This seems to be the year of the ACR. At least, I hope so, because I just bought one. Bushmaster is finally releasing caliber conversions, Franklin Armory has a binary trigger system (review pending) and now Midwest is out with a replacement hand guard.
The new MI-ACR-12.5 6061 aluminum hand guard is 12.5″ long, has 48 M-LOK slots, weighs only 9.1 ounces and is available in black or tactical peanut butter. You can even attach a tactical bottle opener to it.
The MI-ACR-12.5 is a few inches longer than the factory guard and will cover the gas block. Users, oops I mean operators, should still be able to adjust the gas block without removing the hand guard.
I’ll be giving one a try and reporting back. The factory quad rail on the enhanced ACR is too heavy and the design is a bit outdated. The Midwest Industries units go for $194.95 and are available now. Click here for slightly more details.