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Magpul Bipod Rail vs. MLOK

Discussion in 'Gear & Accessories' started by Rathmatik, Jul 4, 2019.

  1. Rathmatik

    Rathmatik New Member

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    Howdy,

    I’m looking into getting the Magpul bipod, and trying to decide between the rail version or the MLOK. I have an AR with the MLOK handguard, and could either attach a 3 slot rail (the MLOK adapter) and put the bipod on that, or get the MLOK version and attach directly to the handguard.

    I like the idea of the rail version being more flexible for other guns (I could get a QD to rail adapter for my model 700, for example), but just curious if having the 3 slot rail to MLOK with the rail bipod would be any less sturdy than the MLOK bipod attached directly.

    Any advice or suggestions from anyone with a similar setup would be greatly appreciated!
     


  2. texasnurse

    texasnurse Well-Known

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    Ultimately it depends on how the bipod attaches, IE tightens up. I have a bipod on a BCM Keymod with a picatinny rail adapter, it does protrude more but I can also move the bipod to my other ARs. A dedicated bipod to an mlock cant be moved to a keymod or a picatinny rail.


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  3. Dawico

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    I went through the same thing and got the Picatinny version so I could move it around like you stated.

    But ultimately get bipods for every rifle you want them on.

    PS the Magpul is an okay unit. Personally for M-Lok fore ends I prefer the UTG models if on a budget. They are worth well above their price point.

    Check the "Popular Bipod Review" where I covered both them as well as others.
     
  4. Dawico

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  5. Rathmatik

    Rathmatik New Member

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    Thank you both for the replies. I think I would go with the picatinny version if I went with the Magpul, just seems to have the best re-usability.

    I was also looking at the UTG Recon Flex MLOK bipod (I messaged you about the length), as I do like that it attaches to the side of the handguard. I decided to order this one first, since it's more than half as much as the Magpul, so I'll report back here once I get that and see how it fits/works. I went with the longer version, so I don't have to have it fully extended with a 30 round magazine.
     
  6. Renegade

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    As mentioned, the best solution is to get an MLOK 1913 rail piece to attach to your gun, then get a 1913 bipod to attach to the rail.
     
  7. Rathmatik

    Rathmatik New Member

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    I've ordered the UTG MLOK bipod and just picked up a MLOK-picatinny adapter from my LGS. I'm going to order the Magpul picatinny bipod and see which one I like more. It seems like the Magpul will be the winner, but this UTG bipod has some good reviews and Dawico had some good remarks too.
     
  8. Dawico

    Dawico TGT Addict

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    Let us know what you think.

    In general I think UTG make junk but they hit a home run with that bipod system. For the price the Magpul should have more innovation and better execution. Just my opinion though.
     
  9. Rathmatik

    Rathmatik New Member

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    I ended up returning the UTG bipod, as it was too wide a stance for my preference. My Magpul handguard has the MLOK on the side, but they are slightly angled up (which contributed to the wider stance). I haven't ordered the Magpul bipod yet, but I got the Caldwell Pic Rail XLA Fixed Bipod instead ($30 on Amazon). I tested it out and it worked pretty well, not super great quality but it does the job for range shooting and zeroing a rifle. Caldwell also has a Caldwell Pic Rail Adaptor Plate for sling mounts, which allows me to use the bipod also on my Model 700. Pretty sturdy and fits well.

    I still plan to get the Magpul so I can compare it to the Caldwell and have a better appreciation for the $100 price tag.
     
  10. Dawico

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    The UTG bipods are wide but that is a good thing until you go to put it in a case.

    Never seen a handguard with angled mounting sides but I suppose that would make the setup very wide.
     


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