If you don’t know, Keymod is a new-ish system for mounting accessories on rifles. Keymod was released in June 2011. After 2 years on the market, many companies are producing handguards with Keymod slots.
So what accessories do we have so far?
Excluding the products made by Impact Weapon Components (IWC), here’s what I found:
- 1 qd sling mount
- 1 flashlight mount
- 2 handstops
- 2 harris bipod adapter
- several sets of panels (to cover the abrasive Keymod slots)
- and LOTS of picatinny rail adapters
Frankly, I just don’t see anything special about the Keymod system. It seems that Keymod is just as dependent on bolt-on Picatinny rails as every other slick/modular rail. Yes, IWC makes several accessories for the Keymod system, but they already made the exact same accessories for other slick rails before Keymod was released.
Overall, Keymod appears to be only a slight improvement over the slick rails that came before it, yet it relies on flat surfaces instead of smooth rounded surfaces, and it looks very uncomfortable in the hands. I just don’t understand why everyone acts like Keymod is a big deal!