As I began to think about building my next precision rifle, I realized I wanted something lightweight and reliable. A rifle that I can run around with (If ever needed to) without carrying too much weight. With this in mind, I knew it would be nearly impossible to have a lightweight 20” rifle, but I would try to make it as light as possible while keeping the sexy look of the AR-15. This is when I came across the Midwest Industries Gen 2 SS FF Handguard.
I’m sure most of you readers know or have heard about Midwest Industries and their customer service. With their reputation, I decided to pull the trigger on their handguard. One thing that really attracted me to this product was the price, the design and its weight. At the time of purchase, I knew this rail would fit the bill.
MI offers this rail in various lengths to fit the look you want for your AR-15. The lengths and weight of the rails they offer are 7” (7.1oz), 9” (8.3oz), 10” (8.6oz), 12” (9.3oz) and 15” (10.9oz).
The rail will come in a sealed hard plastic cover that includes the rail itself, three (3) modular rail sections including a bipod stud, MI barrel nut wrench and a MI proprietary barrel nut. The rail has 2 studs, which fits perfectly with the barrel nut to prevent any rotation. The barrel nut also has a checkered cut design that is designed to prevent rotation of the handguard.
Overall, the Midwest industries really hit the spot on this handguard. It’s lightweight, durable and easy to handle. Who wouldn’t want to get their hands on a piece like this?
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Claim to Fame: Lightweight and tough build.
Target Market: 3 gun shooters, run and gun shooters, recreational shooting.
FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product)
- 6061 Aluminum.
- Hard Coat Anodizing.
- 1.5” outside diameter.
- Free floating.
- Great length selection for all builds.
What aesthetic options or finishes are available? It comes in Black, Flat Dark Earth and Olive Drab Green. Weights and Lengths are listed in my description above.
What others are saying?
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Our Rating +Very comfortable to hold. +Extremely lightweight. +One piece free float design. +Great value for what you get.
-Since the rail’s diameter is so small, it is more prone to heat after rapid fire.
Score = 9.0