HABU Cheekrest AR charging handle

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Falcon 37, a startup company in North Carolina, is going to be releasing a cheek rest charging handle for the AR15 platform on May 16. The HABU Mod 1 comes in one piece, and replaces the standard charging handle in any AR15. There is no more “T” handle, but rather a sloped cover like device with indentations for a solid grip. Pulling this to the rear operates the action like any other AR15 charging handle would, but the advantage is that it gives shooters a cheekpiece that will work with any current AR stock in production. But more importantly, it allows complete ambidexterity of the charging handle, and appears to be more intuitive for charging the weapon because a shooter is using major motor skills instead of fine motor skills that a current AR15 requires to operate the T handle of an AR15. The design has two adjustable positions, so a shooter can bring it further back as well. Retail price is $137.84 per unit. It cannot be “installed” on an existing charging handle, but needs to be fully replaced. They are taking pre orders now.

In case anyone is wondering, the shooter in the video is an active duty infantry Marine with 1/6 in Lejeune, a unit that a reputation for performing well in combat, recently in the Marjah Push of 2009 and 2010 timeframe. He has the Marine Corp’s latest iteration of plate carriers, the OMTV, and all the assorted issue pouches as well.

Our flagship product; is HABU™ Mod 1 for 5.56mm/.223, Will be released to the public in May, 2016. It is a re-designed AR-15 charging handle combined with attached cheek rest that eliminates the problem of cheek rest devices getting in the way of the charging function of the rifle system. It’s features include: • Ambidextrous – Stippling allows shooter to get more natural grip on the “real estate.” • Natural Gripping Motion (Like racking a pistol slide) • Use only Major Motor Skills; critical in firefights. • Patent Pending Latch – More secure locking, smoother unlocking. No latch release lever. • Works on any M4/M16/AR-15 regardless of stock. • No stock modifications or special tools required. • Good option for Military or LE Issued Weapons. • Easily exchanged with stock charging handle. • Works with any Stock type • Fully adjustable in the field using commonly carried multi-tool or knife. Two positions available. • Made of 7075 T6 Aluminum, MilSpec, Hard Coat Anodized. • Minimizes or eliminates “back spray” of gas and oil into shooters eyes. Follow-on, patented products similar to HABU™ Mod 1 for the AR rifle platform is as follows: Mod 2 – AR-10/ 7.62mm x 51mm/.308 chambered rounds

The concept of the product is to make manipulating an AR15 faster and more intuitive for the user. Although this looks like it would work in this specific regard, I would be curious how it fares in other situations, such as clearing a malfunction when the rifle is not in the shoulder, or maybe fixing a brass over bolt malfunction as well. Essentially, for something to be a valid addition to a fighting rifle, it not only has to overcome the job of that previous part or lack of part, in addition to not causing a problem for any other aspect of the rifle. In this case, the intuitiveness of the HABU, the ambidexterity, and the cheekrest where no other cheekrest could fit, are all certainly enhancements to the rifle. However, does it hold the same properties in the situations mentioned above? If not, then it can be nothing more than a novelty gimmick, and not a real enhancement. An excellent example of this are some of the Magpul products out there. They enhance the rifle in ways that make it better all around, without adding negative factors in other areas of usage. An example of a more novelty product is this sort of charging handle. Either way, I’d like to get my hands on it to really see for myself.

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Miles V

Former Infantry Marine, and currently studying at Indiana University. I’ve written for Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal, and have had a teenie tiny photo that appeared in GQ. Specifically, I’m very interested in small arms history, development, and Military/LE usage within the Middle East, and Central Asia.

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  • Anonymoose

    That seems like it wouldn’t give the most solid cheekrest, and how does it do with gases coming back at you?

  • Joshua

    Yeah no. The T-handle is about perfect for a rifle that seldom requires use of the CH.

  • Vitsaus

    Did michael bay direct this promo?

