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Old 08-15-2013, 02:45 PM   #1
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I am planning on installing a free float handguard later today. I have a vise block for the lower receiver but not the upper. I'd have to order the upper vise and of course I'm inpatient and don't want to wait to install the guard. Will it hurt the gun if I secure the whole gun with the lower vise block to take the barrel nut off?



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The lower block will not take distribute the torque the same way as the upper block. A clamshel type is good for the upper. torque specs will be from 30 to 80 ft/lbs.



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a free floating handguard has its own barrel nut incorperated within

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I am planning on installing a free float handguard later today. I have a vise block for the lower receiver but not the upper. I'd have to order the upper vise and of course I'm inpatient and don't want to wait to install the guard. Will it hurt the gun if I secure the whole gun with the lower vise block to take the barrel nut off?
Theres a very good chance you could eff up your entire gun. Get the upper block or find someone who has it.
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a free floating handguard has its own barrel nut incorperated within
Not always the case. I have Centurion C4 and Troy VTAC Alpha Rails that are both free floating and secure to the standard mil spec barrel nut.
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I am planning on installing a free float handguard later today. I have a vise block for the lower receiver but not the upper. I'd have to order the upper vise and of course I'm inpatient and don't want to wait to install the guard. Will it hurt the gun if I secure the whole gun with the lower vise block to take the barrel nut off?
Without the proper support, you may very well torque and bend or even crush it laterally and as mentioned above, ruin the gun. Get the right tool, or borrow one. It's just not worth destroying parts imho.
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a free floating handguard has its own barrel nut incorperated within
Not all have their own proprietary barrel nut, some do. Some utilize the existing mil spec barrel nut.


OP, I would definitely get an upper vise block. Coming from a guy who many years ago trashed an upper receiver thinking I would out smart it.... Get an upper vise block or take it to a competent gun smith.
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Not using a clamshell upper block is a great way to jack up your gun.



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