If only the speed and dexterity of camera tripods could extend to rifle stability. Ahh, but there is a saddle-like apparatus that snipers have been working with for years. But the 3 drawbacks of the saddles consist of value (superior ones exceed $300), weight (superior ones hover round 1 pound), and the saddles fully consume the tripod head as a result stopping it from rapid use with other attachments like spotting scopes, cameras, rangefinders, and the like. Enter the Magpul Magpul M-LOK Tripod Adaptor, a tremendous option that solved all 3 troubles in 1 ounce-and-a-half $50 plate that seamlessly integrates the rifle into a steady help platform that is popular across photography, and it follows the enormous quantity of photo-oriented stability selections.
By Doc Montana, contributing author to Survival Cache and SHTFblog
Steady shooting platforms are not uncommon. From sticks and sandbags, to fence posts and pickup truck hoods, common rifles smoothly slide about giving the shooter an optimum position. Then came the well-liked bench rests like the Caldwell Lead Sled. Now I really like my Lead Sled for regular rifle stocks, but the AR15 with its plethora of handguard configurations and accessories, tactical stocks, and in particular the magwell filled with a stick up to a foot lengthy. Additional the stock-to-handguard alignment of an AR platform rifle tends to make it sit really higher in regular rests. But what if you could just snap your AR into a tripod with the ease and safety of a DSLR with significant telephoto lens? Of course you can considering that that is the point of this report. Enter the Magpul M-LOK Tripod Adaptor.
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Bolting onto the underbelly of your handguard, the Magpul M-LOK Tripod Adaptor is barely apparent till it is necessary. In reality it tends to make are affordable superior handhold upgrade though not as effective as Magpul’s personal AFG.
The CNC machined aluminium plate is created to integrate with the well-liked Manfrotto RC2 and Q2 interfaces. The modest footprint of the plate supplies ample strength to the program. With the typical balance point of a standard AR15 someplace about the magwell, the Magpul M-LOK Tripod Adaptor, mounted just forward of the magwell, safely and secures an AR platform rifle up to 10 pounds, in my estimation anyway. And that is primarily based on a high quality tripod with an equally high quality tripod head.
And speaking of tripod heads, a well-liked option for the Magpul M-LOK Tripod Adaptor is a ball head tripod head, in certain 1 of Manfrotto’s heavy duty options. A high quality ball head permits each freedom of movement and adjustable drag providing a fluid (but not actually fluid as with fluid-head video tripod heads) motion.
A single of the incredible elements of working with a Magpul M-LOK Tripod Adaptor and tripod help is the intense diversity of shooting positions, heights, and angles. Essentially, any path a camera on a tripod can point at, an AR15 can as properly.
Based on the certain tripod, from ground level to seven feet plus is achievable, and quite considerably any angle that permits the rifle to stay balance is achievable as properly. A lot of high quality (and I imply high quality) tripods have legs that can extend far beyond the usual 66 degrees or so. And speaking of tripod legs, I completely advise metal or carbon fiber more than something plastic. And of the metal, I recommend round aluminium more than rectangular or channeled aluminium. Of course you can use what ever you like, but it will be a rude awakening when you start out popping off shots only to have your lightweight tripod collapse, twist or bend.
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For these with far more substantial requires, Magpul tends to make options for a well-liked railed tripod mount that not only mates with far more sophisticated tripod heads, but slides back and forth for extra balance preferences. Magpul’s Dovetail Adapter chassis rail for RSS and ARCA tripod head interfaces is the subsequent step for these with higher stability requires. If the future for rifle tripod adapters appears vibrant, Magpul just tends to make it blindingly vibrant.