    • Gregory Markle

      Really! It work have been nice to actually see it used more than twice, once in slo-mo and once in jump cut overdrive. They spent more time in the video showing a single piece of brass arcing through the air (at least give us a full auto brass rainbow) than they did on the product being used, that usually tells you something.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Seems like a bigger lever to exert pressure on the weak part of the charging handle. Steady pressure from your cheek may eventually bend or snap it. Also a bigger grip to charge it may also weaken it by not pulling straight back since there is no rail to keep it in line.

  • looks kinda cool but it seems to solve a problem that doesnt really exist

  • Bill

    I want to like it; I can’t. I’m getting burned out on “enhancements” and “improvements,” particularly those that could pay for a buttload of training ammo.

  • Nicholas C

    I am not sure about “intuitive”. It doesnt take a lot of practice to get used to a charging handle. Also any ambi handle works well. Also how well does the Habu work with stripping out stuck rounds?

    • Spencerhut

      It doesn’t . . .

  • jpcmt

    Those fine motor skills are a real bear aren’t they. Pretty soon they’ll replace the trigger with a big red button you can attach to the pic rail when you want to fire under stress when you only have gross motor skills. I love how it says “most importantly..its fully ambidextrous”…because current charging handles aren’t and stuff. Love all these ‘improvements’ and innovations for rifles that aren’t broken.

  • Squirreltakular

    Looks like it would make clearing a brass over bolt hard, and that it would require putting your hand in a weird positon for locking the bolt back when clearing other malfunctions.

    • May

      You say that as if those aren’t problematic already. A brass over bolt is a massive pain.

      • Squirreltakular

        I meant that it would make dealing with them even worse. And brass over bolt isn’t that hard. Mortar the everliving f**k out of the rifle and it’ll clear it right away. People don’t put enough gumption into it. You need to really be able to get ahold of the charging handle, though, and this seems like it would prevent that.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    How’s this work when your hands are wet, or the rifle’s wet?

    I know how a standard charging handle would work in that situation…

  • Bob

    Don’t like the T handle, but this doesn’t seem to be the best replacement. That said, it is an interesting idea.

  • Tyler McCommon

    This has gimmicky written all over it.

  • Andrew Dubya

    I`m going to say the same thing as when I saw it last night:

    “I`d rather pick the lint out of someone else`s belly button than use that pile of poorly designed garbage.”

  • Roy

    Yes but can you attach your pistol to it?

  • Xtorin O’hern

    i could see it used on those compact collapsing stocks that already have zero cheek weld to begin with

  • Badwolf

    “…problem of cheek rest devices getting in the way of the charging function…”

    It’s a charging handle with cheek rest. But I think their focus is on the cheek rest.

  • DanGoodShot

    How much more weight will that thing add? By time you put all these “enhancements” on your rifle you end up with a 20 pound Beast. No thanks

  • Gorilla Biscuit

    YANK THAT HABU STICK! And get ready to rock and roll!

  • plumber576

    That video DEFINITELY did not have enough hammering sounds. I think they could have doubled or even tripled the hammering sound.

  • Greg Anderson

    I think they’re onto something here, but fell short in omitting some sort of handle to grab as backup.

  • nadnerbus

    When I see gear tattooed with stuff like “Falcon 37,” “mod” anything, “tactical” yadda yadda, I can’t help but think of the Thundercougarfalconbird bit from Futurama.

  • politicsbyothermeans

    One more thing to turn my beard into a single point sling. 0/10 Would not operate with operationally.

  • Harrison Jones

    Don’t know if there is really a need for this and not sure what it genuinely adds to the AR15.

    It doesn’t look like it’ll hurt anything either. Glad to see the creative thinking.

  • Ira

    An answer to a question that was never asked.

  • Shawn

    This cheekrest charging handling is getting a poor reception from the military forums, the problem is if you gloves or hands get contaminated with oill, grease or even sweat you will not be able to pull back the charging handle efficently and in a firefight situation that is fatal.