ok so i ordered a 12.5" light weight handuard and a low profile gas block. i think i can handle the "gunsmithing" involved. seeing as i've done it once already. https://www.ar15handguard.com/12-5-mlok-handguard-one-piece-free-float-ar15-223-5-56-ar15-handguard/ if you know me by now you know I like budget stuff, so , we'll see how this holds up. ill be honest with an initial and long term review.