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Handl Defense launches the Advanced Fore-Rail for SCAR Rifles, a carbon fiber handguard that is Magpul M-Lok compatible

The Handl Defense SCAR Advanced Fore Rail Assembly for the SCAR16, SCAR 17S, and Mk.17 is another public release from the Mk.17/ Mk.20 Improvement Program. Originally designed for USSOCOM, the Handl Defense SCAR Advanced Fore Rail Assembly utilizes the Magpul M-Lok system to provide a more diverse range of mounting points. The design rapidly dissipates heat, allows for better salt water drainage, and improves ergonomics. It improves system performance and retains the SCAR quick change barrel system.

The Handl Defense SCAR Advanced Fore Rail Assembly provides the end user with more options for mounting accessories, while improving ergonomics. It was designed with a different profile in order to allow the user a better hand index. The mounting locations run the full length of the system, to include mount points at the 2 and 10 o’clock positions. The Handl Defense SCAR Advanced Fore Rail system is also exclusively designed to work with all Mk.17 accessories and exceed the standards outlined in the Mk. 17 CAR-H Spec Sheet of 2011.

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Another concern was heat from the enclosed OEM rail system. Members of USSOCOM reported that the OEM rail could easily burn an ungloved hand after sustained rates of full auto fire. The Handl Defense SCAR Advanced Fore Rail allows the SCAR rifle to radically increase heat evacuation from around the trunnion, chamber, and barrel. Handl Defense SCAR Advanced Fore Rail equipped SCAR rifles well exceeded the cook off standards for the CAR-H Spec Sheet.

The Handl Defense Advanced Fore Rail Assembly is constructed out of carbon fiber to decrease weight while maintaining the effective strength of 6061-T6 aluminum. The 3k 2×2 twill is capable of sustaining high amounts of lateral flex and torsional loads. The assembly exceeds the structural requirements outlined in the CAR-H Spec Sheet of 2011.

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The Handl Defense Advanced Fore Rail Assembly is designed to use the Magpul M-LOK system. The user can install any M-LOK interface to attach a wide variety of accessories accessory on the market.

Members of USSOCOM reported that the FN SCAR rifle needed better ergonomics, better heat mitigation, and more MIL-STD 1913 rail space. We took the feedback from the field, combined it with our knowledge of small arms, use of advanced materials, and developed an unmatched fore rail system for the SCAR platform.

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Handl Defense – SCAR Advanced Fore-Rail Specifications

– Weight: 5.6 oz.
– Length: 12″
– Hardware: Stainless Steel (for corrosion resistance) then blackened for a uniform finish
– Construction: 3K 2×2 Twill Carbon Fiber
– Resin: Aero-Space Thermoset Resin
– Modular accessory rails: Magpul M-LOK pattern
– Features: Magpul M-LOK Attachment System

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