Barrel Shroud

A barrel shroud is a covering attached to the barrel of a firearm, that partially or completely encircles the barrel which prevents operators from injuring themselves on a hot barrel. Slides, extensions of the stock that do not fully encircle the barrel, and the receiver (or frame) of a firearm itself are generally not described as barrel shrouds, though they in fact do act as such. Barrel shrouds are commonly featured on air-cooled machine guns, where sustained rapid or automatic fire leave the barrel extremely hot and dangerous to the operator. However, shrouds can also be utilized on semi-automatic firearms, as even a small number of shots can heat up a barrel enough to injure an operator in certain circumstances.

Barrel shrouds are also used on pump-action shotguns. The military trench shotgun features a ventilated metal handguard with a bayonet attachment lug. Ventilated handguards or heat shields (usually without bayonet lugs) are also used on police riot shotguns and shotguns marketed for civilian self defense. The heat shield protects the user from being burned by a hot barrel and serves as an attachment base for accessories such as sights or sling swivels.

Read more about Barrel Shroud:  Legislation

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Barrel Shroud - Legislation
... The barrel shroud has been the target of legislative restrictions in the United States, along with other features of certain firearms ... The now-expired Federal Assault Weapons Ban included a barrel shroud in its list of features for which a semi-automatic pistol could be banned (two features in the list were required) ...
Mauser Firearms Pre-1945 - Rifles - Models 1889/90/91 and Experimental Model 92
... two different variations of the same rifle, one with a stock strengthened with a barrel shroud and a traditional design following the layout of the 71 series ... The two rifles became known as the 89 Belgian (with a barrel shroud) and the 91 Argentine (with a 71 layout) Mausers, identical in their function and feed system ... The heavy-barreled Mauser with the barrel shroud resulted in the founding of arms manufacturer FN Herstal ...
Dan Wesson Firearms - Patents Information
... Patent 5,225,615 -- Compensated barrel shroud 1993-07-06 Talbot Arventos Wesson Firearms Co ... Patent 5,305,678 -- Compensated barrel shroud 1993-04-26 Talbot Arventos Wesson, Seth Wesson Firearms Co ... Patent 4,833,810 -- Firearm (Revolver interchangeable barrel)1989-05-30 DOMIAN ROBERT E (US) DAN WESSON ARMS INC (US) U.S ...

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