Brigand Arms EDGE, AR-15 Carbon Fiber Handguard
Brigand Arms handguards utilize a free-float barrel nut system (externally threaded alloy aluminum barrel nut and a steel jam nut). This allows fine adjustment in alignment and secure mounting.
Features and Benefits of the Brigand Arms EDGE:
- Free float handguard, barrel nut included
- Lightest hand-guard on the market
- Patented carbon fiber braid design
- All metal components are 6061 aluminum and hard anodized
- Brigand Arms hand-guard can withstand 100lbs. in any direction, and 400lbs. lengthwise
- Guaranteed against any manufacturing defects and reasonable usage failures
- Withstands heat from continuous firing and Cerakote application
Patented Carbon Fiber Braid Overview
What does it take for an innovative idea to be forged into a product worthy of the Brigand name? From raw material selection and manufacturing here in the Southeast USA to testing on the range and in the bush - every step of our journey is focused on providing high quality and unique handguard solution. Some features of the Brigand Carbon Fiber Handguards you can be proud to own are a little weight, rigorous field testing, rapid heat rejection, and of course the matchless style of the braided structure. Weight Budget We know the frustration of purchasing lightweight components for your weapon, only to find that the manufacturer’s weight claims are too optimistic or that additional parts will add weight not listed in the sales brochure. For complete transparency, we provide the exact weight of every element of the guards. For mounting, we use the standard free-float system comprised of an externally threaded alloy aluminum barrel nut and a steel jam nut. This combination allows fine adjustment in alignment but secure mounting. These components are the same for all Brigand AR15 handguards; they weigh 2.66 oz. (Take note that many manufacturers shrewdly neglect these necessary elements in their weight budget!) The EDGE handguard is offered in three lengths, to fit all gas systems and all shooting styles. Because the carbon tube is incredibly lightweight compared to the competition, longer tubes mean the EDGE offers more and more weight savings.
Not only does the Brigand handguard withstand the heat of sustained firing, but it also rejects barrel heat faster than most handguards. Heat leaves a rifle barrel through convection (air-flow past the barrel) and radiation (infrared ‘glow’). Brigand’s open-architecture braid provides minimal resistance to air-flow, allowing heat to be blown off quickly, and offers excellent exposure to the open sky for radiated heat to escape. Does this exposure mean your hand will get hot? The open-architecture guard will warm up to operating temperature faster: However, under sustained fire, the barrel will be cooler, and the handguard will cool more quickly after firing than with any enclosed guard. This improves barrel life and decreases heat signature duration.
Materials & Design
The Brigand Arms Handguard concept is built on a platform of aerospace-proven materials and innovative mechanical design. A significant component of this is the braided carbon tube; technically called ‘Open-Architecture Composite Structure’ or O-ACS for short. The O-ACS geometry is designed in the computer using proprietary software. It is braided from individual composite yarns in a lattice that minimizes weight and maximizes stiffness and strength. Every thread within the tube is formed from T700 carbon for strength and rigidity, shrouded within a protective jacket for all-weather durability and abrasion resistance. This coat prevents cracking (common in filament wound handguards) and splinters (common in roll-wrapped handguards). Solid metal end-caps provide rock-solid mounting on the receiver and protection from the impact on the fore end.
All metal components are 6061 aluminum, hard anodized to provide a sturdy and durable finish.
Reliability & Strength
We understand that lightweight weapons cannot sacrifice any performance for weight-savings. After engineering to the limit of performance, physical testing is a crucial part of validating our designs. How durable is the handguard? We can hang 40-pound dumbbells from the end of it and swing them around with no signs of bending. Under controlled laboratory tests, the handguards can support a force of 100 pounds in any direction, and 400 pounds along with their length – more than even extreme users require. We field test every handguard configuration, firing thousands of rounds in tortuous conditions, then bring them back to the lab and inspect there are no flaws nor slowly developing cracks. Dozens of iterations have led to the current braid that we use. The resulting high-strength design is unique enough that a US patent covers it! Of course, we know it’s not fair to expect you only trust our testing: Give a Brigand handguard a try - we guarantee every handguard against manufacturing flaws and reasonable failure in the field.
Specs of the Brigand Arms EDGE:
- 9″ - 3.0 oz,
- 12.375″ - 3.5 oz,
- 15"- 4.0 oz
- Tube: Patented carbon fiber braid
- Caps: Aluminum
- Barrel Nut: Standard Free Float w/ Jam Nut (included)
- 7 inch Carbon Fiber Handguard
- 9 inch Carbon Fiber Handguard
- 12 inch Carbon Fiber Handguard
- 15 inch Carbon Fiber Handguard
The distinction between inferior quality and premium Carbon Fiber Handguard is undeniable. At MSP, we only offer AR Accessories from the most trusted brands like Coda Evolution. Buy with confidence that we stand behind the product we sell.
Customer Ratings & Reviews
Lightest handguard on the market
If you want the lightest handguard on the market, this is it. It feels very tough in your hands, does not seem weak or flimsy. Only real con is the price but have you tried being less poor?
Better than expected
I used this on a PCC 9mm build. Boy, it's light. Surprisingly rigid and tougher than I thought it would be. If you push on one segment you can feel it give, but overall the "tube" is rigid and braces well on walls or support. It's pricey... the only reason it's 4 stars and not 5. I'm planning on getting a 15" version on my 3gun rifle. I like the feel of the tubes; they offer a good grip.
Best carbon fiber ar15 handguard on Market
I've used numerous handguards, and nothing has matched the Brigand Arms handguard. Ultralight, super cool, and durable! I've purchased two of them (9" and 15"), and I look forward to using their new parts as well. Highly recommend. Everyone at the range wants to see it and try it out.
This was the Handguard to buy
Once I saw this Handguard tested by having it blown up and having little to no damage, I knew this was the Handguard to buy. I also got the rail section, and while that was a bit hard to install, it works at holding a simple sling holder. No problems with my hand getting too hot as heat dissipates almost immediately. The only con is that I have a rifle length gas system on my ar 10 and the 12″ Handguard is 1″ short from covering the gas block. I would have liked it to cover the gas block entirely for looks and extra protection. Otherwise, this is a GREAT handguard!
brigand arms edge carbon fiber ar 15 handguard
The Brigand Arms Edge carbon fiber handguard Looks cool, lightest guard you will find. Strong. 2nd one I have both have been on hunting and range trips and can take anything you dish out.
This carbon fiber handguard VERY VERY sturdy
Great carbon fiber handguard, VERY VERY sturdy. The Brigand Arms edge is slick and as lightweight as it gets. MSP had GREAT customer service when I had a question and got to me immediately. Lowest price I could find this by far. They earned my Future business for sure.
Brigand Arms EDGE, AR-15 Carbon Fiber Handguard
I used the Brigand Edge Handguard on a PCC 9mm build. Boy, it's light. Surprisingly rigid and more robust than I thought it would be. If you push on one segment, you can feel it give, but overall the "tube" is rigid and braces well on walls or support. It's pricey... the only reason it's four stars and not 5. I'm planning on getting a 15" version on my 3gun rifle. I like the feel of the tubes; they offer excellent grip.
Used the 15" version in a mid-light build, and it's incredible! Very well made, strong and stiff (the barrel flexes more than the hanguard when squeezed off center), looks amazing, and all at slightly less than 4 oz. Only complaint I have is the overwhelming desire to upgrade all of my other rifles!