Experimental Handguard for the GSR


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chicharrones
May 10, 2013, 11:44 AM
I just wanted to see if this was possible for my Ruger GSR. I'm sure this might rile up a few people, but what the heck. ;)

This thing is stamped steel, so it has some imperfections. After cutting the ends off, I removed the bluing with naval jelly and gave it several coats of flat black paint, for rust resistant reasons.

If one was made in laminate wood to match the stock, I'm sure it would look better.

Anyway . . .
Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle with Ventilated Handguard
http://www.lssdigital.com/lwpilot/ruger-gunsite-scout-rifle-handguard-0.jpg
GSR optics rail with two handguards
http://www.lssdigital.com/lwpilot/ruger-gunsite-scout-rifle-handguard-7.jpg
experimental wood handguard mounts
http://www.lssdigital.com/lwpilot/ruger-gunsite-scout-rifle-handguard-6.jpg
experimental wood handguard mounts
http://www.lssdigital.com/lwpilot/ruger-gunsite-scout-rifle-handguard-5.jpg
Ruger GSR handguard rear view
http://www.lssdigital.com/lwpilot/ruger-gunsite-scout-rifle-handguard-4.jpg
Ruger GSR handguard muzzle view
http://www.lssdigital.com/lwpilot/ruger-gunsite-scout-rifle-handguard-3.jpg
Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle with handguard
http://www.lssdigital.com/lwpilot/ruger-gunsite-scout-rifle-handguard-2.jpg
Ruger GSR with handguard
http://www.lssdigital.com/lwpilot/ruger-gunsite-scout-rifle-handguard-1.jpg
Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle without flash suppressor with ventilated handguard

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AK Gun Man 88
May 11, 2013, 05:29 AM
Not gonna lie...i'm kinda diggin' it. I don't own a GSR but that does look cool. And you're right, a laminated one to match would be the cat's pajamas.

baz
May 11, 2013, 08:31 AM
Doesn't it interfere with the ability to mount a scope in scout mount fashion? And why is it required? This is not a rifle with a rate of fire that is going to heat the barrel up that much. Even at the range, where I shoot it a lot more than I would typically in the field, I've never noticed it to be a problem from this aspect. However, I do have a scope mounted on the rail that is covered by your shroud, so I'm not ever grabbing the barrel at that location. In fact, I don't come into contact with the barrel at all, except maybe accidentally. I'm not riled about it, but I don't see the utility.

adelbridge
May 11, 2013, 09:35 AM
Looks like a battle rifle now. Is your accuracy the same?

Tommygunn
May 11, 2013, 10:42 AM
Looks a lot like one of those metal ventilated handgaurds for the M-1 carbine.
That's a nice looking rifle. What caliber is it?

chicharrones
May 11, 2013, 01:13 PM
Doesn't it interfere with the ability to mount a scope in scout mount fashion? And why is it required? This is not a rifle with a rate of fire that is going to heat the barrel up that much. Even at the range, where I shoot it a lot more than I would typically in the field, I've never noticed it to be a problem from this aspect. However, I do have a scope mounted on the rail that is covered by your shroud, so I'm not ever grabbing the barrel at that location. In fact, I don't come into contact with the barrel at all, except maybe accidentally. I'm not riled about it, but I don't see the utility.

Yep, the handguard has to be removed to reinstall the forward rail. I don't need the handguard to protect my hands as much as I wanted a handguard to protect the barrel from my hands. I like grabbing rifles in front of the receiver wrapping my whole hand around the fore end. My bare sweaty hands tend to rust blued steel pretty badly if I don't wipe down the steel regularly.

Truthfully, I'd like a non-perforated wood handguard better, but this one seems okay for now and was cheap to make. Plus, if I tire of iron sight shooting it comes off with only four allen screws. ;)

chicharrones
May 11, 2013, 01:15 PM
Looks like a battle rifle now. Is your accuracy the same?

An accuracy test is on my "to do" list. I just mounted it up yesterday. :)

chicharrones
May 11, 2013, 01:20 PM
Looks a lot like one of those metal ventilated handgaurds for the M-1 carbine.

That's exactly what those handguards are for, an M1 Carbine. http://www.midwayusa.com/product/618552/choate-ventilated-handguard-m1-carbine-steel-black

I also got this other handguard, but it is notably thinner than the one above and is too flexible for my tastes. http://www.midwayusa.com/product/529802/john-masen-ventilated-handguard-m1-carbine-steel-black

That's a nice looking rifle. What caliber is it?

