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How long should the handguard be on an AR-15?

How long should the handguard be on an AR-15?

Most low-profile gas blocks are about 1″ long, so assuming you want the handguard to completely cover the gas block, then your handguard needs to be at least 1″ + 7 5⁄16″ = 8 5⁄16″ long. The nearest commonly-available handguard size is 9″, so you need to shop for a 9″ or longer handguard.

How long should a 10.5 barrel handguard be?

10” Handguard: Gives you the most space for your hand and equipment while maintaining a good sight radius for a 10.5 barrel. You need to be careful on the muzzle device to make sure no muzzle blast is released beneath the rail. A flash can usually works well for this length.

What are the different types of AR-15 handguards?

There are three popular types of mounting system: Keymod, M-LOK, and Picatinny. Most free-floating handguards use the picatinny rail system, which has traditionally been the preferred system of military and law enforcement. However, the picatinny system can be bulkier and heavier than Keymod or M-LOK.

Is 15 inch handguard too long?

15-inches. Intended mostly for rifle-length gas systems, it’s perfectly usable on any standard length gas system. Generally, these will only be used on barrels that are 16-inches or longer and are probably the most common length for handguards.

What size handguard should I get?

The handguard should extend from the front of your upper all the way to the gas port, wherever that hits toward the end of the barrel. So, generally speaking, if you want to change to a shorter or longer handguard rail, you will need to change out your barrel and gas system accordingly.

How long is a rifle length handguard?

11.5 to 12 inches long
Rifle-length gas tubes are generally about 13 inches long, requiring handguards ranging from 11.5 to 12 inches long. These are usually found on rifles with barrels 20 inches in length and longer. If you’re looking for replacement handguards for a rifle-length system, check out the: UTG Free-Float Rifle Quad-Rail.

Is longer the handguard the better?

Small and lightweight builds benefit from a shorter handguard, but having an exposed barrel at the end means it can be harder to shoot off barricades if you want. Resting off of the barrel will cause POI shifts and it’s just awkward. More length also gives you more room for stuff to hang off the rifle.

How long is a rifle-length handguard?

What is the difference between AR-15 and M4 carbine?

The Comparison: M4 vs AR15 A military M4 is slightly shorter and has the ability to fire in full-auto. The modern-day “standard” AR-15 that the vast majority of us normal people buy is generally a 16″ barrel with an adjustable stock while the M4A1 has a 14.5″ barrel.

What makes an AR-15 a carbine?

The AR-15 is a carbine. Despite the fact that the US Military classifies the similar M16 as a rifle since it mounts to the shoulder, the AR-15 fits the exact definition of a carbine. A carbine is a type of rifle that is lighter and easier to handle than other traditional options.