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Old April 26th, 2020, 11:11 AM   #1
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Sadlak Front rail types

So Sadlak makes two different types of front rail, the Steel type with the backing plate, and the aluminum type that just has the nuts and washers.

Can someone with more experience with these give me an idea of the differences?

It appears to me that the heavy duty steel type would be appropriate for applications like a Bipod or VFG where the weight of the whole rifle would be resting on the interface. Whereas the Aluminum lighter duty type would be more appropriate for something like a flashlight or other accessory that just needs to be affixed to a rail. Is that correct?

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Old April 26th, 2020, 11:16 AM   #2
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I have used a few of the heavy duty steel and very satisfied with the results.

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Old April 26th, 2020, 01:40 PM   #3
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I second the steel type with the backing plate. I prefer the extra strength.

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Old April 27th, 2020, 02:24 PM   #4
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Third vote for steel

I picked a steel version used without the plate and epoxied it in. Sturdy as can be.

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I like the Sadlak Heavy Rail that allows you to retain the USGI front swivel and have a rail for the bi-pod of your choice. I have installed many for our forum members particularly on Fiberglass stocks.

A few pics of one on one of my customer USGI Fiberglass stocks that I filled the full-auto cut-out, reinforced the forearm with carbon fiber rods and cross braces coated with Marine-Tex and I bedded the backing plate for the Sadlak Heavy Rail. I really think Sadlak is the best option.

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Old April 28th, 2020, 08:28 AM   #6
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So what is the Aluminum version for? Flashlights, lasers and other non weight bearing accessories?


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