Comparing the HWK, VYPR, RPTR, and VLCN Handguards

Comparing the HWK, VYPR, RPTR, and VLCN Handguards

Posted by STNGR USA on Nov 22nd 2022


Comparing STNGR USA Handguards

Hey folks, it's Rick Barrett. And in this video I want to talk about the four handguards you can get at STNGR USA, what sets each one apart, and some popular applications for them.


How are all STNGR hanguards similar?

There are two similarities across all four handguards.The first one is they all come in the M-Lok style and the second one is they're all made here in the USA.

Just before we get into each individual handguard, every STNGR USA handguard comes with this non-timing barrel nut and a wrench for easy installation.

Now, before we get to the good stuff and talk about each individual handguard, let's get some specs out of the way. Each STNGR USA handguard comes with a locking anti-slide plate. In addition, they come with anti-rotation tabs. When you combine that with the anti-slide plate, the result is a rock-solid fit no matter how hard you run your AR-15. Each STNGR USA handguard is made out of 6061-T6 Aluminum and they are backed by the SWARM Warranty, meaning that if you have any issues that aren't caused by normal use, STNGR will send you a replacement for free.


The VLCN

Let's start with the most modular of all the handguards, that is the VLCN (pronounced like "Vulcan"). This is the 15" version right here.

You got picatinny rails on the front and the back. You got some quick detach mounts right here on the rear and the reason it's the most modular is it has M-Lok slots on all eight faces. So essentially it's everywhere. So if you have an attachment, you can pretty much put it wherever you desire on the VLCN handguard.

One thing I will mention is that the VLCN does not have an integrated hand stop, so if you are going to choose this model, you're gonna need to find an accessory, if that's something you're looking for. Maybe you don't want a handstop. But if you do wanna hand stop, that's something you're gonna have to add to this model.

Read the full hands-on review of the VLCN here.


The VYPR

Now, if you're looking for a lightweight option for your AR-15, STNGR USA has you covered. This is the VYPR (pronounced like "Viper") right here and it comes in at a little bit over 10 ounces, but it still has some great features.

It has quick detach mounts in the front and the back on both sides. It's got this picatinny rail up top so you can mount your optics or whatever else you're looking for. It's got M-Lo slots on both sides and underneath so you can put on your attachments as well.

Read the full hands-on review of the VYPR here.


The HWK

Now, if you really like all the functionality of the other STNGR USA handguards and the lightweight feel, but you really want a hand stop, you can grab the HWK (pronounced like "Hawk") because it has that integrated hand stop with the picatinny rail as well as all the other great features that you get with the other STNGR USA handguards. I'm talking the quick detach points in the front and the back. The M-Lok slots on both sides and the bottom and the picatinny rail up top.

Read the full hands-on review of the HWK here.


The RPTR

The last and certainly not the least of the options you can get at STNGR USA, I believe it to be the most versatile of all four, and that is the RPTR (pronounced like "Raptor"). As you can see, the RPTR gives you the M-Lok functionality and the functionality of a picatinny rail, as well as an integrated hand stop, your quick detach points in the back, and a picatinny rail up top.

Read the full hands-on review of the RPTR here.


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