Category Archives: Rail Covers

We’ve known the guys at Hexmag ever since they first introduced their Hexmag magazines. They are much more than just a magazine manufacturer now as they offer AR Grips, Rail Covers, their recently introduced Series 2 AR Mags, AR-10 Mags and soon Glock mags.

Yesterday I got an email from them letting me know they just opened their new web-store and offered to give all AR15NEWS readers a 10% discount on any order over $20. That can add up really fast when you’re stocking up on mags. This isn’t some affiliate code that we get paid on. Just a special deal for you guys that we wanted to pass on. Use the code “AR15NEWS” at checkout at www.hexmagstore.com

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Mechforce USA just released a set G10 Scale grip panels that are available for both M-Lok and Keymod rails. These grip panels are CNC machined out of G10 material which is lightweight but strong and heat resistant. There are two sizes currently available for each mounting interfaces. 3 Slot long and 2 slot long for M-Lok interface; whereas 6 hole long and 4 hole long for the Keymod interface. 

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Featuring a patent pending pattern design, the massive detailing on these panels will deliver a maximum gripping force and a custom look to your rifle. Check out the pictures and details below. They are available for purchase now from www.mechforce-usa.com.

Griffin Armament is offering 30% off of their Furniture Kits and 30% off of their new M2 (Micro Modular) Sights. I’ve been wanting to buy some new BUIS for a while and just haven’t been really excited about any until I saw these. Will be picking up a few sets myself. If you want to get in on these deals, head on over to www.GriffinArmament.com and get to shopping. No discount code to worry about. Discounts are already shown on the product pricing. Get some!!

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The new Griffin Armament Low-Pro RIGID rail kits are now available! The kits include your choice of a 8.6″, 10.5″, 13.5″ or 15″ complete Griffin Low-Pro RIGID™ MLOK rail system, Griffin Primo Gas Block, Griffin Rail Shield 4-piece rail cover kit and the Wrench and Hardware to mount this kit to your weapon. If you are looking for a nice upgrade to your current rifle or looking to finish off a build, these kits are a high quality yet surprisingly low cost option. Check out the press release, pics and video below. You can purchase these kits now at www.GriffinArmament.com.

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Griffin AR15 rail kits include rail panels, gas block assemblies, and all tools and hardware needed for a turnkey rail system.

The design objective for the Griffin Low-Pro RIGID™ rails were to provide a slim, ultralight M-LOK rail, with increased rigidity over current similar market options.

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“We had been looking at the market for a while and noticed that there were two types of rails essentially. Rails that were beefy and strong, and rails that were slim and unfortunately weaker. We wanted to combine the desirable attributes of both category products into one optimal rail system.”, Austin stated, Primary owner and Lead engineer for Griffin. He went on, “The final design resulted in 70% more rigidity than current similar market slim rails. This is important for those who need to use IR lasers as armed professionals or for hunting. There are a lot of great options now in IR laser aimer products that have solid mounting and solid bodies and we wanted to make a slim rail that provided industry leading point of aim / point of impact for those aimers.”

Griffin Armament Low-Pro RIGID Rail Kit 1

Low-Pro RIGID™ rails feature a 7075 aluminum barrel nut which can be installed with the included Griffin Armorers Wrench. The mounting is done with included shims and flat head cap screws for an ultra-flush and low profile mating to the receiver. 17-4 stainless QD flush cups are included which thread into the barrel nut through holes in the rail.  

The kits include the Griffin Primo Gas Block™, a 416R stainless .750” ID gas block which can be set screwed in place and / or pinned.

Additionally, the rail kits include the Griffin RAIL SHIELD™ panels as standard equipment. This 4 piece kit provides a 4.6” length surface for heat protection and griping. The user can choose to use the flat bottom panel or angled grip panel for enhanced recoil control.

