New from BISON Armory is the Fore(arm) Skin for AR-15 rifles. These nylon and neoprene “skins” solve two problems. First, they act as shooting gloves protecting your hands from cold aluminum rails during a cold winter’s morning, and from scorching hot aluminium during a hot day or after sending a lot of ammunition downrange (with current ammo prices the former is more likely …). The second problem they solve is preventing the rail from snagging on vegetation when hunting (It would also prevent the finish being scratched … but this is a gun, if the finish is not being scratched its not being used enough.)
The price is $29.99. From the BUSON Armory website …
WHY A FOREARM SKIN? Anyone who has carried an AR-15 in the field knows the ‘joys’ of handling an aluminium forearm for hours on end. The metal gets cold in the morning, so you wear gloves, which inevitably make your hands sweat. Once in the sun, the forearm absorbs heat and slowly roasts your hands until you put your sweaty gloves back on. And if your forearm has picatinny rails, then it’s either gloves all day or hamburger hands. But gloves don’t protect your forearm and rails from damaging impacts and snags on your surroundings. And exposed metal has a way of going ‘clink’ at just the wrong time. The rail covers currently on the market attach to picatinny rails, so if you aren’t running rails, you’re out of luck. And you can forget about comfort in any case, since the covers are all made of hard polymers. They increase the number of edges and perforations that can snag, while leaving portions of the forearm unprotected and doing nothing to promote sound dampening.
After years of hunting with AR-15s, we thought: “There has to be a better way!” Now there is. Forearm Skins provide a cushioned and insulated layer between you and your forearm, for an always comfortable grip and a streamlined, snag-free profile.
Thanks to SayUncle for the tip.