For those building their own AR or going from a standard hand guard to a free floated one, you’ll need a gas block. They’re seemingly a dime a dozen, but having one that doesn’t work or is too heavy can ruin your day. Awhile back, I tested out the ODIN Works hand guard. Included in the box of goodies from ODIN Works was their low profile gas block . . .
In my mind, a gas block has to do three things. First, it needs to actually fit (duh). Second, it needs to ensure reliable function. And third, it needs to be appropriately light. In all categories, I believe the ODIN gas block succeeds. It fit without issue and included the necessary roll pin and hardware to make it work. You supply a gas tube and you’re off to the races.
Function wise, as long as the gun keeps running, everything is good. And as I’d hoped, no matter what type of ammo I used, my gun continued to be 100% reliable.
From a weight perspective, the ODIN block is good enough. This is not the lightest block on the market, but 2 oz. is nothing to sneeze at. This replaced another 2 oz. block so I found that it didn’t change the balance of my gun whatsoever.
Finally, a note on looks. In most cases, your gas block is located under the free floated hand guard of your choice. But if you run a shorter hand guard, your gas block might peek out ever so slightly. And if so, you’ll be glad you picked the ODIN block. It looks nice with a slightly angular profile, but still keeps out of the way under a free floated hand guard.
Specifications: ODIN Works Low Profile Gas Block
- Includes cross pin and set screws.
- Nitride finish.
- Made from Carbon Steel.
- Advertised Weight: 1.95 oz (includes screws and pin).
- Actual Weight: 2.00 oz (including screws and pin)
- Internal Diameter 0.7505-0.751 inch
- Price: $35.00
Ratings (out of five stars):
Fit, Finish, Function * * * * *
This fit perfectly. It wasn’t too loose. It wasn’t too tight. I managed to get the block fairly hot with some rapid strings of fire, and the finish didn’t alter a bit. And like I’d expected, reliability was 100%.
Looks * * * * *
I think it looks swell and while this isn’t the most “seen” part on your AR 15, it can’t hurt
Overall Rating * * * * *
For $35, this is right on the money for the budget minded looking for a functional, cool looking gas block. I found the ODIN block to fit well and be totally functional. If you’re looking for a middle of the road weight gas block that won’t break the bank, I highly recommend the ODIN LoPro Gas Block.