Have a new dedicated .22LR upper/lower ST22 with the LW barrel. Unfired.
When operating the charging handle, it will not pull back easily as with a regular AR15/M16 rifle when using the two "hooked" fingers straight draw back technique. If I pull on the latch first, or pinch it slightly between thumb and forefinger it works fine.
Should I just deal with it until it breaks in, should I lube it, should I work it until it works smoothly??
Thanks for any advice. BTW, the rifle is beautiful and dealing with Spike's was great, the most helpful folks I've had the pleasure doing business with.