A wise man once said “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” but in the case of AR-15 parts, imitation is often the quickest way to breakage and failure – not to mention the fact that it is theft.
Rainier Arms has done us all a favor by pointing out a counterfeit of their Raptor charging handle. You can see two telltale differences in the image above that can help you identify a fake. First, the two latch handles are similar in size on the counterfeit product while the genuine Raptor has 2 different sized latch handles. Second, the counterfeit uses different roll pins that don’t fold over on themselves.
Rainier Arms recommends only buying their products direct from Rainier Arms or from authorized dealers like Brownells.com. You can also check the Rainier Arms Facebook page to see them name unauthorized dealers that you should avoid.