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Gunguy1
05-27-2011, 6:44 PM
Currently debating which rail to buy for new build.

If anyone has any experience with one or more of these, any input on which one is best would be much appreciated.

I'm comparing these 3 models and trying to determine which one is best and which one is going to be the best buy (bang for buck).

1. Daniel Defense Omega Rail 7 Carbine $246.00
2. LaRue Tactical 7.0" Handguard LT15-7 $247.00
3. MI-T7 Carbine 7" Free Float $129.95

The MI-T7 Carbine 7" Free Float seems like a good price, but I don't want to to compromise quality for price.

What do you Calgunners out there think?

UserM4
05-27-2011, 6:53 PM
I think that carbine length rails are usually too short for certain tasks such as an extended support hold or using a barrier for support holds. I like the DD FSP rail systems because of that.

cmace22
05-27-2011, 7:11 PM
I used to run a DD omega on an LMT upper and loved it. I like the way DD"s secure to the hand guard retainer compared to LaRue's screw on method. Ive never hear of any ones coming loose but the idea never appealed to me just my inexperienced opinion with LaRue though.

The omega is great is you want to add it to a rifle after the fact if you have a perm MD. It retains the stock HG retainer and doesnt use a proprietary barrel nut.

I dont have any experience with the MI rails though.

In reality any one of those should serve you well unless your goal is along the lines of that UserM4 posted above.

Droppin Deuces
05-27-2011, 7:22 PM
The LaRues can't come loose unless some jerk holds you down while another gets in there with the proper size allen wrench.

cmace22
05-27-2011, 7:39 PM
The LaRues can't come loose unless some jerk holds you down while another gets in there with the proper size allen wrench.


Sounds pretty unlikely then :)

JayBeeJay
05-27-2011, 7:47 PM
It's not on your list, but the DD 7" lite rail > DD 7" omega rail.

Droppin Deuces
05-27-2011, 7:55 PM
Have you considered the TROY TRX? TROY make a pretty outstanding product and it's almost $100 less than the DD or LaRue.

Jwood562
05-27-2011, 7:59 PM
I run Larue rails. They will not/can not come loose. They are also light.

I think the key for you is what do you like. Because a larue/troy/DD will all do their job and perform as advertised.

I run Larue becuase of the integrated QD socket and their customer service

r6raff
05-27-2011, 8:04 PM
My Bro has the DD omega x7 rail, and I love it. Super comfortable. Probably will be top pick for my next build.

reagan8
05-27-2011, 8:58 PM
I have a LaRue on an LMT upper. I'm very happy with it.

I don't have any hands-on experience with the DD or MI units, but DD consistently gets great reviews.

ChrisTKHarris
05-27-2011, 9:01 PM
I have a Omega X 12, Omega 7.0 and a LaRue 9.0. By far I prefer the Omega X for it's once piece free float.

ZX-10R
05-27-2011, 9:02 PM
DD.

tomd1584
05-27-2011, 9:02 PM
You need to consider that unless you're going to do the install yourself, the Larue will cost your more money to have someone install it. The Omega will drop right in without any tools.

docsmileyface
05-27-2011, 9:31 PM
I'm putting Omegas on my wife's rifle just for the ease of installation.

Gunguy1
05-27-2011, 10:27 PM
Ok, the fact that I would have to have someone install the larue rails makes me less inclined to go for Larue. It seems like no one really has experience with the Mi brand either which makes me doubt.
So it looks like I'm narrowing it down to Daniel defense (which a lot of people seem to love), but I'm also looking at the Troy TRX (STRX-STA-C7BT-00) based on 'Droppin Deuces' suggestion. Does anyone have any experience with this Troy rail?

And thanks to everyone ifor the good feedback!

odysseus
05-27-2011, 10:34 PM
Big fan of the Daniel Defense Lite rails.

maxima
05-28-2011, 12:02 AM
One of my two sets troy TRX extreme 9" rail installed on my RRA middy, the rail is very light(almost the same weight as the plastic midlengh hand guard) very well made and strong. Another benefit I may think of is that you do not need rail cover for it, which also keeps the weight down. I believe 7" versions should have similar characteristics.

Interfan
05-28-2011, 12:23 AM
DD is great, but try Centurion Arms. Very well made, sturdy and from San Diego.

Centurion Arms Link (http://www.centurionarms.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=C47rails.tpl&product_id=69&category_id=36&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=47)

NorCalDustin
05-28-2011, 2:16 AM
The Daniel Defense Omega X 7.0 is the best... But, I would say the best bang for your buck would be the Troy TRX Extreme, which can be found for ~$120.

thevic
05-28-2011, 3:22 AM
I love my DD lite 7.0, but i would take a longer version one in a heartbeat....

That sounded wrong... :)

Don29palms
05-28-2011, 8:56 AM
DD is great, but try Centurion Arms. Very well made, sturdy and from San Diego.

Centurion Arms Link (http://www.centurionarms.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=C47rails.tpl&product_id=69&category_id=36&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=47)

The Centurion Arms handguards are made by JD Machine.

To the OP another one you might want to take a look at is the Samson Evolution. Nice, solid, light and very affordable.