We’ve had so many people asking about the new Noveske NSR Handguard but didn’t have a whole ton of information to give you guys. The only person that I know who has had any real experience with it so far is Stickman so I figured I would at least give you what information I could find online and share some of Stickman’s photos to drool over. 🙂 The Noveske NSR Handguard is going to be a game changer. Its another step in the direction of eliminating the dependance on 1913 picatiny rails which will make adding/removing accessories quick and easy. Not to mention drastically reducing not only the weight of the handguard itself but also reducing its size. I’m really excited to see the new NSR Accessories that will be coming out soon and I’ll be sure to share them with you when that happens. Until then, you’ll just have to check out the information from Noveske below as well as some pics from Stick. Check it out!
The NSR handguard was designed with the goal of being the lightest and smallest free floating forend option to the M16 family of weapons. The width of the NSR handguard before accessories have been installed is only 1.48″ The NSR handguard will be available for sale as standard equipment on our rifles and upper assemblies, as well as a separate component for sale to the public. On rifles and upper assemblies including the Vltor MUR upper receiver, the NSR handguard comes pinned to the upper receiver for perfect alignment of the 1913 top rails, and creates an anti-rotation interface with the upper receiver the same as our existing Lo-Pro offerings. We plan to offer this in 7″, 9″, 11″, 13″, and 16″ lengths.
The KeyMod inter-locking rail system is a collaboration between Vltor Weapon Systems and Noveske Rifleworks. Separately, both companies were in development of their own systems, but later realizing that both systems were similar, a standardization of the KeyMod system came to be.
The KeyMod system offers a mounting platform for a variety of (future) accessories and components. The days of the Picatinny Rail (MIL-STD-1913) are numbered. The future of the direct mountable accessory is here and now. The KeyMod self-contained components/mounting hardware index and V-block onto the platform, achieving a secured and accurate hold to the system, while separate lugs take the recoil force off the fasteners. The pass through attachment method eliminates the need for loose screws and backing plates that can easily be lost, or difficult to install. Another advantage of the KeyMod system over the 1913 system is the direct attach eliminates the need for the 1913 system as a “middle Man” thereby reducing weight and accessory off-set from the center of the handguard.
Finally, in the near future, the direct-mount KeyMod components will include items such as, 1913 rail sections, polymer covers (in various lengths and colors), hand stops, QD-Sling Mounts, bipods, K9 barricade supports and more. Also, the NSR handguard system will have an optional heat shield which installs through the front and does not occupy any KeyMod holes. Please follow our website for future KeyMod developments.
If you are anything like me and just can’t get enough of STICKMAN’s awesome photography, you should check out Stickman’s article on Military Times – Gear Scout featuring the Noveske NSR. You can also follow his photography work on the official Stickman Facebook Page and Flickr Account.
*Information above courtesy of NoveskeRifleworks.com. Images are courtesy Stickman/Military Times – Gear Scout and NoveskeRifleworks.com.