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Griffin Low-Pro RIGID™ rail kits: $ 259.95 – 284.95 msrp        

Available in 8.6”, 10.5”, 13.5”, and 15” lengths      

Rails weigh 5.9 -10.5oz  1.54” wide 1.35” ID

Features:
–  Low-Profile M-LOK interface
–  Internal reinforcement ribs provide increased strength to weight ratio
–  Lightweight 7075 T6 barrel nut
–  Low profile integrated 17-4 SS nitride anti-rotation QD sling swivel sockets
–  Included RAIL SHIELD™ 4 piece furniture kit.
–  416R Primo Gas Block™ kit included
–  Included QD sling swivel
–  Included Griffin Armorers Wrench
–  Included shim set, mounting hardware, and thread locker

I recently had a chance to put some of the new Griffin Armament furniture kits to use and so far over the first few weeks I have really enjoyed them. They’ve been run at the range a bit and definitely have a great feel and a very unique look. Even though I liked the unique look at first, it has grown on me even more. I will be writing up a full review on these once I’ve had more range time with them. I’ve seen some torture testing they did with the ECS stock and was pleased to see it outlasted other stocks like the Military issued SOPMOD stock. Below are some crappy photos I took 😉 and the press release from Griffin Armament. The new Griffin Armament furniture kits are now shipping. Order yours at www.GriffinArmament.com.

The design objective for the Griffin AR furniture products were to bring quality, functional options to the market that offered unique benefits at affordable prices. The ECS™ (Extreme Condition Stock), RailShield™ M-LOK™ compatible rail covers, and A3 grip are available in Black, FDE, OD Green, and Grey.

Griffin Armament Furniture Kit

“The Extreme condition stock definitely took the most effort.”, Austin stated, Primary owner and Lead engineer for Griffin. He went on to say, “I wanted to make something unique and better. There is a lot of stuff that has come out on the market the last few years that is unique but doesn’t necessarily add any new function or improvement over what already existed.”

The Extreme Condition Stock features a proprietary low drag latching system designed around a beefy stainless tool steel locking pin. This mechanism in conjunction with optimal geometry, and impact modified injected materials, allow the ECS™ to pass a 10 foot drop test when used with the Griffin MRE-HD (Maritime Receiver Extension Heavy Duty). In Griffin’s testing, the ECS stock, when used in conjunction with their MRE, allowed direct impingement Ar15s to pass an “Over The Beach Test”. Holes in the rear butt plate and along the sides of the stock communicate with holes in the MRE allowing for reduced pressure in the operating system when fired immediately after the firearm is removed from the water. The stock has a canted rear butt angle for improved ergonomics to the body. This also ensures recoil is kept high and in-line with the barrel to minimize muzzle rise. Also the top of the stock is “beard friendly” meaning there is no hole present as found in mil-spec style stocks. A low profile anti-rotation QD sling swivel socket is the provided means of sling attachment.

Griffin Armament Furniture Kit

Griffin Armament Furniture Kit

The A3 grip is simple in that it doesn’t have a plug on the bottom. “We polled a lot of our friends from military and contracting and a very small percentage ever used storage in plug grips even when they had them.” Said a representative from Griffin. The goal of this product was to make a very affordable improved grip over the A2 grip. “It features a more vertical grip angle and deletes the annoying finger shelf that nobody really likes.”, He went on to state.

Griffin Armament Furniture Kit

The RailShield™ panel kit sections are 4.6” long ensuring that you can get a full hand grip on the panels protecting your hand from thermal transfer of a hot rail if you are going through a lot of ammo fast. The styling of the kit matches the A3 grip. Four pieces are included. The user has the option of running the bottom flat panel or palm stop panel. The palm stop geometry is placed as rearward as possible, again allowing a full hand grip while giving the shooter an anchor point to pull the gun hard into the shoulder pocket to control recoil and grab fast follow up shots.

Griffin Armament Furniture Kit

Griffin Armament Furniture Kit

ECS™ (Extreme Condition Stock):  $ 59.95 msrp
Features:
–  Fits mil-spec buffer tubes
–  Water / debris evacuation ports function when used with Griffin MRE (available separately)
–  Proprietary low drag, heavy duty latching system
–  Stainless tool steel locking pin
–  17-7 locking spring is all weather durable
–  Stainless spring tempered ambidextrous anti-rotation QD sling swivel socket
–  Ergonomic angled non slip rubber butt pad
–  Available in Black, OD Green, FDE, and Grey
–  Weight:  8.9oz
–  Length:  6.8”

