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Old March 13th, 2017, 03:49 PM   #16
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Nice rifle 2AParamedic! This thread prompted me to finally order a vented handguard from Treeline for my M1A
Thanks! It's definitely the crown jewel of my collection.

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Old March 13th, 2017, 05:10 PM   #17
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Nice rifle 2A Paramedic! I like old school rack-grade look with slotted handguards myself. Mine are similarly configured as well.

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Nice rifle 2A Paramedic! I like old school rack-grade look with slotted handguards myself. Mine are similarly configured as well.
I've always been partial to the GI type weapons. Both of my M14/M1A rifles are GI. I think its time for another one haha.

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Old March 24th, 2017, 04:21 PM   #19
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I love that look. I put the same GI slotted handguard from Treeline on my National Match, as well. I clearanced it from the stock carefully on both sides, stained the whitish inside surfaces of the slotted fiberglass cutouts to a dark brown to match the color of the handguard's surface, and fitted it with slight angle cuts into the National Match's ferrule. It is in beautiful almost perfect shape. Treeline really hooked me up with a nice one! Highly recommended, while they last! Just keep in mind they can be fragile. But they look sooo much nicer and more substantial than the plastic cheese that comes on the stock Springfields of today, both the color and the material. My poor Scout Squad, still sporting the factory plastic handguard, is green with envy that the National Match got a vintage slotted GI handguard LOL!


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Old March 24th, 2017, 06:20 PM   #20
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It's about the wood.

While I like the look of the vented it was replaced for a reason and that was durability. I replaced my solid fiberglass ugly brown handguard with a Boyds walnut that needed to be stained matched to my red walnut military issued stock. Fun job with the end results but required experimentations to get the color match.
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Old March 25th, 2017, 05:52 PM   #21
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I love the wood too, looks killer, very classy....did it add any noticeable weight, or not really?

And just remember, while the fiberglass guards are more fragile, the wood handguards were actually the FIRST to be nixed...they were bursting into flames from hot M14 barrels LOL!! If you plan on lots of rapid-fire, maybe a little sheet of asbestos under there would do the trick

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2A, did you not get the memo about how these rifles are addictive?? Can't get just one and when you have two, they breed.

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I love the wood too, looks killer, very classy....did it add any noticeable weight, or not really?

And just remember, while the fiberglass guards are more fragile, the wood handguards were actually the FIRST to be nixed...they were bursting into flames from hot M14 barrels LOL!! If you plan on lots of rapid-fire, maybe a little sheet of asbestos under there would do the trick
No additional weight is noticed. And I don't worry about the wood bursting into flames since I take my time for accuracy not fire power to impress. In the military use config I understand the reason for the change, but in civilian use I haven't had any issues using wood.

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No additional weight is noticed. And I don't worry about the wood bursting into flames since I take my time for accuracy not fire power to impress. In the military use config I understand the reason for the change, but in civilian use I haven't had any issues using wood.
Thanks. Beautiful job on the color match. I will go the wood handguard route on my next build, for certain. Thanks for sharing the pic!

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My new to me "excellent" cond. vented hand guard from treeline. I love the way my JRA looks now. Its 100% the way i want it. time for another m14!



Only one small crack/chip with a couple handling marks.
2AParamedic your JRA rocks with that vented hand guard. What kind of stock is that? Love that dark classic look.

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Here's mine! I repaired a few cracks and painted it semi-gloss black. It still has the original silver paint inside. I also trimmed the bottom and back for clearance.

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Buelligan how did you repair the cracks in your vented hand guard? I have a vented hand guard that has a chip like 2AParamedic's 4th photo.

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Old April 6th, 2017, 02:51 PM   #27
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I really like the look of that vented hand guard... I might just have to have one.
I'll tell ya, I'm a newbie with the M1A but I've got a shopping list a mile long for upgrades and accessories.

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Outstanding looking rifle.
I like it the same way, I have a new in the bag vented handguard waiting for if I can ever start my build from all new parts. It's one of my favorite parts on the rifle, I just love it but I do understand why they went to the stronger solid handguard.
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Outstanding looking rifle.
I like it the same way, I have a new in the bag vented handguard waiting for if I can ever start my build from all new parts. It's one of my favorite parts on the rifle, I just love it but I do understand why they went to the stronger solid handguard.
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Yes, that rifle looks great.
As for the slotted hand guards, they were pretty fragile, so the military had the manufacturers modify the dies to remove the slots. Those hand guards were still too thin and almost as fragile as the slotted ones, so they were again modified to make them thicker.
For us civilians usage, any of them should be fine. GI's can be rough on their stuff...

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Depending on you preference using what is called "wrinkle paint" of black, brown, tan, etc. makes for a nice finish on the hand guard be it ventilated or otherwise. Couple thin coats at first and then a slightly heavier coating and use of hair dryer will bring out the wrinkle finish and result is kind of a professional business appearance to the rifle. Just a suggestion.

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