When I saw the ARs in this booth, all I could think was “Bad-Ass.” Lots of folks like to think of the AR as a gun that’s easily “personalized,” but often that only goes so far as to say you have an assembly of different aftermarket parts from someone else. Unique-ARs has a way of making your AR as personal as a tattoo through its designer handguards.
According to Unique-ARs, purchase one of their stock forends, add custom colors, or have them fabricate a completely custom handguard. They can use your favorite logo, tattoo, saying, insignia, or wild idea to turn your AR into ART.
The 2016 line of stock handguards adds to the over two dozen stock designs already offered. They have also brought to market a “heat shield” which runs between the barrel and handguard. Because of the open design of the many of the handguards the heat shield, although not necessary, can offer a layer of additional protection. The heat shield is lightweight and can be painted in opposing colors to help set off the handguard design. The heat shields come either handguard length or barrel length.
Unique-ARs handguards do blend function and form. They are free floating, made from durable 6061 T6 aluminum, and come with options to mount Picatinny rails for accessories. The stock handguards come standard in black, either Cerakote or Anodized. They also offer a wide range of custom color options through Cerakote. The stock handguards come in standard lengths of 7, 9, 12, and 15 inches. Each handguard comes with a proprietary AR-15 barrel nut that can be upgraded to the 308.
The heat shields are made from aluminium to keep them light, and help to dissipate heat. The handguard length heat shields mount to the end of the handguard with an nose cone. The barrel length heat shields mount to the end of the barrel with a threaded end cap which replaces the muzzle device. The heat shield is an excellent way to add additional color to your rifle.
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In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.