ALG Defense handguards

What's the good word? The 20% off sale is still going on, so $80-$116 for one of these is tempting. Anybody used them? Pros/Cons/whatevers?

 

If they are of the quality we've come to expect from ALG/Geissle, I forsee no problems. Just wondering. 

 

 

 

 

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I am extremely pleased with the quality of the ALG rails, and while it might seem like they are on the lower end of the spectrum from a cost perspective, I have found them to be feature-packed for their price point. For reference, I have the 8" keymod rail, which at the time was the only keymod option they had and my comments will reflect that.

As far as the rail itself is concerned, there is some machining done to the exterior that seems to do well in aiding grip and I've had no issue with holding on during fire and around the house. To that end, machining on the rail is top notch; I didn't observe any flash or other cosmetic flaws that I've seen other rails at this price point; definitely a plus in my book. In a unique fashion, my forend didn't come with any rail whatsoever at 12 o'clock; this is a standard feature for ALG rails as I'm sure you've noticed. Other models do come with a special piece intended for co-witnessing; mine did not, I just put in for one when I bought everything. Could you use a 'standard' rail? I'm unable to comment on that since I didn't buy one. 

 

As can be imagined, the rail does require a proprietary barrel nut and it does have to be timed, but ALG supplies the majority of the parts required for this with a standard purchase. You will need a pipe for torque; the directions call for a specific type- I don't remember which exactly right now. That being said, it wasn't expensive. I do recommend double checking the shims for their actual sizes since my were not even close to what the color coding suggested, but a micrometer solved that issue. Installation itself wasn't all that difficult after solving the shim problem, and even though you are required to do some "Kentucky windage" in regards to torque, the wrench they supply is designed to work around that issue specifically. Lockup so far is accomplished with six good quality screws and they slot in without issue and the rail hasn't so much as budged. I am very happy with their mounting  system, especially after dealing with a certain other manufacturer's rail in the same price range.

As far as weight, I will say that it makes for a great cost-weight ratio, and should be about the lightest thing you can buy before a BCM KMR. Is it better than the BCM?I suppose that is for the end-user to decide, and I do maintain a preference towards the BCM rail where possible, but ALG's offering is also under half the cost and still a solid offering nonetheless. My preference is not a slight against ALG, per se, I own two rails from both makers, and find it very easy to put both of them on the same scale; I just happen to desire the extra weight savings that BCM offers. 

 

If you can't be bothered to read the first half; I think they're a worthy purchase and the sale doesn't hurt either.

They have arrived! 14 for the shorties and 2 for the longer barrels for the DESIGNATED MARKSMEN.

Report: all appear to be typical ALG/Geissle quality and included all the required parts and pieces. My one "negative" observation was that the anodizing or whatever the coloring is on these, is not consistent across all 16. I couldn't give two fucks less as these are for working rifles and the "tan/sand" color happened to be a lucky bonus, but beware if you're a color matching weirdo who would be bent out of shape if yours was too tan or too gold or whatever.

Pictured with the two "long" barreled Colt's that will have their FSB's shaved down to fit the handguard. The 10.5" barreled Colt Commandos are still inbound. 

 

 

 

 

 

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LobsterClaw207 posted:

My one "negative" observation was that the anodizing or whatever the coloring is on these, is not consistent across all 16. I couldn't give two fucks less as these are for working rifles and the "tan/sand" color happened to be a lucky bonus, but beware if you're a color matching weirdo who would be bent out of shape if yours was too tan or too gold or whatever.

ALG explains that right on their website: Desert Dirt Color.

I had Dave Laubert install an EMR V2 on a BCM upper for me recently.  I'm impressed by the quality you get for such a reasonable price.  Very comfortable hand guard, reasonably lightweight, and the included sling swivel cups save me from having to drop another $20-30 on a sling attachment.  Good customer service, too—I somehow managed to misplace the timing shims when I sent my upper off to Dave, and ALG was kind enough to ship a replacement set directly to him at no cost.

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Casey posted:
LobsterClaw207 posted:

My one "negative" observation was that the anodizing or whatever the coloring is on these, is not consistent across all 16. I couldn't give two fucks less as these are for working rifles and the "tan/sand" color happened to be a lucky bonus, but beware if you're a color matching weirdo who would be bent out of shape if yours was too tan or too gold or whatever.

ALG explains that right on their website: Desert Dirt Color.

I had Dave Laubert install an EMR V2 on a BCM upper for me recently.  I'm impressed by the quality you get for such a reasonable price.  Very comfortable hand guard, reasonably lightweight, and the included sling swivel cups save me from having to drop another $20-30 on a sling attachment.  Good customer service, too—I somehow managed to misplace the timing shims when I sent my upper off to Dave, and ALG was kind enough to ship a replacement set directly to him at no cost.

 

Well no shit, you learn something new every day. I'd never seen that before. We're more than OK with it, I couldn't give two fucks about the color between rifles matching exactly.

 

I agree, everyone who has handled one is impressed. ALG really nailed it with this one, especially with the value you get. Installation is a breeze too and having done 7-8 of them so far, it's been painless. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have a Colt 6721 I bought three years ago that I have shot a bit, but I havent used much lately as I dont like the carbine length handguard.  I was thinking of selling the upper and building something mid-length, when my friend Andrew Brady at Lone Star Armory in Ft Worth mentioned he had a 15inch EMRV2 in stock.  I  had him shave the front sight and he installed the EMRV2.  

It's like a whole new rifle now, one that I am enjoying shooting.  Its also lighter than when it had the carbine length MOE and full front sight tower, or at least it feels that way.   Currently a Trijicon Accupoint 1-4 in a Trijicon (Bobro) mount sits on it.  I'll get it sighted in to decide if I want to stay with the Trijicon or go Aimpoint, then it will get a light and sling.

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