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Old January 30, 2018, 18:09   #1
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Review - E-bay M-Lock AR Free Float Handguard

Picked up a 10" M-lock handguard hand guard to replace the quad rail on an AR-Pistol.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Newest-Desi...53.m2749.l2649

Handguard arrived in a few days - no directions but came with required allen wrenchs. Install was intuative and only other tool needed was a large adjustable wrench.

Much happier with this on my pistol - less bulk and weight. Finish quality was excellent and comparable to products costing much more.

I went ahead and ordered a 15" version for my next rifle build.
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Old January 30, 2018, 19:26   #2
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I suspect it came with a separate barrel nut? Barrel nut had flats on it so you could use an adjustable wrench to install?
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Old January 31, 2018, 10:40   #3
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I suspect it came with a separate barrel nut? Barrel nut had flats on it so you could use an adjustable wrench to install?
Yes - it comes with a steel barrel nut with large flats - it ships as shown in picture with nut inside handguard - I used an 11" wrench on it. Unlike GI barrel nut you don't need to line up any holes for gas tube - torque down nut and just slide handguard over it and tighten 3 clamping screws and 2 set screws with included allen wrenches.
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Are the receiver-side threads the same for an AR10 or I am just confused?
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Old January 31, 2018, 15:20   #5
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Are the receiver-side threads the same for an AR10 or I am just confused?
There is no common standard on ar-10 type rifles - these should work if they use AR-15 barrel nuts.
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Old January 31, 2018, 23:20   #6
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Have you shot it yet with back up irons?
I have a family member that likes to go cheap on parts like float tubes and then I have to try and get them correct. The big problem with this style is the T marks won't match with a solid one piece mount before you crank them down so makes it near impossible to get your front sight correct. All of my builds it took until I'm building my first AR10 to figure out who has the best deal and that is Aero with their enhanced upper and float tube assemblies. the Cheap Chinese $hit beware you get what you pay for. It is an American rifle stick with good USA built parts. If it was a FAL or Galil or any other gun not designed in this country I would say stay away from US made if you can. Since you are building a good ol USA gun stick with USA parts.
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Old January 31, 2018, 23:26   #7
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One other thing is the standard barrel nut has a reason it keeps you from unscrewing the forend if you have a K grip, bipod, or slung in because the gas tube won't let it unscrew more.
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Have you shot it yet with back up irons?
I have a family member that likes to go cheap on parts like float tubes and then I have to try and get them correct. The big problem with this style is the T marks won't match with a solid one piece mount before you crank them down so makes it near impossible to get your front sight correct. All of my builds it took until I'm building my first AR10 to figure out who has the best deal and that is Aero with their enhanced upper and float tube assemblies. the Cheap Chinese $hit beware you get what you pay for. It is an American rifle stick with good USA built parts. If it was a FAL or Galil or any other gun not designed in this country I would say stay away from US made if you can. Since you are building a good ol USA gun stick with USA parts.
They seem to line up as well as other float tubes. Whatever slop there is should be negated once you sight them in.
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Have had mixed results with fleabay free float forearms. Many are specifically built for airsoft market and sold for centerfire rifles. Some of these work, others have enough distortion with pressure and heat that front sight wanders. Have pitched a few due to not being stable but when find a seller with really good product and prices immediately buy half a dozen or more for invemtory.

Some of the units with steel nut and flats for a regular ~1" wrench have set of shims and then six to eight little screws that attach forearm to nut. Have tried a few that no matter how I stacked the shims, once nut was properly torqued never could get handguards to properly line up. A few removed nut and restacked shims half dozen times and had to ream holes to get forearm to line up. Do not buy that type anymore. If doesn't have more traditional/industry standard barrel nut then don't fool with them unless come free in junk box from LGS.
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Old February 01, 2018, 16:08   #10
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Some of the units with steel nut and flats for a regular ~1" wrench have set of shims and then six to eight little screws that attach forearm to nut. Have tried a few that no matter how I stacked the shims, once nut was properly torqued never could get handguards to properly line up. A few removed nut and restacked shims half dozen times and had to ream holes to get forearm to line up. Do not buy that type anymore. If doesn't have more traditional/industry standard barrel nut then don't fool with them unless come free in junk box from LGS.
Think you must be describing a different method as it is quite simple to line up a rail and tighten clamps on the ebay model.

I did recently install a 15" UTG "Pro" slimline rail (Made in the USA) that required a shim to get the nut to line up properly (used a different method of attachment). Luckily the package included several shims.

Just received a 15" version of the free float tube and it looks equally nice as the 10" version.

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