Switchback Charging Handle Mini

SKU: MA-6550

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The Switchback Charging Handle is an innovative design that is folded out, pulled back to charge the firearm,  and when released will automatically run itself forward and fold back into the storage position.  The allows for a handle with a large gripping area when charging the firearm while having a low snag free profile when not needed.

On the AUG the Switchback Charging Handle can be rotated upwards into the rear locking notch to hold the bolt open and then slapped downward with an “HK slap” to send it forward and home.  The contact surface of the charging handle is a removable and replaceable polymer pad to prevent wear on the valuable AUG receiver.

The Switchback is a drop in replacement for any Steyr AUG A2 or A3 charging handle, or the charging handle for all MSAR series of STG and E4 rifles with the smaller curved back charging handles.  The older rectangular charging handle with forward assist button such as that used on the STG-77 or AUG A1 model uses a different receiver mounting lug and the Switchback is not compatible with that model of AUG charging handle.

The Mini model gives a “two finger” grip on the deployed charging handle.


UPC: 811359020461

SKU: MA-6550 Categories: , , ,

100% designed and manufactured in the USA

Product Details

.1 lbs

Type III Milspec Black Anodizing

Detailed Material

6061 Aluminum



Product Weight

1.4 Ounces

Product Resources

Instructional Videos

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5 reviews for Switchback Charging Handle Mini

  1. George (verified owner)

    Excellent workmanship! Installation was a breeze with the great instructions, the only thing was that I used the original steel pin that came with the rifle due to it providing a much tighter fit. After installation and testing the charging handle worked as it was intended too. No more skinned knuckles!!! THANK YOU!!!

  2. Brian S (verified owner)

    Like it better than the Corvus Defensio one I don’t use now.

  3. Michael Fuentes (verified owner)

    Manticore arms has always made superior aftermarket parts and stuck behind their products. This charging handle is a good testament to that. I recently ran this charging handle on my AUG in a CQB training course and it performed way above any other charging handle that I have ran on the AUG. All I can say is this is the best bang for the buck and thank you manticore arms for making amazing products for the average joe. Manticore arms will always have me as a loyal customer.

  4. Michael Belcher (verified owner)

    Easy to install with adequate instructions. It appears well built. May only complaint is the significant wobble and movement it has. It should not be so loose.

  5. Andre V.

    The Switchback mini charging handle has totally changed my relationship with my AUG A3.

    No more knuckle-to-rail contact. No more failures to lock back into the receiver notch. No more handle protruding from my rifle.

    The Switchback does everything I hoped it would do and it’s easy to find instinctively. Steyr should make this an OEM part.

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