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 a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics and sound suppressors. TCCC Certified medic.


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