Handguards

This is a discussion on Handguards within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I have a stock Armalite AR and I want to change out my factory handguard. It's a mid length w/ 16" barrel. I've been looking ...

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    Handguards

    I have a stock Armalite AR and I want to change out my factory handguard. It's a mid length w/ 16" barrel. I've been looking at the Troy battlerails lately. Is it better to install a drop in or a free floating handguard? Any response greatly appreciated.

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    Well that all depends. drop ins are usually cheaper. But free float doesn't put any stress on the barrel. If you do a lot of bench shooting, free float is a good option. Also, a good portion of free float rails give you a monolithic top rail where as MOST drop in handguards will not. Though there are drop in handguards that do give you a seamless monolithic top rail. Overall, I don't think there are any real downsides to free float, other than cost and installation is usually a bit more involved. Have you looked at the Daniel Defense free float rails? I had a Troy rail on my M&P15 when it was new, and I ended up breaking it (though I take responsibility for it). I replaced it with a Daniel Defense rail.

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    I do agree if you want a non-railed handguard, Magpul is the way to go.

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    I put Centurian free float quad rails on both my rifles. You need to cut the Delta ring and spring off and they bolt to the barrel nut with 4 screws. These things aren't cheap but function great. I've heard all the bolt on comments but a bit of loctite blue and they don't move. You can mount a forward vertical grip and it won't torque. A few thousand rounds later mine are rock solid.
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    Thank y'all for the responses.

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    Perhaps the Daniel Defense Omega Rail? From what I understand, it clamps on to the delta ring and is a drop in rail. I'm either going that route or with the M4 Rail with the AR I'm building.

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