SA80 Fore Grip

#1
Watching Commando, on the Frontline the other night and I noticed that a few of the troops had a fore grip attached to the hand guard, There was no slid rail on the bottom of the hand guard so its not like the M4 or other US types. Was just wondering if there is a British supplier or is it a completley different hand guard like the old ones you could attach the maglite to in N. Ireland. Any input from our Marine colleagues would be appreciated.
 
#2
What they have done is as follows:

Gone to the Armoury and got a spare LSW rear grip including the screw to go with it, and Rifle handguard.

With the handguard, chose how far forward or backwards you want the Grip to be placed.

Then screw it into place!

Then you have your own handguard as shown on "Commando's".

Hope it helps?
 
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the_mentalist

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#3
blobmeister said:
What they have done is as follows:

Gone to the Armoury and got a spare LSW rear grip including the screw to go with it, and Rifle handguard.

With the handguard, chose how far forward or backwards you want the Grip to be placed.

Then screw it into place!

Then you have your own handguard as shown on "Commando's".

Hope it helps?
We used to do this when the A1 first came out, looks ally as fcuk but it is no good for accuracy on the range, great for CQB though!
 
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Zarathustra

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#4
Alot of our lads used them aswell. It was good especially for the lead scout as it allowed them to hold the rifle in the shoulder for longer
 
#5
As an ex armourer, I was always being asked to mod foregrips, including making maglite attachments. Never bothered me to do it. Often had a free pint for the trouble.
 
#6
This was buried in the middle of the 'Weapons discussion' thread. Looks like the expedient modifications are about to become official.

UK MoD seeks further upgrades for SA80 rifle
Andrew White Jane's Land Reporter

The British Army's SA80A2 (L85A2) assault rifle is set to undergo further modification as part of a UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract worth up to GBP10 million (USD19.9 million).

A Request for Information (RfI) unveiled by the MoD's Combat Support Equipment Integrated Project Team outlined the delivery of handguards and downgrips to satisfy an Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR).

A total of 8,000 units of each item will be procured initially, with the possibility of an additional 15,000 of each system to replace in-service equipment.

According to the MoD, the latest contract includes the design, production and supply of a new handguard and downgrip for "improved grip capability".

The handguard must comprise a quadruple Picatinny rail adaptor system, conforming to Military Standard 1913, fitted to the 12, three, six and nine o'clock positions.

Without necessitating design changes to the body of the existing weapon, the handguard must allow access to the gas parts and fitting of the Sight Unit Small Arms Trilux (SUSAT), Common Weapon Sight (CWS), Maxikite night sight and iron sight without removal of the handguard itself.

The downgrip, which should be easily attached to the bottom Picatinny rail allowing the user to support the front of the weapon - arguably with more ease - must have a bipod function and be able to be folded away when not in use.
 
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