In the first of many new products that Strike Industries now has notified us about, they are now offering the Phantom charging handle in a gray color. For those of you not familiar with the Phantom charging handle, it is an ambidextrous charging handle that uses a hidden spring clip to keep it in place instead of a latch. When the charging handle is in its resting position the spring clip engages the cutout that allows you to get the two ears on the charging handle shaft into the channel.
Somehow we hadn’t run something on the Phantom until now, but the charging handle was introduced at SHOT 2016 when we covered the prototype. The production model is made from a 7075 aluminum and has some cutouts in the bottom of the handle to vent gas and keep it out of your face.
The Phantom charging handle is for standard mil-spec AR-15s only, it will not work correctly with suppressors, full auto fire, or barrels under 14.5″ in length. I understand that the gas blowback on suppressed, full auto and short barrel guns is strong enough to overcome the spring and damage the charging handle. As long as you are using it on a rifle that is semi-auto and has a barrel longer than 14.5″ you will be good to go.