Rail covers perform several functions. Added gripping surface, protects rails in un-mounted areas, protects operator from being cut with uncovered rails, prevents gear from hanging-up or being cut and as a locator for positioning attachments such as night vision, etc. Low profile covers are also known as ladder covers, full profile covers are a solid panel.
Approximately 6" long panel, will cover a section of picatinny rail the length used on a Carbine (M4-style) handguard.
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