Since I've been hearing that the newer handguards are tighter fitting than the 551 style handguards, I thought I'd finally buy a set directly from Sig.
If you've seen the pic on Sig's website (SKU: 1511681-01), you'll see that they show a set of 551 handguards.
That's not exactly what they look like.
If you haven't seen them already, they look more like this:
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Reports about the handguards are true. They are much tighter than the 551s.
My set does have a little side to side play on the gas block side, probably a millimeter or two, but I'm not complaining
Up and down play on the same side is barely noticeable.
The receiver side is rock solid.
The polymer...oh, the polymer....
Is it the same quality as the the fishgills?
To me, it seems about the same, but I'm no polymer expert.
One thing for sure, the polymer surface LOOKS rougher than the 551s because of the finish.
The color is lighter than the 551s and uniformity looks uneven.
I really have the urge to paint these HGs black to match the rest of the furniture.
Here's a close up pic to give you an idea:
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Here are some pics showing the handguards next to the 551s.
IMHO the surface between the two feel the same:
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Notice the multiple mounting holes for the bottom rail.
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For the heck of it, I thought I'd show a pic showing how the tabs on these new handguards look compared to the fishgills.
Hey tabs! Please don't break!
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The "Swiss type" (unofficial) handguard weight is 7.2 ounces
compared to 6.4 ounces
I measured on the 551s.
BTW, none of the 3 handguards referenced above are interchangable.
Now, let's talk about the RAILS
They're SKU: 1511690 on Sig's website.
Right now there is no picture on the site, but this is what you'll get:
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You'll get 2 polymer side rails and 1 polymer bottom rail with mounting hardware.
(3mm allen wrench needed for the screws is not included):
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The backside of the screw mount:
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The multiple holes on the bottom of the handguard allows for mounting the bottom rail on 3 different positions:
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Some cheapo accessories mounted to give you an idea:
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The rails seem pretty solid and don't add much weight to the handguards at all.
Right now, the handguards are $99.00 shipped ($86.00 + $12.95 shipping) .
Sig is shipping orders over $100.00 free, so I added the rails and got the HGs and rails for $106.00 shipped. Not too bad.