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Keymod vs M-Lok: Which Will Set the Standard? by Aaron Henderson
 
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Keymod vs M-Lok

In 2012 Vltor introduced an “open source” universal attachment system for accessories called Keymod. The desire was brilliant to create an industry standard for directly mounting handguard accessories in a well engineered system with specifications available free for any manufacturer to use.  Similar to a classic Beta vs VHS video tape battle, at the 2014 NRA annual meeting, Magpul introduced a new “open source” accessory attachment system known as M-Lok. While both systems are well designed and have the same goal, they have different solutions to the modular rail.  I believe both will be around for quite some time since Keymod struck first and has quickly established a well accepted place industry wide. In addition to the powerful Magpul name though, M-Lok does offer several advantages that I feel will push it to the top:

  1. Cheaper/easier to manufacture M-Lok rectangular cut-outs vs Keymod keyholes.
  2. M-Lok is capable of being built into plastic hand-guards.
  3. More adjustability options exist along the slot vs a fixed keyhole.
  4. Aesthetically better looking (opinions vary). 

 


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