Pros and Cons: M-LOK vs. KeyMod vs. Picatinny Rail
The handguards used on Bob's Tavor are the TAVOR XL Keymod Handguard from Midwest Industries. The model used on Mark's AR-15 is the SSM M-LOK Series One Piece Free Float Handguard. Super Slim Free Float Handguard. The model used on Eli's rifle is the 12" ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT THIN M-LOK SYSTEM FREE FLOATING HANDGUARD WITH MONOLITHIC TOP RAIL from GunTec USA. M-LOK is a modular locking accessory mounting system that is a direct attachment method for hard mounting accessories to a negative space mounting point. Designed by Magpul Industries as an evolution of the MOE slot system used since 2007, the M-LOK system is being released as a free licensed platform to allow greater compatibility of accessories between all manufacturers. KeyMod is a universal interface system for firearm accessory components designed to be superior to the MIL-STD-1913 accessory rails. The concept was first created by VLTOR Weapon Systems of Tucson, Arizona, and released through Noveske Rifleworks of Grants Pass, Oregon, before being published in the public domain for adoption by the entire firearms accessory industry. The Picatinny rail also known as a MIL-STD-1913 rail, Standardization Agreement 2324 rail, or tactical rail, is a bracket on some firearms that provides a standard mounting platform for accessories and attachments, similar to the Weaver rail mount.