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Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by AZ Husker, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. AZ Husker

    AZ Husker

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    to getting handguards off? My old A1 gives me no problems, but the new RRA I just got is impossible. Is there a technique I don't know about? Thanks!
     
  2. kabob983

    kabob983 "Mostly" Dead

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    Handguards can be a beast. A two man duo (one to hold the donut down, the other to remove the handguards) can be helpful.
     

  3. AZ Husker

    AZ Husker

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    What did they change over the years, just a stronger spring? This one is obscene!
     
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    RyanNREMTP Inactive/Banned

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    I had a heck of a time with my Colt when I replaced the handguards. I barely managed to get them off by myself without a tool. Did it once and never again.
     
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    A handguard removal tool is money well spent.
     
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    +1 :agree:
     
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    bobby_w Alienigena Platinum Member

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    And all the other AR tools are money well spent.
     
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    same here - get the tool. Not "necessary" but very helpful when it's handy.
     
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    It's all in the technique. Newer guns can be a pain. Here is what I have found works well.

    Place the butt of the carbine on a table or work bench so the delta ring is about the same height has your chest. Use one hand to push down on the bottom side of the Delta Ring while you pull off the lower half of the handguard. Sometimes I have to use a thin flat head screw driver to seperate the upper and lower handguard. Once you remove the lower half, repeat the same process for the upper half.

    Over the last 2 decades I have found that when removing the handguards, remove the lower half first and then the upper half. When installing, install the upper half first and then the lower half.

    A little technique and a little elbow grease goes willl make the process much easier.



    Hope this helps
     
  11. AZ Husker

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    I'm a weightlifter, I just ordered to tool from Brownells. Thanks everybody!
     
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    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

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    I do as USMC described.

    But don't feel bad, after many decades of hard farm work and lifting weights I can pop a beer can by squeezing it....and I sometimes cuss at hand guards.:embarassed:

    I got a tool and use it regularly.
     
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    Another +1. Once I finish another AR build, I will get rid of the handguards on my first one. They just suck. They get hot and are PITA to take off.
     
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    I actually have removed a variety of handguards from my Bushmaster by myself. It was always an iffy proposition. Iffy the spring was a little stronger or iffy my grip was a little less firm, nothing would have happened. While pulling down on the ring with one hand, push down only on the half of the guard you are trying to remove.

    Eventually, I got the tool. Of course, I haven't had the need to use it since I got it.
     
  15. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

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    It just keeps getting better, don't it?
    The Handguard tool and Stock wrench are considered "assault weapons" parts by some catalogues and cannot be shipped to CA. Welcome to my world.

    I heard that you can use paracord and wrap it around the top of the delta ring, leave 2 ends on each side, pull down on the loose ends of the paracord while a 2nd person removes the rings. Voila, no tool needed.
     
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    YGTBSM! All that and a $500B debt. I miss Coronado, but don't miss this part of Californy.
     
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    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

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    It just keeps getting better, don't it?
    No joke. Serious. I am relegated to buying retail here locally and paying my tribute to the lords in Sacramento since I get nothing shipped.