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Old July 26th, 2013, 08:17 PM #1
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Replacement Walnut M1A Handguard

I just purchased a new Springfield M1A with a walnut stock. I am looking to replace the molded handguard with a wood one.

I found one at Fulton Armory but it is unfinished. Is this my best option?
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I found mine on ebay. Paid about 20 dollars for it.
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I found mine on ebay. Paid about 20 dollars for it.
Thanks for the tip! I will check out E-bay.
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Boyd's.

Be forewarned....... IF you shoot that M1A a lot, with the walnut upper handguard in place, they CAN either crack or catch fire.

My beloved M1A has a walnut upper handguard, and it tends to get real hot.
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Boyd's.

Be forewarned....... IF you shoot that M1A a lot, with the walnut upper handguard in place, they CAN either crack or catch fire.

My beloved M1A has a walnut upper handguard, and it tends to get real hot.
So you would recommend I keep the current fiberglass/plastic one in place even thought it looks cheap?
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Leave the fiberglass handguard in place. Wood may look nice but, there are too many potential issues with it.
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So you would recommend I keep the current fiberglass/plastic one in place even thought it looks cheap?
The U.S. military had those cheap lookin' handguards on them for a reason.
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The U.S. military had those cheap lookin' handguards on them for a reason.
Lou,

Thanks for the commentary! I get the message.
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I have a spare fiberglass one or if you really want wood give Freds a call. I just got a stock from him and I know he had some wood handguards in stock.
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The reports of the wood handguards smoking were during the M14 trials. In full auto. No way I will fire my M1A that fast (cant afford it) You could put a reflective foil tape inside the wood handguard but I suspect you'd never have a problem.
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