If solely the velocity and dexterity of digital camera tripods may lengthen to rifle stability. Ahh, however there’s a saddle-like equipment that snipers have been utilizing for years. However the three drawbacks of the saddles embody worth (good ones exceed $300), weight (good ones hover spherical one pound), and the saddles fully devour the tripod head thus stopping it from fast use with different attachments together with spotting scopes, cameras, rangefinders, and the like. Enter the Magpul Magpul M-LOK Tripod Adaptor, an incredible answer that solved all three issues in a single ounce-and-a-half $50 plate that seamlessly integrates the rifle right into a secure help platform that’s frequent throughout pictures, and it follows the large variety of photo-oriented stability choices.
By Doc Montana, contributing creator to Survival Cache and SHTFblog
Steady taking pictures platforms usually are not uncommon. From sticks and sandbags, to fence posts and pickup truck hoods, normal rifles easily slide round offering the shooter an optimum place. Then got here the favored bench rests just like the Caldwell Lead Sled. Now I really like my Lead Sled for conventional rifle shares, however the AR15 with its plethora of handguard configurations and accessories, tactical shares, and particularly the magwell full of a stick as much as a foot lengthy. Additional the stock-to-handguard alignment of an AR platform rifle tends to make it sit fairly excessive in conventional rests. However what should you may simply snap your AR right into a tripod with the convenience and safety of a DSLR with giant telephoto lens? Clearly you possibly can since that’s the level of this text. 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 obvious till it’s wanted. In reality it makes are cheap good handhold improve though not as environment friendly as Magpul’s own AFG.
The CNC machined aluminium plate is designed to combine with the favored Manfrotto RC2 and Q2 interfaces. The small footprint of the plate gives ample energy to the system. With the typical steadiness level of a typical AR15 someplace across the magwell, the Magpul M-LOK Tripod Adaptor, mounted simply ahead of the magwell, safely and secures an AR platform rifle as much as 10 kilos, in my estimation anyway. And that’s primarily based on a top quality tripod with an equally high quality tripod head.
And talking of tripod heads, a preferred selection for the Magpul M-LOK Tripod Adaptor is a ball head tripod head, in particular one in all Manfrotto’s heavy responsibility decisions. A high quality ball head permits each freedom of motion and adjustable drag giving a fluid (however not actually fluid as with fluid-head video tripod heads) movement.
One of many superb elements of utilizing a Magpul M-LOK Tripod Adaptor and tripod help is the acute variety of taking pictures positions, heights, and angles. Mainly, any route a digital camera on a tripod can level at, an AR15 can as properly.
Relying on the actual tripod, from floor degree to seven ft plus is feasible, and just about any angle that enables the rifle to stay steadiness is feasible as properly. Many high quality (and I imply high quality) tripods have legs that may lengthen far past the standard 66 levels or so. And talking of tripod legs, I absolutely advocate metallic or carbon fiber over something plastic. And of the metallic, I counsel spherical aluminium over rectangular or channeled aluminium. After all you should use no matter you want, however it is going to be a impolite awakening whenever you begin popping off pictures solely to have your light-weight tripod collapse, twist or bend.
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For these with extra in depth wants, Magpul makes options for a preferred railed tripod mount that not solely mates with extra superior tripod heads, however slides forwards and backwards for added steadiness preferences. Magpul’s Dovetail Adapter chassis rail for RSS and ARCA tripod head interfaces is the subsequent step for these with larger stability wants. If the long run for rifle tripod adapters seems shiny, Magpul simply makes it blindingly shiny.