The LEO TakeDown is compatible with most free-float hand guards. Hand guards that are compression locking with a flat edge work the best. Hand guards with appendages or that have an uneven surface may need to be modified. The LEO TakeDown is NOT compatible with D-Ring mounted hand guards.
Frequently Asked Questions About the LEO TakeDown
Yes, that is normal. Once the LEO is completely assembled and attached, the four (4) set screws will be tightened and will anchor the takedown to the upper receiver.
The barrel coupling must be completely seated over the barrel extension prior to tightening the set screws. If the barrel coupling will not slide smoothly into the upper receiver coupling, remove the barrel coupling set screw, reset the barrel coupling and finger tighten the set screw at the alignment mark. Once the unit slides smoothly into the upper receiver coupling, continue with the staking of the barrel coupling set screws.
If the gas tube is not aligned over the index pin and is not parallel with the barrel, the gas tube will pinch inside the gas key preventing the unit from properly mating. Common problems include; stabilizer plate hole not aligned with the index pin, gas block not properly installed over the gas port, or the gas tube not centered over the index pin. Corrective action— 2 Reset the stabilizer plate, gas block and gas tube ensuring the gas tube is directly over the index pin and parallel to the barrel.
When properly installed, the LEO TakeDown moves the handguard, barrel nut forward approximately 1” toward the muzzle. For this reason, a “wedge” may need to be cut into the leading edge of the barrel nut to allow the gas tube room to free float and be properly positioned through the stabilizer plate or the gas key.
If the stabilizer plate is not used, the hand guard may be blocking the barrel coupling from fully inserting into the upper receiver coupling. This will prevent the ball bearings from seating in the barrel coupling receptacles. Remove the handguard and trim/shave the hand guard appendages from the rear of the hand guard until it is a flat surface. After resetting the handguard, ensure the barrel coupling fully seats into the upper receiver coupling and the spring sleeve fully closes.
Recommend a shorter handguard. Keep in mind, the LEO TakeDown will move the handguard barrel nut forward approximately 1” on the barrel.
The traditional D-Ring supported handguard (M-4 clam shell) requires mounting the handguard using receptacles in the front and back. A modified, or cut down, free float hand guard can be used with the traditional A post but the coupling is not designed to support the traditional D-Ring clam shell type handguard. We recommend a free float, compression locking hand guard that has a flat surface on the upper receiver end.
No, the Stabilizer Plate is not required and in some cases is not necessary, particularly for barrels lengths shorter than 16”. The Stabilizer Plate assists to prevent micro movement that may be experienced when the LEO TakeDown is installed. MILSPEC upper receiver tolerances may vary with manufacturer.