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Offline tact

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Re: Just bought my first AR... lower.
« Reply #165 on: August 12, 2017, 01:08:23 PM »
SLRs are nice, but I have used a lot of hand guard/rail systems because I'm picky and the Geiselle Super Modular Rails are the best I've ever had.  They are a lot less expensive than they used to be.

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Re: Just bought my first AR... lower.
« Reply #166 on: August 12, 2017, 01:58:32 PM »
They make the MI without the continuous top rail now, but I think you have me sold on the other two aspects. The SLR Solo is on sale right now at Primary Arms for ~15% off right now, but I really want the Helix.

Have you noticed any durability issues with the Helix? SLR had mentioned that the Helix is more fragile than the Solo Ultra Lite and shouldn't be used in rough situations, but I don't know if that just means in combat or 3 gun. I read this thread which is pushing me towards the Helix: http://forums.brianenos.com/topic/234087-slr-helix-mlok-handguard/?tab=comments#comment-2610457

I don't care too much for Geissele's SMR because it costs more and is heavier.

Offline Independent George

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Re: Just bought my first AR... lower.
« Reply #167 on: August 12, 2017, 02:47:32 PM »
Huh, you're right about the top rail; I could have sworn all of their handguards had continuous top rails before.

I can't speak to the durability of the Helix (I'm purely a recreational shooter), but the support 'struts' on the handguard are indeed quite thin. They milled out quite a lot of aluminum to shave weight. I would not expect it to survive abuse like a Geissele (which is engineered for military use - as in getting banged against armor plating constantly), but it seems strong enough for my own sporting purposes. It's a legitimate concern if you want something more rugged - the Helix definitely trades off strength for weight. I can't answer if it's right for you.

Honestly, there's nothing wrong with the MI rail - that was just personal preference on my part. If you can wait, BCM is supposed to be releasing an Mlok handguard later this year; it might be worth a look.

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Re: Just bought my first AR... lower.
« Reply #168 on: August 12, 2017, 04:18:47 PM »
Huh, you're right about the top rail; I could have sworn all of their handguards had continuous top rails before.

I can't speak to the durability of the Helix (I'm purely a recreational shooter), but the support 'struts' on the handguard are indeed quite thin. They milled out quite a lot of aluminum to shave weight. I would not expect it to survive abuse like a Geissele (which is engineered for military use - as in getting banged against armor plating constantly), but it seems strong enough for my own sporting purposes. It's a legitimate concern if you want something more rugged - the Helix definitely trades off strength for weight. I can't answer if it's right for you.

Honestly, there's nothing wrong with the MI rail - that was just personal preference on my part. If you can wait, BCM is supposed to be releasing an Mlok handguard later this year; it might be worth a look.

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I've been buying a lot this past month without really looking at my finances  :'( I think unless there's a Helix rail for <$200, I won't be buying. Right To Bear has the SLR 15" Ultra Lite for $190 which is tempting, but I was wanting to go with M-LOK rather than Keymod. The Helix is $220. After shipping it's pretty much the same price as direct from SLR.

I saw the BCM stuff, but it seems quite heavy. Granted, I suspect it's the full length top rail contributing a lot.

I need to remind myself... patience patience patience!  ::)

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Re: Just bought my first AR... lower.
« Reply #169 on: August 12, 2017, 05:33:15 PM »
How do you like SLR handguards? Do they actually feel any different from other companies?

They all feel solid but the SLR is slimmer compared to my DD Omega, Centurion and LaRue.




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Re: Just bought my first AR... lower.
« Reply #170 on: August 20, 2017, 10:11:07 PM »
I am waiting on my last tool to arrive before I start the actual building -- a Midwest Industries stock wrench -- so I decided to try some color fill on my lower using nail polish. I should have picked a "brighter" red, but it's fine for now. Looks like fresh blood. As for the Anderson logo...the horse isn't bad but there's too much going on there to fill it IMO. There are no markings at all on the right side, which is probably a way to cut the costs. The result I guess is a really wordy mag-well.



Speaking of tools, I ended up buying a Magpul BEV Block. I also borrowed a set of SK punches and roll-pin punches from a friend (much nicer quality than I would have paid for). I was worried he'd need them before I was done, but he said he hasn't used them in 6 years. It's good to know a tool collector!

I still haven't ordered sights yet. An optic is way down the road. I am debating between the Magpul MBUS Gen 2 ($65), Daniel Defense Rock & Lock fixed sights ($125), and the Magpul MBUS Pros ($155). Since they will be my only sights for a while, I'm leaning toward the DDs.
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