New- Fortis SWITCH Quick On/Off Rail System

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Fortis Manufacturing has released the first of their new SWITCH rail systems. In a similar vein to DRD Tactical’s quick-rail systems, the SWITCH uses a clamp and proprietary barrel nut to allow the user to quickly don and d’off the rail.

Description courtesy of Rainer Arms, which has the first batch now available for sale. The 14.75″ version is priced at $254 before coupons or shipping. 

Description:

Fortis MFG’s quick detach rail system SWITCH™ features a brand new mechanism that allows a tool-less removal of the rail itself for easy access to the proprietary barrel nut and gas block, and what we believe is most important, is to be able to quickly change rails for a variety of mission or competition specific setups.

These .308 versions weighs in at a mere 8.7oz for the 12” model and 10oz for the 14”. Each model will feature Keymod Slots and QD Attachment Points at the 3, 6 and 9 O’clock position as well as a full length Picatinny Rail on top.

Fortis MFG has done it again with the SWITCH™, a revolutionary design that not only looks great and feels phenomenal in hand, but is incredibly functional and adds minimal weight to the rifle – this is truly an exciting new piece of kit.

Specs:

DPMS High Profile
14.76” long
10 oz. Rail
Rail Body 6061 T6 Alum
Handle 7075 T6 Alum
Mil. Spec. Hard-coat Anodized
4140 heat treaded barrel nut (1-7/16 X 16 T.P.I.)
Clamp torque setting 32 in.-lb.



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Giolli Joker

    At first seeing the “F in the shield” logo I thought Fiocchi had entered the AR accessories market…

  • Abselm

    Has “game-changer” become an ironic term in the gun industry now?

    • Giolli Joker

      No, that applies to “neva been dun befo”.
      🙂

    • I can’t tell you how many Press Releases we have to sift through with the term in them… Oi!

  • John

    In all seriousness…some one please explain why this is important?

    • allannon

      I’m wondering the same thing. I’ve never felt the need to rapidly swap the foreend of my AR.

    • Appalachian American

      To clean exterior of barrel more easily?

    • Shari

      Piston systems. Cleaning. Love it.

      • hurhur

        Even if you have a piston gun (e.g. Adams Arms), you’d still have to take off the muzzle and gas block (not even the .625 lite block will allow the rail to pass) before the rail can come off so regardless how fast and easy the rail is able to come off, there are still those 2 more time-consuming hurdles. The best rail for a piston is a 2 piece.

  • Tierlieb

    Hmmm. Might make sense if you have a barrel switching option – although most of those systems come with their own rail anyway.

    Other than that, I see no point unless they build it to cover the receiver like a S.I.R. – changing a gun’s setup usually depends on switching the scope (red dot, short range scope, long range scope), which this does not help with.

    Also: Imagine having to have several front sights, one for each setup, to match your one rear sight… unless this does pass over a folding gas block front sight, which I doubt.

    I’d say: Either have QD mounted stuff on your rails or switch uppers completely.

  • Andrew

    But…why?

  • noguncontrol

    yes! pretty soon quick change barrels and rails will be the norm for all AR-15s!