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i can't take my ar-15 handguards off to save my life!

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by againstthagrane, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. againstthagrane

    againstthagrane Well-Known Member

    is there some special way to do this that i'm not aware of? i've been trying for about 20 minutes now with no progress. i just can't hold the delta ring down and life and separate the handguards at the same time. is there a special tool out there for this application?
  2. brian923

    brian923 Well-Known Member


    you can find these at a lot of online stores. (maybe not exact modle, but they all look the same.) i have never used them, i just grunt away until the handgaurd comes out. you can use a screwdriver to pry out the handgaurd, but then you run the risk of damaging the finish on the rifle and the handgaurd themselves. and then, what if you cant get them back in?!!? if you cant get them, get the tool, or find someone who can. what type of Ar is it?? pics?? brian
  3. mgregg85

    mgregg85 Well-Known Member

    did you try getting some help with it? Pull the delta ring down and have someone else pull the handguards off.
  4. againstthagrane

    againstthagrane Well-Known Member

  5. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Good thing is it will get easier each time as you weaken the spring a little.
  6. tntwatt

    tntwatt Well-Known Member

    if you have someone to help, put the but of the weapon on the table, get 2 wooden spoons, place the handle of one spoon on each side of the delta ring and pull down, then the other person should be able to pull the handguard off with no problem
  7. The Wiry Irishman

    The Wiry Irishman Well-Known Member

  8. againstthagrane

    againstthagrane Well-Known Member

    i think i'm just going to order that tool. it seems to be getting great reviews from people who have used it.
    thanks for the help guys. i'm loving this forum.
  9. Harry Tuttle

    Harry Tuttle Well-Known Member

    run a length of paracord thru the hand guards vent holes
    loop it back out and tie it together

    push down on the delta and use your teeth to pull the cord
  10. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    Ouch! :)
    Get a handguard removal tool from Brownells
    They have a couple different offerings available.
  11. jrfoxx

    jrfoxx Well-Known Member

    I had trouble with mine the first time I tried to do it too, even with the wife's help. I could get the ring down, but she couldn't separate the handguards. So we tried switching jobs. No go, she couldnt hold the ring down. Eventually got it myself by pulling the ring down with my right hand, and slipping a putty knife blade between the handguards to separate them a little.Part of the problem was the handguards were just kinda stuck together.Once I had them separated a hair, they kept the ring from moving up at all, so I could easily pull down the last little bit with my hand, while separating the gaurds a little more, until the ring was all the way down, and the guards now far enpugh apart to hold it there.Then I could use both hands on the guards and they popped right off.

    The second time was a lot easier, as I knew how to do it, and the guards separated easy as they werent stuck together any more. The tool is probly easiest and fastest, and is pretty cheap (but so am I, so I havent bought one :D)
  12. wideym

    wideym Well-Known Member

    My cousin had trouble removing the handguards from an old, used Bushmaster carbine he had bought. It had the old small carbine handguards and the reason they would not come off was that they were melted at the front. We had to pry them apart with a screwdriver and were useless afterward, but I had an extra set of Glasierguards I let him have.
  13. Ash

    Ash Well-Known Member

    Make you really appreciate the FAL method of handguard retention.

  14. Kind of Blued

    Kind of Blued Well-Known Member

    I'm going to offer no helpful advice and instead simply resort to calling you a "sally"... ;)
  15. chucksmooth

    chucksmooth Member

    i've never been able to do it myself. IMO, its a two person job
  16. SSN Vet

    SSN Vet Well-Known Member

    +1 on it being a two person evlolution.
  17. IndianaBoy

    IndianaBoy Well-Known Member

    Lift some weights Nancy. ;)

    Just kidding.

    It was a bear to get mine on and off when I first assembled my rifle. It is easier now that I have cycled that spring a few times.
  18. Evil Monkey

    Evil Monkey member

    Oh, I see.

    The hand guards are JAMMED!!!!!

    :D :D :D
  19. Don't Tread On Me

    Don't Tread On Me Well-Known Member

    I've found that compressing the delta ring even just a dozen times softens it up a little.

    Either that or my fingers got much stronger ;)

    I could do it even when new, but it was quite difficult. Now, it's not easy, but easier.
  20. Snipe315

    Snipe315 Active Member



    I never had any problem removing handguards by myself in the USMC. And some of those were hard to remove.

    Try removing one at a time.


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