Made from braided carbon fiber tubes shrouded by a protective jacket, Brigand Arms‘ AR-15 handguards are stiffer and stronger than you might expect given their airy, lattice design. In a way, it’s actually all of that airspace that you’re paying for. These bad boys are the lightest handguards anywhere, with the 15″ Edge (no rails) model clocking in at an astonishing 3.9 ounces. Yet, it’ll support 100 pounds of weight in any direction. Read on for more info and photos . . .
A giant loom braids these T700 carbon fiber tubes around a mandrel. 6061 aluminum, hard anodized end caps are then added. The muzzle cap comes either unadorned or with a short quad rail for accessory mounting.
With this much air space, barrel cooling is excellent. Brigand’s SHOT Show booth has a handguard with a 40 lb weight hanging off the end of it, and its stiffness is very apparent. Again, it’ll handle 100 lbs of pull force on the muzzle end without issue, and 400 lbs of compressive force along its length.
T&E sample has been requested. Not gonna lie, I’m pretty excited to put it through its paces. I already have a few points of feedback for Brigand, and am interested to see this product progress into the future.
My main concern is that if I buy one, I’m going to need a prettier barrel.