What's Included In The Box:
- 1 x NCStar short Keymod rail segment
- 5-slot milspec 1913 picatinny rail
- Gives you the ability to mount standard picatinny rail accessories to your MLOK rail system
About the NcSTAR VISM Keymod Picatinny Rail Segment - Short
This aluminum rail segment allows you to add a picatinny rail compatible tactical accessory to your MLOK forend.
If you are familiar with rail systems and picatinny rails in general, you'll notice a lot of weapons with rail systems tend to be bulky or carry a lot of unnecessary weight over their non-railed counterparts. A new standard for mounting accessories to firearms was devised by VLTOR Weapon Systems and Noveske Rifleworks to allow for a more streamlined feel and appearance while maintaining all functionality. This type of mounting became known as Keymod and was eventually released as open source for any accessory and firearm maker to follow the Keymod standard. The name comes from the key-shaped hole that is synonymous with Keymod mounting platform and the "mod" part meaning modular.
Making Keymod an open-source design propelled it quickly to become a popular style to use for firearms and firearm accessories. Though the picatinny rail is not going anywhere for a long time, Keymod simply gives you more options. Having Keymod specific accessories means you can directly mount them to your forend without the additional bulk associated with picatinny accessories. Accessories include flashlights, lasers, sights, scope mounts, vertical grips, rail panels, hand stops, pressure switches, and even additional picatinny rail segments to allow for attaching of legacy accessories.
The signature Keymod look is marked by the large diameter hole in the handguard with a narrow slot which of course looks like a literal hole for a key or something you'd find on a shelving system. Inside of the rail system the Keymod hole is cut further to allow more positive locking using the proprietary hardware on the accessory side. On the accessory side you have a bolt and distinctly threaded hardware with a chamfer designed to lock into the Keymod hole. It will usually have two bolts to mount to the forend and you would insert the accessory, slide forward into the locking position, and then tighten the screw/bolts. The screw is usually but not always captured onto the nut so there is no way you can lose the small parts. This design also is designed to resist backing out under recoil both forward and backward.
If you desire to make your airsoft gun more streamlined and ditch rails where you don't need it and save some weight, Keymod is probably the way to go. Though you will have to invest in some accessories or adapt your existing accessories to work with Keymod, the benefits are obvious. Many newer guns on the market are starting to come out with Keymod handguards from the factory. Also worth mentioning is M-LOK, a competing mounting system introduced by Magpul industries. Several accessory makers have begun to make accessories that are dual compatible with M-LOK and Keymod simply by swapping some hardware.
If you are a simple player or are not into gadgets and attachments this system is not for you. You do not absolutely need any attachments to play the game of airsoft but the customization aspect and enhancements is what draws many people to modify their airsoft guns.
Alternate Lookup: VMKM3