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.