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 operating with for years. But the three drawbacks of the saddles consist of worth (superior ones exceed $300), weight (superior ones hover round 1 pound), and the saddles completely consume the tripod head as a outcome stopping it from speedy use with other attachments like spotting scopes, cameras, rangefinders, and the like. Enter the Magpul Magpul M-LOK Tripod Adaptor, a tremendous alternative that solved all three troubles in 1 ounce-and-a-half $50 plate that seamlessly integrates the rifle into a steady enable platform that is well-liked across photography, and it follows the huge 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, widespread rifles smoothly slide about providing the shooter an optimum position. Then came the effectively-liked bench rests like the Caldwell Lead Sled. Now I actually like my Lead Sled for normal rifle stocks, but the AR15 with its plethora of handguard configurations and accessories, tactical stocks, and in distinct the magwell filled with a stick up to a foot lengthy. Further the stock-to-handguard alignment of an AR platform rifle tends to make it sit actually greater in normal rests. But what if you could just snap your AR into a tripod with the ease and security of a DSLR with substantial telephoto lens? Of course you can taking into consideration 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 essential. In reality it tends to make are reasonably priced superior handhold upgrade although not as efficient as Magpul’s individual AFG.
The CNC machined aluminium plate is made to integrate with the effectively-liked Manfrotto RC2 and Q2 interfaces. The modest footprint of the plate supplies ample strength to the plan. With the common balance point of a common 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 mainly primarily based on a higher high quality tripod with an equally higher high quality tripod head.
And speaking of tripod heads, a effectively-liked alternative for the Magpul M-LOK Tripod Adaptor is a ball head tripod head, in particular 1 of Manfrotto’s heavy duty selections. A higher high quality ball head permits every freedom of movement and adjustable drag delivering a fluid (but not basically fluid as with fluid-head video tripod heads) motion.
A single of the amazing components of operating with a Magpul M-LOK Tripod Adaptor and tripod enable is the intense diversity of shooting positions, heights, and angles. Basically, any path a camera on a tripod can point at, an AR15 can as appropriately.
Primarily based on the particular tripod, from ground level to seven feet plus is achievable, and really significantly any angle that permits the rifle to keep balance is achievable as appropriately. A lot of higher high quality (and I imply higher high quality) tripods have legs that can extend far beyond the usual 66 degrees or so. And speaking of tripod legs, I entirely advise metal or carbon fiber far more than some thing plastic. And of the metal, I advocate round aluminium far 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 off out popping off shots only to have your lightweight tripod collapse, twist or bend.
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For these with far far more substantial calls for, Magpul tends to make selections for a effectively-liked railed tripod mount that not only mates with far far more sophisticated tripod heads, but slides back and forth for added balance preferences. Magpul’s Dovetail Adapter chassis rail for RSS and ARCA tripod head interfaces is the subsequent step for these with greater stability calls for. If the future for rifle tripod adapters seems vibrant, Magpul just tends to make it blindingly vibrant.