That's the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle (aka Ruger GSR) chambered in .308 Winchester.

In this configuration, with the flash hider removed and the stock spacers removed it is 36" long. Set up like this, I call it my Yard Gun. :D

yzguy87
May 11, 2013, 01:24 PM
I like it!

Roadking Rider
May 11, 2013, 01:30 PM
Looks like a fun little project to personalize your rifle. Why you chose to do it, is your business. Personally I think it looks great.

Sam Cade
May 11, 2013, 01:43 PM
Not a thing wrong with that.

I rather like it.

Sav .250
May 11, 2013, 01:55 PM
For me,the only thing it adds to the weapon.....is a different look. J s/n.

splithoof
May 12, 2013, 02:57 AM
In the spirit of what Jeff Cooper liked to say:"....so what is it for?"
To each his own; if it serves your purposes, all is well. I would personally never do that to my GSR, as I use the forward rail for optics.

aubie515
May 12, 2013, 09:55 AM
For me,the only thing it adds to the weapon.....is a different look. J s/n.
Not true, it adds weight and limits your optics mounting options.

IMO, it's not needed and looks dumb.

Carl N. Brown
May 12, 2013, 10:48 AM
My bare sweaty hands tend to rust blued steel pretty badly ...

My younger son has the same problem. I put wrap-around Pachmayr rubber grips on my Ruger MK II because his hands removed the blue from the exposed metal on the grip frame. When he came of age, he prefered to buy stainless steel revolvers and polymer frame autos for that reason.

I think you have a solution to a personal problem that actual makes a very cool personally customized rifle.

chicharrones
May 12, 2013, 10:54 AM
In the spirit of what Jeff Cooper liked to say:"....so what is it for?"
To each his own; if it serves your purposes, all is well. I would personally never do that to my GSR, as I use the forward rail for optics.

I respect Jeff Cooper and I read his writings in the gun mags for years, but I didn't purchase the GSR to fulfill any need to follow the Colonel's or Gunsite's teachings.

I bought it because I wanted a short carbine, with iron sights, and a detachable magazine. If this Ruger would have been issued without the Gunsite moniker and looked exactly the same, I would have still bought it. These features in a .308 package that is 36" long? I love it.

Anyway, that was written to anyone in general about meeting the requirements of a Scout Rifle.

I do appreciate your feedback! :)

chicharrones
May 12, 2013, 10:59 AM
Not true, it adds weight and limits your optics mounting options.

IMO, it's not needed and looks dumb.

Fear not, it's not welded on. It comes off as fast an easy as the original scope rail. ;)

chicharrones
May 12, 2013, 11:01 AM
My younger son has the same problem. I put wrap-around Pachmayr rubber grips on my Ruger MK II because his hands removed the blue from the exposed metal on the grip frame. When he came of age, he prefered to buy stainless steel revolvers and polymer frame autos for that reason.

I think you have a solution to a personal problem that actual makes a very cool personally customized rifle.

Yep, some people out there are rust starters. Me included. When I sweat hard on a hot day, I leave salt rings in my shirt and hat. That's not good for blued steel coming from my hands.

You know, I would have gotten the stainless version of the GSR if I had known about it in time. Oh well. :cool:

splithoof
May 12, 2013, 06:49 PM
^^^^I wish the stainless version was produced with the shorter barrel that the blue model has.

aspade
May 12, 2013, 07:21 PM
I don't need the handguard to protect my hands as much as I wanted a handguard to protect the barrel from my hands. I like grabbing rifles in front of the receiver wrapping my whole hand around the fore end. My bare sweaty hands tend to rust blued steel pretty badly if I don't wipe down the steel regularly.


Keeping your sweaty mitts off of the barrel is half of it but some gunk will still make it through the vent holes and how regularly are you going to wipe down the steel with a handguard in the way?

I have run into a lot more rust in the crevices, under grip panels, below the stock line, etc. than I have fingerprints in plain sight.

That said, it does look cool.

TCB in TN
May 12, 2013, 09:37 PM
Whats it good fer?????? I like it is as good an answer as any. I personally like the look. I also think that anything that makes you like your own guns more (unless illegal or unsafe) is a good thing.

chicharrones
May 12, 2013, 10:41 PM
Keeping your sweaty mitts off of the barrel is half of it but some gunk will still make it through the vent holes and how regularly are you going to wipe down the steel with a handguard in the way?

A very valid point! Using an air compressor will help blow out some crud, but the handguard will have to be removed from time to time.

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