The folks over at Ascendance International have come up with a handguard that won’t melt and won’t get hot during sustained full auto fire. That’s a legitimate concern for people who regularly put 1,000 rounds through their gun within an hour or so time frame, less so for the average shooter.
The handguards are made from a proprietary material (it feels like some kind of thermoplastic) and are designed to be drop-in replacements on existing rifles.
The example they had at the booth had been shooting magazine after magazine of full auto all morning and the handguard was still perfectly cool to the touch. The barrel was getting nice and toasty though, a welcome change from the frigid cold of SHOT Show Media Day.
Prices for the handguards range from $150 to $305 depending on the model. But this is for sure: they do actually work.