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WHAT ARE HANDGUARDS AND FREE FLOAT HANDGUARDS

WHAT IS HANDGUARD?

A handguard is also known as a forearm or forend. As we can understand from its name, it is a guard that is attached to the front part of a firearm. A handguard helps in holding the gun from the front side. Along with this, it protects the user from the barrel. The user needs protection from the barrel as it becomes very hot at the time of firing. Moreover, it also gives space such that more attachments can be attached to the gun. For example, M203 grenade launcher, lights, vertical foregrips, lasers, hand stops, and many other attachments.

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buy AR Handguards

Handguards come in two different categories:

¡ñ Free-floating
¡ñ Drop-in

Along with this, different mounting systems are also used. The most communal mounting systems are listed below→

¡ñ M-Lok
¡ñ Picatinny
¡ñ KeyMod

Handguards are also used in other weapons like swords, knives, etc. In these weapons, they are fixed just above their handles. When a user uses these weapons, then the handguard protects his/her hand from being cut down by the opponent’s weapon.

WHAT ARE FREE FLOAT HANDGUARDS

Free float handguards are also known as float handguards. The free float handguards have gained a lot of popularity in the past few years. They are attached at the one point of the firearm over the barrel nut. This is done with the help of the upper receiver. Though, there is no contact between the barrel and the handguard. This makes the meaning of the free float handguards very clear as there is no contact between them which means handguard floats on the barrel.

Moreover, free float handguards are known for increased accuracy. The accuracy is increased in between 5-0.75 MOA as compared to the drop-in counterparts. The accuracy is increased because barrel wrapping here is avoided. Barrel wrapping is a big issue that decreases accuracy.

QuadRail rail system
QuadRail rail system

When the barrel and handguard make contact, this is the point where barrel wrapping occurs. In this condition, what handguard actually does is, it slightly changes the angle of the barrel. This slight change in the angle of the barrel decreases the accuracy. The condition of barrel wrapping occurs at that moment when a bipod is being used.

The handguard is pushed back in the opposite direction of the barrel when the force is exerted on it. When the barrel is pushed back, its angle gets changed thus reducing the accuracy.

If we talk about the free float handguards, they do not face conditions like barrel wrapping because there is no contact between the barrel and the handguard thus increasing the accuracy.

EXPLORE TOP HANDGUARDS

Explore the list of top AR tools and buy AR handguards

¡ñ DB TAC .223 5.56 Blue color 15-inch free-float M-lock handguard lightweight Picatinny rail
¡ñ DB TAC .223 5.56 flag red color 12.5-inch free float keymod handguard lightweight Picatinny rail
¡ñ DB TAC .223 5.56 12 inches free-float handguard Picatinny rail M-lok
¡ñ DB TAC .223 5.56 gold color 15-inch free-float M-lock handguard lightweight Picatinny rail
¡ñ DB TAC .223 5.56 super long 10-inch free-float M-lok handguard Picatinny rail
¡ñ DB TAC .223 5.56 super long 15-inch free-float M-lok handguard Picatinny rail
¡ñ DB TAC .223 5.56 super long 7-inch free float M-lok handguard Picatinny rail
¡ñ DB TAC 10 inch extra long super slim .223 5.56 free float Picatinny rail handguard steel nut
¡ñ DB TAC 10 inch length free float quad rail for .223 5.56 Picatinny handguard
¡ñ DB TAC 10 inch length low profile free-float handguard quad rail Picatinny for .223/ 5.56
¡ñ DB TAC 10 inch low profile free float keymod handguard Picatinny .308 with rails
¡ñ DB TAC 12 inch extra long super slim .223/5.5 free float Picatinny rail handguard steel nut
¡ñ DB TAC 12 Inch Free Float Quad Rail For .223/5.56 Picatinny Handguard
¡ñ DB TAC 12 Inch Extra Long Super Slim Free Float Picatinny Rail Handguard Steel Nut
¡ñ DB TAC 12 Inch Length Free Float Quad Rail For .223 5.56 Picatinny Handguard
¡ñ DB TAC 12 Inch Length Low Profile Free Float Handguard Quad Rail Picatinny For.223/5.56
¡ñ DB TAC 12 Inch Length Tube Free Float Handguard For .22/.223/5.56 Knurled
¡ñ DB TAC 12 Inch Low Profile Free Float KeyMod Handguard Picatinny 308 With Rail
¡ñ DB TAC 12 Inch Picatinny Quad Rail Handguard 2 pc Drop-In Length 6061 T6 Aluminum
¡ñ DB TAC 12.5 Inch Length Free Float Quad Rail M-LOK For .223 5.56 Picatinny Handguard
¡ñ DB TAC 13.5 Inch Length Free Float Quad Rail M-LOK For .223 5.56 Picatinny Handguard
¡ñ DB TAC 15 Inch .223/5.56 Extra Long Super Slim Free Float Picatinny Rail Handguard Steel Nut

For more information about the different types of handguards, visit https://www.dbtac.com/

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