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Posted: 9/23/2012 9:05:40 AM EDT
Wanted to drop some weight off of an AR. The AP Customs hand guard sounded good, but there was not  much info on their site.  Their hand guard requires a standard barrel nut, that is not included.
The install is straight forward. Their adapter clamps to the barrel nut. Here's some pics...

Rifle length handguard with barrel nut weighs 6 ounces.
Link Posted: 9/23/2012 9:21:38 AM EDT
That is a very interesting setup. I think if they would have used an aluminum barrel nut design they could have shaved almost another ounce. How much does it cost?
Link Posted: 9/23/2012 9:28:30 AM EDT
I've looked at carbon fiber tubes before, but all of then get glued to the adapter/barrel nut making them impossible to remove without destroying them.  How does this one attach?
Link Posted: 9/23/2012 9:28:35 AM EDT
Paid $135 + $5 for a barrel nut.


It attaches with three screws into the adapter.

Link Posted: 9/23/2012 9:53:48 AM EDT
I definately like the no glue attachment method. Let us know how it works out and whether you have any issues with it. I might have to pick it up for a lightweight build I've got planned.
Link Posted: 9/23/2012 10:09:48 AM EDT
did you , or could you, measure the o.d. of the  adapter., or the i.d. of the tube?
Link Posted: 9/23/2012 11:45:33 AM EDT
Did not measure the ID.  OD is 2 inches. Wall thickness is 0.065 inch. ID should be around 1.9 inches.
Link Posted: 10/4/2012 3:09:24 PM EDT
any method for bipod attachment?

ETA, found the picatinny sections on their site.
Link Posted: 10/4/2012 5:38:36 PM EDT
I have one of these too. The best thing about it is that it doesn't freeze your hand when it's cold, and doesn't get hot from heavy fire.

I was sold on the fact that it doesn't need to be glued on. Unfortunately it wiggles around a little on the three screws. I wish there were 5 screws instead of three. It works fine for shooting artificial targets, but I don't think it is durable enough for a combat application.

Another criticism is that the gripping surface is smooth.

For bipod attachment I think you can order a Picatinny section that screws into any of the slots. I had a left over T nut from a JP handguard that I modified for a sling swivel that works OK.
Link Posted: 10/5/2012 9:46:05 PM EDT
I put some strips of grip tape on mine to solve the smoothness
Link Posted: 10/6/2012 3:18:04 AM EDT
I have two of these and am very pleased.  One is on a lightweight 300 Blackout and one on my 3-gun rifle.  As to the bi-pod question, I used JB Weld to put a sling stud on mine for bipod mounting, works fine, although it doesn't look perfect.  Alternatively, I have read that the magpul Moe picatinny rail sections attach well through the slots?  I believe this is a stand-up company that gives very good service, before and after the sale.
Link Posted: 10/6/2012 7:01:14 AM EDT
I also use these. They work great on my 22 Builds with a Taccom barrel and stock. The last customer build was 3lbs 7ozs ,that is with a bushnell TSR25 red dot ,yhm mini riser , new frontier lower , taccom barrel and stock and AP customs mid-length handguard.
Link Posted: 10/30/2012 3:56:09 PM EDT
They now have a tactical model that has a top rail and include 2 short rails for u to attach.
Link Posted: 10/31/2012 1:12:08 AM EDT
i've got a midlength custom tube from them on a lightweight (6.125lbs w/ loaded 20 rnd mag!) build im about to finish, very robust handguard setup. I had them add some holes for a noveske qd sling mount & bipod stud for a troy trx rail. I have no wobble or anything from the mounting setup on mine.
Link Posted: 10/31/2012 5:31:01 AM EDT
Thanks for the info.
I might get one for my lightweight build.
Link Posted: 11/23/2012 9:02:09 AM EDT
These are a nice alternative to the Clark Custom tubes.  I like the fact that they use a standard steel barrel nut as well as the venting.  I'm planning to have Liberty Suppressors build me one of their integrally suppressed .300 AAC Blackout "Leonidas" uppers, and will probably use one of these.
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