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Old February 17th, 2017, 03:35 PM   #1
 
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Handguard ar556

I've had a ruger ar556 for about a year now. Put magpul sl moe furniture on it. I put a scope on it recently and wanted to remove the front sight. So I put a low profile gas block in. Does magpul or anyone make a handguard to cover the gas block? I don't like the cut out there. Just aesthetic but I'd like to change it. I know free float is an option but they are pricey. I can't tell from the magpul site if any of those will cover it.
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Welcome to the forum!

Hand guards for your AR? The choices are endless. There are zillions of options out there that will cover your gas block.
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You have to consider either a free float or a solution that goes around the front sight post and is an extended hand guard, I believe from Troy.


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Thanks. I was wondering if anyone makes one that extends past the gas block a little that is not free float?
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in my experience converting over to a free float handguard will gain you accuracy and if you look around online not that expensive...I have seen quite a few rifles that shoot 3 inch groups start shooting 1 inch groups by changing over...
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Not sure if I understand your issue but I read that when replacing the gas block on an AR556 to use a long gas block that covers the barrel notch .
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I didn't get a long one. Either way I would like to just cover the gas block.
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Maybe free float is the way to go. Already shoots moa. Wouldn't be upset if it was even better.
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If you have removed the front sight base and replaced it with a low profile gas block, you will not be able to use a "drop in" handguard. The only option is to install a free-float handguard at this point, or go back to the factory front sight base. I believe you'll need to replace the Ruger barrel nut with a mil-spec barrel nut if you plan to install a free-float barrel.
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If you have removed the front sight base and replaced it with a low profile gas block, you will not be able to use a "drop in" handguard. The only option is to install a free-float handguard at this point, or go back to the factory front sight base. I believe you'll need to replace the Ruger barrel nut with a mil-spec barrel nut if you plan to install a free-float barrel.
I don't believe this is correct. As long as he had the hand guard end cap on there, it will butt up against the gas block, allowing him to use the carbine length hand guards... something like the Magpul MOE SL.

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I don't believe this is correct. As long as he had the hand guard end cap on there, it will butt up against the gas block, allowing him to use the carbine length hand guards... something like the Magpul MOE SL.

This is correct. ^. If OP wants to go to a free float, his life is easier because he has already done part of it. Some free float systems go with a mil-spec barrel nut, or some like the Midwest Industries that I put on mine come with their own barrel nut.
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My mistake. I have seen drop in handguards with a railed gas block as pictured, but haven't ever seen it done with a low profile gas block. You learn something new every day.

But as said, if it were me, I would go ahead and put a free float handguard on now. But it's not me.
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My mistake. I have seen drop in handguards with a railed gas block as pictured, but haven't ever seen it done with a low profile gas block. You learn something new every day.

But as said, if it were me, I would go ahead and put a free float handguard on now. But it's not me.
Agree. If you have installed a low profile gas block, there is no reason to not free float.
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Agree. If you have installed a low profile gas block, there is no reason to not free float.
Exactly...at this point, all that is needed is the free float system and possibly a new barrel nut. Those things and about 30 minutes of time and the rifle becomes more accurate!
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I have the Magpul slim line handguard on my AR556 but have decided I want to go free float with a longer hand guard. It doesnt appear to be a difficult job with proper tools like an upper vice block and armorers wrench.

If anybody that has removed the front site on the AR556 could chime in i would appreciate it. Which direction should I be hammering to take out the 2 taper pins. Tried to measure with a set of calipers, but I havent had any luck.

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