A3 GRIP:  $15.95 msrp
Features:
–  More vertical angle for reduced wrist fatigue and anatomically correct pointing characteristics
–  Ambidextrous thumb shelves
–  No finger grooves allow universal fitment
–  Signature square texturing provides comfortable gripping surface

RailShield™ M-LOK™ Compatible 4 piece panel kit:  $ 29.95 msrp
Features:
–  Grade 5 hardware
–  Includes side panels, palm stop and flat bottom panels.
–  Square texture matches Griffin A3 grip
–  4.6” length allows full hand grip to be protected from thermal transfer

Griffin Armament Furniture Kit

Griffin Armament Furniture Kit

Magpul continues to pump out brand new products. Last night they introduced two new products that look pretty awesome. 

First up is the new M-LOK Rail Covers Type-1. These rail covers install into M-LOK slots without any adapters or screws. Just snap in. The material is a very heat resistant and offers added grip surface on the rail. Each cover is 9.5″ in length and can cover 6 M-LOK slots and can be cut for different configurations. These come in a 2-pack for $16 at www.Magpul.com

Magpul M-LOK Rail Covers Type 1 1

Magpul M-LOK Rail Covers Type 1 1

The second new product is the new Enhanced AR Magazine Release. This will replace the mag release button on your rifle with one that has two additional holes in it. Once installed you then bolt on the Enhanced Mag Release button. The button is easily twice the size of standard AR mag release buttons giving you plenty of surface to release your mag. It will also work great for younger shooters or anyone with short fingers who have a hard time reaching the mag release. These are just $20 at www.Magpul.com

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Magpul Enhanced Mag Release 3

Magpul Enhanced Mag Release 3

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.

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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.

www.ManticoreArms.com

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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.

The new BCM KeyMod Rail Panels that we introduced to you last week are now available in all colors. BCM KeyMod Rail Panels are ultra-slim surfaces with aggressive non-slip and non-reflective texturing. Ventilated for cooling, each panel is radiused to create a continuous “tube” surface when run on an octagonal profile handguard such as the BCM KMR.

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Made in the U.S.A. of a high-strength polymer material, BCM KeyMod Rail Panels are designed to fit ALL KeyMod mounting surfaces with seven (7) consecutive KeyMod slots. However, the panels can also be cut to any length, as needed by an end user. Finally, the panels are bi-directional with locking tabs on either end.

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Each Kit contains five (5) matching color KeyMod Panels, and are available in Black, Flat Dark Earth, Wolf Grey and Foliage Green.

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Each 5 pack of BCM KeyMod Rail Panels is just $9.95.

Purchase now at http://www.bravocompanymfg.com/railpanel/

If you’ve been active on social medial lately you’ve probably seen some sneak peeks at the new BCM (Bravo Company Mfg) super low profile KeyMod rail covers. For those of you who have been anxiously waiting to get some for yourself, the wait is now over. The new BCM­ KeyMod Rail Panels are now available in a kit that consists of five 5.5 inch long covers that will fit any KeyMod rail. I got my hands on a few of them and immediately put them on my BCM 16″ ELW upper with a BCM KMR 13″ rail.

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Each BCM KeyMod Rail Panel will cover 7 KeyMod slots but can be cut to any shorter length to fit in shorter runs if needed. For instance, on my BCM upper I have their KAG (Kinesthetic Angled Grip) installed and have 4 KeyMod slots open in front of it. I only needed a short piece to cover where my index and middle fingers contact the rail so I grabbed my super sharp stabby thing from Matt Helm Knives and cut a two slot section to go there and the remaining 5 slots were installed on the side behind my BCM KeyMod 1913 Light Mount.

BCM KeyMod Rail Panel Kit 2

BCM KeyMod Rail Panel Kit 2

The BCM KeyMod Rail Panels are more than just a cool looking rail cover for open KeyMod slots. They offer an extreme increase in grip due to the aggressive texture. The texture on the covers actually reminds me a lot of grip tape but doesn’t feel like it will tear your hands up. If you look close you can see the BCM and Star logo on the cover.

