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Thread: Drop in (2 piece) free float handguards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonB1 View Post
    Someone at Troy doesn't have all the details on feet and inches down
    And that ain't the half of it.

    But that discussion is for another thread on another forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr McSimon View Post
    Hi guys. This is my first post here, although I've been lurking around for the last few weeks after deciding to finally start my first AR build (thanks to my wife and a stipped lower Christmas present). Before deciding to post I was able to read through and research from this similar thread, among other places, but it's pretty old and I didn't want to necro, so I'm hoping for some updated info. I also hope I'm posting in the correct forums to keep all the mods happy.

    To date, I've been collecting up parts, but now I'm stuck on hand guards. I've got a 16" mid length BCM upper barrel assembly with an A2 front sight that I'm not looking to remove or replace, partly because I'd hate to screw up a top notch piece of equipment with my noobiness, and thanks in no small part to this scary thread, but also because I like the look and I wanted a front sight mounted to the barrel/gas block vs. the rail. I really like the idea of drop in free float rails, but the only ones I can seem to find are the Centurion C4, Troy, MI Gen II, and Daniel Defense Omega rails. Of those I think I like the DD or MI versions best, but I was hoping to avoid a quad rail in favor of something a little more smooth and round.

    In contrast to those free float versions, I also like the MI 2 piece Keymod or M-Lok drop in's, as they're more the shape and feel I'm looking for, but ofc they're not free float. So now I find myself in the same position as so many others before me, what decision should I make? Does anybody have any advice for me, or can anybody point me towards a free float solution that I've missed or not considered? Am I a dummy to care about the quad rail? There are options for rail covers after all, and plenty of people seem to like them. Sometimes it just takes a different viewpoint to make a good point or change the perspective, so any input is appreciated.

    Not my cup of tea, but here's an inexpensive option that seems to fit your desires. http://lmgguns.com/product.utg-pro-4...im-hndgrd-carb
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    BCM is allergic to UTG...

    Quote Originally Posted by Locutus View Post
    Not my cup of tea, but here's an inexpensive option that seems to fit your desires. http://lmgguns.com/product.utg-pro-4...im-hndgrd-carb

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    Quote Originally Posted by tehpwnag3 View Post
    BCM is allergic to UTG...
    Generally I would agree with you - I made the mistake of buying a UTG "A2 rear sight" several years ago. However, as long as the handguard doesn't rattle or pop out, then there's very little to go wrong. I won't be a snob about brands if the part does it's job well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tehpwnag3 View Post
    I've always heard that the C4 is the go-to rail for those who don't want to remove the FSB and use the existing barrel nut.


    Agreed, I own my fair share of them, and really like them.
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    Thanks for the replies everybody, keep 'em coming. There's some great points being made and this thread is very helpful so far.

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    I have a Troy Delta and VTAC Delta, and I really like the feel of them. They've been rock solid for several years, and are very comfortable non-quad rails. I'd recommend the Delta particularly if you're looking for something that isn't a quad rail. A few more threads for you to browse.

    http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread....-cut-out-rails

    http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread....sh-hider-upper

    http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread....one-have-input

    http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread....tac-alpha-rail
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    I do keep coming back to the Centurion C4 cutout. Do you need to remove the triangle handguard cap to make it fit though? That would seem to defeat the purpose, but I haven't found any info one way or the other yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr McSimon View Post
    I do keep coming back to the Centurion C4 cutout. Do you need to remove the triangle handguard cap to make it fit though? That would seem to defeat the purpose, but I haven't found any info one way or the other yet.
    You can just snip it off. You also remove the delta ring assembly.

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    According to this
    http://www.militarytimes.com/story/m...rail/32154527/

    The hand guard cap and slip ring both have to go.

    This is opposite of the Troy Delta because leaving the cap off leaves a gap exposing enough gas tube to get fingers on and presumably less protected against damage.

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