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Old January 9th, 2017, 07:04 PM   #1
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Gap between handguard and clip? What's up with this?

I installed a USGI handguard on my Springfield "loaded" and there is a gap between the handguard and the handguard clip. Is this because of the medium weight NM barrel that is larger than a standard barrel?? The black handguard that came from the factory didn't do this. I guess a trip to the range will tell me if it is a problem or not. Anyone else ever seen this problem before?
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Old January 9th, 2017, 07:21 PM   #2
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Is it fully seated? Had one that did that until it was in both grooves.

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Old January 9th, 2017, 07:24 PM   #3
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Is it clipped on all the way on both sides? If not is there a gap on top of the handguard as well? I haven't seen this before. It may be because there was some High Temp Caulking underneath the handguard in the clip area pushing up on the handguard to give tension. My National match had this modification done. I am not sure if the loaded has that mod or not. But that would be me only guess.

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Hand guards aren't built to spec like receivers, bolts etc. I've had slightly thinner ones that created that gap.

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Old January 9th, 2017, 08:16 PM   #5
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I just separated the action from the stock, the clip is fully seated in both slots. I did notice the clip left a indent on the stock when it was locked up, probably not too good for accuracy.

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Old January 9th, 2017, 10:03 PM   #6
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Hmmm weird. Maybe you just have a bad clip or a oddly shaped handguard. They are pretty cheap. So maybe a replacement is needed.

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Old January 9th, 2017, 10:27 PM   #7
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The black handguard that came from the factory didn't do this.
I didn't know M1As came with black handguards now.

I replaced the USGI handguard on my Loaded with a USGI ventilated one and had a devil of a time transferring the clip from one handguard to the other. If it wasn't for the fact that the ventilated HG is much thinner than the solid one, I'm not so sure I could have done it without the handguard clip tool. I had to squeeze the handguard to the point where I thought it was going to break to slip the clip over it. No way the solid handguard could squeeze together like that.

Do you think you might have deformed the clip when you transferred it to the new handguard? How did you change it over?

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Old January 10th, 2017, 05:10 AM   #8
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I didn't know M1As came with black handguards now.

I replaced the USGI handguard on my Loaded with a USGI ventilated one and had a devil of a time transferring the clip from one handguard to the other. If it wasn't for the fact that the ventilated HG is much thinner than the solid one, I'm not so sure I could have done it without the handguard clip tool. I had to squeeze the handguard to the point where I thought it was going to break to slip the clip over it. No way the solid handguard could squeeze together like that.

Do you think you might have deformed the clip when you transferred it to the new handguard? How did you change it over?
The GI handguard allready had a clip on it, I simply slid the Springfield off aand replaced with the GI. No clips were swapped.

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clip on backward?

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I just separated the action from the stock, the clip is fully seated in both slots. I did notice the clip left a indent on the stock when it was locked up, probably not too good for accuracy.
99% of shooters would never notice the difference . . .

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I have the sane issue with mine.

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Old January 10th, 2017, 08:23 AM   #12
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Clips are not made identical, nor are handguards. Any time you have multiple manufactures making parts, there will be variations.

I have about a dozen different handguards lying around and an equal number of clips. When fitting a USGI handguard last night, it was the 3rd clip that I tried which gave me the fit I desired.

I strongly suggest buying the tool. It is a small investment when working with handguards that cost $20-$50.

Make sure you scrub in a bit of CLP to the underside of the clip before installation.

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Old January 10th, 2017, 11:22 AM   #13
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The problem is caused by the use of a commercial hand guard which is not made to proper specifications. It probably doesn't matter, but looks odd.

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Old January 10th, 2017, 02:04 PM   #14
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I had that when I replaced my Scout handguard. The handguard was not to specs, and a little sanding on the handguard fixed it.

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