Originally Posted By vetteguy112233:
I've got a heavy barrel colt 16" upper and I want a different handguard. My ideal handguard is a 15" free float, extremely skinny guard with a tough look and the ability to add something like a Grip-pod. I have found a few, but they are expensive. For now I just want a longer handguard. I have found some factory second rifle handguards for $15, but I can't figure out how to make it fit my gun. I know I can cut my front sight down to clear, but can't figure out how to make the handguard stay in place near the front of the gun. I thought about buying another factory style gas block, but then I would have to notch the barrel for the roll pins so that it doesn't move.
That's why I'm here, what is my easiest/cheapest way to doing this?
1) remove the handguards.
2) cut off the front sight just a bit above the gas tube (you DO NOT want to mess up the gas system - get a gunsmith to do this if you don't know how). round the edges and touch up the bare metal with some cold blue.
3) (this is old school
- before it was common to do it right be removing the barrel) using a dremel w/ a cutting wheel and some pliers remove the delta ring, delta ring spring, and the retaining clip on the barrel nut.
4) Puchase a Midwest Industries MCTAR-22G2 (under $200) which is a rifle length 2 piece FREE Floated 4 rail handguard or a Troy 11" Alpha Rail (round with a top rail and mounting points for other rails - under $190),
5) Mount Rail system bought in step #4 to your stock barrel nut.
This can be done w/o use of a vice, blocks, or a barrel wrench.