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Posted: 7/2/2003 7:35:43 PM EDT
OK, I know a $400 wingding is better than a $125 wingding. This is for looking cool, not combat.

Anyone have any actual experience with one? Anyone seen one in person?

My main question is- how do they mount?

I'm kicking around an idea where I would want the barrel to be really visible. I mean, what's the point of a custom fluted Kreiger barrell, if you can't see it?

So, I'd want to do a little aluminum whittling, and this looks like a nice square chunk o' wood. Um, aluminum.


Link Posted: 7/2/2003 8:28:02 PM EDT
I have one that I tried out on a match upper... It is certainly high quality, but it is a wide piece o' wood...er, aluminum...and was just too wide for my hand (and I have a pretty good size hand). I never felt truly comfortable with it and went back to an Armalite round tube. It uses a pretty slick mounting system... There is a big aluminum "block" that screws onto the upper receiver as far as it can go and still line up with the gas tube hole. Then you poke the barrel in and secure it with a simple steel "collar" that screws into the barrel hole in the "block". The "collar" has two holes in it and I used a CAR stock spanner to tighten it down. After the barrel is installed, you just slide the back-end of the forend...yes, I meant to say that...onto the "block", secure it with 4 button-head socket screws, reinstall the gas block and tube and away you go. I actually had to do a little custom fitting of the front of mine to let the gas block seat properly and it is very easy to whittle on. I ended up using some kind of bake-on heat resistant paint to get a good final finish on it. I will tell you, it was very sturdy, it never moved one degree, and it was GREAT over bags or on a tripod. Plus, you don't see them often so it is still kinda' "trick", AND it is more than sturdy enough to screw mounts into for whatever you want to hang off it. Although it is aluminum...it does give a muzzle heavy feel.
Link Posted: 7/3/2003 6:34:28 PM EDT
Many thanks, MJN- exactly what I wanted to know! If I keep going with this project, by the time I am done at the milling machine, the forend will weigh quite a bit less! By the way, should you be thinking of selling yours, drop me a line. Pete
Link Posted: 7/4/2003 8:20:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/4/2003 8:22:35 AM EDT by ronemus]
Aside from being "cool," it's the only handguard I've found with a flat bottom. Personally, I don't like a round forend, so it's just what I want. It isn't particularly wide as target stocks go; the forends on my Anschutz rifles were wider, as are most match rifle and long-range prone stocks. The only problem I had was with the button-head screws. I used Loctite to make sure they wouldn't loosen (I've learned the hard way that anything can and will come loose in the middle of a match if given a chance), and the socket heads stripped when I removed them. I now use regular Allen-head screws - it gives it a bit of a "Frankenstein" look, but they haven't stripped either.
Link Posted: 7/5/2003 1:27:20 PM EDT
One word, heavy.
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