Pretty Ninja, huh?
Mostly due to the flood of useless crap, the pendulum has swung the other way and the rifle purists are becoming happy once again. While we may never get back to just iron sites, I am seeing more unrailed weapons than before. I am completely ambivalent to keymod, picatinney, or plain jane. To each their own. But even the rifle purists understand that there are utilities in at least some of the toys available today. In my very humble opinion, every weapon needs a light and I am certainly not alone. Talk to a cop or Marine that has had to clear a room in the dark without night vision and you can quickly see the advantage. Especially for your home weapon, lights prevent angels, as the saying goes. Other than lights, installing a quality trigger on your M4gery is the single best thing you can do to aide accuracy.
What I would like to talk about in this post is the use of the Redimag in conjunction with Magpul's BAD lever to get your weapon back in the fight after you have expended a magazine or need to clear a malfunction. What this will do for you is get your weapon back into the fight quicker than you could otherwise by utilizing economy of movement by eliminating unnecessary sweeping motions from your hands to your gear to bring your weapon back into the fight.
Okay, great but what does that mean? The best way to illustrate this is visually. Please see the videos below:
What it looks like:
How it works (pretty much) with your gear:
It should be noted that neither of these videos do the platform justice, but I think you get the gist. Not to say that the guys that made the videos did a bad job, it is just difficult to explain how these things work if you are not familiar with it. Also, your gear may be different than the other guys. Mine sure is. Just understand that the entire idea is to prevent you from wasting valuable time in motion grabbing that things when you can have everything right there.
The Redimag is a bolted on accessory that attaches around the mag well that enables you to hold another mag on the weapon without the use of a mag coupler. The Gen 1 version of the Redimag (no longer in production) dropped both the mag in the mag well and the mag in the redimag simultaneously. The new version makes you first drop one mag and then drop the other. This is not terrible as in a real world, not getting infinite supplies from Uncle Sugar, you will want to hold on to those mags for future reference. One more thing of note for the determined Tacticool Geardo, the Redimag can hold a Surefire 60 with a regular aluminum or plastic mag sitting in the mag well (and of course vice versa). Potentially 90 rounds on your rifle may seem heavy and overkill. Normally it is. But you may not be doing normal things all the time. Exactly the reason you have the weapon in the first place, right?
The BAD lever is covered in many articles from many different companies. At around the price for a large pizza, it is a pretty good deal to eliminate movement of your non-firing hand touching the paddle for the mag release. You simply sweep your finger up, tap the release and you are ready to rock.
Easy peezy, right? Utilizing the technology available to get you back in a fight, or to determine good guy from bad guy quickly, or aide you in putting rounds where they should go should not be taboo. Adding stuff to the rifle will cause it to get heavier but it is not the end of the world. Making a rifle that is 6 to 7 pounds heavy when loaded into a 7 to 8 pound weapon but gaining those abilities mentioned above is a pretty good trade off. I will close this out with this final very important tip that neither of these things will work if you do not train with them. Especially for the guys that have had one for years, there is a learning curve you will have to overcome in order to actually make this system work faster. Practice, practice, practice. And when you are done practicing, repeat it again.
Check it out. Give it a chance. If you have another whiz bang, holy smokes gotta have it widget, let me know in the comments. Just do me a solid and no "AK or _____ is better than the crappy mutilated M16 I fired for familiarization in Airforce boot camp"posts. I get it, and you are absolutely right. Now lets move on.