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My old man is looking for a free floating tube for his mid length model 1 Ar he just bought. I've been out of the AR game for quite a while so all I see is 2 hundred dollar tacticoolies, and that's the cheap models. He's looking for a simple tube with just a few railed points. Weight is a serious concern since he's pretty handicapped. I started to search the other site but the "your shit sucks and my shit is gold" attitude was just unbearable. What do yall run? Prices? I appreciate any info you can throw out there!
 

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Don't underestimate the CHEAP stuff (amazon search). The clamp together quad rails sell like crazy ad hold up well. Im sure there are free float ones too for under $100...while I'd like to go with the nicer stuff, most of it is very cost prohibitive (I cant put $300 in a forerail for a $600 build).
 

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Don't underestimate the CHEAP stuff (amazon search). The clamp together quad rails sell like crazy ad hold up well. Im sure there are free float ones too for under $100...while I'd like to go with the nicer stuff, most of it is very cost prohibitive (I cant put $300 in a forerail for a $600 build).
I bought a $25 dollar rail off of amazon just out of curiosity on the quality, and was so surprised at how good quality it was i actually kept it on my AR. The thing doesnt move at all, i figured it would scratch pretty easily, so i took several metal sharp objects and couldnt put a scratch in it. I keep trying to figure out why the rail is so cheap but still have not found a reason why my rails that cost 6 times the price are any better.
 

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You get what you pay for to a point in the long run. Of course there's a point of diminishing returns and all that jazz.... If you're just mounting a flashlight or a VFG on it...go cheap and do what you gotta. The MI rail linked above is a good option. If weight is really a concern check out PRI's carbon fiber tubes. They're light and tough as hell. Again....it's all in what you want. I run KAC URX rails but I also run an IR laser which needs to stay zeroed. It's also not going to come loose for anything but I can't say the same for cheaper rails.
 
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