Free Float Hand Guard

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by Polygon, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. Polygon

    Polygon New Member

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    I have an RRA Elite Operator 2 and I want to replace the hand guard. I know it's a free float and I want to replace it with a Magpul MOE hand guard to reduce the weight as well as the heat.

    Anyhow, I want to know. Can I install the MOE hand guard on a free float or not?
     
  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    I believe that is a no. The Magpul MOE rests against the front sight/gas block and is not free floating.
     

  3. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Well I guess I should have said it depends on the type of gas block, and you would need to add a standard barrel nut, delta ring and the hand guard cap that supports the front of the hand guard on the gas block.
     
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  4. Polygon

    Polygon New Member

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    So, are you saying with those things I can install it for sure. Or, are you saying with those things I might be able to depending on the gas block?
     
  5. niteglock

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    I'm trying to decide wether or not to make mine a free float. I have an OEM m4 right now. I don't know of I want to make it look tactical or keep it original looking.
     
  6. Jpyle

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    Think that is what he is saying...the Magpul is set up to use the standard barrel nut, delta rings and hand guard cap assembly which rests up against the standard A2 FSP. If your current setup uses a low profile gas block the hand guard cap may not fit properly and cause the hand guard to lose tension against the delta ring.
     
  7. Polygon

    Polygon New Member

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    How can I find out if it will work or not?

    EDIT: If it will help, here's a picture. This is not my rifle, but it has the same front sight and gas block.
     

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  8. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    eyeball the gas block and see if it will allow this setup...the gas block only needs to hold the cap in place, it doesn't attach to it. Not sure if it will work with that sight...is that a YHM flip up?

    [ame]http://youtu.be/JCLvirSprEs[/ame]
     
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  9. Gatoragn

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    Yes, with some changes to barrel nut, etc. you could convert to two piece non-FF hand guard.
     
  10. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    No.



    2 piece aluminum handguards fit in the stock delta ring setup.
     
  11. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    I wouldn't waste my time and money. When supply catches up, buy a PSA upper with the standard FSB and sell the RRA upper.

    If you have a carry handle monstrosity like pictured you can drop a lot of weight with something better.
     
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  12. Gatoragn

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    The OP's question was what would take to convert from a free float tube to a Magpul MOE two piece hand guard.
     
  13. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    I misread you.
     
  14. Biohazard2

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    I might be interested in your free float handguard if it's rifle length.
     
  15. Polygon

    Polygon New Member

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    I attached a close up of the base of the front sight/gas block. Looking at the cap, and looking at the gas block I think it would. Then again, I looked up the parts and it's not like it's expensive to give it a shot anyhow.

    That sight came on it from the factory.

    So I ordered a barrel nut, delta ring kit, and a hand guard cap from Midway. That should be all I need, right?

    I'm not really interested in swapping out the upper in this gun. I'll consider something like that when I build one.

    Sorry, it's a mid-length.
     

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