Typically the standard handguard that is featured on your carbine length AR-15, will either be M4 style handguards or a CAR handguard. The M4 handguards are known to be divided into either, double heat-shield or single heat-shield handguards. These handguards are specifically designed in order to protect the shooter from the heat of the barrel though they don’t typically offer much in terms of aftermarket parts and accessories. However, it's always nice to have a clean military type appearance of the standard handguard. But if you are looking for something a little different, there are an abundance of models and brands for you to choose from. Not only with they look often look far better than the standard handguard, but they may even give you a slighter advantage.
Selecting and choosing the right handguard for your AR-15 can often be a very confusing decision, especially with the wide variety of options that are readily available. Beginners especially may find that the thought of purchasing a new handguard can be difficult, certainly with all the different names such as handguard, foregrip, forearm and forend. But at the end of the day, they’re all the same thing. But choosing the right handguard can be one of the most fundamental decisions you will make when accessorizing or building your AR-15. The handguard you choose will define not only your rifle’s appearance, but also its overall functionality.
AP Custom Gen II AR-15 Ultra-Light Series Carbon Fiber Handguard
If you are looking to decrease the weight from your AR-15 rifle without having to sacrifice any of your mounting options, the Ultra-Light Series Handguard from AP Custom was fashioned specifically to be one of the lightest carbon fiber handguard readily available on the market today. Why not add one of the lightest aluminum rails to your rifle, and provide yourself with the utility of minimum weight for your rifle.
The Ultra-Light Series Handguard from AP Custom is ideal if you are looking to reduce the weight from your rifle without having to sacrifice quality or strength. And, like all types of AP Carbon fiber handguards, such as the very popular Ultra-Light AP Custom Gen II allows the rifle’s barrel to free-float, thus increasing accuracy for the shooter.
AP Custom carbon-fiber handguards not only free-float the barrel for improved accuracy, but they are also guaranteed to be one of the lightest you have seen on the market. Due to the handguard being manufactured from carbon fiber it makes it incredibly robust and durable, while also keeping the weight down. Carbon fibre is also a great material used in order to keep temperatures cool, even after long shooting sessions.
Features on the Gen II series, you can expect to find an aluminum trim cap, along with a far more solid trunnion system, a more rigid rail attachment, and also a dedicated bipod stud location.The AP Custom Ultra-Light Series Carbon Fiber Handguard is incredibly light, but also incredibly robust and durable. The vents featured on the handguard not only allow for persistent rapid heat dispersion but also act as purchase points for your favourite Picatinny Rail.
|Handguard Length||5.56 Weight||Distance; Face of Receiver to End of Tube|
|7″ Carbine||3.80 oz||7.25 in|
|9″ Mid-Length||4.50 oz||9.25 in|
|12″ Rifle||5.40 oz||12.65 in|
|13.5″ Rifle||6.00 oz||13.50 in|
|15″ Rifle||6.20 oz||15.00 in|
|17″ Rifle||6.80 oz||17.00 in|