Looking for 3rd party K8 handguard

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Looking for 3rd party K8 handguard

Postby dradeke » Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:45 am

As I've grown in knowledge, my needs have changed over time. I still love my K8 and it's reliability but the handguard doesn't allow for adding a bipod. It seems to me that I have three options:

1 - attempt to drill and thread a hole through the handguard and install a stud or similar to allow small picatinny or some mounting system for a bipod. Even with a drill press, I'm not overly thrilled with this prospect as there are many ways to screw this up.
2 - purchase a bipod system with some kind of mounting system (straps or the like). not sure this even exists and also not sure that this is an avenue I'd want to pursue
3 - purchase a new handguard with more conventional methods for mounting accessories.

The third option seems easiest but then I'm a bit shocked when the F7R and/or F7RP are $150-200. The cheapskate in me cries out at such usury for what amounts to a nicely done piece of metal. And say what you will, but nice piece of metal does not equal $150 in this case...not for me anyway.

Am I missing something here? Am I just plain chicken about option #1? Is there a no compromise option on #2? Is there a reasonable 3rd party option for #3?

thanks as always for the input and suggestions.
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Re: Looking for 3rd party K8 handguard

Postby weet » Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:05 am

bipod....hummm.. what handguard do you have now ??
ok..i understand the cheapskate .yes i do
u can go with an aluminum free float from midwayusa .. like 35bucks ?
drill a hole where you want it after its all together.. they are very easy to instal.
or you could even try the MAGPUL handguards.. they're cheep.. and add the short rail to the bottom.
hope this helps.

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Re: Looking for 3rd party K8 handguard

Postby dradeke » Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:32 am

weet wrote:bipod....hummm.. what handguard do you have now ??
ok..i understand the cheapskate .yes i do
u can go with an aluminum free float from midwayusa .. like 35bucks ?
drill a hole where you want it after its all together.. they are very easy to instal.
or you could even try the MAGPUL handguards.. they're cheep.. and add the short rail to the bottom.
hope this helps.

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I have the stock handguard which is round with no holes, picatinny or anything. It fits the K8 which has a bull barrel.
if you could post a link or two of the items you're mentioning, that would be super helpful.

thanks for the response! :thumbs up:
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Re: Looking for 3rd party K8 handguard

Postby John A. » Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:37 am

I don't really think option 3 is the easiest.

Option 1 is far easier to drill a hole than entirely replace a forend.

Replacing a forend, while isn't really hard, it's a lot easier to mark and drill a single hole. That's just a 2 or 3 minute job.

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Re: Looking for 3rd party K8 handguard

Postby mechanic » Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:10 pm

I have the same handguard as you. I installed my stud 8 years ago and it has not moved. Put tape on the guard and mark the spot 1.5" from the end. take a punch and make a set point and drill very slowly. I got a kit with many different lengths of studs and picked the one that threaded all the way through the aluminum far enough to put a nut on the inside. Use locktight and start the nut with both index fingers and use a wrench to tighten it. Starting the nut was the hardest part but I didn't like the chances of the stud pulling the threads out of aluminum that thin.
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Re: Looking for 3rd party K8 handguard

Postby John A. » Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:57 pm

^ Exactly this
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Re: Looking for 3rd party K8 handguard

Postby Globemaster » Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:46 pm

yup, just drill it and mount a stud on it ... you'll be good to go!
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Re: Looking for 3rd party K8 handguard

Postby Thom » Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:39 pm

Drill and tap it for a stud, take it to a gunsmith if you don't wanna do it yourself. That really is the simplest and most cost effective route.
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Re: Looking for 3rd party K8 handguard

Postby ididieselman » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:35 pm

I say go for option 1, stepping out of comfort zone can be scary. But hey what's the worst, that can happen you mess up. Yes if you do sucks you will have to buy new hand guard which you are already considering, but on flip side you get it done sense of accomplishment and more sentimental value on weapon. I am sure you will have no.problem jump in! :thumbs up: my 2 cents
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Re: Looking for 3rd party K8 handguard

Postby Thom » Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:21 am

I don't see how it would be possible to screw up unless you got it WAY off center out of vertical or managed to strip the threads. This isn't something you wanna do with a hand drill though, use a drill press and your not likely to have any trouble at all.
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Re: Looking for 3rd party K8 handguard

Postby dradeke » Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:03 pm

Hi all,

I took your advice and went for the stud installation. you were right of course, it was easy. I'll try to post up some pictures soon. Thanks as always.
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Re: Looking for 3rd party K8 handguard

Postby dradeke » Sat Sep 14, 2013 2:27 pm

]bipod pics. Guess what state I live in.... stock should help give it away..

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Thanks again for the input...
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Re: Looking for 3rd party K8 handguard

Postby Thom » Sat Sep 14, 2013 2:37 pm

Well done!
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Re: Looking for 3rd party K8 handguard

Postby Globemaster » Sat Sep 14, 2013 2:42 pm

I’m not sure what State you’re in? as there are a few (half dozen or more) that don’t allow a collapsible buttstocks; as for the bi-pod/sling-point stud; I’ll never understand why a company would ever sell a product without a installing a device to sling the weapon properly with … it just makes no sense to me at all

nicely done on the installation process; but I'm not a real fan of the Mako® T-Pod, especially for a rifle-length weapon; I prefer that basic style bi-pod leg systems :thumbs up:



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