While the AR-15 has been quick to embrace what many perceive as significantly improved ergonomics of extended rails many legacy platforms and even a few new ones have opted to keep their handguards short. Certainly, no one can argue that a short handguard is ineffective considering the uber-short option on most AK’s, one can argue increased effectiveness with longer rails.
Further, one can look to the SCAR to see how extended rails can assist with weapons employment. Various aftermarket offerings have popped up from milled aluminum sections to purpose-built carbon fiber options. But, what about those platforms who have smaller followings or which have more complex interfaces?
It would seem that Alien Armor, a new company, has a potential solution. Teased on an in-development website is their in-development product, a snap-on rail extension that purports to work with various platforms including the mentioned SCAR, the Galil ACR, Sig 556, and others.
Their Extended Rail Guard looks to interface with the standard Picatinny rails on many common firearms and uses a tab-style catch to hold the rail in place.
Unfortunately, few details are available at this time, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled for the product, especially looking to go hands-on at SHOT Show if Alien Armor is there.