Strength We can hang 40 pound dumbbells from the end of it and swing them around with no signs of bending. Under controlled laboratory tests the handguards can support a force of 100 pounds in any direction, and 400 pounds along their length – more than even extreme users require. We field test every handguard configuration, firing thousands of rounds in tortuous conditions, then bring them back to the lab and inspect there are no flaws nor slowly developing cracks. Dozens of iterations have led to the current braid that we use. The resulting high-strength design is unique enough that it’s covered by a US patent! Heat Rejection Not only does the Brigand handguard withstand the heat of sustained firing, it also rejects barrel heat faster than most handguards. Heat leaves a rifle barrel through convection (air-flow past the barrel) and radiation (infrared ‘glow’). Does this exposure mean your hand will get hot? The open-architecture guard will warm up to operating temperature faster: However, under sustained fire the barrel will be cooler and the handguard will cool faster after firing than with any enclosed guard. This improves barrel life and decreases heat signature duration.