KDG "Scarging Handle"

by Miles

Soldier Systems Daily has released an announcement that Kinetic Development Group has released a rather innovative and forward thinking device, something they call the “Scarging Handle”. It is a replacement charging handle for the SCAR platform and can fit in both the Heavy and Light versions, and can be turned either upwards or downwards, ambidextrous of course. Apart from allowing the charging handle to now have a larger and more rugged gripping surface,it most importantly allows a user to use the charging handle without scrapping knuckles against any optics or other devices on the top rail of the rifle. In addition, there seemed to be input from downrange about the OEM handle failing under some conditions. The charging handle itself is also formed into a Y shape, allowing for much more surface area compared to the OEM simple bar sticking out of the bolt. I’m not too sure about this, but I’ll take it at face value. Kinetic Development Group has made a number of SCAR accessories and seems to be doing quite well in that department, with a large following. From their buttstocks to their forends, the company is steadily building up a large assortment of accessories from which a shooter could outfit their entire rifle with.

Today, KDG launches their new Scarging Handle – SCAR ambidextrous charging handle. Designed by KDG’s Nathan Murr (A USMC veteran, and inventor of the GripStop), there was heavy input from operators in the field during the development process. The new design was focused on addressing the reported user complaints surrounding the factory FNH SCAR charging handle and its performance during hard use.


The Scarging Handle fits both 5.56 and 7.62 NATO versions of the SCAR, and installs in seconds.The radius-faced design, and swept geometry of the Scarging Handle allows the user to achieve a more solid grasp when manipulating the bolt. This allows for easier charging, clearing of stoppages, and administratively locking the firearm bolt to the rear. The shooter can choose between left or right side installation to match their hand dominance, and can rotate the Scarging Handle to either downward or upward sweep. The downward sweep protects the hand from “busted knuckles” due to optics mounts by keeping it down and away from the weapon’s top. This also has the added benefit of additional leverage gained, and increased grasping surface for larger hands or when wearing gloves. The Scarging handle can alternatively be installed with the curve upward, which provides the user a slick side receiver to prevent snagging or “SCAR Thumb” (i.e. having the reciprocating charging handle strike your hand when using a magwell hold or unconventional shooting method). All Scarging Handles are constructed of low carbon 1080 steel, and finished with a durable black, mil-spec finish. The accessory protrudes less distance from the receiver than the factory unit, and is profiled to be snag-resistant when wearing body armor or other gear.


Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I've made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv

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  • Steve Steve on Dec 21, 2015

    I've tried IWC's version of this product on my 17S. The upside to the aftermarket option(s) is obviously the scope clearance, but the downside is the ease of causing a FTF by ever so slightly contacting the handle during firing. You'll still eject, but the bolt will be slowed enough to not travel rearward enough to strip a new round. Once you get your hand position under control on the fore-end, it's no longer an issue.

  • USMC03Vet USMC03Vet on Dec 21, 2015

    This is a solution to the problem of buying a very expensive rifle and not having enough after market options to buy to show the Internet how gun fighter you are.