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Mako Group FAB Defense Upper and Lower Handguard Rail System Set for AK47
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Most Helpful Positive Review Best Handguard you can get for AK 47 or 74
OF COURSE, IT TAKES TINKERING First of all, anyone who has done any upgrades to a Combloc weapon - at all - would have learned that there is virtuall...
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Tan FAB Defense AK 47 upper and lower hand gaurd set

by Steve, from United States, MI Written on November 13, 2014
I was able to hand for this item to my Romanian WASR 10/63 sporting rifle with minimal modifications. The upper hand guard gave me a little more trouble during the installation process than the lower hand guard. I read through various reviews before purchasing this item and each review said there were many complicated issues that arose when installing the hand guard. Some complained that it took two hours to install or that they had to shave some of the polymer off of the hand guards. It took me about 20 minutes to take the old handgaurd off and replace it with the new Mako Handgaurd set. I didn't have to shave any of the polymer off either.

The material is durable and astetically pleasing to the eye. With that being said there is also some integrity to the platform it presents. With the handgaurd installed I was able to mount a foregrip (magpul Afg 1) with satisfactory results. The grip does stick out a bit further than anticipated but it did mate fairly well with the lower M1913 system. The flashlight (surefire) did also mate fairly well with the side rails but it does still out. The handgaurd did give enough clearance to attach a condor two point slide on the front.

Installing the side rail was easy too and I used blue lock tight to keep the screws in place. So far they haven't came loose.

Over all it is a solid platform and I believe it has the ability to last. If not mako does guarantee their product and replacement should not be an issue....
Pros:
  • Easy to install
Cons:
  • Does not match mako ak 47 rubber grip color exactly
  • Wouldn't recommend placing high power optics on this M1913 rail
Best Used for:
  • Mounting side attachments
Would recommend: Yes
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Best Handguard you can get for AK 47 or 74

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on June 22, 2011
OF COURSE, IT TAKES TINKERING
First of all, anyone who has done any upgrades to a Combloc weapon - at all - would have learned that there is virtually no such thing as a 'snap on' part that requires no tinkering with. It's the nature of having a variety of countries copy the original Russian design: Hungary, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, East Germany, Romania, etc, etc, etc. Add to that a number of U.S. manufacturers that make AK receivers and other parts, and the complexity just increases. Add to that 922r compliance, which basically requires foreign imported rifles to have a number of U.S. parts to be "compliant", and you get a weapon that needs tinkering with to get the aftermarket parts to work.

So that should be expected.

That being said, the Mako Handguard is reinforced glass fiber polymer and it's easily sanded to get it to fit correctly.

There aren't instructions. Which, should only matter (maybe) if you really have never taken your weapon apart before. If you need a visual for taking off a handguard, Youtube it. There are plenty of vid's that show you exactly what to do. If you have taken off a handguard before (ever) then it's pretty obvious without instructions.

By the way, read the reviews on the alternatives: the aluminum handguards, etc. A lot of times, people need to modify and tinker with those to get them to fit as well. It's just the nature of AK's.

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This has integrated top and bottom rails. It also comes with two side rails that you c...
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Awesome

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on February 22, 2011
This was a great buy. And I recommend it to anyone with an AK style rifle.
Pros: Price, effective ventilation, looks cool
Cons: none...
Would recommend: Yes
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Beyond Perfect

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on February 16, 2011
Way better than stock parts. Its large empty area around the barrel will almost certainly prevent any melting. Along with all the ventilation ports it seems most unlikely. Mine arrived with real rails not the ones in the picture. Which is good because it allows for greater adjustability in mounting accessories. A lil tight fitting but that's a good thing. No modification was needed. All in all I am very pleasantly surprised at how good it fits. And the fact that it looks good is just a bonus. Highly Recommended.
Pros: Max ventilation possible, Quality made, Snug fitting
Cons: None...
Would recommend: Yes
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