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July 08, 2017, 20:11
I have a set of very nice original solid wood handguards on my L1A1/SLR clone.-- in they almost appear like new. My problem is that on both handguards, the metal plate at the front of each protrudes into the center seam so that the plates butt up against one another so that the handguards don't butt up against one another st the front-- leaving at least a 1/16" gap or more. Is this normal? They are installed on the rifle and seem to be working fine, but there is that gap at the front. It would be easy to take them off and file the plate down flush, but maybe Aussie handguards are supposed to be this way-- thoughts on this? Any comments or thoughts will be appreciated.
Bill M.

July 08, 2017, 21:19
Ensure you are using a longer inch retaining screw and not a shorter metric screw.

July 08, 2017, 21:29
Thanks DakTo. I have the right screw-- that isn't the problem. The problem is that the metal plates extend beyond the wood at the bottom so the handguard halves don't close up at the bottom front leaving a gap. Now I'm not even sure this is a problem-- may be common to all Australian solid wood handguards. Doesn't affect function-- may just be cosmetic. I am curious if other Aussie SLR's with early solid handguards have this issue.
Bill M.

July 08, 2017, 22:08
Yeah, screw has zero to do with it. The gap is common. Most of the Aussie sets I've seen have some degree of gap there. It's not designed into the hand guards but is caused by swelling of the wood behind the tabs or lose epoxy that's shifted. I've never removed a tab to see what the actual cause of the gap is, way too easy to wreck the pieces. Member Flypaper has removed many sets of tabs and likely knows what causes the gap, pm him and ask. If he can help he will.

July 08, 2017, 22:27
Took your advice and sent a PM to Flypaper.
Bill M.

July 08, 2017, 22:40
The red heat shield swells up on some of them.
When I've taken them apart.... Either they're hard and pop off easy, or they're soft and just somewhat flaky and swollen.
I've never noticed any epoxy of any sort bonding them together, just the rivets and the screw inserts holding them tight. Some do bond pretty good onto the work though, but most don't.

I could fix those by taking them apart and refitting them with a set that wasn't swollen.. or bed them in Epoxy.

July 08, 2017, 23:16
Thank you Flypaper. Just sent you another PM.
Bill M.

July 08, 2017, 23:28
As said, the backing shifts over 50 or 60 years, just use a dremel or file and trim the metal a little, to get them fitting properly, should be good for another 50 or 60 years.:biggrin:

Five minute job, just be real careful not to hit the wood.:facepalm:

Common issue with the old regular wood guards.

August 13, 2017, 09:47
I just sent another PM to Flypaper. After lots of thought, I think I'll have him see what he can do to fix these HG's. Thanks.
Bill M.

August 14, 2017, 12:59
Had a set sold as factory seconds from Old South Gunwood, they had the same issue. But they were warped....

August 31, 2017, 07:57
By the way, I received my HG's back from Flypaper and they're fixed. Great job! He really does great work. If I could figure out how to post pictures I would post some.
Bill M.

August 31, 2017, 09:18
By the way, I received my HG's back from Flypaper and they're fixed. Great job! He really does great work. If I could figure out how to post pictures I would post some.
Bill M.

Please send me a PM and I'll post those for you. :)