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military stocks?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by alemonkey, Jan 22, 2008.

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  1. alemonkey

    alemonkey Member

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    Something I've always wondered - why do military rifles tend to have a full length forend, instead of a half length like civilian rifles? Is it to prevent burning one's hand on a hot barrel?
     
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    long sight picture?
     
  3. ckay

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    What type of rifle?
     
  4. Anteater1717

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    Probably to protect the barrel.
     
  5. Deer Hunter

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    Ever fired 20-30 rounds, rapid, then grabbed the gun and ran to another foxhole?

    It's for protection for the rifle and the rifleman.
     
  6. toivo

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    And to make the rifle easier to grip when using a bayonet.
     
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    Given I've almost burned the digits from the rear sight leaf into my fingers from handling hot rifles, I'd say the full-stock and handguard is a pretty good thing.

    I do like the barrel-tube of the Gew88, though. It's different, but it stays cooler longer and doesn't get quite as hot as bare metal.
     
  8. Titan6

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    Yes.
     
  9. Ash

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    And it protects the barrel from damage.

    Ash
     
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