ASA Side-Charging ARs

American Spirit Arms released its new non-reciprocating LR-308 Compatible Side Charger upper receivers and the new 308 Carbine at SHOT. The Side Charger is the latest evolution of the AR-15 and AR-10 platforms featuring a non-reciprocating charging handle on the left side of the receiver. This means the shooter no longer has to break cheek weld or take the rifle off the shoulder to manipulate the charging handle.

The Side Charger

The Side Charger

The new 308 Carbine features a patented non-reciprocating “Side Charge Receiver” and 16” nitride treated barrel, 1:10-inch twist, mid-length gas system, 12 Evolution rail, ASA 4 lb. trigger, Ergo grip, and nitrided bolt carrier group. You don’t have to buy a whole gun to get the benefits of the side charger, either, as the side charge receiver is now compatible with most LR-308 pattern lowers. It will be interesting if this takes off to see how malfunction drills and such with the AR adapt.

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Mayer began his outdoor industry career in 1993 on the NRA Technical Staff where he became American Rifleman magazine first Shooting Editor. Mayer left NRA and entered the business end of publishing in 2003 as Advertising Account Executive for Safari Club International SAFARI Magazine and Safari Times newspaper. In 2006, Mayer was named Publisher of Shooting Times magazine where he was also tasked with launching and leading Personal Defense TV, the first television show of its kind.

In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.
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