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[SHOT Show 2017] Faxon: Streamline Carbon AR15 Handguards

Faxon Firearms tells us they have new M-LOK handguards arriving. Looks like initially there will be at least four configurations. Here's what we know about 'em so far.

SHOT Show 2017: Faxon Streamline Carbon AR15 Handguards

Bob Faxon, Faxon Firearms President, advises,

“As shooters, we designed the STREAMLINE CARBON series of handguards like our GUNNER barrels. We wanted all the functionality possible while reducing weight to the maximum extent possible. Usability and modularity were absolutely critical to our design process. We want shooters to pick up the STREAMLINE CARBON option not just for its weight, but for superior utility for mounting accessories while handling arduous courses of fire.”

Here's the remainder of their release:

The STREAMLINE CARBON series of carbon fiber handguards melds extreme lightweight and functionality into a single rugged, easy-to-install M-LOK handguard. Mounted to a weapon, the shooter will see a dramatic increase in maneuverability and swing ability of their rifle compared to legacy metal options.

The STEAMLINE CARBON fuses Faxon's patent-pending mounting architecture and quality machining with Lancer Systems carbon-fiber know-how. The rails mount to the AR-15 using the common mil-spec AR-15 barrel nut, ensuring anyone with standard tools can mount the rail quickly and easily. When mounted correctly, the rail is locked in to position across all three axis, ensuring rigged and rugged performance under the most demanding circumstances. The 15″ rail clocks in at less than 8 ounces in its standard configuration including all mounting hardware. An optional titanium barrel nut reduces weight further by ~.8 ounces.

Faxon Streamline Handguards 2

The rails feature full-length Magpul M-LOK across all 8 faces of the octagonal handguard. Using an optional low-profile M-LOK rail, shooters have the option of mounting on-plane BUIS. Overall size balances a slim profile (OD is 2.05″) while being able to fit suppressors up to 1.6″ diameter.

The STREAMLINE CARBON handguard will launch at Rainier Arms in a 15″ configuration. 13.3″ and 10.2″ lengths are in-production and will be available Q1/Q2 2017. The 13.3″ is the ideal companion for pinned and welded 14.5″ barrels, giving just enough space for the hand to extend all the way to the end without being concussed by muzzle devices. Retail for the carbon-fiber rails is set at $349, $339, and $329, respectively.

STREAMLINE CARBON Features:

•Extreme lightweight without sacrificing strength, rigidity, or practicality.
•M-LOK attachment across 8 facets.
•Dramatically increases maneuverability of the weapon over legacy metal rails.
•Low heat transfer for handling xtreme duty cycles.
•Fits common suppressors under-rail
•Attaches with standard armorer's wrenches and tools.
•Co-witness iron sights and optics/lasers*
•*Requires optional low-profile M-LOK rail adapters.
STREAMLINE CARBON Specifications:

15″ STREAMLINE CARBON, Extended
Length: 15.0″
Weight w/o Barrel Nut (Includes ALL Mounting Hardware): 6.71 Ounces
Weight, Steel Barrel Nut: 1.28 Ounces
Weight, Titanium Barrel Nut: .77 Ounces
Height (Flat to Flat): 1.98″
Max Outer Diameter (Peak to Peak): 2.05″
Max Inner Diameter (Front Aluminum Ring): 1.70″
Construction: Lancer Carbon Fiber & Aerospace Aluminum – Type III Hard Anodized
Accessory Mounting: M-LOK
M-LOK Slots: 8
Attachment Method: Standard AR-15 Barrel Nut, Patent-Pending Clamp Architecture

13″ STREAMLINE CARBON, Standard
Length: 13.3″
Weight w/o Barrel Nut (Includes ALL Mounting Hardware): 6.12 Ounces
Weight, Steel Barrel Nut: 1.28 Ounces
Weight, Titanium Barrel Nut: .77 Ounces
Height (Flat to Flat): 1.98″
Max Outer Diameter (Peak to Peak): 2.05″
Max Inner Diameter (Front Aluminum Ring): 1.70″
Construction: Lancer Carbon Fiber & Aerospace Aluminum – Type III Hard Anodized
Accessory Mounting: M-LOK
M-LOK Slots: 7
Attachment Method: Standard AR-15 Barrel Nut, Patent-Pending Clamp Architecture

10″ STREAMLINE CARBON, SBR/Pistol
Length: 10.2″
Weight w/o Barrel Nut (Includes ALL Mounting Hardware): 4.96 Ounces
Weight, Steel Barrel Nut: 1.28 Ounces
Weight, Titanium Barrel Nut: .77 Ounces
Height (Flat to Flat): 1.98″
Max Outer Diameter (Peak to Peak): 2.05″
Max Inner Diameter (Front Aluminum Ring): 1.70″
Construction: Lancer Carbon Fiber & Aerospace Aluminum – Type III Hard Anodized
Accessory Mounting: M-LOK
M-LOK Slots: 5
Attachment Method: Standard AR-15 Barrel Nut, Patent-Pending Clamp Architecture

Learn more online.

 


 

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What is the NSSF SHOT Show?

The NSSF SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show) and Conference is an annual event held by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Typically attended by thousands of people from all 50 states and over a hundred countries, it is (quite rightfully) described as the “…world's premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, law enforcement, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics, and related products and services.

Imagine the Worlds' Fair, but packed with everything from mini-guns and every breed of body armor, bows and boots; from eye pro and ear pro to optics and ordnance, socks to swords…you get the idea. If you'd like to see a sampling of the companies who will be showing at this year's SHOT, there's a live map right here, though it doesn't reflect the organizations set up elsewhere, in hotel suites, etc

View imagery from our coverage of last year's SHOT Show here; 2015's is right here.

SHOT 2017 Schedule

January 15 — Special invite-only events; Veterans Training Fund/Wishes for Warriors at The Ranch, SIG Sauer Range Day, and others
January 16 — Media on the Range, Boulder City Rifle & Pistol Club
January 17 — 20, 2016

Sands Expo and Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
Hours
Tuesday, January 17 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 18 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 19 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, January 20 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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