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From what information I've gathered through the years, The non vented hand guards were installed on the very last rifles produced. Also, every SL6 and 7 I recall seeing with the non vented style were NOT imported by HK. They were imported by another company and for the life of me I can't remember the name. If that other importer had anything to do with the hand guard differences, your guess is as good as mine. You will see these rifles advertised on G.B. from time to time.
 

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My understanding was the vented handguards were purely an American thing and that none of the European rifles had them. I remember seeing pictures of some SL-7's imported by a former member here... and if I recall correctly none of them had vented handguards.
 

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My understanding was the vented handguards were purely an American thing and that none of the European rifles had them. I remember seeing pictures of some SL-7's imported by a former member here... and if I recall correctly none of them had vented handguards.
That would make sense. The rifles imported from Germany by entities other then HK would have the Euro style, non vented hand guards. Good info egroeg!
 
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