Strike Industries SARS Weapon Retention System

Strike Industries has released a sneak peak of a product on the companies social media page, detailing the unveiling of the companies latest product, a picatinny mounted weapon retention system. Essentially the system mounts to the picatinny rail of a carbine, rifle, or ever submachine gun, and is ‘fed’ into a sort of “V”-shaped wedge. Here it can be locked into position so it doesn’t come out, or it can be left to rest at the bottom of the “V”, without being locked but also very accessible. For now the system is MOLLE compatible, but I’m sure if it is met with success, it could be expanded to other mounting systems, such as on a belt, or even an interior vehicle mounting surface somehow. Strike didn’t have the product on hand during SHOT, as I assume the company probably didn’t have production versions ready to go yet and thus didn’t want to show a product that they weren’t going to fully introduce yet.

This is the video posted on their Facebook page-

The flexibility of the mount comes from the ball head that slides into the “V” wedge, but this can also be adjusted and locked down for tension. This particular system overall isn’t anything new, and has been in use within the photography industry for some years now, except that photographers have been using it on a belt.The photo below comes from a simple Google image search of such mounting devices. But on that note, there have been a number of innovations that have stemmed directly from the photography industry and have crossed over into small arms. Such as this retention idea, but also in the way of shooting tripods, and precision rifle handguard adaptors, like the products that Really Right Stuff puts out.

The concept also bears a striking resemblance to Bad Company Tactical’s R2S retention system. Unlike the ball mount, the company uses a reversed wedge inserted into an opening that can be mounted on a MOLLE section or a a belt as well. Also unlike the camera system, it uses a thumb actuated lever to release the firearm/tool from the bracket.



Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv


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  • Jason

    Good! Now I can mount my rifle and camera at the same time!

    • Iggy

      Ah yes, the “Do I shoot it or do I shoot it?” dilemma.

  • MeaCulpa

    That is one unfortunate name (acronym?).

  • David L. Willis

    funny how this concept has been used on every commercial walkie talkie ever made and most after market cell phone stores carry a version of this too…but it’s groundbreaking when they make it for firearms and charge out the wazoo for it..lol

    • Joshua

      neva’ been done befo’

  • Beardedrambler

    Make it keyed and walk mountable and it but one just to keep a weapon locked but easily accessible.

  • guest

    Will the SARS work with the STD rifle?

    • noob

      It’ll leave you breathless

    • DW

      Does one really need shooting aids such as these?

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  • shooter2009

    Fer cryin’ out loud…another writer who doesn’t know the difference between “peak” and “peek.”

    Come on, people…sheesh.

    • Beju

      How dare you criticize Miles “fox suppressor” V.

  • Sooooo… Am I actually the only one who ever used a busted hammer-holder as a hook to hold a QD sling mount at the back of an AR handguard?

    • Chris Lubowski

      No, but we used bungies in the Corps. It wasn’t fast catching or uncatching the weapon, and usually required two hands, but it retained the weapon!

  • Chris Lubowski

    While the SARS has quite the unfortunate name, and the idea is nothing new, the concept is sound, and I do like their mounting interface. You guys don’t say “well Knights Armament and Daniel Defense already make handguards, and they’re good enough for the military, so why should anyone else make one?” Variety is the spice of life, and this whole industry only moves along once a great idea has been beaten to death and resurrected and beaten some more by so many companies that it becomes the old thing. I for one think it’s refreshing to see an attempt to do this differently and in a manner that seems pretty user friendly.