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cfusionpm
06-08-2012, 9:17 PM
My M1A Scout started life in the old style black synthetic stock and black handguard with cutout for forward rail. It now lives in a walnut M14 stock, and was looking for where to buy the brown fiberglass cover with the cutout in it?

OR: Should I just remove the rail (looks like it's just held on with hex screws) and get a standard handguard? I will probably not use the forward rail because if I'm not using an optic on my Sadlak mount, I'll just be using iron sights... But I'm worried if I ever want to re-attach it (for selling, etc.), it might be a PITA to get everything lined up. Already found the regular one relatively cheap here: http://www.fulton-armory.com/handguardfultonarmorysolidfiberglassblack.aspx

http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/5200/img93782b.jpg

zfields
06-08-2012, 10:07 PM
Man, it looks great in that wood stock....

Trapper
06-08-2012, 10:25 PM
I would remove the rail and add a Fulton handguard

Gasman
06-08-2012, 11:29 PM
If you can find an original USGI handguard (not the Fulton Armory reproduction) in very good to excellent condition, I'd trade you straight across for the brown handguard off of my M1A Scout rifle.

tygerpaw
06-09-2012, 6:07 AM
Being a Scout owner myself, I would keep the mount mounted and maybe paint your existing handguard. You might also be able to find one at Springfield Armory's website.

If you take the mount off and want a usgi handguard, you might check Fred's M-14 stocks website http://www.fredsm14stocks.com/catalog/parts.asp. You can also get ventilated ones. They may be cracked, but you can JB Weld and paint and they look great.

Have fun with your rifle. I like it!

cfusionpm
06-09-2012, 10:07 AM
Just bought the Fulton handguard and their fake selector switch for the cutout in the stock. Trying to make it as "M14" as I can while keeping the short barrel and muzzle brake. :)

451040
06-09-2012, 9:21 PM
Should I just remove the rail (looks like it's just held on with hex screws) and get a standard handguard?


Yes


But I'm worried if I ever want to re-attach it (for selling, etc.), it might be a PITA to get everything lined up.


There are witness marks (for lack of a better term) on the barrel so it's nearly impossible to misalign the mount.

g17owner
06-10-2012, 7:52 AM
I removed the mount on my SOCOM 16 and installed a standard handguard and not only is there a better sight picture but the gun points better. The forward rail is tough on optics as it gets real hot after a magazine or two.

eviioiive
06-10-2012, 2:49 PM
ditch that plastic one
buy usgi
dremel

Hamstur
06-10-2012, 8:17 PM
I was hanging out at SEI when they took off my scout rail & replaced my handguard with a USGI. That thing is a horrible design -- the barrel is tapered but the mount is straight cut. Also, nothing wrecks barrel harmonics more than more junk strapped onto the barrel.

jeffrice6
06-11-2012, 1:21 AM
Might give this cat a try http://www.fredsm14stocks.com/

Othreewit
06-11-2012, 4:05 AM
Just spend the extra money and buy the Sage EBR

cfusionpm
06-15-2012, 3:30 PM
Update:

http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/6310/img0049hb.jpg

Lookin pretty good, I think. Selector switch and all. :)

g17owner
06-15-2012, 4:24 PM
Don't waste your time (literally) with Freds. I waited 9 months for a Big Red and a walnut stock from him. Prices are decent but he doesnt pay much attention to the stock business as he is more concerned with appleseed stuff.

strongpoint
06-15-2012, 6:03 PM
Update: Lookin pretty good, I think. Selector switch and all. :)

lookin' fantastic, more like. i should look into a wood stock with a black finish for my scout. (what can i say? i like black.)

cfusionpm
06-15-2012, 7:06 PM
lookin' fantastic, more like. i should look into a wood stock with a black finish for my scout. (what can i say? i like black.)

Every other gun I have is black, even my Scout when I started. Wanted something different finally, and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.