[Big 3 East] VZ Weapons Solutions New MLOK Panels And AR15 Grip

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VZ Grips are well known for their pistol grips and knife scales. They are made of laminated G10. For those not familiar with G10 here is a detailed explanation from knifeart.com.

G-10 is the designation for a glass-based epoxy resin laminate. What that means is that you take a glass-based cloth (fiberglass, in other words), soak it in an epoxy resin, and then using heat and pressure compress it into the shape you want. This process is the same for micarta and carbon fiber handles, but the difference is that G-10 uses glass fibers while the other two do not.

A material made by inserting woven glass fiber impregnated with epoxy resin binder through a laminate, G-10 is widely used in electronics and printed circuit boards because it is not electrically conductive. It doesn’t shrink and holds forms very well ensuring dimensional stability. It does not absorb water.

The name G-10 is sometimes incorrectly used interchangeably with Micarta. Actually, they are related but not identical materials. G-10 is the grandchild of the material called Micarta, now a trademark for a variety of industrial laminates. Micarta was invented by George Westinghouse around 1910. Westinghouse saturated fabric in phenolic formaldehyde resins, laid the saturated fabric in layers then cured the laminates under pressure.

G-10 is used in handgun grips, structural supports, mechanical insulation, gears, washers, spacers and precision machined parts for electro-mechanical assemblies as well as high quality knife handles.

Basically, G-10 is Micarta made with fiber glass instead of conventional cloth. Layers of fiberglass or fabric are saturated with epoxy and laid on-top of one another to the desired thickness and dried under pressure. These cured and dried form blocks of G-10 then can be formed into handle shape, mounted into the steel sides of the knife, textured or sanded and polished. Micarta can be made using fabrics including parachute cord, denim or even paper.

Features:

Many knife owners attest to the strength of G-10 made with fiberglass.

That’s important to note, because glass fibers are what make the G-10 so tough. G-10 is impervious to water and wetness, which means there’s never any worry about the damp getting to it. The laminated material is extremely durable, but at the same time it can be easily shaped and ground. The size of the handle is easily changed by adding or subtracting layers of fiberglass, and G-10 comes in a huge variety of colors. This means that manufacturers can provide customers with a huge choice in every aspect of their handles, from the grip pattern and color to the size and shape without having to spend a lot of extra time and money to make those different choices available.

Strength: Fiberglass is already extremely strong and durable, but weaving it makes it stronger. Now, the woven mesh is covered in an epoxy resin, which cures into a hard, plastic-like material.

Customization: The fiberglass can be virtually any color as can the epoxy resin. The mesh can also be woven different ways, allowing for some creative textures.

Low Maintenance: So not only can you be extremely creative with the knife’s handle, you can be sure it will last a very long time. Epoxy doesn’t rust or oxidize, doesn’t become brittle, and doesn’t soften over time. This means that it needs virtually no maintenance, unlike a more traditional bone, wood, or horn handle. It also won’t chip like mother of pearl can.

Many say that G-10 is the ideal material for making knife handles because it is light, easily workable, does not expand or contract due to normal temperature and moisture exposure, and extremely rugged.

 

At last year’s SHOT Show 2016, VZ Weapon Solutions released their Key Mod Grip panels. Click here to see the article. At This recent Big 3 East they announced their new MLOK line of VZ Grips as well as their new AR15 pistol grip.

Here are close ups of the VZ Grips but these are Keymod. They will look the same but be made for MLOK slots.

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The AR grip is made from a solid piece of G10. It weighs the same as an A2 plastic pistol grip. It will be available soon for $95.

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Below are the offerings in 4 different colors and 5 different grip textures.ar15_grips-operator2-2 ar15_grips-recon_1 ar15grips-alien ar15grips-diamondslant- ar15grips-frag



Nicholas C

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  • Harry’s Holsters

    These look cool but out of place with the current stock options. I think they might look good with wood though.

    • Anonymoose

      What about an A1 stock in the same color pattern?

      • Harry’s Holsters

        But what method to apply the pattern? Hydro dipping has some durability issues and I don’t know how well Cerakote would work and a job like that would cost big money.

        • Bursar

          Would a G10 stock work or would it not have have strength in compression? Because if you could get a G10 stock you could get it int he same pattern as the grip.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            I have no idea about the strength but if a pistol grip costs $90 the stock would be $500+. I’m sure they could sell a few but I don’t know if they could pay back the costs of writing the CAM routes.

  • lolwat

    $95 for an AR grip.

    • Anonymoose

      Hogue has those G-10 A2-style grips for over $100, and genuine HK416 grips are up there too (at least $80 iirc).

  • Harry’s Holsters

    What is the stock in the picture?

    • PK

      Falkor Defense’s Optimus PDW stock, apparently.

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    Its a beautiful thing, but I dont know if I can justify $95 when I can get a MOE for $20 or a standard M4 included with a LPK.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      This is for that one rifle that gets the IR laser, 1-8 optics and all the other cool toys! haha

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        I need to get me one of those…

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        Nailed it.

    • PK

      Different customer base entirely, I would expect.

  • Bill

    WHERE DID THAT BUFFER TUBE COME FROM????????

    I’ve added VZ stocks to most of my 1911s, I’ll probably need to do these, when I have disposable income.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      That buffer or PDW stock looks awesome with these grips. I feel like these grips will cheapen the look of the current stock options.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      I think Falkor Defense makes it.

      • PK

        That’s their logo, but I don’t see that particular stock on their website… it seems to be called the Optimus PDW stock, and is apparently made over in Kalispell. I may have to swing by and see if they have any for sale.

      • El Duderino

        Falkor Defense? That’s easy, just forget about Fantasia.

  • Frank

    To anyone scoffing at the price difference, G10’s grip texture is second to none. It’s also a fairly difficult thing to machine. $95 really isn’t bad compared to the hogue G10 grips either.

    • PK

      Tearing and chatter marks are annoying enough, but it’s fairly abrasive. It’s not exactly easy to machine, but it’s also not like trying to cut 718 Inconel.

      You’re absolutely right about the grip, though! It outdoes polymer by a lot, while not being as fragile as walnut or other hardwoods that checker nicely.

  • Klaus Von Schmitto

    I’m not one for crazy expensive furniture but, having worked with composites extensively, I’m in on this one. Plus, I like the way it looks.

  • Darrell

    All fancy names for various phenolics.

  • RetroG

    Easily shaped and ground?!?

  • DanGoodShot

    Can’t Justify spending $95 for a grip when I can spend 1/3rd the cost and get something that still looks good but has a lot more utility to it. Being pretty isn’t worth the coin.

  • DanGoodShot

    I do like the stock. What is it? Anyone?

  • Kelevra

    Christ, that Keyboard is disgusting.