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Those with a2 uppers what handguard yall running?
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Triangle. My favorite look. I have an unused aero precision a2 ribbed handguard if any is interested
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Triangle. My favorite look. I have an unused aero precision a2 ribbed handguard if any is interested

It?s thinner right?
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The early A2's had thinner round handguards, then they went to a slight ovel shape, still thin, then came the giant A3 style ovel....and magpul's , all 2 piece style handguards...
I like just what the other guy said, Triangle has the best feel for me and what I was issued in 73'
my A2 has the slight ovel as the true round ones are hard to find..
A1... triangle always

someone with more know how should be along soon... JMO

A1 , A2 slight ovel , A3 giant ovel (what comes on most rifle uppers now-a-days)... see below

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I have a White Oak A2 service rifle upper, it has the basic 2-piece handguard that most associate with A2 uppers.

It has an inner sleeve that screws onto the barrel nut with the handguard cap welded to the end, so that the handguard is free floating (does not touch the front sight base).

Pretty neat, but together with the HBAR barrel, the upper is pretty heavy.

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What do you mean by thinner? Are you talking the wall thickness of the hand guard or the overall diameter of the handguard? It's kind of hard to compare the two because obviously one is a triangle and one is circular maybe slightly oval. Let me see if I can find it on the arrow precision website and post a pic
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https://www.aeroprecisionusa.com/plastic-handguards
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The early A2's had thinner round handguards, then they went to a slight ovel shape, still thin, then came the giant A3 style ovel....and magpul's , all 2 piece style handguards...
I like just what the other guy said, Triangle has the best feel for me and what I was issued in 73'
my A2 has the slight ovel as the true round ones are hard to find..
A1... triangle always

someone with more know how should be along soon... JMO

A1 , A2 slight ovel , A3 giant ovel (what comes on most rifle uppers now-a-days)... see below

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When I search for a2 handguards are they actually the a3?
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What do you mean by thinner? Are you talking the wall thickness of the hand guard or the overall diameter of the handguard? It's kind of hard to compare the two because obviously one is a triangle and one is circular maybe slightly oval. Let me see if I can find it on the arrow precision website and post a pic

When grabbing them are a1 thinner than a2 etc? They look like they would be
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It's a totally different feeling to be honest. With the triangle handguard the bottom is virtually flat until it starts to turn up on each side. On the circular a2 your hand is kind of uniformly wrapped in a circle. The handguard also tapers down as you go from the breach to the muzzle, so depending on where you grip the hand guard you're going to have a different width in your hand. I guess that's the nice thing is you could slide your hand up and down the bottom of an A1 handguard and decide what feels more comfortable.
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I have a White Oak A2 service rifle upper, it has the basic 2-piece handguard that most associate with A2 uppers.

It has an inner sleeve that screws onto the barrel nut with the handguard cap welded to the end, so that the handguard is free floating (does not touch the front sight base).

Pretty neat, but together with the HBAR barrel, the upper is pretty heavy.

so, you must be running that with a low profile gas block and not mil-spec FSB?
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When I search for a2 handguards are they actually the a3?
They came out on the late A2's and are standard on the flat top rifles (A3's)

many online seller will bill there's as round , but are actually the slight ovel .. and most are the large style ovel...
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https://www.del-ton.com/Handguards-p/hg1016.htm

say round but are a slight ovel...and green...OOS on black
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I think it looks better with the triangle handguard

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so, you must be running that with a low profile gas block and not mil-spec FSB?
Nope, made to use with an A2 FSB. And the A2 free float tube takes the standard A2 handguards but with the heat shields removed.



Both of these rifles have the free float handguard tube.
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Those with a2 uppers what handguard yall running?
The Magpul MOE with M-lok attachment ports are pretty good improvement to the original A2 design in my opinion.
Here is my 20" rifle with fixed carry handle and the Magpul MOE handguards.

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I bought mine from MMC armory but it's the exact same product as they're all the same company. Same price. Mine fit nicely and the finish on it is uniform so that's all I could really ask. From an aesthetics standpoint, I love the upgrade over the circular hand guard
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Nope, made to use with an A2 FSB. And the A2 free float tube takes the standard A2 handguards but with the heat shields removed.



Both of these rifles have the free float handguard tube.
so by 'mil-spec' I meant with sling swivel, bayonet lug and taper pins.

clearly we don't really want the sling pulling on the barrel; just was wondering about iron sights for service rifle. can't tell if your example is pinned.
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I am confused. I have an A2 hand guard on my A2 clone. And I thought A2s were A2s. But there are other types of A2 hand guards? I do not understand that. Triangle hand guard? Now you are talking A1 right? And the big beefy round ones? Those are just M4 style right? An A2 is an A2.
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I'm sure others have far more knowledge than I do regarding this so if I'm wrong please correct me. As far as I know the A1 was the triangle handguard, and the a2 went to the round ribbed hand guard to prevent slippage. But they are interchangeable as long as you have the correct end cap. All of the triangle handguards had a triangle end capped toward the muzzle end of the barrel. On the a2 I believe some of them are triangle and some of them were circular. So if you switch to the A1 triangle handguard for your a2 just make sure the end cap shape is compatible
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round handguard on all of them.
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Any thinner a2 handguards?
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USGI surplus handguards. Thin and shiny only way to do it IMO
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From where?
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Numrich Arms has them.
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A2 round on mine.
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A2 round on mine.

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Anyone know where I can find an OD Green A2 stock by itself?
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Did the military M16A2 had triangle handguard end cap or the round ones? On my PSA M16A2 it has the triangle handguard end cap.
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the far left are the skinny round , I believe by Loanstar , no longer made, but can be found..

found the pic on AR15.com and borrowed it


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