Rifle Handguards & Parts
A handguard is designed to protect your hand from the heat generated by firing and also provides a grip area for better control. There are two main types: drop-in and free-float handguards. Drop-in handguards are simple to install and great for casual use, while free-float handguards, which don't make contact with the barrel, are favored by precision shooters for their potential to increase accuracy.
Handguards are also classified by the accessory attachment system, such as Picatinny, Keymod, M-LOK, and Quad rail. Quad rail handguards feature Picatinny rails on all four sides and offer great versatility for attachments. M-LOK and KeyMod are both popular handguard attachment systems that provide a streamlined, lightweight alternative to the traditional Picatinny rail. The difference between the two is that KeyMod handguards use keyhole-shaped slots into which accessories can be mounted, while M-LOK handguards use rectangular slots and T-nuts. On the former, the accessories are better aligned, while the latter allows for more flexibility as you don’t need to position the mounting lug on a particular side of a slot like in Keymod.
We're proud to offer top-notch AR-15 handguards, from simple AR-15 drop-in designs to AR-15 quad rail free-float handguards, from leading manufacturers like Aero Precision and Magpul. Whether upgrading your current setup or building your own AR-15, we've got you covered with high-quality, reliable parts.
What's the difference between drop-in and free-float handguards?
Drop-in handguards are simpler to install and great for casual use. They sandwich around the barrel and are held in place by the delta ring and handguard cap. Free float handguards, on the other hand, attach directly to the receiver and do not touch the barrel, potentially improving accuracy by reducing barrel disturbance.
What should I look for in an AR-15 handguard?
When choosing an AR-15 handguard, consider the following factors: the type (drop-in or free float), the attachment system, the material (typically aluminum or polymer), weight, ease of installation, and the reputation of the manufacturer. Also, consider your intended use of the firearm - for example, competitive shooters might prioritize a lightweight AR-15 free float handguard with plenty of room for attachments.
How long should my handguard be compared to my barrel?
The length of your handguard depends on personal preference and the specific configuration of your rifle. However, in general, the handguard should be shorter than the barrel, allowing for the safe dissipation of gasses and safe operation of the muzzle device.