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106668 No. 106668 ID: 6ef9f1
Hello all.

I'm trying to find a new handguard for my AR. I'm not terribly picky but do specifically want a few features:
Free Float
Cannot be used as a cheesegrater.

I'm looking at pulling the trigger next week or so on the pictured Yankee Hill but would like other recommendations.
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>> No. 106669 ID: c3b8cf
>>106668

Need some more details:
Do you want a system like keymod or m-lok?
What is your budget?
What length handguard are you looking for?

If you're on a budget and want something 'good enough', Yankee Hill and Midwest Industries are ok.
>> No. 106670 ID: bd9939
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106670
How about one of the new ALG economy rails? I built two rifles using their fancier version with what I'm assuming is the same barrel nut/lockup system and I actually greatly prefer them to my more expensive Midwest Industries Gen 3.

$80-$90 with free shipping
https://algdefense.com/ergonomic-modular-rail-v0-e.html
>> No. 106671 ID: 19518e
Mister, what about weight? Some models are lightweight tubes, some are pretty beefy.
>> No. 106672 ID: 6ef9f1
>>106669
No strong opinion on the two, though I've heard M-Lok is better.
Budget is sub 200 before shipping
Rifle length. I have an "18 barrel.

>>106671
Not overly concerned, though light is nice.

>>106670
Interesting.
>> No. 106673 ID: 18f8f2
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>>106668
>>106670
I too dislike picatinny bullshit everywhere, and have an ALG emr v1 handguard. I highly recommend them.
The one already linked, or the EMR V1 M-LOK is what you are looking for if you don't want any picatinny. The EMR V2 is what you want if you want an iron sight on the front. You will need to buy the little purple wrench separately. The barrel nut is 7075 aluminum, the rail is 6061. Very lightweight setup.

There is one downside to these though, due to the close proximity to the gas tube, and the lack of picatinny rails that act like heatsinks/standoffs, these handguards can become uncomfortably warm fairly quickly. This can be mitigated with some covers and/or gloves.

They also look a little silly with paired with a really thin pencil barrel like a faxon, though this is true with most handguards that aren't the Midwest industries LWMG3. Little man in a big coat.
>> No. 106674 ID: 988090
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>>106668
Apex Handguard's gator grip was one I was looking at but doesn't meet your $200 before shipping requirement

http://www.apexhandguard.com/2350-ar15-15-0-ext-rifle-length-13-0-oz-with-hardware-apex-gatorgrip-handguard/


Faxon's Streamline are pretty nice, I've build two pistol upper with the 9" one

https://www.aimsurplus.com/product.aspx?item=XFXFFHGMLOK15G1&name=Faxon+Firearms+15+in.+Streamline+AR15+M-LOK+Handguard&groupid=6395&fprdct=1
>> No. 106675 ID: 6ef9f1
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106675
I really like the look of the PRI stuff, but they are like 350$ most places.
>> No. 106678 ID: 128ea0
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>>106674
>Apex Handguard's gator grip was one I was looking at

Yeah, always had a weak spot for that one too. Gator grips may not be the newest stuff around, but I really like it.
>> No. 106679 ID: 128ea0
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>> No. 106680 ID: 128ea0
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>> No. 106681 ID: 128ea0
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>> No. 106682 ID: 128ea0
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>> No. 106683 ID: 128ea0
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>> No. 106684 ID: 1519ac
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>>106678
Reminds me of the LR-300 handguard.
>> No. 106685 ID: 1519ac
>>106670
>>106673
I have an EMR V3 (the one with full length top rail, 'cause, y'know, it looks cool) and I like it quite a bit.
https://algdefense.com/ergonomic-modular-rail-emr-v3-m-lok.html
>> No. 106686 ID: a70f4c
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106686
Don't want to go for the original Bakelite look?
- One of the five original AR-10 prototypes. It was built in Armalite's workshop in Hollywood, California.
http://www.recoilweb.com/americas-rifle-the-ar-15-117770.html
>> No. 106687 ID: a70f4c
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The first AR-15 ever made. Behold its glory. Note the charging handle on the top of the upper receiver and non-adjustable rear sight.
>> No. 106688 ID: a70f4c
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106688
Those early AR-10s had some interesting handguards.
- An early ArmaLite AR-10 with a bayonet made by Artillerie Inrichtingen (A.I.).
>> No. 106689 ID: a70f4c
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106689
US AR-15 done as a Vietnam-era M16A1 retro build.
>> No. 106690 ID: a70f4c
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>> No. 106691 ID: a70f4c
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>> No. 106692 ID: a70f4c
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106692
An AR-15 done as an early Colt 601 build with a cheap UltraLux 4X Colt clone scope.
>> No. 106693 ID: a70f4c
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>> No. 106694 ID: a70f4c
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An early Colt SP1 AR-15 made in 1966, 20-inch barrel.
>> No. 106695 ID: a70f4c
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US AR-15 with a Vietnam-era green nylon 'seatbelt' sling.
These may be hard to find.
>> No. 106696 ID: a70f4c
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106696
And here's Drake's (come back, Drake!) Bushmaster XM15 E2S with M16A1 furniture.
>> No. 106697 ID: a70f4c
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>> No. 106698 ID: 1519ac
>>106696
>(come back, Drake!)
Tell him yourself.
https://www.reddit.com/user/drakegmbh
>> No. 106701 ID: a70f4c
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106701
>>106698
Could someone with a Reddit account offer Drake an invitation to post again on OpChan?
>> No. 106702 ID: 988090
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106702
Oh they do make this free float A1 style handguard

https://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts/forend-amp-handguard-parts/handguards-amp-rails/ar-15-m16-nm-free-float-barrel-sleeve-prod9943.aspx

I think fit's your requirement :)


>>106684
> Reminds me of the LR-300 handguard.

