5 Major Benefits of the M-LOK Handguard over the KeyMod Handguard

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M-LOK Handguard System from Magpul is an alternative to the KeyMod system. It has been met with positive reviews from gun enthusiasts and average users alike.

Although M-LOK was developed after the KeyMod; M-LOK has begun to become more popular than its predecessor among gun enthusiasts (and rightfully so).

This article will attempt to provide 5 benefits of M-LOK over KeyMod that M-LOK users should know about!

Continue reading to get a better insight

Benefits Of M-LOK Handguard Over KeyMod Handguard

#1: Weight Savings

M-LOK handguards are constructed using aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel. An M-LOK handguard typically weighs 20% lighter than a KeyMod rail. This allows M-LOK handguards to be more compatible with different AR configurations without making them too heavy or front-heavy due to added attachments such as lights, lasers, and foregrips.

#2: More Secure Attachment Points

Another benefit of M-LOK KeyMod is that it provides users with more attachment options than KeyMod does.

M-LOK handguards are compatible with Magpul’s M-LOK accessories, giving shooters more flexibility when it comes to adding attachments like lights, lasers, grips, sling mounts, and other tactical accessories on their weapons. Most M-LOK accessories can be used on M-LOK handguards without the need for additional adapters.

One M-LOK rail system is able to replace any KeyMod rail system due to M-LOK’s ability to mount directly on top of an M-LOK-shaped mounting slot. M-LOK accessory slots allow for other M-LOK accessories to be attached anywhere along M-LOK rails just like KeyMod attachments can.

#3: More Compatibility Options

M-LOK rails are available in different lengths and attachment styles, making them more compatible with different types of AR platform configurations like carbine-length, rifle-length and mid-length.

M-LOK handguards are also better ergonomically designed than KeyMod, giving M-LOK users the benefit of better — albeit not perfect — comfort when handling their weapons. 

Although M-LOK handguards are slightly heavier than aluminum, M-LOK accessories can still be attached anywhere along M-LOK rails just like KeyMod attachments can. A good example of a versatile option would be the 17 M-LOK handguard.

This enables M-LOK handguards to be more compatible with different AR configurations without making them too heavy or front-heavy due to added attachments such as lights, lasers, and foregrips.  

#4: Better ergonomics

Although M-LOK is lighter than KeyMod; M-LOK is still slightly heavier than aluminum. Aluminum is usually preferred by most shooters because it is lightweight but durable. However, M-LOK offers better ergonomics than KeyMod due to its rounded contours which provide a more comfortable grip although M-LOK is slightly thicker than aluminum.  

M-LOK attachment slots are slightly larger than the KeyMod dimensions (1 inch vs. .78 inches). 

M-LOK accessory slots allow for other M-LOK accessories to be attached anywhere along M-LOK rails just like KeyMod attachments can. 

#5: Cheaper Than KeyMod Handguard Systems

M-LOK handguards are typically cheaper than KeyMod rail systems for 3 reasons :

1) M-LOK accessory slots allow for other M-LOK accessories to be attached anywhere along M-LOK rails just like KeyMod attachments can. 

2) The best thing about M-LOK vs KeyMod is that M-LOK users have greater flexibility in where they attach their M-LOK accessories. 

3) M-LOK is able to mount directly on top of an M-LOK-shaped mounting slot.

If you’re looking to buy some affordable M-LOK handguards, the 15 M-LOK handguard is a great choice to go for! 

Wrapping up,

All in all, the M-LOK handguard is better than KeyMod for those who want versatility, ease of use, and comfortability. We hope this article comes in handy the next time you’re confused when deciding between a KeyMod or M-LOK.

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