SHOT Show 2011: BLACKHAWK! adds to its line of AR-15 Picatinny rail covers
With the advent of all manner of accessories designed to dangle off the rails of an AR-15, this ubiquitous law enforcement long gun has in recent years become known as “the grown man’s Barbie Doll.” Deservedly so, in many cases, because outside of adding a high-quality optic, a good tactical light, and a forend grip, there’s little use for some of the things we see hitting the market.
While a lot of AR accessories do nothing more than add unnecessary weight to the system, there definitely are some very useful accessories to consider having.
As John Farnam so accurately puts it in this PoliceOne tactical tip, “Top, side, and bottom Picatinny forend-rails provide a genuinely secure platform for mounting optics, weaponlights, and lasers, the three most applicative accessories for serious rifles.”
I’d add a forend grip to John’s list, but his point here is well-taken. If you’ve got the rifle set up with the minimum of “stuff” hanging off the front end of it, you probably also have a good lot of exposed Picatinny rail, which can not only scuff your hands, but can cause your rifle to catch on your clothing at the worst possible moment in time.
Solution: rail covers. BLACKHAWK! has announced a handful of quality rail covers that deserve a couple moments of our attention. The company sent out a press release that shows two different solutions (there are several sizes of each, but we’re looking at just these five), each addressing a slightly different set of needs. Here’s some of what that press document had to say:
As mentioned above, I happen to like the addition of a good forend grip for added weapon control, so I’d be remiss if I failed to mention that included in its SHOT Show press release, BLACKHAWK! also announced new rail-mount vertical grip. According to the company document, it is molded of “high-performance fiberglass-reinforced polymer,” and comes with two different caps to you can customize the length of the grip. It also has a storage compartment for tools, batteries, or spare parts, but I’m not a fan of having stuff rattle around in a compartment at the front of the system.
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