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Triangular Handguards?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Svg99, Nov 25, 2007.

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  1. Svg99

    Svg99 Member

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    Recently i handled an ar15 with the a1 style triangular handguard. I like the feel of them and want some for the ar15 that i am building. Model1sales has them on their site. Will these fit on a standard heavy barrel? the one with triangular handguards had a govt profile barrel.
     
  2. OEF_VET

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    They will fit. I put a set on one of my heavy barrels yesterday.
     
  3. DMK

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    There's one guy here built a retro looking Dissapator with the old A1 furniture. Looked pretty cool.
     
  4. Winger Ed.

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    Wear gloves when you shoot it.

    With the verticle split, they'll pinch the heck out of ya if you let them.
    (That's why the newer handguards join on a horizontal split.

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  5. Clipper

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    One of there days, I'll get a AR-15. I liked my A1 service rifle, and think the later forends look and feel funny.
     
  6. SigfanUSAF

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    I have never had, nor heard of, this problem. I prefer the A1 handguards to the A2s personally.

     
  7. rangerruck

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    so do I.
     
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    I think the triangle shaped handguard is easier to grasp, and more comfortable. Maybe I just hold & squeeze the front stock too tightly, but I've been pinched a few times by ones that had vent holes running down the bottom side.

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  9. Caimlas

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    Funny you should say that. I've pinched myself several times on my carbine's handguard split, and rarely have any contact with the direct underside of the handguard - though, I've never shot the retro triangular ones, so that might be even worse. :p

    I suspect I'd find affinity with the triangular handguard, too: the guns I've got with a narrower handguard/forward hand rest area are much more ergonomic, I think.
     
  10. BigG

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    The material on the round hand guards is a lot tougher, although I also agree the triangular ones look much better. The carbines have always had a round hand guard. :D
     
  11. AK103K

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    Northridge has USGI M16/M16A1 furniture kits for about $20. If you are looking for a cheap sorce for trying or customizing, they are usually in real good shape. I use them mostly for paint jobs. I also prefer the A1 stocks, and they have been a good source.

    http://www.northridgeinc.com/ar15_m16.htm

    This is an old pic of a set I used on my Dissapator...
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    another (bad) pic, same gun differnt paint job...
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    I've been shooting AR's and M16's since they were issued with the original furniture. Never had the handguards pinch me, nor did they get any hotter than the round versions. The round versions have never bit me either. Every triangular set I've ever seen had heat shields in them. If you use them on a Dissipator, you will need to modify the heat shields for the second gas block.
     
  12. Zach S

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    Not my cup of teat, I prefer A2s.

    One thing that I didnt see mentioned is you have to make sure you have the triangular handguard cap. A2 HGs fit both caps, so dont assume you have a round one if you have A2 HGs.
     
  13. Dionysusigma

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    Does anyone make a set of triangular handguards in a mid-length format?

    Novel idea: Triangular handguards that are joined horizontally.
     
  14. AK103K

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    I would think if one was going to pinch more than another, it would be the horizontal seam more than the vertical. At most with the vertical, you only have one contact point and its often not ever a contact point. With the horizontal, you have two contact points that pretty much always are.

    But like I said, neither has ever bit me....yet.
     
  15. mljdeckard

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    We did it for tun at Knox, 17 years ago. Out training rifles were a smattering of everything, and we traded guards for fun to see if they would fit. They do.

    I mostly prefer cylindrical guards now. (Free-floating.)
     
  16. MIL-DOT

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    while in the marines in the mid 80's, we were the last to use the tri-guard M-16's, i always liked them better than the newer round guards.
    last year, CDNN ( and cheaperthandirt) had some "new,found in warehouse, colt AR uppers with tri-guard and forward assist" for $369. i bought one,then got a rock river fully assembled lower and BCG for, IIRC, the same price. soon after i traded it away, and just the other day bought it back with almost a case and a half of ammo,( mostly XM193) many mags,a bayonet, a scope and tactical rail, slings, cleaning kits and i can't remeber what else......all for $800 !! win some. lose some !!!
    sorry, didn't mean to sidetrack. if you're interested in these,though, check out AR-15.com, they have a retro section devoted to the old-style rifles.
     
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    Just a question because I am too lazy to follow the links.....

    Does anyone have the early AR stocks with the rubber solid butt plate? I liked them better than the later hard plastic butt trap models.

    In 1982 I took a set of triangluar guards from our junk box in the unit arms room (each had a crack or missing "tooth") and a rubber butt (only one in the arms room as everything else had the trap door butts) and painted them camo with Model Airplane paints. I also did a 30 and a 20 round magazine. Not having a rifle assigned to myself (What's an artillery officer going to do with a rifle? Not how I felt but the Army did.) I put the things on my drivers rifle. It was amazing how much flak he caught over it when I was not around.

    In the mid 1970s we sewed up cloth covers for the M-16a1s' stocks in my Infantry unit when I was an enlisted 11 Bang-bang using some old camie cloth scraps and a set or two using white sheets ( we were in Germany and oddly much of the landscape there is white between late October and March. We also got the trousers from Cook's Whites for use on patrols as well oddly trousers being white are more important than white jackets or ponchos, try it) The three of us that did this got poked fun at and eventually told to stop using the covers.

    -Bob Hollingsworth
     
  18. AK103K

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    Bob,

    Northridge has both the old trapdoor versions and the earlier solid butt plates. I've got sets of both, and both were very serviceable.

    http://www.northridgeinc.com/ar15_m16.htm

    about halfway down the page.
     
  19. rbernie
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    I have five of them that I bought years ago. If anyone wants one, drop me a PM and we'll work something out.

    Maybe we should make this a THR fundraiser - donate $10 to THR and I'll ship you one M16 early style (solid buttplate, A1 length) buttstock complete with rear sling mount.
     
  20. Zach S

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    Not that I know of.
     
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