Armalite Announces New Handguards

Armalite has announced a new handguard line. From the press release:

Geneseo, IL – In a year full of exciting new product introductions, Armalite has added three new handguards to the list of stand-alone accessories. From the makers of the original AR, these new accessories will help bring your game up to the next level.

Available for both the AR-10 and M-15 platforms, these handguards are backed by 60 years of AR manufacturing experience and are on sale now at

3-Gun Handguard: Perfect for those shooters looking for an ultra-light handguard with a slim profile for maximum comfort, minimum weight and fast handling. This handguard is free floating and includes a 2-inch MIL-STD 1913 rail section at the forward 12 o’clock position for mounting of sights and accessories. The KeyMod system is ready for the direct attachment of flash light mounts, sights, scope mounts, rail panels and doubles as flush cup sling attachment points allowing the shooter to customize the rifle for any environment quickly and easily. It includes a barrel nut and mounting hardware. Available in 12 and 15 inches. (AR-10 12″—Part #: 103GNHGD12; AR-10 15″—Part #: 103GNHGD15; M-15 12″—Part #: 153GNHGD12; M-15 15″—Part #: 153GNHGD15)

Tactical Handguard: When the mission calls for the perfect combination of light weight gear that is durable enough to hold up under any environment, the Tactical Handguard is ready. This handguard features a full-length MIL-STD 1913 rail at the 12 o’clock position as well as the KeyMod system that is ready for the attachment of accessories or to be used as sling attachment points. It includes a barrel nut and mounting hardware. Available in 12 (AR-10 only) and 15 inches. (AR-10 12″—Part #: 10TACHGD12; AR-10 15″—Part #: 10TACHGD15; M-15 15″—Part #: 15TACHGD15)

Versatile Sporting Rifle™ Handguard: The unique design of the Versatile Sporting Rifle™ Handguard is sleek, solid and ready to go from the range to the field at any time. Built for maximum comfort and durability, it features a forward and rear 2-inch MIL-STD 1913 rail at the 12 o’clock position. The KeyMod system at the forward position eliminates the chance of a snag in the field while allowing for the attachment of a sling for easy carry. It includes a barrel nut and mounting hardware. Available in 15 inches. (AR-10 15″—Part #: 10VSRHGD15; M-15 15″—Part #: 15VSRHGD15)

While Armalite M-15 handguards are generally interchangeable with other AR manufacturer’s platforms, Armalite AR-10 handguards are designed for the Armalite AR-10 and may not fit other manufacturer’s .308 based Modern Sporting Rifles. If you have any questions, please call Customer Service at (800) 336-0184. For more information, or to order yours today, visit

The KeyMod system’s momentum continues. Like BetaMax and VHS, or HDDVD and Blu-Ray, KeyMod and M-LOK are competing to become the de-facto market standard. Unlike those media standards, either system has the potential to be adopted from

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  • Andrew Hobby


    Geneso IL: Armalite announced today that it has brought new “handguards” to the market, in keeping with a proud tradition of bringing things out three to five years after everybody else.

    Armalite President Tommy Thacker is quoted as saying “We’re coming up with a small 9mm polymer handgun next!”

    • Vitsaus

      There to five years? You’re being generous. You know that every gun guy over 50 is still going to give these a second look because “Armalite man, they started it all!”

  • Llewellyn Franks

    I kinda like the one on the bottom, looks really comfortable

  • notalima

    Are they making them, or branding something made by another OE? Those top two look very very familiar, but I can’t place it.

  • ScoreDude

    Got an email back from Armalite, confirming that it uses essentially the same “clamping” style of mate up with the barrel nut as the Midwest Gen II SS…..while I own a MI Gen II SS, and can say that it hasn’t budged since installation and useage….I still cringe a little bit on the inside knowing it’s just grabbing on to a knurled barrel nut. They do look nice, though.

  • ScoreDude

    I stand corrected….after seeing the barrell nut, apparently there is a cross-bolt system to it….adding to buy list 🙁

  • ScoreDude


  • Move along folks, nothing c