ERGO Grip Key Mod Products

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I recently met up with a rep for ERGO Grip (Mike Gurule) as a chance encounter and found out that they are here in New Mexico, basically spitting distance from me.

We started talking and he told me that ERGO Grip was heading to the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers Expo to present four of their new products, all of which are centered around the new hotness, Key Mod.

I’ve grown to like the flexibility of the Key Mod system as it really allows you to lighten up your build. You don’t have to live with a full quad rail of picatinny rails anymore. And when you don’t have something filling those Key Mod slots, it is nice to have something lightweight to plug the holes, so to speak, which is where ERGO Grip comes in…

ERGO Grip has two new attachments: Tactical Hand Stop/Barricade Stop and the Mini-Max Forward Grip. They are also bringing two new Key Mod rail covers to market, both a soft and hard cover.

I had a chance to get hands on with the prototypes at BMC Tactical, prior to the show (they had some of the demos that were being taken to the NASGW show). I did not get a chance to run a weapon with them in place. I guess they wanted the demos to look nice for the show… 🙂

ERGO Key Mod Tactical Hand Stop/Barricade Stop

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  • Machined 6061-T6 Aluminum and Hard Anodized
  • Aggressive machined front surface to achieve contact point with barricades and obstacles
  • Light-weight, rugged, and built to last
  • Includes all necessary Key-Mod Hardware
  • MSRP: $49.99 product page

ERGO Key Mod Mini Max Vertical Forward Grip (VFG)

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  • Mounts direct to handguard for a solid feel and clean look
  • Machined from 6061-T6 Aluminum and hard Anodized
  • Low Profile at only 2.5 inches tall and only 2.6 oz.
  • Includes all necessary Key-Mod hardware
  • MSRP: $39.99 product page

Rigid Polymer Key Mod EZ Mount Rail Cover

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  • Heat Resistant Glass Infused Polymer Rated to 450° F.
  • Low Profile with Aggressive Rigid Texture
  • High Strength/Impact Resistant
  • Includes all necessary Key-Mod hardware
  • MSRP: $7.50 (3-pack) product page

Soft Key Mod Hand Cover

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  • Low Profile with aggressive gripping surface
  • Heat resistant material to help protect the shooter’s hands
  • Protects the handguard and is easily trimmed to fit your needs
  • Custom branding available
  • Patent Pending ERGO “Wedge Lock Cover“
  • MSRP: $10.00 (4-pack) product page

I am most excited about the soft rail covers. They had a super grippy and comfortable texture. I look forward to trying out a set and seeing how hot I can run a rifle with them installed.

I’m not a super big fan of forward grips. After having lived with the SureFire monstrosity on my M4 in Iraq I’d be willing to try something lower in profile.

In any case, it is good to see manufacturers like ERGO Grip embracing the accessory systems like Key Mod.



Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • SS Allgemeine

    wow- now this is really innovative stuff!

  • SM

    Maybe I’m not in the target market for this kind of stuff, but how is a little aluminum stopper worth $50?

    • Giolli Joker

      I’ve seen much more outrageous prices for similar items and there’s actually quite a bit of machining and finishing there.
      I wouldn’t call it cheap at all, but if you want a metal hand-stop, I don’t think you can spend much less.

  • C

    Direct to kmod AFG or gtfo

  • ColaBox

    I though the point of smooth handguards was so we didn’t need to put pads on them to deal with the rails. Putting a cover on a smooth handguard is like putting an eraser on your eraser…it already erases.

    • Doc Rader

      ??? I think the main purpose of KeyMod is to have a universal attachment system, and to lighten the system up (a full quad picatinny rail on a 16″ AR is comparatively heavy for a number of attachment points you will rarely use).

      The covers give you something to prevent your grip from slipping (and hopefully protect from heat if you are shooting a lot).

      My opinion of course… 🙂

      • Cymond

        and some KeyMod rails may not be deburred and finishes as well as others. Plus, some people just like a rubbery feel.

  • Jonathan Wright

    isn’t the point of a barricade stop to pressed up against (often forcefully) a barrier in order to give you a stable platform to shoot from? I’m ignorant of the finer points of “keymod” accessories, but what’s to keep the barricade you use from forcing the stop out of the fore end?

  • ERGO Grip sounds interesting! I agree that it’s always nice to have something lightweight to
    keep the holes plugged. I am sure both soft and hard covers will make it big in
    the market when they are launched. I am happy that you got a chance to give the
    prototypes a try before the show at BMC Tactical.