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Posted: 7/10/2003 4:09:08 AM EST
On one of my 16" uppers I installed a 2 piece aluminum free float tube, nice unit but after two 30 round mags it heats up to the point that you cannot hold on (unless you have an oven mitt or similar that is).

Any ideas on making this cooler, or should I just switch to a standard handguard setup? Didnt someone here make a float tube from some type of plastic tubing?
Link Posted: 7/10/2003 4:18:55 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/10/2003 4:19:17 AM EST by mr_wilson]
Ya might consider wrapping that aluminum float tube in "para-cord", which may help w/ your heat transfer problem. It's easy and relatively inexpensive. Mike
Link Posted: 7/10/2003 4:24:05 AM EST
Have you put rail covers on the tube?
Link Posted: 7/10/2003 4:27:12 AM EST
Para cord might be an idea although i probably dont have the sailors skills to do it without instructions (hint, hint). How do you mean rail covers?
Link Posted: 7/10/2003 4:40:24 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/10/2003 4:42:10 AM EST by OLY-M4gery]
Vertical handle? Rail covers? I think that the para-cord might be bad, it will insulate you from the heat, but will trap all that heat in the rifle. The rail covers might be a better idea as the will allow some heat dissipation, while giving you spaces to hold onto OLY and Bushmaster both sell rail covers on their sites. [url]bushmaster.com/shopping/handguards/sch-6.asp[/url]
Link Posted: 7/10/2003 4:43:23 AM EST
Originally Posted By JKH: Para cord might be an idea although i probably dont have the sailors skills to do it without instructions (hint, hint).
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Okay, [url]http://groups.msn.com/TheMarylandAR15ShootersSite/wrapyourhandguardswithparacord.msnw[/url] or perhaps this method here: [url]http://www.therangerdigest.com/Tips___Tricks/PARA-CORD_KNIFE_HANDLE/body_para-cord_knife_handle.html[/url] Mike
Link Posted: 7/10/2003 5:35:43 AM EST
How can you use rail covers on a FF tube with no rails?
Link Posted: 7/10/2003 6:56:15 AM EST
Originally Posted By Calvert1: How can you use rail covers on a FF tube with no rails?
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You're right, you can't, but I don't have cable, therefore no ESPN. So I can't know whether or no his handguard has rails, or not.
Link Posted: 7/10/2003 8:54:38 AM EST
No rails, this is a solid aluminum 2 piece float tube. For occasional woodchuck blasting and slow fire this is fine, but ripping off mags in rapid fire this is most unpleasant. Mr. Wilson, thanks for the links, I will give that a try first. What about ventilating the handguard?
Link Posted: 7/10/2003 11:32:15 AM EST
You can add rails to your free float tube. Then You can add some rail covers and if you want some accessories.
Link Posted: 7/10/2003 1:13:50 PM EST
Armalite - Free Float Fiberglass Tube is a possible solution. M15(T) National Match Fiberglass Handguard Tube Green EU0068 $90.00 Black EU0067 $90.00 Also exits in Carbine size
Link Posted: 7/22/2003 3:06:42 AM EST
Carbon fiber is also available. You could add a bottom rail and a vertical grip. ***But check with Hougue and Pacmeyer one of them makes a rubber sleeve /cover for this purpose. It is solid so it will trap the heat but unless you are fullauto I don't think this will be a problem. Also between strings od fire stand/hold the gun with the muzzle up. It makes a big differrence compared with laying it on its side.
Link Posted: 7/22/2003 5:21:03 AM EST
Thanks for the help guys, I have thought it over and decided to switch to standard carbine handguards. The para cord idea is good but to bulky and I really like the idea of carbon but have a Carbon 15 rifle that covers that, so its the handguards for me. Jeff
Link Posted: 7/22/2003 2:20:59 PM EST
here is a FF in camo... [url="http://www.hunt101.com/?p=51497&c=529&z=1"][img]http://www.hunt101.com/img/051497.JPG[/img][/url]
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