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Over the weekend, my friends Jody Lewis and Steve Coulston, made a trip out to Illinois for the 2nd annual Bullpup Shoot. Jody was nice enough to send me some pics and details for a sneak peek of the new “Transformer” rail coming out soon from Manticore Arms that takes the guess work out of “Do I want a KeyMod rail, M-LOK rail or something else?”. 

Instead of deciding on a specific rail and having to decide what type of attachment method you want, the new Manticore Arms Transformer rail lets you swap in different panels. The different panels can have KeyMod slots, M-LOK slots, a smooth texture, grippy texture, etc. and are held in place with screws.

Manticore Arms Transformer Rail 1

You can also mix and match the panels. So lets say you have an M-LOK light mount but your vertical forward grip is KeyMod. Simply replace the corresponding panels and install the accessories that work best for you. If at the moment you don’t have any KeyMod or M-LOK accessories but want to get some down the road, install the textured panels and then add in the required panels once you purchase the accessories. 

Manticore Arms Transformer Rail 1

Manticore Arms Transformer Rail 1

Aside from being able to swap out these panels, the Transformer rail looks great too. It has a patent pending barrel nut, anti rotation tabs and a cool looking 12 o’clock run that has a little bit of rail space at the front and rear of the rail. It is also pretty light weight at 7.4 ounces for a 13″ rail.

Manticore Arms Transformer Rail 1

From what I hear, the Transformer rail will be available within the next 60 days with an MSRP around $249. More details coming soon so keep an eye on the Manticore Facebook page.


Photos by Jody Lewis. He is a professional photographer based in the PNW who has articles published on many of the popular websites including RECOIL-WEB and Guns & Tactics Magazine. You can follow him on his page XFIREPIX on Facebook.

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