AR-15 MLOK Handguard (MLOK) from JL Billet
Many times, when something is sent to us writers, we simply place it on top of the initial gun which is present, carry out our shooting and many times, the part is thrown into a parts bin that increases continuously up to the time we manage to set up the subsequent franken-gun. At no time before this have I been motivated to create a gun surrounding a part. This was until the JL Billet MLOK Handguard was sent.
I am not certain of the reason I was motivated by this so much; however, after I set the brake through its motions and with the current AR-15 handguard available, I made a strong resolution to create a rifle that would pay tribute to the machining and workmanship of a billet upper. Consequently, it made me create a billet rifle of 100%, without utilizing any part for stock or MIL-SPEC AR.
I have talked enough about the creation it motivated. The specific handguard is not flashy, at initial glance. However, when assessed completely, it is detailed.
The sides are 45 degree with a changing design of triangles and trapezoids. It just changes across the horizontal facet on top. Rather, it utilizes corresponding circles and elliptical figures.
Link to the receiver is through an low profile barrel nut to receiver. Instead of making use of a proprietary device, it utilizes flat faces that work well with regular wrenches in any toolbox at home.
The ones who wish to utilize a torque can make use of crows foot of 1 & 1/8″.
Link of rail to barrel nut is through pressure clamp from a couple of hex-screws at the handguard’s base rear. The only dissatisfaction I have is that the handguard lacks a good index to receivers for sustenance of placement in the event of a high-torque occasion.
This is not possible; but, I am fond of the feature. However, in the course of fixing, a person can use any picatinny accessory, link the two rails then secure the handguard firmly for ideal alignment.
When fixed, it matches well with any octagonal receiver. Instead of leaving an empty space which would otherwise interface with the barrel nut, the space is used by JL Billet to include interfaces of press-button Q/D which are set majestically of the handguard which is otherwise low profile. The receiver front bends in-front a bit, which is great for any shooters of ‘Costa’ style, who use their thumb to touch a rail’s top, making it a bit more purchasable.
It is difficult to state that a rail is definitely better compared to another. Therefore, instead of stating this, I can confidently state that at least, the JL Billet is as great as other top offerings.