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Posted: 11/7/2003 1:53:19 PM EDT
Hi! I read some of the posts here with interest, and I have a question.

I would like to install a free-float front handguard on my ArmaLite A4 upper. Problem is the muzzle brake. As you probably know, the ArmaLite rifles come with a rather efficient brake on the front.

It is hard to remove? Is it welded or blind-pinned? Is this something I can do myself, or would I be ahead just to buy a different upper?
Link Posted: 11/8/2003 5:28:55 AM EDT
Don't quote me on this, but because the Armalite front sight base is a bolt-on (not pinned) I think it will spread enough to clear your muzzle break.
Link Posted: 11/9/2003 12:36:11 PM EDT
Even if you can get the sight off, good luck getting a FF handguard assembly on ithout removing the brake. How else would you get the old barrel nut off and the new one on? I was going to buy a mid-length 16" barrel for myv pre-ban project until I learned that Armalite barrels muzzle brakes are pinned and pressed. Bummer, huh?
Link Posted: 11/9/2003 4:19:08 PM EDT
Thats a bad thing about Armalite...that stupid brake. My Armalite barrel was threaded AND pinned. They didn't want that sucker falling off or anything. Rick
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