Manticore Arms X95 Optimus Polymer Forend

    Accessories for the IWI X95 are rather limited. A lot of them are made by Manticore Arms. Well, Sven Jonsson, owner of Manticore Arms, has just released his X95 Optimus polymer forend. It is an extended handguard for your IWI X95 rifle.

    Manticore Arms @ TFB:

    Manticore Arms X95 Optimus Polymer Forend (3)

    The X95 Optimus comes in black, OD green and FDE. Sven does warn that the FDE and ODG may be slightly off from the factory X95 colors but he did his best to color match. There are always variations due to production batches.

    Manticore Arms X95 Optimus Polymer Forend (1)

    FDE X95 Optimus forend next to factory X95 FDE panels.

    Manticore Arms X95 Optimus Polymer Forend (2)

    ODG X95 Optimus next to factory X95 ODG parts

    Here is a video he made to show how to install the X95 Optimus.

    The X95 Optimus is an extended handguard for better control and has MLOK slots rather than Picatinny like the factory handguard. You can even tuck a suppressor if you SBR’d your X95.

    PLEASE NOTE:  PER IWI’S X95 PAGE:  “FDE and ODG (components) may not directly match your Tavor X95 or Tavor 7 in FDE or ODG due to variations in raw material from production batch to production batch.”  -MANTICORE HAS SPECTRALLY ANALYZED THE FDE AND O.D. GREEN TO GET AS CLOSE A MATCH AS POSSIBLE, HOWEVER, GUNS AND PARTS WILL *ALWAYS* HAVE SLIGHT COLOR VARIATION ACROSS PRODUCTION, SO A SLIGHT VARIATION IN COLOR MATCH IS TO BE EXPECTED.

    PLEASE NOTE:  READ THE INSTRUCTIONS AND WATCH THE VIDEO PRIOR TO INSTALL.  THE FOREND DOES NOT JUST ‘SLIDE ON’ LIKE THE OEM FOREND, THERE IS A SPECIFIC ORDER OR STEPS TO ENSURE PROPER INSTALLATION!

    Capturing the appearance of the original round polymer forend for the X95, the Optimus Polymer Forend offers the ability to mount M-LOK accessories on the sides and underside, plus one additional M-LOK slot on the top, is more rigid yet 2.9 ounces lighter than the OEM polymer forend, and an additional two inches of length over the OEM forend gives you greater surface for a “supinator” style grip on the gun.

    Made of a highly heat resistant fiber reinforced polymer it will clear any suppressor up to 1.6 inches in diameter, is specifically designed to work with both OEM charging handles and the Manticore Switchback Charging Handle, and will mate with both the OEM and Manticore Arms X95 full length top rails. It is ideal for 16″ and 18″ barrels, or for a 13″ SBR with a mounted suppressor.

    The X95 Optimus forend retails for $99.95. For more information go to Manticore Arms’ website.

    Nicholas C

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