That's the main reason I wanted the Gator grips
>> No. 106704 ID: a083c4
>>106701

I've messaged him, he doesn't respond.

r/guns and other reddit firearms subreddits are pure cancer. He has been infected.
>> No. 106705 ID: a70f4c
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>>106704
The format of Reddit looks stupid. A thread picture and topic but the responses don't have thumbnails for any attached pictures. Perhaps they did not want to look like another 'chan board, but it looks like jumbled garbage.
>> No. 106741 ID: 09c7e0
>>106705
way, way back when, before 4chan was started up the first time, the first imageboards only had image posts in the OP. replies were text only. thats how the name image-board got put in place, each thread was a discussion of the op image back in those days

i just wanted to mention that fact, its not relevant to a discussion of reddit. reddit is FB level of pleb majority rule. god it sucks shit. plus it has that social network aspect too. i am ashamed to admit that i have a reddit account, but i'm willing to do so to mention that i am being consistently stalked by ex-coworkers for two different former places of employment on my reddit. there is also this other guy i trolled the shit out of in 2015 who still regularly tries to hassle me via sockpuppets, but i can always tell its him because of his autistic behavior patterns.
pro-tip: don't troll autistics on formats where they can send u PMs
>> No. 106742 ID: 09c7e0
hold on lol this thread was about handguards
those cheesgraters ones - i guess they expect everyone to be thoroughly gloved at all times. maybe put a couple condoms over it if u want to barehand it. if ur wearing gloves get a tactical nosepicker for your rail, will help u keep the gloves on.
>> No. 106745 ID: 988090
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>>106742
I am a big fan of these ladder rail covers for the cheesegrater rails. They are low profile and protect the rail and your hand.
>> No. 106746 ID: 181cef
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>>106745
I too love ladder rails (top).

The Faxon M-lok hand guard is really nice, I'm using the rifle Length (12") one on my semi-gucci upper (middle)

Also as far as cheese grater protection, the tried and true Knights Armament rail covers are top notch!

If you can save a bit more, take a look at the PRI carbon fiber hand guards as they are pricey, but really nice. I've got a Rifle length Delta on my long range(ish) AR build, and they are super nice.

>haven't been to OpChan in a while and think "I'll check it out"
>See this thread (desire to help out intensifies)
> 10 minutes later I'm vacuuming my rug and dragging out my decent camera
>OpChan is the only reason I have decent pics of my guns! (and a clean rug from time to time)
> I love you OpChan!
>> No. 106747 ID: 181cef
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106747
PRI for reference
>> No. 106748 ID: 988090
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>>106747
Woah, I am loving that flat top mount free float setup, I like that setup because you don't have to buy a raiser for your red dot sight.

I see their gen 2 and 3 doesn't have the flat top mount.

Extra bonus for triangle tube
>> No. 106749 ID: 181cef
>>106748
The flat top mount should be compatible, mine's a gen 2, but they've got top mounts for gen 3 as well.

http://www.precisionreflex.com/Products.aspx?CAT=4814
>> No. 106750 ID: 988090
>>106749
So that top rail piece is an add-on? So that top rail can go on any size just have to pick the right length, that's pretty cool
>> No. 106751 ID: 181cef
>>106750
Yep, it attaches to the flat top of the upper receiver like the Vltor CASV, and attaches to the hand guard via screws and plates inside the hand guard. Needless to say it's easier to add the top rail when the hand guard is not attached to the rifle.
>> No. 106770 ID: 6ca38e
Love my BCM KMR handguard on my PBEAR MkII. Lightweight, not too thick, a good fit for my hands. They also have the Mlok MCMR now. Either should come in under your budget. Just I would suggest if you go with the KMR that you get the aluminum "Alpha" version rather than the magnesium alloy version. It's fine if you're not gonna put anything load bearing on it, but keymod is already weaker than mlok, no need to exacerbate the issue. (I know one OPERATOR who managed to rip off his vfg at the range with an original KMR)
>> No. 106853 ID: 815268
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>>106748
>>106747

>muh pri and swan sleeve
>> No. 106862 ID: 6ef9f1
>>106853
>>106747
Is PRI Duracoatable?
>> No. 106978 ID: 974bbc
>>106862
I don't see why it wouldn't be, but I'd probably not sand blast it since it's mostly carbon fiber. Scuff it up, clean it with denatured alcohol really well and then paint it. You could probably even oven cure it, but I've not attempted it on mine.
>> No. 106994 ID: 815268
>>106862
Probably. You can get the tubes in black, tan, or green.

>>106978
Mine isn't the CF version, but it's not smooth texture.
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