BCM KeyMod Rail Panel Kit 2

BCM KeyMod Rail Panel Kit 2

The BCM 16″ ELW upper with the 13″ KMR is a super light weight, durable and accurate upper. Adding the new rail covers is a small add-on but an enhancement none the less. I will be adding more of the BCM­ KeyMod Rail Panels to my other KeyMod rails and you can too. BCM currently has the black covers in-stock for just $9.95 per 5 panel kit. Soon they will be offering FDE, OD Green and Foliage as well. Head on over to www.BravoCompanyUSA.com to order some for yourself.

Our friends at Damage Industries were unable to go to the NRA show this week. Instead of pouting about it, they decided to put together another great sale. Take a look at the information below and get in on the savings at www.DamageIndustriesLLC.com.

**Missed Show Sale** – We had to cancel our plans for the NRA show, so we’re missing out… but you don’t have to miss out! Have some great deals this weekend!

Select Muzzle Devices 50% off, enhanced trigger guards, D-loop swivels, HUGE SAVINGS on Enhanced combat stock kit, pistol buffer tubes all discounted!

http://damageindustriesllc.com/product-category/182?items_per_page=60

Damage Industries NRA Show Sale

I’ve been hoping someone would come out with a decent set of Rail Covers for my Geissele SMR MK8 M-LOK rail just to add a bit of grippier surface to it and it looks like Magpul is the first to the make it happen. The new M-LOK Type 2 Rail Covers are a two piece design that snap together similar to the design of the popular XTM 1913 rail covers. They also feature the TSP texture that is found on some of Magpul’s newer grips such as the MOE K2 which I really like. Each package comes with 6 sections for just $12.95. I will definitely be picking up a couple packs of these as they seem to be just what the Dr. ordered.

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M-LOK Type 2 Rail Covers are low-profile, two-piece covers that install directly onto most M-LOK aluminum hand guards. These M-LOK Covers are non-orientation specific which allow the user to mount them in any direction desired without affecting function, feature beveled contours to minimize potential snagging, utilizes our TSP texture for additional grip, and protrudes only slightly more than 1/8″ from the mounting surface to maintain a low-profile. The center locking tab is pre-scored to allow the user to snap off sections and mix and match colors for a customized look.Includes six panels, each covering one M-LOK slot. Made in U.S.A.

Purchase here: http://store.magpul.com/product/MAG603/M-LOK

Our friends at Centurion Arms are throwing a surprise Christmas Sale and its an awesome one. They are offering special deals such as if you buy one of their 16″ Hammer Forged Barrels you’ll get a pinned Low Profile Gas Block for free as well. Another deal you’re definitely going to want to check out is the new CM4 Complete Upper which features their 16″ barrel and 9″ C4 rail. If you upgrade to the 12″ CMR or 12″ C4 rail they will throw in a FREE Auto Bolt Carrier Group. Check out the full details of the sale below and get in on it now through December 27, 2014. www.CenturionArms.com

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Fortis Manufacturing is always coming up with some very cool designs for their new products and their new KeyMod Rail Sections are no different. The whole idea for KeyMod was to be a direct attachment system for accessories but there are so many 1913 compatible accessories and not enough KeyMod direct attach accessories so manufacturers have to make 1913 rail sections that mount to a KeyMod rail. Pretty funny, right!? Well the cool part is it does make the placement of the rail sections modular and you don’t have to use a complete Quad rail which saves weight. Fortis just introduced their new KeyMod 1913 Rail Sections but did something pretty cool to set theirs apart from other similar options on the market. They hid the attachment screws inside of the rail, eliminating any signs of the screw head. This is not major big news or anything but it does look pretty sweet. If you’re looking for a rail section for your KeyMod handguard, give the Fortis Mfg KeyMod Rail Section a look. 

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Fortis Mfg KeyMod Rail Section 1

Fortis Mfg KeyMod Rail Section 1

Fortis designed their rail pieces with a self contained assembly that has no visible signs of the screw head. Available in three different lengths. Features: • Material: Aircraft Grade 6061-T6 Aluminum • Finish: Military Specification Type III Hard Coat Anodized • Lengths: 4 slot – 2.3″, 8 slot – 4″, 12 slot – 5.5″ (Small, Medium, Large) • Made to the Mil-Standard 1913 pictatinny specifications • Fits all KeyMod mounting surfaces • Made in the USA! Small Made in USA flag

The Fortis Mfg KeyMod rail sections are available for purchase only on www.REVOLVR.com or on the REVOLVR App for Android devices.  

