Established in 2008, Ballistic Advantage is a manufacturer of quality rifle barrels and other firearms parts and accessories. In December 2014, Aero Precision purchased a majority interest in Ballistic Advantage. However, Ballistic Advantage continues to manufacture and operate from their original Florida based facility, expanding their line of products to include AR-15 and AR-10 receivers, BCGs and handguards, from Aero Precision.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the Ballistic Advantage Atlas S-One handguards are identical to the Atlas S-One handguards offered by Aero Precision. The only difference between the two are the company logos that appear on their respective handguards.
Atlas S-One 15” Handguard Features
- Machined from 6061-T6 Aluminum
- Lightweight aluminum barrel nut
- Front and rear picatinny rail
- Top center picatinny rail section has been removed to save weight
- 12:00 position indexing grooves for improved grip control
- QD sling sockets at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions
- Compatible with low profile gas blocks
- Compatible with MILSPEC AR-15 upper receivers (forged) and barrels (Atlas S-One handguards might not be compatible with billet upper receivers)
Ballistic Advantage also includes a barrel nut wrench extension, a tool to tighten the turnbuckle screw and a set of shims to time the barrel nut.
Atlas S-One 15” Handguard Specs
- Length: 14.94″
- Weight: 7.95 oz (Handguard only. Mounting hardware weighs: 1.9 oz. Combined weight: 9.85 oz)
- Inside Diameter: 1.3”
- Outside Diameter: 1.5”
MSRP is $174 ($199 for the same handguard from Aero Precision).
Currently, Ballistic Advantage is offering sale pricing of $121.80 on their website.
Discount Coupon Code
If you get the additional 20% off after signing up for Ballistic Advantage product text alerts (try coupon code: MOBILE20! although I cannot guarantee that this coupon code will work for you), the final price could end up being just $97.44 (plus free shipping)!
The black anodized finish is smooth and even. The tapered locking nuts, which are designed to apply uniform clamping pressure across the Atlas aluminum barrel nut via a turnbuckle screw, are well machined and sit nicely inside the “cut out” at the bottom of the handguard.
The Atlas S-One handguard is also VERY slim, making it very comfortable and easy to wrap your hand and fingers around.
What I don’t Like About the Atlas S-One handguard
My Atlas S-One handguard has a rather noticeable gap where it meets the upper receiver. The Atlas S-One’s top-rear picatinny rail section also sits slightly lower than the picatinny rail of a new Aero Precision forged upper receiver I am using.
Ballistic Advantage tech support told me that this sometimes happens due to the variability in tolerances of their products.
If you Google “Atlas S-One handguard fitment issues“, you’ll see a number of Reddit and AR15.com posts about this.
Despite this small fitment issue with my particular Atlas S-One handguard and Aero Precision upper, I am happy with my purchase, especially given the price and overall design, quality and finish.
At the Range
After shooting about 160 rounds of 5.56 NATO 55 gr FMJ (M193), I had no issues with the handguard and it was very comfortable to use. I really love how slim it is, particularly where the top center picatinny rail section has been removed.
The Atlas S-One 15″ MLOK handguard is also very light at 9.85 oz (handguard and mounting hardware combined).
In fact, I only know of 2 other aluminum handguards that weigh less. The SLR Rifleworks Helix 15” MLOK handguard (9 oz) and the V Seven Magnesium Hyper-Light 15” M-LOK handguard (6.83 oz).
However, the SLR handguard sells for $323 while the V Seven sells for $374. As mentioned earlier, Ballistic Advantage is currently offering this 15″ handguard for $121.80 on their website. If you add an extra 20% off discount (from signing up for their product text notifications), the final price paid could end up being just $97.44!
If you are looking for one of the lightest, quality aluminum handguards with a slim profile, and for a very reasonable price, you may want to consider the Ballistic Advantage Atlas S-One MLOK line of handguards.