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qlots
10-12-2011, 9:34 AM
Hi, everybody, first time here...
Want build an AR-15, Looking the web to get some basic ideas. I have a question: why different handguards price vary from 50+ to 200+ ?
Thanks!

pacifico23
10-12-2011, 9:43 AM
Usually the metal being used, and how heavy and heat resistant they are. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.

someR1
10-12-2011, 9:48 AM
^^NOT always the case...I wouldn't pay more than $100 for a handguard...I'd rather buy ammo:43:

kemikalembalance
10-12-2011, 10:11 AM
If you ARE NOT worried about absolute pin point, drop dead, long range accuracy, OR worried about exact accessory placement, or running a match barrel, go with magpul forends. 45 to 65 bucks. light weight. can add forgrips and flashlights.

then you get to medal
freefloating ( it never touches the barrel accept at the barrel nut)

midwest
or two piece goes from 100 to 170s
they are big, sharp and for me...uncomfortable.

then you get to the 200 to 300+ range
daniel defense
troy industries
Larue Tactical
and others
with those you are paying for the name mostly, BUT, they are lighter, stronger, and smaller. the machine work is excellent. the rails are smooth.

MAGPULhttp://i925.photobucket.com/albums/ad97/kemikalembalance/IMG_0504.jpg
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DANIEL DEFENSE AND LARUE TACTICAL
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FourLoko
10-12-2011, 10:34 AM
brand name mostly

pacifico23
10-12-2011, 10:46 AM
^^NOT always the case...I wouldn't pay more than $100 for a handguard...I'd rather buy ammo:43:

But USUALLY the case :D

When a handguard is 200+ its cause mostly the metal being used.

starsnuffer
10-12-2011, 11:42 AM
All that talk about brand names and no one is going to help explain railed/non-railed and free-floating vs fixed? One piece vs 2 piece?

Here's an article that may help. Be warned that it is a vendor blog so there is some sales/brand specific stuff in it, but there's more then enough good information to get you started with an understanding of the differences.

linkhttp://operationparts.blogspot.com/2010/12/difference-between-ar-15-free-floated.html

-W