What Carbine Railing for your AR?

What Carbine Railing for your AR?

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    What Carbine Railing for your AR?

    Going to be swapping out the hand guards on my wife's M&P15 Sport but don't really know where to start. I've seen some for sale aboard the base for $120 and I've seen some on GB for $40. So I was hoping to get some advice and tips from the all-wise members of DC lol.

    I've measured her hand guards between 6.5" and 7". Price isnt a huge factor but can be a determining factor. I'd like a two piece rail system and it doesnt have to be anything to survive WW3. Range time is really all that it will see and a broomstick/bipod.

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    You don't want to buy one that's too cheap. I have one from Midwest Industries and it is quite nice. IIRC it was about $125.
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    If you aren't going to be mounting anything that requires sighting in, I truly believe the Magpul MOE handguards are ones of the best deals going. You can add rails where needed for accessories, but other than that it is clean. No need to worry about dinging rails into hard objects and damaging them, or losing rail covers. They are also lighter weight than most aluminum rail systems, keeping overall rifle weight down.

    I only have one AR that is still sporting a rail, mostly because I already own it, but, unless I am going for something like a DM rifle which needs superior accuracy and a free-float forend, the MOEl is my go-to.
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    Like Buckeye45, I am using the MOE hg's. I used to have a Yankee Hill MAchine quad rail , but found I didn't need all the rail estate . A few small rails fit my needs to mount a light and vert grip.
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    Here is a decent set for $18.00 (you can pay more, but I don't know how it would be any better)
    The Broomstick choices are plentiful, I'd strongly recommend one that folds up with battery storage for your light &/or optic.

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    I had an el cheapo $25 rail on my rifle before. The rail was made in the USA by Guntec and I bought it from CTD. Honestly it gave me no problems whatsoever and I was satisfied with it. I later upgraded to a Midwest Industries SS12G2 and low profile gas block. The reasons for upgrading were that I wanted to try a free float rail, I liked the smaller diameter of the modular rail system, and I liked the lighter weight.

    Here is the Guntec rail, albeit more expensive on amazon:
    Amazon.com: Guntec USA 2-Piece AR15 AR-15 M4 Carbine Rifle Quad 4 Weaver/Picatinny Rail Aluminum Handguard: Sports & Outdoors

    And here is a link to the midwest industries rails. You really can't go wrong with these:

    Midwest Industries: Tactical Handguards

    Also take a look around Palmetto, they have some good deals pop up:

    Handguards & Rails - Upper Parts - AR-15
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    Knight's Armament. Their brand new RAS for carbines is somewhere around $350, but they have "blemished" ones called "seconds" that are only $150. That's where I got mine. There wasn't anything wrong with it. The seconds just have cosmetic blemishes - if any.

    I don't recommend anything except Knight's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye .45 View Post
    If you aren't going to be mounting anything that requires sighting in, I truly believe the Magpul MOE handguards are ones of the best deals going. You can add rails where needed for accessories, but other than that it is clean. No need to worry about dinging rails into hard objects and damaging them, or losing rail covers. They are also lighter weight than most aluminum rail systems, keeping overall rifle weight down.

    I only have one AR that is still sporting a rail, mostly because I already own it, but, unless I am going for something like a DM rifle which needs superior accuracy and a free-float forend, the MOEl is my go-to.
    Buckeye, I'm assuming that I just buy the railing I would need. Seemingly just the bottom one? The bipod I'm using are just our standard CIF ones I'm sure you can remember.

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    The free float is a bit over rated and really not an issue for most.
    Nice maybe but just not a major concern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSDSchutzhund View Post
    Buckeye, I'm assuming that I just buy the railing I would need. Seemingly just the bottom one? The bipod I'm using are just our standard CIF ones I'm sure you can remember.
    Yup, I think I just bought a 3" rail section for the VFG, but you just use the supplied hardware to mount it to the bottom of the handguard. Really, unless you are mounting a PEQ (or something similar) on the rifle, I see no need to spend the money and add the weight of a non-free float metal rail system. I have a VFG and WML on mine, so I just added the two rail sections I needed, at significantly less cost than the alternatives.
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