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    Another AR guru question

    What do I need to do to replace my existing front hand grip?

    What do you suggest for a new fore end? I'm not willing to spend more than about $150.

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    Bravo Company, Spikes Tactical sell parts. Not too bad on prices and easy to install. Instructions usually come with parts but make sure they are for the proper length. Mid- Length, Carbine or Rifle.
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    First, what's your need or want? Better looks, or do you want a rail? Obviously a rail give you lots of options, such as a vertical foregrip and a light mount. My advice is to try a carbine with a VFG to see if you like it before you commit to the trouble of installing one.

    Simply replacing the existing forend with a similar design or to install a heat shield is pretty straightforward. However, installing a rail, especially a free-floating one, requires additional tools which might require a gunsmith if you're not willing to buy them. For example, the gas block has to come off, which will daunt some folks. Brownell's has some videos that are quite informative, like this one - http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/lid=1...loat_Handguard
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    If you don't want to end much, the Magpul MOE is one of the best on he market. Rails are available as well as sling mounts and light kits. I can't recommend a quality quad rail for $150 or less, so that's what I'd do.

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    If you're on a budget, take a look at YHM's offerings. http://www.yhm.net/store/forearms.html Their fore-ends are at or under your price point, and are quite good, IMO.

    If you want a free-floating barrel, I would recommend their diamond-pattern or light-weight options to avoid adding too much weight to the front of the rifle. If your mainly after the rails and don't want to mess with removing the FSB or barrel nut, they also make 2-piece quad rails that just replace your existing handguards, no smithing required.

    I'm currently using a YHM diamond-pattern carbine length on my main AR. No complaints, it does what it's supposed to and it doesn't weigh much.
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    Great! Thanks guys. Now I have a little more info to go on.
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    To drop in another rail it helps to get the proper tool, they are under twenty bucks. You can do it with a buddy's help without the tool, gotta hold down the ring to release the grip. Like others said, what are you trying to do? Do not cheap oun on a hand guard/rail. It's a little pricey, but the Daniel Defense Omega rail is excellent and can be installed without gunsmith work.
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    The MOE hand guard give you better heat shielding to the support hand as well as being designed to accept acc. rails. If you want a free float rail the only thing that really fits in your price point that's worth a hoot is Yankee Hill Machine
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    I'm gonna go with the MOE. :)
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