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    looking for a good heat shielded AK front handguard

    Looking for a good heat shielded AK front handguard. It's to replace the unshielded polymer parts on my IO AK which keep melting and getting wobbly after a while. Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jg1967 View Post
    Looking for a good heat shielded AK front handguard. It's to replace the unshielded polymer parts on my IO AK which keep melting and getting wobbly after a while. Any suggestions?
    Midwest Industries quad-rail. All aluminum so no melting. They're a lot more expensive than the plastic stuff......got mine at Area51Tactical.com for $110 which is really good considering I've seen some places asking up to $189 for it. Get some decent rail covers for them and you're good to go.
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    I have a quad rail on my other AK that works fairly well but after having indulged in tactiturdism for a while I find the more classic look more appealing now. Are there any wood guards with a heat shield?

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    Wood is an inherently good heat shield so it doesn't really need any help unless you're trying to melt your barrel with a couple of minutes of non-stop full auto.

    Try Ironwood Designs. IWDHome
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    Actually, the Russian Red set shown on their homepage picture looks gorgeous, but I did not see that listed in the available types. Do you have to finish it that way yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jg1967 View Post
    Actually, the Russian Red set shown on their homepage picture looks gorgeous, but I did not see that listed in the available types. Do you have to finish it that way yourself?
    Their stuff is unfinished. I've got a pistol grip on the way from them.

    Staining is easy. Below on the left is something I finished recently. It's a mix of red and brown stains with several coats of lacquer. I just kept altering the mix and testing it on scrap wood until I found the right shade to match the bakelite mag.

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    Looks marvellous! What makes are those AKs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jg1967 View Post
    Looks marvellous! What makes are those AKs?
    Thanks. They're Dracos. Romanian surplus. Mostly a police/paramilitary weapon from what I understand as opposed to a regular army thing. Regardless, they're 100% AK. There are quite a few of them out there for sale in the $400 range. Here's what they look like out of the box:

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