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Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Ironbar, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    For those of you who replied to my questions about AR gas blocks, I ordered an upper with a standard A3 front sight gas block and was originally going to go with a Magpul Mlok handguard. Well it seems that everything from everyone has finally gotten under my skin, and I cancelled the order for the Magpul and would now like to go with the free float option.

    My question now is, are there any rifle length free-float handguards that are worth a damn AND won't break the bank? I found this one on ebay:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/12-inch-Fre...626886?hash=item25b000b746:g:xlsAAOSw~bFWKXIm

    Is it worth a damn? Anything else to recommend like it? Whatever I end up going with, I HAVE to be able to put a front sling swivel mount on it.
     
  2. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    Anderson.
     
  3. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I'm don't enjoy the porcupine feel of a quad rail up front, so after many iterations and $$ spent, I've gone non-tacticool to the Magpul SL handguards and couldn't be more pleased with both look and feel. Heck, I can even hit what I aim at too! :D
     
  4. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Hogue

    When I built my rifle length upper, there was only this. I put a swivel stud on the bottom.

    Three support documents on the left side of the Hogue page, pure gold.
     
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  5. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Here's a store's ad on Armslist that sells MAS Defence products for reasonable prices.
    My preference is to not have the hand guard completely covered with picatinny rails, as they are rather uncomfortable to hold.

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct...xY6AOl30pmClPgA5siM-IA&bvm=bv.105841590,d.cGU


    I like smooth surface ones that have slots which allows you to add rails, sling mounts, etc just where you want them. They are more expensive, but it's what I prefer.






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  6. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    Midwestindustriesinc.com A little more money but worth it IMO.
     
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  7. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    These guys have lots at real reasonable prices
     
  8. billgrigsby24

    billgrigsby24 Beaverton, Or Active Member

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    Check out parallax tactical. I've purchased 8 of their handguards and love them. Every so often the post a "blem" sale on their Facebook page. Last one I got was a "13 ffssr m-lock blem for $99 shipped. I've only noticed small blems, if any, on most rails. My 308 rail had anodization rubbed off but won't matter if you decide to coat it.
     
  9. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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  10. billgrigsby24

    billgrigsby24 Beaverton, Or Active Member

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    I don't see anything wrong with the UTG products.
     
  11. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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    1/2 of the units out there are now proprietary. Or it seems.
    The UTG is a decent one.
    I have it on a 16" HBAR and it was a nice upgrade. Much lighter than a quad. Even a small one. Sight radius is much better as well.
     
  12. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    The whole process for removing the front gas block, barrel nut, etc. doesn't seem too daunting. I've watched the videos and it's nothing that seems out of my scope of ability at all.

    THAT is something I was wondering with this tube. There don't appear to be any set screws at the rear of the hand guard at all.
     
  13. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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    Only if you are "re-building". If you start from a receiver, barrel, gas block and tube, these are a great low cost option.
    Ironbar, if you need help building an upper from parts, I am sure there are more than a few people (me included) who would be more than happy to help you build one for you.
     
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  14. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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    Ha, I mis-read it. I thought he cancelled the WHOLE upper..... my bad....
     
  15. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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    I know.... RIGHT???? LOL :)
     
  16. ron

    ron Vancouver, Washington Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I have installed several Yankee Hill Machine free float front
    handguards. I like how it has 2 locking screws to secure
    the float tube. YHM tubes run about $150. Sometimes on
    sale for around $100. Which is about average price. When
    I see these tubes for $60. I wonder if it is too good to be
    true? I don't know maybe it will work just fine. But what
    I do know that YHM handguards are well made and I like there
    products.:):rolleyes::D
    http://yhm.net/accessories/forearms.html
     
  17. mkwerx

    mkwerx Forest Grove, OR Well-Known Member

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    I would pass on the chinese made ebsy stuff. Btdt once. The rail kept coming loose. No anti rotation tabs either.

    Midwest Industries super slim rails are my favs. I have the rifle length on a 16" barrel - love it. They are light, rugged, and have antirotation tabs. $180.00 tho. Can be had in keymod but seriously two phillips screws ain't hard to use and how much will you be messing with the rail placement? Of you are scoping the rifle i imagine the only items you will be hanging off it are gonna be a sling and a bi pod.
     
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  18. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I went back and forth with this myself.
    I ended up getting the handgaurd I really wanted and it cost about $140. Well worth it.
    That's the whole character of your rifle.
     
  19. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    LOL character used in an AR thread
    lol
    It's still just an AR Yes they have lost their luster in my eyes
     
  20. Boboclown

    Boboclown North Carolina Well-Known Member

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    If its something that won't see the light of day outside of a range trip, a UTG handguard could work. You can probably find a guntec one for under $100. Would I trust my life to them? No. Would I use them at the range? Until I can afford better yes.