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Old March 15th, 2017, 01:24 PM   #1
 
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Generic Mounting Rail for Hand Guard AR556

Hi: New to the AR arena. I have a new AR556 that I would like to install a rail mount on the OE hand guard to mount a light and maybe some other options later. Looks like something should mount using the holes in the factory hand guard. Was at Cabelas today where I bought the AR556 and clerk told me I would have to install a different hand guard such as a Magpul. I don't want to install a $100 or whatever hand guard just to hold some lightweight options. I am reasonably sure I can buy a bracket to just hold a light but I would rather mount a rail. Thanks for your guidance.



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Old March 15th, 2017, 01:38 PM   #2
 
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Buy a $10 front sight mount on ebay . While you are at it , buy a $10 QD ring there to mount your light. Perfectly positions the on button where your thumb naturally rides . Keeps the hand guard uncluttered and the light isn't shadowed by the barrel .

http://www.ebay.com/itm/301891503706...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Fits perfectly .

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Another alternative is to use the bolt-on rails from Magpul. They bolt on at 6:00 through the vent holes.

My AR556 doesn't look like this anymore, as I've replaced the scope with a carry handle/sight, the stock with a Magpul CTR and the flash hider with a 3-prong model. However, you can see the rail I bolted on at 6:00.



I used it for a bipod, but it would support a light, laser or even a vertical grip (though, in that application, it was a little far forward).

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Thanks for the quick replies.

Pennsy, the sight mount may work best for what I want to do. Thanks for the heads up. As you pointed out it would leave the grip smooth.

Aqualung, the rail mount you installed was exactly what I had in mind. I already have a 45 degree rail mount and a light holder so cost to go either way is the same but cost is not a factor. Just going to take the AR556 and the light out in the back yard after dark and play with it and then make a decision.

I had a total of fifteen guns in the safe but no ARs before now. At my age I just needed a new toy to play with. I will now have to use the search function and google as I did not realize there was thousands of aftermarket items for
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Armadillos at my country place had better watch out.
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Do you need all that. I have 3 ars that are stone stock except that in NJ you cannot have a folding or collapsing stock on a semiauto rifle and you need a welded on muzzle brake.
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Here you go. 30 bucks, do everything you want. They fit perfectly.

MAGPUL AR-15/M16 MOE M-LOK CARBINE HANDGUARDS | Brownells

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I don't understand your comment "Do you need all that.?" I am addressing for now one light. It is scoped and the light may be the only thing that ever is added. For clarification the following is how it will be used.

I have an 80 acre get-a-way in Eastern Kansas that the armadillos have moved into the last few years and are tearing the hell out of things. In warmer weather its not uncommon to see them at first light and dusk which is no problem as you can slip up on them and they don't see the best. After dark when riding the trails it is not uncommon to see one to three on each ride but of course they move off the side of the trail and start across a meadow or through the timber. It is almost impossible to hold a flashlight and rifle at the same time without being mounted.
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I don't understand your comment "Do you need all that.?" I am addressing for now one light. It is scoped and the light may be the only thing that ever is added. For clarification the following is how it will be used.

I have an 80 acre get-a-way in Eastern Kansas that the armadillos have moved into the last few years and are tearing the hell out of things. In warmer weather its not uncommon to see them at first light and dusk which is no problem as you can slip up on them and they don't see the best. After dark when riding the trails it is not uncommon to see one to three on each ride but of course they move off the side of the trail and start across a meadow or through the timber. It is almost impossible to hold a flashlight and rifle at the same time without being mounted.
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You may find these useful, from a reputable company...

https://www.gggaz.com/ar-15-flashlight-mounts-en.html

https://www.gggaz.com/ar-15-m16-unde...rail-ufir.html
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Magpul handguard is $29. It's actually better as it offers MLOK mounts at the 3, 6 and 9 o'clock positions and has a nice heat shield on it.

https://www.magpul.com/products/moe-...length-ar15-m4
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I put a ProMag rail on my AR556 handguard. All aluminum and very sturdy when attached correctly. it cost about $12.
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