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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Ive got a bit of play/twist in my hangaurd. Is there anyway to get rid of it? I can twist/rotate the hangaurd about an 1/8th of an inch. Its kind of annoying while holding the weapon.

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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
It might be a problem with the tightness of the handguard, or perhaps it is a fitting problem. A smith should be able to tell you for sure.
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
I think a little play in a standard forend is normal. There are options out there that completely eliminate the delta ring and screw directly to the upper receiver. This free-floats the barrel and offers a rock-solid handguard at the same time.

I honestly don't have any experience with a mil-spec handguard/delta pack setup, though I've installed a free-float handguard before. Just goes to show you how much the AR has been tinkered with by aftermarketists.

Yep, my new word for the day.
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
With m4 plactic stock handguards there will be a little wiggle but it should not be that noticeable but it is sort of hit or miss with aftermarket habdgaurds. Free float guards will not wiggle, period, best to shell out the few extra dollars and go that way in my opinion. I have the MI 2 piece non free floats and there is a little play in the bottom rail but not in the top, if you put a fore grip on it will be more noticeable, it is just leverage. At any rate don't worry there is nothing wrong and it will not damage your rifle in any way. If you are able to twist the top rail at all you might want to make sure it is not chaffing or hitting the gas tube though.
 
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nikon777 said:
seems your right. the guys at AR15.com said the same thing...its normal.
Yeah, it seems kind of hit & miss (pun intended) as to whether you get some play. You can look at the forward retainer to see if it is moving at all. But I suspect not.

Be a little careful going down the route of the free float or "simulated" free float handguards. There are some less expensive ones that are not pinned into the barrel nut or don't use a locking nut type design. Folks buy them, hang accessories on them, install a vertical grip, and they get a lot of twist. If you opt for that upgrade, make sure the assembly ties into your barrel nut (e.g., like LaRue). Here's a pic of LaRue's Tactical locating pins with allen head screws. Combined you get a solid, anti-twist assembly.



 
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