Forward Controls Design RHF4 Picatinny Handguard – 9.5″


Flat Dark Earth (FDE)

Product Description

From the Manufacturer:

We have long been fans of the classic KAC RAS since the early 2000s. Throughout the years, we’ve seen trends for lighter, small diameter, and rails-only-where-you-want-them handguards, this was before the advent of Keymod and MLOK. Then quad rail made a comeback. We don’t follow trends for many reasons, chief among them is practical designs aren’t subject to ever changing fads that are quite aimless in our opinion, practical and durable designs are always useful, regardless of which way the wind blows.

We’ve stayed with handguards with 1913 rails in four-quadrant for their versatility, and we weren’t concerned with the then-popular, now less popular ways of using the support hand to grasping the handguard, which called for their being of smaller diameter. Quad rails still offer the most versatility and rigid means of attaching Picatinny-based accessories.

While we do offer MLOK handguards (RHF, with 1913 rails on top, and MLOK at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock), a quad rail handguard is what we’ve always wanted.

RHF4 comes in two lengths, 11.5″ and 9.5″, it is a quad rail handguard based on the successful Centurion Arms C4 rail system. It is a lightweight, rugged, 2-piece free float rail that provides a continuous 12 o’clock rail when installed on the upper receiver. Like the C4 system, RHF4 is a rigid rail that clamps to a standard barrel nut on all AR15, M4, and M16-type weapons systems. This design allows the installation of the rail on an upper assembly without removing the front sight post or permanently attached muzzle devices.

RHF4 incorporates Forward Controls design input: Omission of built-in QD swivel attachment points. Some like the now common front and rear located QD sockets, we prefer the location of the front sling attachment be left to individual users. A QD swivel can be ordered with RHF4 as an option. The rail numbers are machine engraved, and a subdued Cygnus is engraved on the right side of the RHF4.

RHF4 has KAC rail panel clip cutouts in front and back.


  • Material: 6061 T6
  • Finish: Type 3 hard coat anodized
  • Weight: 10.5oz with screws—1.1oz more with standard barrel nut
  • Length: 9.5″
  • Width: 2.1in
  • Height: 2.38
  • Inside diameter: 1.37
  • Rails: 1913 spec rail
  • Fasteners: grade 8 bolts phosphate finished

RHF4 installation directions can be found here (a hard copy is included with RHF4).

NOTE 1: RHF4 is not compatible with BCM’s Mk2 upper receivers without modification to the RHF4’s anti-rotation tabs, or to the upper receiver itself.

NOTE 2: RHF4 is not compatible with the A2 FSP without modification.




Technical Information

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Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Gill M.
FCD RHF4 9.5

Excellent 2-piece quad rail and value.

Eric P.
FCD Rail

Great rail, looks sick and easy to install. MILSPEC always comes in clutch with great free and fast shipping.

Timothy N.
It’s solid

I only have limited time with it as soon as I got it I shipped it to adco to build a lightweight kino with it. But it’s probably the lightest pic rail I’ve ever felt. I like the 2 piece design so I can adjust my gas block on this particular rifle. But it locks up super solid and is pretty handsome. My only gripe is no qd sling mounts. You can’t have everything I suppose.

Stuck with me until the End

When my FCD RHF4 handguard showed up it was everything I could have imagined and that’s when it happened. As I giddily opened up the package left in front of my door like a 7 yr old girl at the first day of gossip school. I realized the mounting hardware was not with the hand guard ...Noooooo! So I called Milspec Retail to make sure I was operating on the same channels. They pointed me to Forward Control Design. So I sent my email ( this was around 21:00/9:00p mtn time) and within 2 min Roger Wang from FCD was responding and within 5 min everything I needed was in the mail. All I have to say is FCD just gained a customer for life . Milspec R was checking on the situation everyday to make sure the problem was taken care of (which it was).The quad rail is awesome designed by Centurion Arms with custom input from FCD it’s a urx2 rail with out the sight. Waiting impatiently for the 11.5” q rail to come back in stock so I can get one of them as well. Thank You to Milspec retail and FCD I appreciate y’all

Brian F.
Super fast shipping

Great place to order from and rail was amazing