So with the recent internment of winter, I decided to tinker with my stock Windham Sight Ready Carbine (SRC). The goal was a series of short DIY projects that provide significant improvement over factory parts, while being both inexpensive and can completed without major tools. I opted to do this in several stages beginning with stock replacement (Part I), the pistol grip (Part II), and then hand guards (Part III). If you’d like to read my review of the Windham SRC rifle itself, you can view it here.
Part III: Handguard Conversion to a MagPul Carbine Version
Step 1: As always, assume every weapon is loaded when handling it for the first time, and remove the magazine and clear the weapon in a safe direction. If there are any questions consult your Owner’s Manual.
Step 2: Place the buttstock on a firm surface such as a table or workbench.
Step 3: While holding the weapon, press down on the slipring towards the upper receiver while sliding out one half of the old hand guard.
Step 4: Lower and remove the handguard. Then repeat this process with the other half.
Step 5: Reinstall one half of the new handguard, being sure to leave the end closest to the upper receiver propped on top of the slip ring to assist in holding the ring back.
Step 6: Install the other half of the new handguard, and when ready press the two ends together near the slip ring so they join together and the slip ring extends over the tabs.
Step 7: That’s it…enjoy.