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CalGuns
10-13-2009, 12:39 AM
I was wondering whats the purpose of these free float barrel sleeve? does this somehow mount to another free floating tube? or is it stand alone free float tube? :confused:

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q76/keakster/nmsleeve1.gif

mitchsti
10-13-2009, 12:49 AM
just a sleve that goes over barrel and allows use of the stock guards as a free float

Richie Caketown
10-13-2009, 12:50 AM
doesnt it mount over ur existing barrel so when you add rails or accessories it doesnt weigh down on the original barrel?

CalGuns
10-13-2009, 12:56 AM
just a sleve that goes over barrel and allows use of the stock guards as a free float

On this free floating sleeve, there is nothing supporting the rear stock handguard... so im guessing its not for stock handguard, and plus the stock handguard has its internal heat guard.

CalGuns
10-13-2009, 12:59 AM
doesnt it mount over ur existing barrel so when you add rails or accessories it doesnt weigh down on the original barrel?

It goes over the barrel but i dont think you could mount any rails or accessories, i dont understand why its so expensive :eek:

Richie Caketown
10-13-2009, 1:02 AM
i think you can mount a free float rail on it since free float rails attach to the barrel nut which seems to be retained in the design. I dunno , its just as useful as the AI railed cup holder lol

CalGuns
10-13-2009, 1:12 AM
i think you can mount a free float rail on it since free float rails attach to the barrel nut which seems to be retained in the design. I dunno , its just as useful as the AI railed cup holder lol

yeah at the rate of this sleeve going for.... its expensive!!!

armygunsmith
10-13-2009, 4:01 AM
I always see these on competition rifles that need to maintain the same appearance as a stock rifle.

ocabj
10-13-2009, 6:15 AM
This style free float tube is required for High Power Service Rifle competitions governed by NRA and CMP rules which require the same external dimensions as the standard issue M16 Service Rifle.

Expensive? Hardly. You can get them for about $125. Plus, considering the amount of force you exert on the tube and sling swivel when slung in position, you want to pay for quality.

http://www.ocabj.net/gallery2/d/3645-4/IMG_5411.JPG

http://www.ocabj.net/gallery2/d/3651-4/IMG_5414.JPG

http://www.ocabj.net/gallery2/d/3711-4/IMG_5467.JPG