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Posted: 2/24/2006 6:07:05 AM EDT
Could someone run me through the pro's and con's of the different types of forearms, i.e. differences between a free float, a 2 piece with rails, or a modular forearm? There's so darned many and I have no idea on where to even start on choosing which type I want.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 6:09:18 AM EDT
What do you want to use your rifle for, and what do you want to have on it? That's probably where you should start.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 6:10:52 AM EDT
Probably just a Surefire light. The upper is a flat top and I already have an EOtech on the way. Possibly a vertical grip in the near future.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 6:27:11 AM EDT
I guess my real question would be are what are the advantages of a free float system. I am looking at the Surefire M73 Quadrail which to me looks like you just yank the existing forearm off and replace with using the same delta ring, etc. I was just wanting opinions on whether or not I am selling myself short going this way or not, as oppossed to a SIRS free float or such.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 2:25:35 PM EDT
Depends on what you want your Hot Rod to do.

If you want an Accurate Rifle you will need two things to start with.

1. A Good Barrel
Douglas, Lilja, Kreiger, PacNor, ect

2. Then Free Float that Barrel
Service Rifle Type Free Float Forend
Compass Lake
Accuracy Speaks
Albert Turner
Military Style Free Float Forend
Knights
LaRue
Daniel Defense
Other

If Ultimate Accuracy is not your Goal, go with a Non FF drop in rail system for mounting light, grip, ect
Knights
Armalite
Troy
YHM
Many Others

Hope this helps.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 7:35:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/24/2006 7:36:15 PM EDT by WMHM4]
you don't need the FF forearm unless you plan on mounting an optic on it. I have the M73 and I am a huge fan of it. It is very nicely designed and is completely rock solid. The diameter of the M73 is a little smaller than all the other rail systems but that is one of the reasons I like it. I use panel rail covers and it doesn't make it to big to get a good grip as it does with all the other rails. The top rail on the M73 is not level with the upper receiver rail it is a little bit shorter than the upper. If that would bother you than I would get the MI 17 forearm. It is a very well made forearm and it is a little cheaper than the M73. DSG arms has them for around $130. I prefer the M73 but the MI 17 is a close second.

good luck
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