Occam Defense Solutions
MERC Freefloat HandguardOccam Defense Solutions
AVAILIBILITY NOTICE: 17.5 MM RIFLE AND PISTOL VERSIONS AVAILABLE NOW!
UPDATE! We're now making barrel clamps for 18.5mm RSB journaled barrels! This covers most milled receivers (except Sharps Bros in most cases), plus some Arsenal stamped guns like at least some of the SLR-107, and all US made Century AKs. To know for sure, watch THIS VIDEO.
I have been watching Occam since a before they started producing the Merc. I was not able to get the funds together until I handled one of my buddies, then I knew I had to have one. Just as a source for comparison, I ditched an SLR lower handguard, Ultimak gas tube and a 90 degree gas/front sight combo block for this setup. This front end is lighter than that combination and handles better. You can also tell the time and effort that went into the design, finishing and packaging of the product. All are superior to what I have experienced before. Keep up the wonderful work!!!
This handguard is amazing. It's thin, light weight, and rock solid. My AK stayed much cooler with this than with standard style handguards. M-lok everywhere is awesome. This is probably the best upgrade you can make to your AK. The work is a little intense but it' definitely worth it. If you plan on running a red dot, then the merc is the way to go. I only wish they made one a little shorter for rifles as the full length one looks a little long. But the pistol version is perfect.
I do believe this is the best hanguard money can buy for the AK platform. I have used, hanguards from 3 other of the biggest names in modern AKs and none of them do everything this does. Takes weight OFF the front of your AK, 100% freefloat, allows for massive sight radius with Irons, great heat mitigation through several different avenues, Etc. No other handguard does everything this one does. On top of all that, ODS has some of the greatest CS I have ever ran into. After getting my MERC Of course I wanted to use it on something it was not intended for and after contacting ODS they agreed to machine a custom part (gas tube) just for me. Amazing product and amazing CS from an all American Company. Thanks Brian and Crew!!!!
OCCAM Defense is going to revolutionize the way Americans view the AK starting with the MERC. First, you will not believe the quality of the machining when you hold it, and when you hold it you can barely tell you have something in your hand because it’s so light. The design is so simple but extremely versatile. The MERC eliminates the old school bulk of the AK. It’s welcoming to people used to the AR platform. The price might seem high- but remember you are getting a beautifully designed gas system as well. After receiving my MERC, I changed my parts list and I’m doing a 100% OCCAM build. Where Jim Fuller brought the AK to Americans, Brian Keeney brings the AK to the future. Okay OCCAM - that’s my 2 cents! Now send me one of those sweet posters ;-)
In my opinion this is the best AK upgrade for the money on the market.Rock solid .
Installation isn't plug and play but if you're building from a kit, are able to depopulate a barrel yourself, or don't mind sending out to one of ODS's suggested 'smiths this handguard is a fantastic way to lighten up the front end and and add a ton of modern features as well as keep the handling surfaces cool. I love mine and would buy it again in a heartbeat.