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Concerning the Front Rail of the M1A

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by BlindReplicant, Feb 11, 2008.

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  1. BlindReplicant

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    I just held the Scout Squad that's made by Springfield Armory and immediately fell in love with it. I would like to get one in the future but am not crazy about the front rail. I heard that the way it's mounted permits heat to be transfered from the barrel to the rail and that, at a busy shooting pace, it could get very hot.
    Is there anyway that the rail can be removed or at least covered up to keep myself from accidentally burning my hand?
    I've seen some rail covers being sold online but wonder if using them will interfere with using the iron sights.
    I would personally favor mating a rail system that mounts above the ejection port with a low magnification optic but that's just me. I know that this will pose a bit of a problem with getting a proper cheek weld with the stock but I find this easier to work with than trying to see through a scope mounted far ahead with a long eye relief.
     
  2. H2O MAN

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    Remove the forward barrel mount and install a standard hand guard.
    Quality over the receiver 3-point mounts are available from SEI and Sadlak.

    Another option is the LAW483 M14 MCS by TROY...

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  3. Andrewsky

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  4. BlindReplicant

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    Thanks for all the input, you two; the advice will make planning much easier. While I still have your ear, do you know of any place where I can purchase a replacement standard hand guard?
     
  5. Andrewsky

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    fredsm14stocks.com. His handguards are incredibly cheap.

    One thing though is that it takes several months for Fred to ship your stuff because he runs the Appleseed program.

    His stocks are fantastic as well.
     
  6. bond007

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    I have a Midwest Industries rail mounted on my M1A Scout Squad.

    It provides just enough rail for a light without obstructing the handguard.
     
  7. bond007

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    May as well include a picture.....

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  8. xx7grant7x

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    i like the look of that, what kinda scope are you running on that fine gun a leupold of some variety it looks like, nice rifle and I like the size of the rails
     
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