I religiously check the Brownlells  new products section looking for new hardware to separate me from my money. Well today I saw the HABU MOD1 CHARGING HANDLE listed.  The HABU MOD1 CHARGING HANDLE at this time is only available for the AR-15 but I found it an interesting enough product that I thought I would post this and ask for public opinion on the 308AR FB page.

The HABU MOD1 CHARGING HANDLE was designed by veterans who saw a need for an integral M4/AR15 cheek riser. This was needed to better align the shooters eye with magnified optics with short eye reliefs. The Army and Marine Corps both issue magnified optics to their ground troops. For many years it has been impossible for most shooters to attain a proper sight picture without goose-necking, until now. The HABU™ solves this issue and will provide the solution that many asked for, yet only Falcon 37 delivered.

Why HABU MOD1 CHARGING HANDLE is a “Must Have” AR Accessory

By combining the charging handle and cheek rest HABU Mod 1 not only accelerates and improves operation of the AR platform, it looks BAD-ASS… like it belongs there! Using Major v.s. minor motor skills for it’s operation which is critical for Entry Teams, Military personnel and other high stress environments, the shooter can more effectively grip HABU to get his or her gun back in the fight.
A shooter must have consistent, proper cheek weld on any gun platform they’re shooting. The charging handle on the AR platform prevents attachment of most cheek rest devices without stock modifications. Falcon 37 Inc. wanted to create an ergonomic cheek rest device that wouldn’t get in the way of a charging handle while keeping the shooters cheek in the proper position using optics. Having proper cheek weld on the gun minimizes the time the shooter spends “chasing the red dot or reticle” with their eye.


• Smoother to Operate
• Works on any Stock
• Requires only Major Motor Skills
• Built in, adjustable cheek riser for shooter stability
• Racks like a pistol slide
• Ambidextrous
• Patent Pending latch eliminates latch release
• Minimizes “back spray” into shooters eyes
• Made of 7075 T6 aluminum to Mil Spec standards

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Small Arms NAICS Code:    332994
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Registered with US Fed Govt. System for Awards Management (SAMS).

The HABU MOD 1 Advanced Engagement Charging Handle allows for robust charging of the AR-15, while simultaneously integrating a cheek riser.  The HABU’s unique form factor is designed for the non-dominant hand to charge the rifle, much like a semi-automatic handgun, using your full grasp & hand.  This design is completely ambidextrous, with no small latches to worry about engaging.  Proper cheek weld can also be attained, without the use of stock mounted cheek risers, which often interfere with operating the charging handle.  The HABU works with any commercially available AR-15 buttstock, both collapsible & fixed.  The cheek riser’s placement can also be adjusted front to back to suite the shooter’s needs & comfort.  When shooting suppressed, gases exiting the rear almost entirely negated. The handle is machined from 7075 T6 aluminum, with the cheek riser being molded from a matte black polymer.



308AR AR-10 Primary Build kit

AR15 Ejection Cover Hinge Pin Clip Tool Rotor Clip A-300

AR15 Ejection Cover Hinge Pin Clip Tool Rotor Clip A-300 AR-10 308AR

AR15 Ejection Cover Hinge Pin Clip Tool Rotor Clip A-300

AR-15 Ejection Port Hinge Pin Clip, AR15 Ejection Cover Hinge Pin Clip Tool

AR-15 308AR AR-10 Ejection Port Hinge Pin Clip

AR15 Ejection Cover Hinge Pin Clip Tool – There are a couple tricky areas when building an AR-10, 308AR AR-15 etc. All are pretty easily tackled with special tools and patience. There is one part though rarely mentioned as being difficult but can give a builder fits (especially this guy with missing/short fingers). That part is the tiny c-clip on the ejection port door cover. It’s small and difficult to install with ease. Well the other day I was browsing Brownells gunsmithing tools section of their website when I happened across what they have labeled “AR15 Ejection Cover Hinge Pin Clip Tool“. It turns out this handy little gem of a tool is from a company called ROTOR CLIP. Rotor clip is a manufacturer of snap-rings, e-clips and yes the c-clip of the AR15 Ejection Cover Hinge Pin. Rotor Clip also manufacturers tools for installing and removing the previously mentioned fasteners.In this case the tool is a C-Clip Installation Tool manufacturers part number is A-300. I checked stock at industrial supply houses  as well as Amazon and Sears $46 was the going rate, Yikes. Brownells was half the cost plus Im an edge member and have those shipping perks.

I think tonight I will go home and remove all the c-clips from my ejection port cover pins just to reinstall them just for fun.

