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    Keymod vs. M-lok

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    What's the given thickness though? I know that Mlok uses 10-32 bolts.....KM use 8-32. I'd bet the KM handguard material is thinner and therefore, lighter. You have to pay to play.....the thinner something is, the lighter it will be, but it won't be as robust.
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    Personally, I find M-Lok more aesthetically pleasing than KeyMod. My thing is that I don't want to put a pic rail on after I just got rid of them. I want attachments to be either KeyMod or M-Lok, not pic that requires me to add an "Adapter" to get it to work. Anything short of that is just crap. There has been a continuing trend in free-float hand guards toward less and less material, so they likely won't support anything well, regardless of means of attachment. Especially something like a vert. grip, not that I like vert grips anyway.

    Once I get an MDR, I'll re-evaluate all of my opinions. Both of my XCRs (L & M) are quads, so I don't sweat it too much. XCRs are tanks, so I get something in return for the extra weight... a rock solid robust platform.
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    You know what Key Mod reminds me of? Take a close look. It's probably where the idea came from. And probably why our minds don't associate it with firearms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mechanic View Post
    Personally, I find M-Lok more aesthetically pleasing than KeyMod. My thing is that I don't want to put a pic rail on after I just got rid of them. I want attachments to be either KeyMod or M-Lok, not pic that requires me to add an "Adapter" to get it to work. Anything short of that is just crap. There has been a continuing trend in free-float hand guards toward less and less material, so they likely won't support anything well, regardless of means of attachment. Especially something like a vert. grip, not that I like vert grips anyway.

    Once I get an MDR, I'll re-evaluate all of my opinions. Both of my XCRs (L & M) are quads, so I don't sweat it too much. XCRs are tanks, so I get something in return for the extra weight... a rock solid robust platform.
    Definitely a personal preference. All the guys in my area at my work prefer the KM to the MLok in terms of looks (small sample size as there's only 5 of us).
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    Quote Originally Posted by fmunk View Post
    You know what Key Mod reminds me of? Take a close look. It's probably where the idea came from. And probably why our minds don't associate it with firearms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean K. View Post
    Definitely a personal preference. All the guys in my area at my work prefer the KM to the MLok in terms of looks (small sample size as there's only 5 of us).
    Same here! Most of my buddies like the looks of Keymod. It just looks cleaner to me. But, Blondes, Brunettes or Redheads!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjorin View Post
    Same here! Most of my buddies like the looks of Keymod. It just looks cleaner to me. But, Blondes, Brunettes or Redheads!
    So...No, YES, YES, and yes!
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    A key hole looks cleaner than a simple uniform slot? Huh, that's a new one.
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    Details On The USSOCOM Sponsored KeyMod vs M-LOK Test Conducted at NSWC-Crane - Soldier Systems Daily

    Here's another article on the debate from Crane. I thought the testing methods were just as fascinating as the results but with new gear like the CSASS spec'd for m-lok it would appear it'll be replacing picatinny rails in the near future.

    Im old school and just use the pic rails but I did just pick up an mlok rail for an MP5 clone. I'm at the "six of one, half dozen of the other" point of opinions at the moment though. It'd seem to me it'll stack tolerances faster, especially if you add/remove accessories frequently but then again I'm not an engineer.
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