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colmustard 02-07-2012 12:59 AM

Monolithic?
 
Ok stupid question here, but what exactly makes a rifle monlithic? Because it looks like these monlithic ARs are still two peice designs, so whats the differance? I havent got to handle one yet so just trying to fugure if its worth it. Whats the benefits, and is it just an answer to question not needing asked.

SmokyMtnHiker 02-07-2012 01:32 AM

I could be wrong but, I think, that term is describing the physical 'size' of the gun. Maybe like 'intimidating looking.'

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JonM 02-07-2012 01:49 AM

it means the top rail from above the charging handle to the fsb is one piece

SmokyMtnHiker 02-07-2012 03:15 AM

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Originally Posted by JonM
it means the top rail from above the charging handle to the fsb is one piece

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mjkeat 02-07-2012 03:52 AM

The upper receiver and the quad rail or tube are machined as 1 piece.

vmkeith 02-08-2012 06:36 AM

The only real benefit I've heard of is for mounting optics. You can read up on the Areo Precision Continuous Optics Platform...all it is, is a monolithic upper.

colmustard 02-08-2012 06:47 AM

ok cool, so the upper and the hanguard are one peice. Makes sense, and I now do not feel I am missing anything. Thank you for the info

1stMarine 02-09-2012 02:49 AM

Also makes free float rails that aren't part of the reciever more stable as its basiaclly an extra attach point to the upper. Looks cooler too...

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mjkeat 02-09-2012 03:49 AM

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Originally Posted by 1stMarine (Post 703350)
Also makes free float rails that aren't part of the reciever more stable as its basiaclly an extra attach point to the upper. Looks cooler too...

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What makes free float rails more stable?

vmkeith 02-09-2012 03:57 AM

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Originally Posted by mjkeat (Post 703430)
What makes free float rails more stable?

I'm no expert with monolithic uppers and this is my opinion: From what I've seen, a conventional free floating handguard is threaded onto the barrel nut. With the monolithic uppers, the upper receiver and the handguard/rails are machined as one piece, with it still resembling and functioning as a free floating handguard. Since everything is machined as one piece, with no additional attachment points, it makes the assembly more stable.


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