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    Who has the cheapest rail covers?

    My side rails are bare for now - who has the cheapest rail covers?

    Something like this:




    $11.95 seems to be the cheapest I can find.

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    I've never heard of these before. Why put rails on then cover them?

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    I can't believe U have never seen these - they are all over AR15.com

    You may not use ALL of the rails or every rail. It protects it from banging and such.

    I had to replace 1 of my PS90 side rails after I removed the attached light. The damn Fobus light holster is polymer, and despite supposedly being spec, I had to bang it on with a mallet. Well, after doing the same to get it off, I messed up 1 of the rails.

    I got a replacement rail now, and probably won't use the inner rail because it bands against my leg as I walk with the gun on the sling. But, I want to put one of these on the inner rail to protect the edges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    I can't believe U have never seen these - they are all over AR15.com

    I got a replacement rail now, and probably won't use the inner rail because it bands against my leg as I walk with the gun on the sling. But, I want to put one of these on the inner rail to protect the edges.
    That explains it, I might spend 2 hours a year there. I still don't get it, if you're not going to use the rail why put it on?

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    www.aimsurplus.com was the cheapest I've seen for $11.35.

    http://www.aimsurplus.com/acatalog/M...rotectors.html

    Those are the same ones my buddy just ordered. He just bought his Midwest handguard and didn't buy any covers. After 120 rounds he said it was stating to get uncomfortable. I shot 30 rounds through it and it was pretty rough. They look great without the covers and it's kind of a shame to cover them up, but I bet they make a huge difference in comfort.
    Last edited by justin81; 04-22-2007 at 07:57 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2400 View Post
    That explains it, I might spend 2 hours a year there. I still don't get it, if you're not going to use the rail why put it on?
    Looks - to balance the gun out. 1 on 1 side would look strange. And, on AR's, tons of people put quad rails on and never use all the rails :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2400 View Post
    That explains it, I might spend 2 hours a year there. I still don't get it, if you're not going to use the rail why put it on?
    Because people want to show that they have so much money that they can waste it by spending it on crap that will weight a carbine down and make the already muzzle-heavy rifle even more so.

    If you have rails and don't have anything but covers on them, you're wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    Looks - to balance the gun out. 1 on 1 side would look strange. And, on AR's, tons of people put quad rails on and never use all the rails :P
    Actually only one on the underside or top would look better. The free-float quad rails only make sense if you're going to mount any sighting device on them. Otherwise it's a waste of money(in my opinion of course). They're hideous nonetheless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revolver View Post
    Because people want to show that they have so much money that they can waste it by spending it on crap that will weight a carbine down and make the already muzzle-heavy rifle even more so.

    If you have rails and don't have anything but covers on them, you're wrong.
    Hmmm, right now my M4 only has a rail grabber for a PEQ-2A on it, and the PEQ-2A isn't attached. All the rails are covered. But, depending on what I'm doing, I might attach the PEQ-2A on top, a Surefire light on the side, or a vertical foregrip on the bottom. If you have quick release mounts, you can customize to the mission in just a few minutes. I keep my rails covered to prevent damage.

    I do think the "civilian" trend of emulating military weapons has gone to ridiculous extremes, though. A lot of this crap is useless unless you are clearing caves or on convoys while wearing night vision goggles. Perusing some of the latest gun magazines makes me laugh at some of the stuff people buy.

    I dispensed with the vertical foregrip for the most part, and only use it when I have to control the Surefire or PEQ-2A. It screws up my longer-range shooting, though it is (a very little) faster up close.
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    Ladders serve several purposes. First, they protect the rails from getting beat up and or deformed. Second, they protect your hands from getting burned as rails transfer heat from the chamber all the way down.

    Shipwreck, I offer discounts on the Magpul ladders when you buy QTY's of 4. http://www.gandrtactical.com/cgi-bin...&category=MAGP



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