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For anyone who isn't pleased with the fit/finish of the stock handguards on a 556 classic, here's a tip that works--

Remove the handguards. Get some Plasti-kote in black and dip the forward end of the handguards assembled together in the Plasti-kote. Repeat as necessary to build up the end to the desired thickness. Once dry, when the handguards are reinstalled on the weapon, the built-up section marries nicely to the front sight frame, eliminating the play in the handguards that plagues the stock rifle. Feels very solid, and is invisible to the eye!

To further help the assembly, dap a few drops of Plasti-Kote on the curved portion at the rear of the bottom half of the handguard that butts against the reciever pin. This eliminates the play there, too.

Now you have the look of the 501 military style handguard but SOLID as an issue weapon should be.
 

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For anyone who isn't pleased with the fit/finish of the stock handguards on a 556 classic, here's a tip that works--

Remove the handguards. Get some Plasti-kote in black and dip the forward end of the handguards assembled together in the Plasti-kote. Repeat as necessary to build up the end to the desired thickness. Once dry, when the handguards are reinstalled on the weapon, the built-up section marries nicely to the front sight frame, eliminating the play in the handguards that plagues the stock rifle. Feels very solid, and is invisible to the eye!

To further help the assembly, dap a few drops of Plasti-Kote on the curved portion at the rear of the bottom half of the handguard that butts against the reciever pin. This eliminates the play there, too.

Now you have the look of the 501 military style handguard but SOLID as an issue weapon should be.
Thanks for the info. Can you put a picture up?
 
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