Been thinking about picking up some awesome new stuff from Centurion Arms? Well, your procrastination is finally paying off. Starting today (7/2/14) and running through Sunday (7/6/14), Centurion Arms is offering a 4th of July sale…..Enter “Freedom2014” at checkout to receive 10% off your order. Plus there will be special items already on sale as well. Only at www.CenturionArms.com.

Centurion Arms 4th of July Sale 2014

I wanted to show you guys a quick visual comparison between two of my favorite Geissele rails, the SMR MK4 and SMR MK5. Both are fairly new (released in the last year) and I know it can be hard to figure out what’s what just by looking at the “MKX” naming system. The Geissele SMR MK4 and MK5 are some of the most solidly built KeyMod rails out there. As you’ll see below, you can’t go wrong with either one as they both are awesome options. Click on the images for a larger view.

GEISSELE AUTOMATICS SMR (SUPER MODULAR RAIL) MK4

First lets look at the MK4. The Geissele SMR MK4 is kind of a hybrid rail. It has KeyMod mounting slots at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions with small 1913 picatinny rail sections up front at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock and a full length picatinny rail at 12 o’clock as well. There are a few other rails like this on the market and as weird as it may seem it makes a lot of sense. The number one best selling KeyMod accessory is…the 1913 rail sections which people always mount toward the front of a KeyMod rail.

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One of the main reasons people are hesitant to switch from their quad rails over to a new system such as KeyMod is because they have so many “Quad Rail” accessories, especially light mounts. The MK4 allows you to have an integrated quad rail section to mount your lights to while offering KeyMod slots to use for the popular Rail Covers from companies like Noveske, etc. I’ve personally found that the Geissele rails are so well finished that I don’t even need any rail covers. 

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I really dig the look of the MK4. Just something about the use of both 1913 and KeyMod just looks cool. As you can see in the pictures below, it makes for one awesome looking rifle and offers a super solid rail with lots of options. The MK4 would be perfect for those who are either on the fence about 1913 vs KeyMod or those who have specific 1913 light mounts, bipods, etc. that you want to still use and don’t want to buy extra mounts to make them compatible.

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GEISSELE AUTOMATICS SMR (SUPER MODULAR RAIL) MK5

Now lets take a look at the MK5. The Geissele SMR MK5 is built how KeyMod was designed to be used with KeyMod mounting slots all the way out to the tip of the rail. This gives you the most flexibility with mounting KeyMod accessories such as Light Mounts, Handstops, QD Sling Mounts, rail sections, etc. 

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As you’ll notice, the KeyMod slots are at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions with a full length picatinny rail section at 12 o’clock like the MK4 does. Both rails look very similar, however with the MK5 there are no short rail sections at the the front of the rail and there are no front QD Sling Mounts. This design is all about letting the “KeyMod Convert” have as much flexibility as possible in mounting their new KeyMod accessories. 

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620 Geissele SMR MK5 1

As I mentioned before, there really is not wrong decision to be made here. I love both of these rails. Its more of a personal preference thing when it comes to deciding between these two rails. Both feature the amazingly high degree of quality you would expect to find with a Geissele rail and look freaking sweet.

I had planned on waiting for Geissele to get the newer MK5’s in-stock but they are such a hot item I decided to just give you a link to a Geissele dealer and AR15NEWS friend, Weapon Oufitters, since they have both the MK4 and MK5 in-stock right now. That way if you like what you see you can pick one up for yourself. I’ve also put some information below for great KeyMod accessories too. 

You can purchase the Geissele SMR MK4 and MK5 rails at www.WeaponOutfitters.com

As always, you can peruse the Geissele.com website as well but with the high demand of these rails they are not all in-stock. 

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On a side note, for those looking for KeyMod light mounts, handstops, sling mounts, etc. you can check out my personal go to which is www.ImpactWeaponsComponents.com. Plus you can save 5% by using our discount code “ar15news” at checkout.