from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That part of any weapon which guards or protects the hand, especially the vamplate of a lance.
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He slams the knife into the pig's shoulder, hits bone, feels his fingers slip past the hand-guard and slide down the shaft of the knife.
A wooden paint stir, found at hardware shops and basements everywhere, can have a foam rectangle cut out and inserted over the handle (as a hand-guard) and makes a dandy short sword for a little guy.
When it was placed thus, its hilt, star-shaped because of its crossed double hand-guard, stood up behind the marble coffin lid like a holy fetish above an altar.
He knew before he'd slid three inches of it out what it was: an old Lee-E.field – the blunt terrier's muzzle, with the wooden stock and hand-guard, was unmistakable: the immortal S.M.L.E. Bullets?
This I will say for it -- that, considering its size and weight, it is easily carried; for not only is there the crosspiece as hand-guard, but above this is a crescent worked in the iron, the horns extending with the convexity towards the point of the blade.
The gas piston an internal parts swap under the hand-guard and either replacing a part on the bolt carrier or a new bolt carrier.