The KeyMod attachment system has become widely popular among rifle enthusiasts as the firearm industry has searched for a new forend design to replace the standard MIL-STD 1913 “Picatinny” quad rail.
Featuring a number of key-shaped slots that serve as modular attachment interfaces instead of one continuous rail, the KeyMod system provides a universal platform that is lighter and more ergonomic than traditional quad rails. The system, which is similar to the attachment interface still used in the modular shelving systems of retail shopping stores, also offers greater flexibility for attaching accessories.
While there are other attachment systems — such as Magpul’s M-Lok and Tech Ops/Rebel Arms’s T-bolt — vying for the title of industry forend standard, KeyMod’s open-source design seems to be the frontrunner. Currently, there are more companies working with KeyMod than with any other new forend concept.
The popularity of the KeyMod system has led not only to an increase in the number of KeyMod rails available, but also to an increase in the number of KeyMod accessories.
Today, a multitude of manufacturers are developing accessories specifically engineered for use with the KeyMod platform. Vertical grips, quick-detachable (QD) sling mounts, Picatinny rail sections and more are all being produced. These KeyMod accessories are a great way to boost functionality on your rifle without adding a lot of extra weight, and they can be easier to mount than attachments designed for a standard Picatinny rail.
Given KeyMod’s continued growth, it’s likely that only more KeyMod-specific accessories will soon become available.
For those already invested in the KeyMod platform or for those considering a new forend, below are eight great KeyMod accessories currently available.
<h2>Vertical Grips</h2>As with quad rails, vertical grips are great accessories for <a href= "http://www.rifleshootermag.com/gear-accessories/mod-squad-keymod-new-industry-forend-standard/" target= "_blank">KeyMod</a> forends, and a number of manufacturers are crafting some innovative designs specifically for KeyMod. For instance, the <a href= "http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/BCMGUNFIGHTER-Vertical-Grip-Short-KeyMod-Black-p/bcm-vg-s-km-black.htm" target= "_blank">Vertical Grip Short (KeyMod Version)</a> from <a href= "http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/" target= "_blank">BCM</a> (pictured here) features a patent-pending tool-less attachment method wherein the user simply twists the grip to unlock and lock it into place on the KeyMod rail. Some other companies offering KeyMod-compatible vertical grips include: <a href= "http://fortismfg.com/index.php?route=common/home" target= "_blank">Fortis Manufacturing</a>, <a href= "http://www.rivermangunworks.com/#!home/c24vq/1996655745/keymod%E2%84%A2-fore-grip" target= "_blank">Riverman Gun Works</a>, <a href= "http://www.unitytactical.com/" target= "_blank">Unity Tactical</a> and <a href= "https://www.samson-mfg.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?" target= "_blank">Samson Manufacturing Corp.</a>