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Old 02-07-2012, 12:59 AM   #1
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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.



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

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it means the top rail from above the charging handle to the fsb is one piece
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The upper receiver and the quad rail or tube are machined as 1 piece.

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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.

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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

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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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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?
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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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