In order to accept shorter barreled rifles and handguns and to keep the front end of full-length rifles a little more lively, the Zhukov-U Hand Guard reduces the original Zhukov AK Hand Guard by 1.5″. We can fit the military-issue cleaning rods with the shorter version as well. The Zhukov-U Hand Guard features a comfortable injection molded exterior for superior ergonomics, an extended length that provides a large gripping surface for modern shooting techniques, M-LOK slots at the three, six, and nine o’clock positions for mounting direct-attach M-LOK accessories, or M-LOK 1913 Picatinny rail sections.
Full-length, hard-anodized, aluminum chassis clamps onto barrel directly and offers excellent heat shielding and flex-free installation. Compatible new polymer top cover for the UltiMAK Optics Mount top cover is included. *Note: The factory hand guard retaining cap and forward sling mount, if installed, must be permanently removed in order to use the Zhukov-U Hand Guard. Before cutting your retaining cap, please make sure the barrel diameter behind the hand guard is between 16.75 and 18.25 millimeters. Caution: Barrels shorter than 11.5″ in length are not advised due to the enlarged Hand Guard length. American made.