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Posted: 2/16/2006 5:24:44 PM EDT
I tried a search, but all the threads are about FF tubes with RAILS!

I am interested in a (carbine length) regular old round free float tube. What are the options if I don't want an aluminum one or a pricey carbon fiber one?

Does anyone offer a composite FF tube?

Link Posted: 2/16/2006 5:34:41 PM EDT
badger ordinance has a few

check out the options at fulton armory
http://www.fulton-armory.com/M6Parts3.htm#UpperParts
the carbon Hiper ones are a good price:
http://www.hiperform.com/hand-guards.htm
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 5:41:05 PM EDT
Armalite, 100.00
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 8:02:27 PM EDT
Another option is the YHM customizable tube or the free float tube. Less than $100, but I bet they are made of aluminum.

Why are you looking for just a tube, but not one made of CF or aluminum?
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 10:32:32 PM EDT
You mean like the PRI??
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 7:21:42 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 7:26:16 PM EDT
Armalite Fiberglass are nice and permit the use of a Harris bipod.
A little warning. The locking nut is large, and when used on some lowers, it cannot open all the way (hits front pin tabs)
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 7:49:27 PM EDT
Yeah, I missed that part.

The Briley tube is good, from what I hear.

I found the Armalite one a little thick.

Link Posted: 2/17/2006 8:42:54 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 9:07:50 PM EDT
I've got a bushmaster rifle-length vented free-float tube and I'm happy with it. It's a 3-piece so you can use a regular barrel wrench to install the nut then a small strap wrench for the tube (or put on leather gloves and twist really tight). It has a sling stud that works well with a harris bipod. I bought mine used for $50. I think new they sell for $80.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 9:12:19 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 4:38:08 AM EDT
Doesn't DPMS have a new carbon Handguard introduced at the Shot show?
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 4:44:00 AM EDT
The Hogue aluminum gets hot and the rubber coating gets "squirmy". I bought a carbon fiber one.
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