Seekins Precision has launched their new DNA charging handle. It was introduced earlier during the SHOT Show 2017 but now it is available for purchase. It is made of 7075 aluminum with hard anodized finish.
What immediately jumps out is the nice shape of the actual handles, which are enlarged and skeletonized. Seekins Precision admits that besides the mechanical and functional features, aesthetics was also a goal during the designing process of this product. The handles also have dimpled texture to allow better grip purchase. As you can see some material from the top of the handle shaft is removed, which is probably done to reduce the contact area and friction between the handle and upper receiver. Although it may seem to be an ambidextrous handle at first glance, however, it is not. Seekins Precision describes it as “the most non-ambidextrous charging handle”.
Judging from the images, the latch rests on the charging handle body at its rearmost position thus revealing the stress from the latch pin. This is a good mechanical solution that many new aftermarket charging handle manufacturers are incorporating into their designs.
The DNA handle is available through the manufacturer’s website at $59.
What also caught my attention when researching about the DNA charging handle is the outstanding sense of humor put into the description and marketing of this product. Here is how the handle is described on Seekins Precision website:
Crafted in a climate controlled laboratory by a team of scientists who were only allowed to use their right hands, we can proudly say the DNA handle is the most non-ambidextrous charging handle in our product line up. Really, it’s just a charging handle, a very non-ambidextrous one.
And here is the image announcing the launch of DNA handles, which they’ve posted on their Facebook page.