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Bleg: Picatinny Rail Covers

I’m trying to put some on a handguard and it’s about impossible. Any tips?

Update: Ok, got it. Use pliers to loosen them up a bit.

14 Responses to “Bleg: Picatinny Rail Covers”

  1. ben Says:

    I gave up after about 15 minutes.

  2. Daniels Says:

    What kind? Ladder covers, or the rubber kind like these rubber handguard/rail covers?

    If it’s the rubber ones (which are the more difficult) try hooking one side on the rail, and then prying one end of the other side over the rail, then thwhacking it to get it to snap all the way down the rail.

    The other way (which works well on the short rail covers, not so well on the longer ones) is to slide it on from one end of the rail.

    The ladder style ones should just snap into place.

  3. Canthros Says:

    I used Magpul XTMs. They were pretty self-explanatory.

  4. Ry Jones Says:

    Use those LaRue ladder clips. They’re very nice.

  5. Lyle Says:

    If they’re the solid rubber kind, it’s all in the technique. It’s really quite easy. Jam one side against the rail, hard, and pull up on the other side, so as to open up the one side (though that last bit isn’t strictly necessary). While keeping the one side pushed in toward the center of the rail, press in the CENTER of the cover and it’ll pop right on. If you push on the far side, it will tend to close, rather than open, the grabber portion underneith. I was getting so many calls about this, I made a video of it (sixth item from the top).

    If they’re not the solid rubber type, I’ve no idea what we’re discussing here.

  6. Billll Says:

    There is obviously a crying need for finely finished, hardwood overlays, maybe even with checkering, to quickly convert your EBR to a more politically correct traditional style hunting rifle, no?

  7. Matt Says:

    Use a hair dryer to warm them up and make them easier to bend and get into place.

  8. SayUncle Says:

    Ok, got it. Used pliers to loosen them up a bit.

  9. Spook45 Says:

    What kind of covers? UTGs, KACs, ladders, what? They are all a little different. Ladders are the worst, the fit really tight and they are great once they are on, but taking the moff and puting them on is a pain. the utgs are pretty easy, hook one side and pull out on the other as you press down. KACs are entirley different, they must slide on from one end or the other and once they are there, the lock fools people, most people want to pull out on them you really should press them like a button and slide the guard in place. There several other generic brands but they are all similar. BUY MORE AMMO

  10. Fiftycal Says:

    I find that after about 5 beers it becomes much less important to put the damm things on. Don’t you own an Armory?

  11. Jim Szocik Says:

    Use a heat gun or hair dryer to warm up the plastic. makes it pliable.

  12. Blake Says:

    What kind are you using? I’m quite fond of my Magpul XTMs.

  13. emdfl Says:

    Not certain what the point is of having a rail that is then covered with a rail-cover, heh.

  14. Rick Randall Says:


    You cover up the rails that are not in actual use, so the rails do not chew up your hands.