Faxon Firearms – New Streamline Carbon Handguards

Faxon Firearms are more than the ARAK platform. This time they have teamed up with Lancer Systems to produce handguards in one of my absolute favorite materials: Carbon Fiber.

The new CF handguards will be available with Rainier Arms from 10.2″ to 13.3″ and 15″ in length.

They are expected to show up during Q1-Q2 in 2017.

As a guide, the 13.3″ is ideal if you own (or plan to build) a pinned and welded 14.5″ barrel. It gives you just enough space for your support hand to extend all the way to the end without being concussed by muzzle devices. Unless you’ve got very long arms that is.

Carbon Fiber is never cheap, expect the rails to set you back between $329 – $349.

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In Faxon’s own words:

Faxon Firearms, incessant innovators in the firearms industry, is pleased to announce the release of the STREAMLINE CARBON series of handguards for the AR-15. 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.

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.

“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,” commented Bob Faxon, President of Faxon Firearms. “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.”

 

  • 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 extreme 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)

 

  • 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
  • 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

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  • 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

 

During SHOT Show 2017 these new handguards can be found in booth 7110.



Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


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  • yodamiles

    That price tag……..
    Carbon fiber tube is actually very cheap. It seems that most manufacturer advertise carbon fiber as a novel product and charge more than it should cost.

    • PK

      To be fair it’s also a pain in the butt to work with, compared to traditional polymers and metals such as aluminum. Slotting the tubing all over the place and keeping it from fraying/cracking while having to account for much more annoying and powdery “chips” than aluminum or wood produce is never fun.

    • Graham

      Yes, carbon fibre tube is fairly cheap but then this product, as you will clearly see from the photo, isn’t made from carbon fibre tube! Something tubular however, from Clark Custom, without loads of holes machined in it is around $130. Comparing apples and oranges isn’t always a good idea…

    • iksnilol

      Would be cheap if it was just a tube that attached to the receiver. But it has all those slots cut in. That takes work.

  • gordon

    The holy grail of hand guard design – how to make them even more expensive but not lighter than a KMR.

    • Tough nut to crack as the KMR is a good option, but we opted to add functionality like being able to handle suppressors, the more popular MLOK system, better heat handling, etc.

      • gordon

        I was, of course, mostly joking. Then again the my suppressor is 1.75″, my accessories were already key mod, and I don’t get in gunfights intense and long enough for heat to be an issue;-) I might buy your handguard for another build though. It is really comfortable looking.

      • kyle893

        Are you going to hook up us 516 owners? Seems to be hard to get any diversity in aftermarket parts even from Sig and Lancer themselves.

  • Tyler McCommon

    So far I’ve had good experience with Faxon’s barrels but I’m not sure I can justify a $350 handguard.

  • User

    Mhh the Brigand Arms Carbon fiber handquard is actally woven and really strong + lightest on the marked. While this Faxon handquard seems to defeat the purpose of fiber by cutting the fibres at the slot points.

    • On the contrary. We have full radial and longitudinal uninterrupted carbon. The MLOK cuts are fractional percentage degradation in strength. Very sturdy.

      • User

        Nah i dont buy it. Cutting fibers is always a verry bad idea. Even tough overall good handquard.

        Btw Nathan as Nathan S. or just another Nathan?

  • Lee M Attinger

    So for $50 extra you can get a Faxon handguard made my Lancer which apparently is the same handguard Lancer already sells but with a weaker mounting setup? Sweet. Sign me up

    • Our system is much stronger and robust. We have a hybrid epoxy and screw clamped system.

      • Lee M Attinger

        ok, i stand corrected

        • mig1nc

          Yeah, but the standard barrel nut is a mixed blessing. On one hand, it gives you more options, on the other, the GI barrel nut wasn’t designed with free float handguards and IR lasers in mind. So if you plan on running a night vision rig, I have concerns about laser deflection.

  • Nimrod

    Hmmm, that’s funny, I bought a 12″ free float carbon fiber hand guard with slots in for $60 last fall. Looks cool, works well and weighs 7.3 ozs with the barrel nut. Probably made by some commie slave in a cave somewhere.

    • Jack

      Was it from Cobra tactical? I tried one of their tubes and it was a well built piece of gear. All the metal looked like it had been rattle canned black, cheap fasteners, and the slots weren’t cut evenly or symmetrically. You get what you pay for.

  • Tinkerer

    Kinda funny how this new Faxon product won’t fit on the flagship Faxon product, the ARAK rifle.

    • The ARAK is not a halo product. It’s a fantastic growing platform with more fun things from Faxon to come.

      • Tinkerer

        That means you’re going to make a carbon fiber hand guard for the ARAK, or offer a new ARAK that can take AR-15-compatible hand guards?

  • thedonn007

    They need to slim down their ARAK uppers.

  • valorius

    This is the sound of me not spending over $300 on a handguard.

  • Drew Coleman

    Between Faxon and Geissele my wallet is going to hate me over the coming months.