The Recoil Rail

The folks over at Arklatex Tactical came up with this nifty accessory called the Recoil Rail. According to them it helps dampen felt recoil allowing for faster target reacquisition after firing. It’s made out of CNC machined billet aluminum and weights in at 7.6 oz. Arklatex Tactical claims the Recoil Rail has a smooth and almost frictionless movement that lasts for thousands of rounds. It also features a built-in adjustment screw to adjust the spring tensioner for various calibers, they also have one rated for .50 cal on the way soon. The Recoil Rail retails for $269.95 at Check it out in action below.

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  • klyph

    So the reason that the slidefire stock was legal over previous spring loaded trigger mounted devices is because it had no spring. This effectively sidesteps the arbitrary atf decision. While I give them high marks for audacity, this is merely a ridiculous solution to nonsense restrictions unconstitutionally enforced upon the citizenry.

    • FALster

      This type of work around reminds me of how one of my night-life style friends describes how he counters crazy people on the streets that are intent on, “making an us,” by, “out-crazy-ing,” them back. But yes, agree wholeheartedly.

      • Blissified

        Fucking speak english “Making an us” doesnt make sence u retard

        • anon

          Says the guy committing syntax genocide.

          • AT777T

            Skitt’s Law: “Any post correcting an error in another post will
            contain at least one error itself.”

        • Not all of our readers use English as a first language. There’s no need to use that word to get your point across.

        • David Sharpe

          *Doesn’t, sense, you.

          And…a period after retard.

          So, to use your words…

          “Fucking speak english, you retard.”

          • Blissified

            Except this is message comment, not a sentence spelling type of article. Only requiring proper use of getting the point across is viable enough. Plus i am sorry if it was a non english speaker. I was in the wrong on that part and in a bad mood sorrry.

        • dragon5126

          sence ? try SENSE YOU retard

    • wetcorps

      The US might be the only country where companies try to sidestep regulations. Anywhere else the laws are worse but there isn’t a big enough market for this kind of things to be profitable. So you guys definitely have it better than us, though no stupid laws at all would indeed be better ^^

      Politics aside, the MAC 10 attached to twice its weight of accessories made me lol 😀

    • gunslinger

      but wouldn’t this constitute “manufacturing” a FullAuto weapon? while each product individually does not constitute FA, by putting them together it would? because, correct me if i’m wrong, but this device has a spring/buffer that returns the gun to a “forward” position? in that case, your first trigger pull fires a bullet, then by not moving your forward arm forward to pull the trigger against your finger, but let the spring do it, it is full auto?

      • Cymond

        Agreed. I would NOT use this with a bumpfire stock! Using spring tension to pull the firearm forward is getting too close to the Akins Accelerator.

        • GuruofGuns

          Exactly. Before I watched the video I thought to myself, this would make it much easier to operate a bumpfire stock. It is basically an add on Atkins Accelerator. I think I read that the ATFE approved the Bumpfire because it didn’t use a spring which is what got the Atkins banned. It would have been much smarter to have not shown it in use with the Bumpfire stock and let folks figure it out themselves. I wouldn’t want to be the test case for this thing when used as an aide for a Bumpfire stock.

    • David Sharpe

      But this device has nothing to do with the functioning of the bumpfire stock, so would it really count as a “mechanical device enabling full auto”?

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Interesting concept, and excellent video presentation. The Recoil Rail also appears to be well thought-out and well-made from quality materials.


      at least TRY not to be so obvious

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        I was definitely not being “obvious”, to use your terminology. I don’t subscribe to anyone’s advertising, period. All I was doing was expressing an honest opinion at the time based on the available materials ; if I did not look into the device carefully enough, as some of you appear to have, then I will be the first to admit that it is my oversight, with due apologies to all concerned. However, that does not give anyone the right to judge me as being “obvious” without first finding out the facts.

  • Dave

    Notice on the bench the bipod stake are set in the grooves between the boards when they show off how little the weapon moves with the recoil thing. What a sham

    • MrMaigo

      Well, it won’t work with out a sold mount.

      I don’t get why they’re selling it as ‘tactical’ when its better suited for the ‘varmint shooting’ crowd.

      • dragon5126

        Varmint shooters don’t do as many multiple shots

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      Hi, Dave :

      Interesting observation on your part. It prompted me to take a closer look at the part of the video associated with this, and I came up with the following :

      1. The bipod in question in both scenarios appears to be the same individual bipod ( or at least the same exact model / type ), so it is probable that no traction spikes on the undersides of the bipod feet were involved in the latter scenario ( involving demonstrated use of the Recoil Rail ).

      2. However, I did notice that the height of the bipod was lower in the second scenario ( involving the Recoil Rail ) than it was in the first scenario ( without the Recoil Rail ). Whether this was because the firer had made adjustments to simply maintain the same overall height above the bench while allowing for the added vertical dimension of the Recoil Rail, or whether a different yet outwardly similar bipod was used, remains a matter for conjecture and confirmation.

      Frankly, while I am perfectly willing to acknowledge that I might be amiss in my conclusions, I don’t think there was any overt “sham” involved in this presentation video, at least as far as the presence ( or non-presence ) of traction spikes is concerned.

  • This looks very similar to the Cadex design, which is at least 2 years old:

    Except of course, designed to protect optics on heavy machine-guns.

    • Julio

      That’s pretty much what I thought when I first saw this item (“Cadex… but uglier”), so I was surprised to see that this recoil rail was intended for use with bipods and grips. I’ve no real interest in bump-fire systems myself -though I’m happy to see others use them- but it would be interesting to see how this might shorten recovery times or improve the shooter’s ability to spot fall of shot with larger calibre precision rifles. Out of curiosity, though, how come Cadex can make theirs so much shallower?

      • Probably has something to do with their “patented buffer system.”

  • st4

    Rube Goldberg comes to mind.

  • michaeljball

    Could it be any more obvious?

  • Adam

    Wow… That was a great apples to cardboard comparison. I wasn’t able to keep up while playing the “Spot the discrepancies” game for each comparison.

    Watching him shoot without his device on the rifle is like watching people try and use a blanket during a snuggie advertisement… Hardly accurate for functional adults.

  • Nathaniel

    This same idea has been in use for almost a century in machine gun tripods.

    • gunsandrockets

      I believe that is why military bipods for machineguns are floppy instead of stiff like hunting rifle bipods. That floppiness permits some movement of the machinegun while keeping the bipod feet planted in the same location instead of bouncing around.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      As in the standard tripod for the MAG58 7.62mm GPMG, only one of numerous such examples. Good point, and thanks!

  • highdiver_2000

    How does this affect the accuracy of the shot? The current one not the follow up.