AR15 Ejection Cover Hinge Pin Clip Tool Tip

AR-15 Ejection Cover Hinge Pin Clip Tool Tip

AR15 Ejection Cover Hinge Pin Clip Tool features split-lip design that lets you easily install ejection cover hinge pin clip. No more c-clips shooting across the room. Just slide c-clip into recess in the tool and snap into place. Squared handle makes it easy to grip and manipulate.


AR15 Ejection Cover Hinge Pin Clip Tool

Brownells Branded 308AR Bolt Carrier Group

Brownells Branded 308 AR Bolt Carrier Group

Brownells Branded 308 AR/AR308 Bolt Carrier Group

Kudo’s to Brownells for increasing their footprint in the 308AR/AR-10 arena. We were pleased to see Brownells is offering a Brownells Branded 308AR Bolt Carrier Group available in phosphate and black nitride.


The Brownells 308 AR Bolt Carrier Groups come completely assembled and inspected, ready for use in your next 308AR build.  Bolt is machined from Vac Arc Premium 9310 Carburizing Steel, providing a high core hardness and high fatigue strength.  Bolt is also Magnetic Particle Inspected and shot peened.  Extractor is machined from S7 Tool Steel for extended life.  Carrier is machined from 8620 steel and properly heat treated.  Gas key is machined from 4140 steel and properly staked.  Bolt Carrier Groups are available in the standard, mil-spec Phosphate with a Chrome interior, or with a Black Nitride Finish.  These 308AR BCGs, are Made in the USA.

SPECS: Fits – DPMS pattern 308 rifles.  Materials – Vac Arc 9310 Steel Bolt.  8620 Steel Carrier.  S7 Tool Steel Extractor.  4140 Gas Key.  4340 Cam Pin.  Bolt are magnetic particle inspected and shot peened.

Watvh the Brownells video for additional information

Brownells Branded 308AR Bolt Carrier Group

Brownells AR-10 308AR Bolt Carrier Group

Brownells Bolt Carrier Group


308AR AR15 AR-10 Roll Pin Tools

Brownells Roll Pin Holder Set -

Brownells Roll Pin Holder Set

308AR AR15 AR-10 Roll Pin Tools – One of my pet peeves from folks who assemble their own AR15 AR-10 308AR rifles is the sloppy installation of the various roll pins the rifles require. In all fairness there are a few roll pins that present a challenge to the inexperienced and experienced alike. The BOLT CATCH ROLL PIN comes to mind as does the FORWARD ASSIST ROLL PIN. The BOLT CATCH ROLL PIN is positioned quite close to the body of the LOWER RECEIVER and requires a ROLL PIN PUNCH to have a flat side to properly install.

I have searched the internet shooting forums and websites as well polled user of my own forums for a better way to install roll pins. In that search I found some creative approaches but nothing that worked any better than my own approach of taping a ROLL PIN to a ROLL PIN PUNCH. Well that was then this is now. Brownells offers a ROLL PIN STARTER SET they refer to as ROLL PIN HOLDERS. The pins are available individually or as a set for just under $50. I opted for the set.


The roll pin holders are genius.  As seen in the image above the ROLL PIN HOLDERS are simply a punch that has a hollow tip the diameter of a given roll pin.  Place the ROLL PIN in the correct ROLL PIN PUNCH HOLDER and with a plastic faced or brass hammer carefully tap in the ROLL PIN.  To prevent damage to the the WEAPON stop hammering before the ROLL PIN HOLDER contacts the part that accepting the ROLL PIN. At that point switch to a regular ROLL PIN PUNCH, the type with a half round nose and finish driving the ROLL PIN flush.


  1. Cover any part of your weapon with masking tape followed by duct tape in an area that could be damaged from ROLL PIN INSTALLATION. The masking tape serves as a great protector for your weapon. The underlying masking tape makes duct tape removal a simple process.
  2. Grease – I like to apply a small amount of grease in the ROLL PIN HOLE to help with proper installation. I also add a small amount of grease to the inside of the ROLL PIN HOLDER to help prevent the ROLL PIN from falling out and getting lost should I have a brain lapse.
  3. For finishing the BOLT CATCH ROLL PIN INSTALLATION I suggest the BOLT CATCH PIN PUNCH from Brownells. It is almost entirely flat on one side making installing the BOLT CATCH ROLL PIN the rest of the way a breeze.

AR-10 AR-15 Bolt Catch Pin Punch -

308AR AR-10 AR-15 Bolt Catch Pin Punch

308AR AR-10 AR-15 Bolt Catch Pin Punch – Specially made, slab-sided punch clears left side of the magazine well allowing bolt catch pivot pin to be removed by driving it to the rear.


AR 308 AR 15 AR-10 Roll Pin Tools

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