Unique ARs Custom AR-15 Handguards

Unique ARs Custom Handguards

The Ultimate In Personalized AR-15-Themed Handguards

Our teams had a great time building some pretty amazing AR-15s, and we love the whole process. When we first ran across the themed Sharp’s Bro’s lower receivers, we decided it would be fun to do the whole set of five and started out on the mission. In researching how we wanted to approach these builds, we threw a lot of ideas around. When we ran across the Unique ARs custom AR-15 handguards, we knew with the Sharps Bros lowers and the Unique Ar handguard; we would be able to build some great AR-15s.

Left to right: Warthog, Overthrow, Showdown, and Hellraiser. “The Jack” is the receiver in the back.

Although months later, we are still on the journey and researching what we’d like to do for the last two. Nonetheless, we thought it would be a good time to start this blog. Join us in this blog post as we review the journey.

About unique Ars

Unique ARs Logo

Unique ARs is a renowned company that specializes in crafting custom AR-15 handguards, and their expertise has gained them a notable reputation in the firearms industry. With meticulous attention to detail and a passion for innovation, Unique ARs produce handguards that go beyond the standard offerings available in the market.

What sets them apart is their ability to create personalized and themed designs, allowing gun enthusiasts to truly make their AR-15s unique and reflective of their individual styles. Whether it’s intricate engravings, striking patterns, or vibrant colors, Unique ARs bring a fresh and creative approach to firearm customization.

Their commitment to quality is evident in the craftsmanship and durability of their handguards, ensuring that form meets function seamlessly. With Unique ARs, gun owners can transform their AR-15s into visually stunning and one-of-a-kind firearms that stand out from the crowd.

The Custom AR-15 Controversy

Custom-built themed AR-15s often generate controversy online due to several reasons. One aspect of the controversy stems from aesthetic preferences. Custom-themed AR-15s often feature unique designs, patterns, colors, or engravings that may not appeal to everyone’s taste. As a result, debates and disagreements about the aesthetics of such firearms can arise.

Additionally, concerns about functionality may contribute to the controversy. Critics argue that focusing on the visual aspects of an AR-15 detracts from its primary purpose as a functional firearm. They may question whether the customization affects the weapon’s reliability, accuracy, or overall performance.

Another point of contention lies in the clash between personalization and tradition. Customizing firearms, including AR-15s, allows owners to express their individuality and personal preferences. However, traditionalists who believe in preserving firearms’ original design and aesthetics can view this as contradictory.

Our 2 Cents On That Controversy

Who gives a shit? We certainly don’t; I don’t spend time figuring out why people feel so strongly about it either way. We’ve had a blast doing them think they look pretty awesome! Further on the journey, we’ve seen some pretty amazing builds from other folks; it started out a lot of fun and has stayed that way!

The Journey To Build Custom AR-15s

Using the word “build” is a bit off context, but it is how assembling an AR-15 is usually referred to. Technically we source parts from manufacturers and then assemble all those parts into an AR-15.

Kylee building Pink AR-15

We do not build AR-15s for sale, and these projects we’re personal projects we decided to feature on the website for information to others that were interested in doing their own builds. Along the way, we have received great feedback; again, it’s been a lot of fun. Of course, we’ve heard

our fair share of how the concept makes no sense, but you’ve already heard our take regarding those comments.

Why Do People Build Their Own AR-15s

Several reasons account for why individuals opt to build their own AR-15 rifles instead of buying pre-assembled versions.

Iridescent AR-15

Customization is a key motivation; building an AR-15 from scratch allows individuals to tailor the rifle to their specifications, including selecting specific components like the barrel, stock, handguard, and sights that match their ergonomics, aesthetics, and performance preferences.

Another significant reason is understanding the rifle’s functioning that comes with building it yourself. This knowledge can benefit cleaning, maintenance, and troubleshooting, making owners more effective at diagnosing and fixing any issues.

Cost efficiency is another factor, although not so much for themed builds, as building an AR-15 can sometimes be more cost effective than buying a pre-built model, depending on the specific parts and tools used. Additionally, the cost can be spread over time by buying components individually.

Many gun enthusiasts also value the educational experience and find building an AR-15 a fun and rewarding challenge, providing an opportunity to learn and improve their skills.

Our First Theme Build With an AR-15 “One Shot” Handguard

Our first themed build incorporated “The Jack” Sharps Bro’s lower receiver and several parts from Unique Ar’s, including;

  • Unique ARs Skull “One Shot” Handguard
  • Matching “One Shot” Buffer Tube
  • Custom Heat Shield
Unique ARs custom skull handguard and buffer tube

The balance of parts for the Skull-Themed build were all quality parts; there is a complete list in our blog post “Skull-Themed AR15 Build“. The build is an AR-15 10.3” 300 Blackout. When we built it, pistol braces were still allowed on AR-15 pistols, which is why you’ll see that in some photos.

