M-Lok Vs KeyMod
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Welcome back to the 3rd installment of my blog, in which I don’t claim to be an expert, in fact the opposite. I’m a new user to the AR platform and want to share my findings and experiences as I go through and build rifles as well as being the Operations Manager at Tyrant Designs.
Fun time! Let’s talk rail systems and Ar15 handguards. Well I’m going to be the one talking, or typing I guess? If you want, you can picture a very strong, high testosterone, deep voiced man reading this to you like a lullaby. That’s weird…..ok….anddddddddd……..let’s get started.
First we got to talk about a picatinny rail;
In the past, Ar-15 users have used the very reliable picatinny rail system for bolting accessories to their rifles by using a picatinny rail attached to the handguard of the rifle. This came with a problem, it added unnecessary weight and bulkiness. This problem was then fixed by being able to attach accessories to the handguard itself without the need for a separate rail attachment. M-Lok and KeyMod are born!
was released in 2012 and is open sourced, meaning any company can make rail systems using this design. Several companies make keymod handguards that provide a certain aesthetic appeal and are light in weight. Just make sure whatever Ar 15 foregrip, Ar 15 vertical grip, bipod adapters, etc, are KeyMod adaptable before buying them.
came out later after Magpul decided they wanted a rail system of their own, after not liking how the KeyMod system worked with their attachments. They also made it open source, so any company could use the design. M-Lok uses long slots instead of keyholes. Welcome the Magpul handguard.
Like most things AR related, some people swear by M-Lok and the others by Keymod. What’s great is, there are 2 open source rail systems that you can directly attach accessories on, but just make sure the accessories are complatible with your free float handguard. In the end, it comes down to preference. Did I mention our new Mod foregrip can be attached on either M-Lok or Keymod? Well if you didnt know now ya know. While we are at it, use this promo code that I am about to very discretely insert somewhere in this blog and get free shipping on your next order ( limited time offer)
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