle that was it. All the other handles, one raptor and one gun fighter, are in the spare parts bin now. My opinion is, these Tacops handles are the only ones that are made to be tough and not pretty or cool sounding..lol I didnt notice if you also checked out that they had a slightly narrower version called the TacOps-CQB??? I bought those for my M4’s. AND, I didnt notice at the time, but after I made the purchase and speaking with someone at mecharmor, it turns out these are warranted for life. Good evaluation by the way.

    • I did see the CQB handle on the site but I decided to not mention it due in part because they do not have a .308 model currently and i did not want someone thinking they did. I am glad to hear you love your Mecharmor charging handles as much as we love ours.