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Free-floating a two-piece handguard?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Sledgecrowbar, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. Sledgecrowbar

    Sledgecrowbar Member

    Jun 21, 2012
    My first AR build has been stalled for about a month, partly due to funding, partly due to indecision. I guess that's everyone's stalled AR build. While I've built guns from scratch, I'm new to handling the AR platform.

    This isn't a security or field gun per say, at least not until I'm used to it, I'll be using it only at the range, and I'm interested in free-floating for consistency.

    I really like the look of the Magpul MOE handguard, so I decided to look into making it work with this. I've seen barrel sleeves for competition that let you free-float regular handguards in classes that require rifles with Colt-style furniture, but being designed only for that purpose, the price isn't worth it, I could buy a nice quad rail for the price of the sleeve and MOE. I thought about making a free-float sleeve myself, and I can and will if that ends up being my only option.

    I've also seen the Model 1 Sales free-float tube, which is even cheaper than the Magpul handguard, but I'm definitely picking up an MOE regardless, even if I have to mount it the way it was intended.

    I like the idea of getting the Magpul look, at reasonably above the Magpul price, but with the advantage of a free-floated handguard, and I'm more than willing to put in the work. Without holding the pieces in my hands, I theorized that I might be able to epoxy the two halves together and mount them either to the delta ring (I'm still not sure what that does) or with a barrel nut designed for free-float handguards.

    I haven't seen any pictures of the barrel nut for the Model 1 Sales tube, but I was looking at the Yankee Hill Machine free-float barrel nut, which is longer than the standard nut and externally threaded. I'm not terribly worried about it being reversible, but I don't want to just epoxy the handguard onto the barrel nut and never be able to disassemble it again. All I have is an upper, a lower, hardware kits, and a buttstock, as I'm still choosing a barrel.
  2. hentown

    hentown Well-Known Member

    May 13, 2012

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