The Gen 3 Ambidextrous Charging Handle is designed to be significantly more robust than a GI handle as well as giving and ambidextrous capability. The Gen 3 latches are just the right size and shape to give you rapid access while having a generous radii to avoid being a snag hazard. Machined from 7075 T6 forgings, this handle is significantly stronger than those made from billet or extrusions. Large Stainless Steel pins hold the latches in place, and the mechanism is operated by a Stainless Steel sling. The Gen 3 Ambidextrous Charging Handle is optimized for use with Mil Spec AR-15/M16/M4 platform rifles. Mil Spec Anodized Hard Coat Type III, Black or Tan. Weight 1.3 oz.