Magpul has been in the business of making high quality, incredibly functional products since 1999. Anybody who has an AR has undoubtedly considered some piece of gear from the boys out in Boulder. I had never had the chance to put my mitts on a piece of Magpul gear until Nick helped my parents pick out a MIAD Grip Kit for Christmas. I got a little hooked on their gear and decided that my pretty princess needed some cosmetic upgrades for the new year.
Enter the MOE Handguard. Quad rail hand guards have their place, but a 20″ heavy barrel AR is not one of them. My AR spends the majority of its life with a scope attached or sitting on a cushy set of sandbags. I really don’t have a need to add lights, lasers, blenders, or vertical grips and with that much weight hanging out front, I like to keep it light. The MOE handguard does all of that and in style, too.
- Cost: $39.95
- Colors: Black, OD Green, Foliage
- Weight: 12.13 oz.
- Length, overall: 12.57 in.
- Length, mounting: 12.00 in.
- Height, excluding lip: 2.45 in.
- Width, max: 2.22 in.
- Compatible with both ‘direct impingement’ and most piston-driven gas systems
- Reinforced, heat-resistant polymer construction
- Integral riveted aluminum heat shield
Ratings (Out of 5 stars)
Fit * * * * *
If you can do that delta ring dance on the two piece AR handguard, you can install the Magpul pieces. Figuring out top from bottom is a little interesting but once you get it, things snap together crisply and securely. In case you get stuck, it comes with a great instruction manual written by an actual English speaker.
Durability * * * * *
I’m hesitant to throw my gun around for no reason, but I made sure to rough it up a little bit just for this test. The plastic seems to take abuse with no issues.
Function * * * * *
These pieces don’t exactly move, so my expectations were high. Luckily, my expectations were met. I fired several quick strings to heat up the barrel but my hands never even got warm. One very nice touch is the flared bits at the end that physically prevent you from grabbing the gas block. This isn’t a huge issue on my gun since the gas block is WAAAY out there but on carbine length guns, this a very good thing.
Sex Appeal * * * * *
I just made up this category but two out of two TTAG writers agree, this handguard looks gorgeous in person. There is no mistaking that my gun is a futuristic modern sporting rifle.
Overall Rating * * * * *
Five stars all around. If you like the look, buy with confidence. This is a solid, well-built, dead sexy product from the good guys and girls at Magpul.