3 Things To Look For In A Replacement AR15 Handguard

If you are considering replacing your AR15 handguard you are certainly not alone. In fact, the handguard is usually the first thing to be customized on the weapon for experienced owners or those getting the AR15 for the first time.

The good news is that for any owner with any experience in modifying or customizing weapons this is a fairly simple and straightforward operation. You should be able to do it on your own with just a few tools and a bit of time.

Replacing your current handguard should be done after asking yourself a few basic questions. It is also a great idea to look around online and get an idea of what is available and the look you want to achieve. Although there is an aesthetic issue with this part, it can also be important in shooter comfort as well as actual performance and accuracy.


You will find a pretty wide range of different prices for the various options in AR15 handguard designs and options. As with most things, you will largely get what you pay for. Avoid the extremely low-cost models on the market as they may be poorly made and difficult to install. They may also not provide much protection for heat resistance, an important consideration for those serious about their shooting practice.

Comfort with Modifications

How comfortable you are with making modifications to the weapon will be a very important issue to consider. If you don’t want to make any changes, you will have to look to a new model, style, design or type that will be accommodated with the current installation requirements.

It may be difficult for those new to AR15s to know if modifications will be required. By working with a reputable parts manufacturer, you can easily find out that information with an email or phone call.

For a limited issue with installation consider the “drop in” handguards. These are designed to fit the standard for any AR15. Putting on a new set is as easy as pulling back the delta ring that holds the existing handguards in place, removing them and putting in the new set. No tools required and no additional modifications.

Personal Factors

Free float types of AR15 handguard designs are often preferred by serious sportsmen and women. They can help to improve accuracy and provide superior heat resistance for multiple shots.

Railed handguards are also a great option as they allow for easy mounting of accessories such as lights, lasers, foregrips or other types of accessories. Keep in mind you won’t want to install a scope on the rails, but it will provide a unique tactical look to any weapon.