AR-15 owners have to constantly resist putting more cool items on their modern sporting rifles, but I couldn’t resist trying out the custom rail covers put out by a company called Custom Gun Rails (CGR) out of Texas.
CGR makes a number of interesting designs that you can buy right off their website, or they can also custom make a cover using a logo, text, or other design. I tried out the laser engraved American flag covers which mount on any standard 1913 rail. Installing them was easy, a simple snap onto the rail, and then there are two screws to tighten with the included hex wrench. To take them off, perform the installation steps in reverse.
The two covers only weigh 11 grams each (about the weight of four nickels) so they don’t add any significant weight.
The website has this description for their laser engraved aluminum products:
Our small Laser Engraved Aluminum (LEA) rail covers are made of high strength, abrasion and solvent resistant thermoplastic bonded with a hardcoat anodized, laser engraved aluminum insert. The anodization process prevents the image from chipping, cracking or peeling.
Here are some other samples:
CGR also makes custom dog tags, coins, and other items. From the CGR website:
Custom Gun Rails, Inc. (CGR) was founded in 2011 by a former Green Beret. After his service in the U.S. Army Special Forces, he worked in the private sector for various Private Security Companies and has been an active member in the community, deploying regularly. It was during one of these trips that the desire and necessity for units and individuals to customize their weapons became apparent.
Custom Gun Rails, Inc. is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).
Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career. He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. www.TopShotChris.com.