A few months back one of my personal favorites manufacturers, Noveske Rifleworks, announced introduced their brand new NSR Handguard.  At first glance the Noveske NSR might look familiar with its smooth round shape and single 1913 rail at the 12 o’clock position, but in reality the NSR is much different than any other handguard on the market.  The NSR has a very small diameter is designed with a unique new accessory mounting system called KeyMod.  I had heard that these would not be available for purchase for some time but apparently being the Noveske Dealer of the Year gets you special treatment.  🙂The Noveske NSR is available for purchase at Rainier Arms.  Check out the detials below!

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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.

Length – 13″

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.

The Noveske NSR is available for purchase online from the **NOVESKE DEALER OF THE YEAR** – Rainier Arms.