Magpul MOE Handguard – Product Review / Installation

AR15news - logoMagpul LogoFor some time now I’ve been using an aluminum rail system and have wanted to try something different.  I just wasn’t quite sure what I wanted.  I had my old standard handguards that came with my rifle but that’s obviously not any fun.  There are a lot of new rail systems and handguards out there but most of them cost at least $100 to start.

I guess what I was looking for something that didn’t require any gunsmithing to be installed, looked really cool, had a lot of custom options/accessories, was pretty light weight yet strong and cost barely anything.  It sounds like a lot to ask but thats what I wanted.

The only thing I could find that met all of those criteria was the Magpul MOE Handguards.   The Magpul MOE Handguards look completely different than any of the other handguards on the market and are part of a line of Magpul Original Equipment accessories for AR-15’s.

Easy To Install: The MOE Handguards are a two piece design meant to be a direct drop in replacement for your standard handguard and require absolutely no gunsmithing.  They simply fit inside the front handguard end cap and the Delta Ring which makes them fit really tight and feel as solid as a rock.  I litterally had mine installed in about 2 minutes.  Once you get them on you wont ever want to take them off.

Cool Tactical Look and Accessories: They have a completely smooth exterior surface with slots along the 2 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 10 o’clock positions that are for mounting some optional accessories such as the MOE Vertical Grip, MOE Polymer Rail Sections and the MOE Illumination kit.  There are also some aftermarket companies that make snap hooks, quick detach sling mounts, bipod mounts, etc. that mount directly to the Magpul MOE Handguard slots.

Light On Weight but Heavy On Strength & Durability: The Magpul MOE Handguards are made of a light weight heat resistant polymer that is internally reinforced for strength.  They also have an additional heat shield inside to keep your hands cool even when your barrle isn’t and extended ears on the front of the handguards to help keep your hands away from the hot gas block/front sight assembly.

High Quality, Low Price: Everyone knows that Magpul makes some of the best quality products on the market.  Typically high quality means high $$$.  Well, don’t tell Magpul but they forgot to jack the price up.  You can get a set of MOE Handguards for less than $30.  They make them in Carbine ($29.95), Mid ($34.95) and Rifle ($39.95) lengths.

The Magpul MOE Handguards stand second to none when you take into account Magpul quality (made right here in the US), ease of installation, strength and durability of the MOE Handguards and the fact that they cost as less than $30.

Check out the installation pictures below and then head on over to Magpul’s website to check out all of their cool AR-15 accessories!

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My rifle ready and excited to get its new skin.
Magpul MOE Handguard 2
Simpley take the top piece and insert into the hand guard end cap.
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Then slide the rear end down and into the Delta Ring.
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Top piece in place and ready for the bottom.
Magpul MOE Handguard 5
You can see the heat shield in this picture.
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Bottom of the handguard installs the same way. Front end goes in end cap and bottom goes in the Delta Ring.
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Here is what it looks like installed. Now I need to get some accessories for it.