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Old 07-03-2014, 16:15   #1
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Best quad rail?

For the money on a Colt LE6920? Easy on, easy off retaining factory front sight. Any links to recommended items/size appreciated!
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Old 07-03-2014, 16:23   #2
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Quad rails suck. I'd look at a Troy Alpha handguard or one of the BCM or Geisele keymod offerings.
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Old 07-03-2014, 16:25   #3
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There are several railed handguards that are drop-ins. They will replace the existing handguard. Look at brands like Midwest Industries, Daniel Defense, Troy Ind., Knights Armament, and Yankee Hill Machine. Personally, I currently have Knights Armament, Troy Ind., Midwest Ind., and Daniel Defense. It is hard to go wrong with any of the ones I mentioned. BCM carries a good variety.
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Old 07-03-2014, 16:34   #4
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Knights is GI issue. I like Larue better. But in practice I hate quad rails especially on carbine length guns with a FSB. They are too heavy and there is already barely enough space to grab the gun let alone after you go hanging lights and gee gaws all over the thing. You'll need a forward mounted vertical grip...more crap to buy...more weight to add etc.

A slick rail is MUCH better. Noveske NSR or the new BCM keymod rail. Even the Midwest Industries or the Troy Alpha are better.

If you are stuck on buying a quad rail buy a Daniel Defense Omega rail and try it for a while. It doesn't require you to take off the front sight base or barrel nut to install. Its very stable and once you decide you don't like quad rails you can sell it online for not a lot less than what you paid for it.
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Old 07-03-2014, 16:35   #5
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What size, guys?
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Old 07-03-2014, 16:37   #6
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Midwest Industries gives the most bang for the buck.
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Old 07-03-2014, 16:42   #7
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Larue Tactical.........12.0, it's a pig, but I love it!

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Old 07-03-2014, 16:51   #8
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What size, guys?
Since you have the 6920, you will need the carbine length handguard to replace your current handguard. If you are wanting to go the free-float route, plan on losing the front sight block and replacing it with a low profile gas block and a flip-up front sight mounted on the rail.

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Old 07-03-2014, 17:18   #9
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DD Omega, free float without having to modify the FSB or delta ring. Lots and lots of choices out there depending on your preference as to how you want it to feel. Personally I think the DD rails are great and like the somewhat oval(ish) shape. I've tried some of the skinny round tubes but for some the quad is fine. For your gun either that or something from MI.
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Old 07-03-2014, 17:38   #10
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midwest industries drop in carbine, troy carbine, KAC RAS or DD EZ Car...don't be discouraged by people telling you to molest your front sight and bolt on a 27" keymod monster. Carbine rails are fine...put some magpul xt covers on them and rock on. Life doesn't have to be so hard!
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Old 07-03-2014, 18:07   #11
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The DD Omegas are thinner than regular quad rails. At least that's how they feel to me.
I just came back from shooting my brother's 16" mid-length AR with the DD Omega quad rail. It retains the front sight (no need to remove) and it's free-floated.

I'm trying to get him to sell it since he doesn't like quad rails. He's got all the rails covered with ergo ladders. No accessories on it. He doesn't even use the front sight since he has a magnified optic on it.

I told him he wasted his money and should trade it for my magpul moe handguard.
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Old 07-03-2014, 20:02   #12
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DD lite rail 3 (what comes on DDM4s) is the best quad rail... BCM KMR is the best rail PERIOD. I'd disregard every other recommendation, DD omega rail & LaRue aren't in the same league as the DD lite rail 3.
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Old 07-03-2014, 20:33   #13
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Do you notice any difference in accuracy from the free-float vs. non?

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Since you have the 6920, you will need the carbine length handguard to replace your current handguard. If you are wanting to go the free-float route, plan on losing the front sight block and replacing it with a low profile gas block and a flip-up front sight mounted on the rail.

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Do you notice any difference in accuracy from the free-float vs. non?
I could not tell any difference in accuracy between the two. For an AR built for precision shooting, a free-float is a must. For most carbines, the drop-in railed handguards are just fine. You can still hit targets at 300M-500M with no problem. My LE6920 has the KAC M4 RAS, as do a couple other ARs I have. The AR I have pictured has the MI 12" FF handguard that I wanted to use to cover some of the barrel shroud to get the desired effect I was wanting. Underneath is a M4 profile 16" barrel with a low profile gas block.

Doing drop-in or free-float handguards is a personal preference. Not everyone has the same tastes. For me, it just depends on what I want from my AR.
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I could not tell any difference in accuracy between the two. For an AR built for precision shooting, a free-float is a must. For most carbines, the drop-in railed handguards are just fine. You can still hit targets at 300M-500M with no problem. My LE6920 has the KAC M4 RAS, as do a couple other ARs I have. The AR I have pictured has the MI 12" FF handguard that I wanted to use to cover some of the barrel shroud to get the desired effect I was wanting. Underneath is a M4 profile 16" barrel with a low profile gas block.

Doing drop-in or free-float handguards is a personal preference. Not everyone has the same tastes. For me, it just depends on what I want from my AR.
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Old 07-04-2014, 13:40   #16
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DD and Larue make fine rails. I think you'd need the 9". I could be wrong though.
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DD and Larue make fine rails. I think you'd need the 9". I could be wrong though.
The LE6920 uses the 7" carbine handguards. Midlength handguards are 9" and rifle length is 12".
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Midwest Industries gives the most bang for the buck.
I just put their new full length keymod rail on my LR308 build, and I have to say the quality is top notch!
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I just put their new full length keymod rail on my LR308 build, and I have to say the quality is top notch!
I will agree. Midwest Ind. builds some fine products. I have been using their stuff for about 7 years now. I even have some of their latest products on my TAVOR.
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Old 07-04-2014, 20:26   #20
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DD Omega (free float), DD EZ-CAR (not free float) or KAC RAS blemished (also not free float, but solid as hell). The EZ-CAR is about $130 last I checked, and blemished KAC rails can be had for $150 direct from KAC. The Omega is closer to $300, but doesn't touch the barrel or FSB assembly.

All three of those are user installs (no special tools required, FSB stays put). Since the OP asked for easy on and off, I'd say that rules out most of the options people mentioned earlier.
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