If you want a serious target gun, the float tube is worth it. If you want durability, the standard handguards are better. The big difference will be if you use a bipod or if your shooting technique puts pressure on the front end. My standard bushy w/ 20in tube has always been awesome: always always always sub moa. With the right loads, it will regularly do 1/4-1/2 inch groups. I don't shoot competetively with the ar and I don't like using a sling for shooting when the guns is a defense gun, so I don't need the float tube. If you want a precision rig, the vmatch won't let you down.