Forearm (firearm component)

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This article is about the firearm component. For other uses, see Forearm (disambiguation).
The wood forearm of a Browning BLR

In firearms, the forearm (also known as handguard or forestock) is a section of the weapon between the receiver and the muzzle. It is used to hold the firearm steady and is usually made out of wood or composite material. Near the front of the forearm there is often a barrel-band to secure the forearm to the barrel, as seen in the photo at right.

Some forearms are equipped with heat shields to protect the user from heat radiating from the barrel when the weapon is fired.