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Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by r3dbull4dd1kt, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. r3dbull4dd1kt

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    As many of y'all have noticed, I picked up a Galil Golani in .223...so far, I have inspected it and come to the conclusion I HATE the stupid Tacticool handguard the former owner installed...it is cumbersome, it is heavy and it makes tearing down the weapon a giant pain in the rectum--the top has to be removed to access the Receiver Action Cover :mad:

    I have confirmed I have a factory front handguard retainer (thank God!) but the rear retainer appears to be MIA and nobody has a replacement I can find, including Natchez, Carolina Shooter Supply, Brownells, Numerich and even some obscure sites found on other Gun Boards...similarly, the handguards are basically unobtanium and the drunken monkeys at Century Arms are not much help either...

    So....

    I am wondering what the ingenious group of folks here thinks about my alternative plan: to modify a Magpul MOE AK handguard or one of their Zhukov extended models, to work?

    My main question: Does any member here have an AK with the Magpul furniture installed on it that can take some measurements? I need to know a few details before I commit to hacking up a $50+ handguard!

    In the meantime, I plan to go full Dremel-fu on this UTG Piece of Crap and remove the derpy top rail as a temporary hack....

    What says anyone on here with a PhD in Redneck Engineering?
     
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    Tapco makes a handguard if I remeber
     
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    Tapco makes an handguard to fit an AK that looks like a Galil...not the same thing I found out
     
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    They seemed high but it is what it is
     
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    Check ebay also!
     
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    I dont do bidness with eBay or Paypal...I will fly to Israel and go dumpster diving before I give either company another nickel :p Appreciate the info though...this is mind-numbing to try to search....and search...and search

    I am thinking the Magpul Zhukov will work...doing some math and watching the Brownells install video like 6 times, it uses an internal chassis system to mount--but, requires cutting off the factory retainer :(
     
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    My PhD in Redneck Engineering has yielded positive results...

    I had a factory Saiga handguard in the basement...collecting spiders...did some Dremel-fu and got it to wedge onto the front--its not ideal but it will suffice for a function check...

    *shrug* still thinking a Magpul Zhukov will be in the future--if the gun runs...if it doesn't, somebody is bringing back an AR Pistol ;)
     
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    It ran perfectly!

    Handguard was...well, better than shooting wearing a welding glove on my support hand! ;)

    I chatted with the guys at Brownells--they agree a Magpul Zhukov will be my only real option...they also concur that the UTG that came on it is garbage
     
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