These handguards are manufactured and custom Cerakoted By the Unique ARs team. In the case of the buffer tube and heat shield, we’re also built to match our AR-15 specs.

The Handguard Specs:

Free-float handguard 6061 T6 Aluminum
Inside diameter 1.75″, exterior diameter 2″
Compatible with any mil-spec AR-15 upper receiver or (DPMS Gen 1 Style) AR-10 upper

The One Shot Handguard Custom AR-15

Video of The Skull Themed One Shot Handguard AR-15 Build

Next Up, Theme Build With an AR-15 “Spartan” Handguard

Our next AR-15 theme build in the set was the “Overthrow” lower receiver with Unique AR’s “Spartan” handguard. The real fun with these builds is changing the concept and selecting parts to fit. Our goal was to make these AR-15s quality and aesthetic. The Spartan build was an 18″ Odin Works .223 Wylde. For the complete parts list on the “Spartan AR-15,” drop by the build blog post.

Unique ARs Spartan Handguard
Unique ARs AR-15 Spartan Handguard
Unique ARs Spartan Handguard

The Spartan Build Video

In the Works A Custom Dragon Handguard

Unique ARs custom Dragon handguard

We’re excited to purchase parts for the next build now, the “Showdown” lower. Unique ARs has finished the handguard and Cerakoting of the lower receiver. We will update this post as we finish the final 3 lowers in the set.

Unique ARs Custom AR-15 Handguards Conclusion

In conclusion, Unique ARs Custom AR-15 Handguards offer firearm enthusiasts an exciting opportunity to personalize their AR-15 rifles with stunning and unique designs. Building a custom themed AR-15 with these handguards adds that last level of personalization and customization.

The process of building a custom-themed AR-15 is a journey in itself. From selecting the perfect handguard design to choosing complementary accessories, each step allows you to express some personality and create a unique firearm. Whether you prefer patriotic motifs, intricate geometric patterns, or nature-inspired artwork, Unique ARs offers a wide range of options to cater to your tastes.

Beyond the aesthetics, these handguards are made from high-quality materials, ensuring durability and reliability. They are designed to be compatible with most AR-15 models and can be installed by firearm enthusiasts with basic mechanical skills. The combination of form and function makes Unique ARs Custom AR-15 Handguards a worthwhile investment for those seeking style and performance.

Independent of the amazing quality and creativity of work the Unique ARs team does, they offer a level of customer service not found in my companies. I highly recommend this team!

Founder SSP Firearms- Mike Hodgdon

Unique ARs Custom AR-15 Handguards FAQs

Are Unique ARs Custom AR-15 Handguards compatible with all AR-15 models?

Unique ARs handguards are designed to be compatible with most AR-15 models. They typically use a standard barrel nut and mounting system, which allows for easy installation on most rifles. However, it’s always a good idea to double-check the compatibility of the specific handguard model with your AR-15 variant before making a purchase.

What materials are Unique ARs Custom AR-15 Handguards made of?

Unique ARs Custom AR-15 Handguards are typically made from high-quality aluminum. This material is lightweight, durable, and offers good heat dissipation properties. It is commonly used in AR-15 handguard construction due to its favorable characteristics.

Can I install Unique ARs Custom AR-15 Handguards by myself, or do I need professional assistance?

Installing Unique ARs Custom AR-15 Handguards can typically be done by firearm enthusiasts with basic mechanical skills. Handguards come with detailed instructions, and numerous video tutorials are available online to guide you through installation. However, if you feel uncomfortable or unsure about performing the installation, you should seek assistance from a qualified gunsmith.

Do Unique ARs Custom AR-15 Handguards affect the performance of the rifle?

Unique ARs Custom AR-15 Handguards are primarily aesthetic upgrades and do not directly impact the rifle’s performance. However, they may offer some practical benefits, such as providing a more comfortable grip or additional accessory attachment points.

Can I customize the design of Unique ARs Custom AR-15 Handguards?

Unique ARs specialize in producing custom-designed handguards, allowing you to choose from a wide range of unique designs. They offer various patterns, engravings, and color options to suit individual tastes.


  • Michael Hodgdon

    A firearm, shooting, outdoor, and hunting enthusiast for over 35 years. Thank you all for the suggestions on topics you would like to see; we'll keep posting as you keep sending them in. Please comment; we will try to answer all comments quickly.

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