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MI Introduces New Gen3 M-Series Hand Guards

Midwest Industries has released details of the new third generation of their popular one piece free float hand guards. The new hand guards carry over many features from the previous version and also add several improvements.

Like previous versions, they are very slim (1.5″ OD) and lightweight (see weights listed in image below). The new barrel nut has more aggressive knurling and does not need to be timed. The clamp mechanism that secures the rail to the barrel nut now uses an insert (patent pending “Torque Plate”). Other manufacturers like SLR Rifleworks use inserts to prevent over-tightening but MI’s Torque Plate does more than that. According to MI, the Torque Plate has several functions:

  1. It prevents over-tightening by limited the amount the hand guard can be compressed on the barrel nut.
  2. It engages the upper receiver to prevent rotation.
  3. It engages the back of the barrel nut to prevent the hand guard from moving forward on the nut.
  4. It aligns the hand guard during installation.

They are available in both KeyMod and M-LOK in 5 different lengths (see below).

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MI 2 Chamber AK Brake

Midwest Industries has released a new brake for AK shooters. The MI AK .30 Cal Two Chamber Muzzle Brake features 2 expansion chambers and 4 large side facing ports. The brake is machined from tool steel and given a black phosphate finish. This brake fits 14x1LH threads.

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Midwest Industries M-LOK Hand Guard for the FN SCAR

Midwest Industries has brought more direct-connect capable hand guards for more rifles to market than anyone. Their latest is an M-LOK compatible hand guard for the FN SCAR.


The new hand guard has 18 slots in various locations for attaching M-LOK compatible accessories and a short section of 1913 rail at 12 o’clock forward of the front sight. It is machined from 6061 aluminum with a hard anodized finish. Like MI’s other SCAR rails, this one extends forward of the front sight to provide additional mounting surface for accessories and gripping surface for the shooter.

The retail price will be under $200 and it will be available in about 4 weeks.

Midwest Industries KeyMod Handguard for the FN SCAR

Midwest Industries recently gave a sneak peek at their upcoming KeyMod handguard for the FN Scar. The handguard extends 6″ forward of the SCAR’s existing handguard to provide the user additional space to grip the rifle and mount accessories. It also provides a continuous top rail over the SCAR’s gas block like MI’s current SCAR SSR rail. The new KeyMod handguard is made from hard anodized 6061 aluminum and adds 7 ounces to the overall weight of the firearm.

Check out Midwest Industries.

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Midwest Industries AR Pistols

Midwest Industries is set to release a line of AR-15 pistols. The pistols will feature their forged lower receivers and SS Series Hand Guards (both KeyMod and M-LOK will be available). They will also showcase MI’s new AR Pistol receiver extension (buffer tube) that is designed to be used with the SB15. The receiver extension has an integrated stop to add “length of pull” and is long enough to completely fill the void in the SB15.

The MI AR Pistols will be available soon and the receiver extension will be available separately.

Check out Midwest Industries.

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Midwest Industries Forged AR-15 Lower Receivers

Midwest Industries, having already released billet lower receivers in the past, has just released a new forged AR-15 lower receiver. The new lower features 7075-T6 construction, hard anodizing, and a threaded rear take-down pin hole (handy for some types of pistol builds or those who prefer not to launch parts across the room when you remove the end plate). These lowers feature a fairly understated MI roll mark and are marked “CAL-MULTI”.

The new lowers will be available stripped or complete. Check out Midwest Industries.


MI Keymod Panel Covers

Midwest Industries just released their own KeyMod compatible, plastic hand guard covers. I have used their similar covers that they designed for use with their SS Gen-2 Hand Guards and they are excellent.

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The best news is that these panels use mechanical hardware. The current plastic hand guard covers that are available snap in place and can be a pain to install and they come loose over time. The new MI panels should be much easier to deal with though perhaps just a bit heavier.

These will be offered as sets initially. One set will include 3 regular panels. The other set will include two regular panels and a panel with an integral handstop. They may be offered individually at a later date.

The Keymod Panel Covers will be available at Midwest Industries soon.

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