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Old November 26, 2012, 08:42 PM   #1
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Any free float tube hand guard with sling mounts?

I'm trying to find a free float tube for a rifle length AR, but I can't find a simple tube with a sling swivel so I can put tension on the sling worry-free. I don't really need/want rails, I do a lot of shooting off rests and bags. I have seen some "user-addition" swivels involving tapping a new hole in the tube and mounting a swivel, but I would be worried about thread clocking if the tube doesn't mechanically index to something (some rail hand guards seem to do this, but not but any of the basic tubes I have seen). I guess my backup plan is to go with a set of national match hand guards, since they relocate the sling swivel to the end of the under float tube.
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Old November 26, 2012, 09:00 PM   #2
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Most of the bare tubes don't have one of those pre-installed because it may not clock properly out of the box, hence the DIY method.

You could look into something like the Midwest Industries Gen 2 SS- very thin and light with the ability to install an included swivel, but it's not a simple tube.
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Old November 26, 2012, 09:01 PM   #3
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JP makes the VTAC tube (in a few lengths) that comes with 2 QD studs. Not a low buck "tube" though.
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Old November 26, 2012, 09:34 PM   #4
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YHM Tod Jerret hand guard just has the quad rail up at the front . I have a mid length one and I like it alot . http://www.midwayusa.com/product/269...rd-ar-15-matte

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Old November 26, 2012, 09:36 PM   #5
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I have a JP rifle length tube on my VTAC. I use an Uncle Mike's QD swivel - and it works well.

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Old November 26, 2012, 10:32 PM   #6
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I like both the JD and the YHM. I was actually looking at a mid-length upper with just that YHM hand guard on it and was just about to click the "buy" button earlier (but that was for another project ). I'm guessing to get around the clocking issue any free float tube is going to need some sort of jam nut system to lock it to a certain rotation.
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Old November 28, 2012, 09:19 AM   #7
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Apex hand guards have integrated QD points.


SWS hand guards have integrated QD points


Many others have QD attaching points that can be added to the hand guard. This is from MI.
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Old November 28, 2012, 03:30 PM   #8
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I'd go with a hand guard (Troy, Samson...) that have options for a QD mount. Then you can place it where you want it.

http://www.samson-mfg.com/ar-15_html...nting_Kit.html
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Old November 28, 2012, 03:31 PM   #9
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The Rock River aluminum FF tubes are a straight tube with a sling swivel. &75 for a rifle length one.
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Old November 28, 2012, 10:26 PM   #10
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MI handguards have QD swivel points built into their handgruards.
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Old December 3, 2012, 09:46 PM   #11
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Ya, seems like there are actually a number of options out there. I was planning on a basic tube, just for cost reasons, but I'm not opposed to some of the more capable ones. I might have to go that route and look into the QDs. Thanks for the info and pictures!
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Old December 4, 2012, 06:29 AM   #12
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Windham Weaponry sells a rifle length free float with a sling stud for around $75.00
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Old December 4, 2012, 09:42 PM   #13
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Windham Weaponry sells a rifle length free float with a sling stud for around $75.00 "
Nice, for that price point and pretty much doing all I need, that is seeming like a very attractive choice for this rifle.
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Old December 4, 2012, 09:51 PM   #14
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I've really grown to like the YHM Spector. You can buy plugs to plug the unused holes to boot.
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Old December 6, 2012, 05:28 AM   #15
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Rock River Arms has a NM free float sleeve w. handguard and sling swivel at Brownells for $100. Legal for DCM competition.
I have one on my Colt.
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Old December 9, 2012, 11:20 PM   #16
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I'd go with a hand guard (Troy, Samson...) that have options for a QD mount. Then you can place it where you want it.

http://www.samson-mfg.com/ar-15_html...nting_Kit.html
Thanks for the link.
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Old December 10, 2012, 02:51 AM   #17
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Interesting, I had assumed the only source of NM sleeves was Armalite, that is good to know.
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Old December 10, 2012, 08:49 AM   #18
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I get the cheap Model 1 tubes and just drill and tap mine after installation, that eliminates any clocking issues.
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