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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Drop-In or Free-Floating: Which AR15 Handguard is Right for You?
Choosing the right handguard for your AR15 doesn't have to be confusing, especially when you've identified your options and what they'll mean in terms of appearance and functionality. 

To help you get it right the first time, here's a look at the characteristics you should consider when choosing a handguard for your AR15.

Drop-In AR15 Handguards

If you're looking for a lower-cost, easy-to-install option for your AR15, you'll want to consider a polymer or railed drop-in handguard. Just like the name implies, drop-in handguards are easy to install and remove. A quick pull on your rifle's spring-loaded delta ring and you're ready to install your new drop-in handguard. Since stock AR15’s come factory-ready to accept drop-in handguards, you won't need to worry about making any modifications to your rifle.

Free-Floating AR15 Handguards

Free-floating handguards provide better accuracy and also offer some customization features not available with drop-in handguards. Since free-floating handguards are mounted directly on the AR's upper receiver, the resulting barrel "float" provides improved harmonics and thus, improved accuracy. The difference will be even more evident if you're planning to use bipods or grips on your handguard. Free-floating handguards are also longer than the typical drop-in handguard, opening up new opportunities for adding accessories and other custom options. 

Dark Hour's Magnesium DarkLite AR15 Handguard

Dark Hour's Darklite free-floating magnesium/aluminum alloy handguard ranges in length from 9" to 15". At 30% lighter weight than handguards manufactured from 6061 aluminum, the DarkLite handguard comes complete with barrel nut, wrench, and mounting screws and offers superior resistance to wear.

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