Handguard that Won’t Heat Up – SHOT Show Range Day

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.


  1. avatar Stu in AZ says:

    Pretty interesting for people who don’t like VFGs.

    1. avatar anonymoose says:

      Traditional VFGs are only really good if you have a short barrel with your short handguard, and thus have to move your hand back toward the receiver, but no one likes cheese-grater-quadrails anymore, either, so this product is like 10 years out of date. Fortunately these guys seem to have extended free-floating versions with bolt-on rails in the works too.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        I’m not seeing any cheese grater in those photos!

  2. avatar Chadwick says:

    Frigid cold? Haha its like 50-60 In vegas isn’t it? I don’t even think my place is breaking 30 today. Funny Leghorn.

    1. avatar anonymoose says:

      Southerners and desert-dwellers aren’t used to seasons. lololol

      1. avatar Rincoln says:

        Here in Arkansas it can’t decide if it wants to be in the 20s or the 70s, so it alternates weeks.

        We only have 2 seasons: Summer and Winter, but we get about a dozen of each per year.

        1. avatar Timmy! says:

          Fort Worth, Texas is doing the same summer/winter back and forth this month as well.

  3. Nice, I’ll have to try, I seem to be starting an unwanted collection of handguards.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      We should get together for a swap meet! I have plenty of stocks, too, and several triggers. Lots of beer and we’d have an event!

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