A carry handle is not just for carrying. One of the main purposes for adding a carry handle to your AR-15 is to elevate the rear sight. They come in handy for many AR-15 owners, and most are designed to not interfere with the original sights on your rifle. We’ve compiled a list of the four best AR-15 Carry Handles available in the market today:
- MIDDAAND Flat Top Detachable Carrying Handle for AR 15
- Colt AR-15 Carrying Handle Assembly
- M4 AR15 Sturdy Carry Handle
- Aero Precision AR-15 Detachable Handle
|MIDDAAND Flat Top Detachable Carrying Handle for AR 15|| ||$34 Shop NowClick to read my review|
|Colt AR-15 Carrying Handle Assembly|| ||$172 Shop NowClick to read my review|
|M4 AR15 Sturdy Carry Handle|| ||$49 Shop NowClick to read my review|
|AERO PRECISION - AR-15 A2 DETACHABLE CARRY HANDLE|| ||$79 Shop NowClick to read my review|
Here’s the thing about the market for carry handles: we are actually quite limited on what is available, compared to most other accessories. Normally, we have hundreds of choices, but there aren’t many brands that make AR-15 handles.
There are both negative and positive sides to this. On the one hand, this means that getting a good price will be difficult because there is little competition among brands. On the other hand, the carry handles mentioned are all pretty similar, so you can (for once) choose based on the lowest price and your favorite brand. You can also select a carry handle based on minor details such as color and appearance that aren’t usually considered essential.
Feel free to jump to the conclusion to get our top pick. Happy shopping!
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MIDDAAND Flat Top Detachable Carrying Handle for AR 15
Materials – The first AR-15 Carry handle on this list is constructed of a sturdy alloy metal and is finished in black. This carry handle measures about seven inches in length and weighs just under half a pound. It’s tough and long-lasting, but it’s light enough that it won’t add too much weight to your AR-15 setup. It easily attaches to a Picatinny rail. The built-in rear iron sight is windage and elevation adjustable, and the carry handle has been proven to be shock-resistant – a must-have feature for an attachment like this.
Performance – At first glance, this handle appears to be identical to any other carry handle you might find online. The price tag is what makes us lift an eyebrow, but we’ll get to that later. It has a quick release nut and is very easy to mount and dismount. Although it is finished, we don’t believe it has been finished with a highly protective coating. With this option, you’ll likely get some minor scratches along the way. All of the features on this AR-15 carry handle, on the other hand, are fairly standard, and it attaches and works flawlessly.
What we say – Gun Gear Depot currently has this on sale for 34.99, which is nowhere near the price of all other carry handles. At that price we happily live with a scratch or two.
- Great value
- Sturdy build
- Quick release
- May scratch easily
Colt AR-15 Carrying Handle Assembly
Materials – Like the Aero, the Colt option is made from forged aluminum in a hard, anodized finish in matte black. The hardware is made of steel, which has been parkerized. The carry handle itself is a traditional design, allowing for Picatinny rails and optics to be attached to the top. This carry handle is made from the same material as military rifles, so you know you’re getting a high-quality product. The elevation of the Mil-Spec rear sight can be modified, and the regular A-2 adjustments allow for additional elevation and windage adjustments. There are two apertures in the rear sight: one small and one wide. Similar to the previous option, this AR-15 carrying handle attaches easily by way of a full length and two thumb nuts.
Performance – We listed appearance earlier, and we’re very pleased with the way Colt’s handle looks. It’s completely black and has a much more refined appearance than the DPMS alternative. The design and rugged construction of this carry handle is incredibly durable, so you can expect it to be completely shock proof. We like the rear sight and will happily use it as a backup sight alongside our rifle’s original sight. This one is more expensive, but even a few dollars will make a difference in this study.
What we say – It’s a little more expensive than the Aero one, but it may also have a more appealing look that many gunowners might prefer. As stated before, it comes down personal preferences.
- Full finished handle
- Two aperture rear sight
- Sleek, black appearance
- More expensive option
M4 AR15 Sturdy Carry Handle
Materials – The final choice we have for you is made up of aluminum with a hard, anodized finish and steel sight parts with a hard finish. It’s just under seven inches long and weighs about nine ounces. The rear sight is easily adjustable and can be used as a main or backup sight. With a full-length clamping bar and two thumb nuts, installation is quick and simple. However, I wish the thumb nuts were slightly bigger. The original front sight can also be used with this carry handle since it is at the right height. It is compatible with all flat-top rifles and carbines equipped with a Picatinny base.
Performance – This handle is barely heavier than some other options, but a top-heavy rifle is a critical consideration for this type of accessory. This product should last a long time and withstand harsh weather and a lot of recoil. You can use all standard optics with this one.
What we say – Currently on sle for $49. Not a bad price for what you get. It is a fantastic AR-15 carry handle for the price.
- Fully finished aluminum and steel parts
- Can utilize original sights
- Easy to attach
- Slightly heavier than others
AERO PRECISION – AR-15 A2 DETACHABLE CARRY HANDLE
Materials – This aftermarket carry handle is, much like the other options, constructed of an aluminum handle that has been anodized in a matte, black finish and parkerized steel sight parts. There is a full-length bar for attaching to your AR-15, as well as two thumb nuts. The nuts have additional grooves for hand tightening, and they accept nickels and quarters so you can get it nice and tight without needing a tool. The carry handle provides enough height to use the factory sights, and there is an iron sight that makes a perfect backup sight. A platform on the top of the carry handle may be used to mount optics such as ACOGS or Picatinny rails for other scopes.
Performance – We couldn’t really tell the difference between the Colt carry handle and this one. This carry handle is made of forged 7075 T6 aluminum. It has a nearly identical look to most of the others. The thumb nuts for connecting to a rail are the main difference in this option. These thumb nuts offer a little more room for tightening, which is great for a rifle that never tires of recoil.
What we say – Thi is a fine carry handle, just nothing special and a bit more expensive than the other options.
- Durable construction
- Thumb nuts have extra grooves for tightening
- Expensive for what you get
Our Favorite AR-15 Carry Handle
|MIDDAAND Flat Top Detachable Carrying Handle for AR 15|| ||$34 Shop Now|
The Colt carry handle is a great choice for the best AR-15 carry handle. However, I would personally go for the MIDDAAND Flat Top Detachable Carrying Handle as you get all you need for $35. This carry handle will never be affected by recoil, and you should expect it to last a reasonable time without cuts or scrapes. The sleek, black look will complete the appearance of your AR-15, all in all, you can’t really go wrong here.
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