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LaRue vs Daniel Defense Quad Rail

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by bobhaverford, Oct 28, 2005.

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  1. bobhaverford

    bobhaverford Member

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    I'm purchasing a Rock River Arms AR-15. I can order a Daniel Defense Quad Rail from the factory or install a LaRue myself. cost for the Daniel Defense is about the same as the LaRue.

    Which would you recommend. The LaRue will be a little more trouble but I've heard the LaRue is better. I will have to install the LaRue myself and buy some tools to do so, but I suspect I'd be buying those tools anyway.

    Any advice appreciated.

    Bob
     
  2. Gordon

    Gordon Member

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    Both are good- the La Rue is a little better. If you are gonna use La Rue mounts- then they will fit perfect and you will have the best IMHO!:)
     
  3. NMshooter

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    No complaints with mine.:)

    Edit to add: Mine is a LaRue.
     
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    Both are excellent, I have a Daniel Defense and it's great and Larue's stuff is top notch as well. You wouldn't be dissappointed with either
     
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    I really like the Larue I have. I don't like the half-hour it took to pound the front sight base pins out of the barrel so I could install the rail.
     
  6. bobhaverford

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    Would you do it again or buy another? Thanks.
     
  7. Bartholomew Roberts

    Bartholomew Roberts Moderator Emeritus

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    There are only three major differences between the Laure and Daniel Defense rails:

    1) The Larue rail has a locking plate inserted in the barrel nut during installation. This means if the retaining collar that holds the rail works loose from vibration, the rail can't roll very much. It also makes installation and alignment easier.

    2) The Daniel Defense uses an aluminium barrel nut (you can get a steel nut though). This makes them lighter than the Larue and lighter even then plastic handguards. However, if you are mounting and unmounting the rail a lot or plan to run an M203, the aluminium barrel nut may not hold up as well as a steel barrel nut.

    3) The 3 and 9 o'clock rails on the Daniel Defense are shorter than 1913 spec (Not as deep as they should be). This makes the DD a little more oval in feel and a tad bit slimmer than the Larue. It also means you can't mount anything here that depends on a correct 1913 depth in order to mount (however, I can't think of any product that you would mount here that would be affected by that)

    Personally, the only big difference between the two that would affect most people is that that the Larue is easier to install - which isn't a big deal if somebody is going to install the DD for you. Both systems are used by the military and both are excellent systems that are very rugged.
     
  8. CleverNickname

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    Oh, I'd buy it again. It was just a pain to install.
     
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