JL Billet has developed an AR-15 charging handle that turns the semi-auto AR-15 pattern rifles into a straight pull bolt action rifles. This accessory is called Kali-Key. It is primarily designed for the states with restrictive gun laws.
According to the company, use of the Kali-Key will eliminate the need to have all the compliance parts such as featureless stocks, bullet buttons etc. Kali-key allows to legally use otherwise restricted parts such as pistol grips, flash hiders, collapsible/folding stocks etc. Note that the federal regulations such as the minimum barrel and the minimum overall length for rifles must still be followed. In any case, it is probably a good idea to double check the local laws by contacting your local law enforcement agencies.
To be precise, this is not a conventional charging handle and once installed it becomes a part of the bolt carrier group. In order to install the Kali-Key, you need to remove the gas key from the bolt carrier and install the Kali-Key instead of it. You can watch the installation process in the video embedded below.
Note that the gas port, gas block, and gas tube still remain on the gun, however, because the gas system lacks the gas key it becomes incomplete and incapable to cycle the action. Reportedly, the design of this accessory allows redirecting the gasses coming from the gas tube towards the ejection port and out of the gun.
The Kali-Key bolt action charging handle is available for purchase on JL Billet’s website at an MSRP of $74.95.
I think Kali-Key may have a demand not only in the US states such as California but also in many countries worldwide where the ownership of AR-15 pattern semi-auto rifles is either banned or the acquisition of such weapons is extremely difficult. If you live in one of the states with restrictive firearms legislation, let us know in the comments section if you would prefer to have a feature-full but non-semi-auto AR-15.
Images from www.jlbillet.com