TFB REVIEW: Tyrant Designs HALO MiniVert VFG

I swore off vertical fore grips (VFG) years ago, returning to a more traditional support hand placement. The Costa-esque C-clamp grip never quite worked for me either – if I’m being completely honest, I resisted it at first based on fad-status alone, but turning corners in close quarters situations didn’t work (again, for me) with wrapping the thumb over the top of a rail. However tasked with testing out an AR15 upper with a silencer recessed under a rail, heat management became an issue. Like a messenger from heaven, the Tyrant CNC Halo Minivert VFG dropped into TFB for a quick review.

Here’s my standard disclaimers. I’ve gripped a lot of things in my life, from baby toys to baseball bats, but I don’t consider myself a grip expert. At one point I did practice grip strength exercises and can even crack my knuckles with the best of them, but I am not an encyclopedia in the types and uses of VFG’s. (Take a moment to insert an inappropriate ‘strong grip’ joke here.)


Returning from my long hiatus, I remembered what it was that I liked about VFGs – they add a solid bearing surface to use your support hand to pull everything close and tight to the body for rigidity. So, how did the Halo Minivert VFG do? Let’s find out.

Minivert Initial Inspection:

Tyrant did a wonderful thing with the Halo Minivert – the VFG includes attachment hardware for both the KeyMod and M-LOK systems. If you prefer to live in the past with the now dead language of rail attachment slots, go ahead and use the KeyMod hardware. Do you want to use the current and future champion of the handguard world/universe – bask in the glory of M-LOK. It’s your choice.

Setup and installation is easy. Position the appropriate hardware into the grip and lightly tighten it in place. Once it’s fitted into the correct rail locations, tighten to an estimated five foot pounds of torque. Boom, you’re done.

The Minivert is extremely well made and precisely cut for a great ergonomic feel. Forget the finger groove debates from the Austrian plastic fantastic pistol, the Minivert has one finger groove. So unless you are E.T., the Tyrant design will undoubtedly fit you quite nicely.

I mentioned the Minivert is light, right? Because besides ergonomics, weight should be it’s main selling point. On a rail, it is virtually unnoticeable.

Although it’s not mentioned, the rear section of Tyrant’s VFG has a slot that might be the correct size for threading a sling. I like the idea and will be giving it a shot on my next carbine build. I’ll report back on details as I test it out.

Shooting & Conclusions:

I’ve run the Minivert through about 300-400 rounds without issue. even though I didn’t use any thread locking compound, the hardware showed no signs of loosening. Of course, I used the vastly superior M-LOK system after promptly throwing the KeyMod parts in the closest trashcan. Kidding, kidding – there was a closer trashcan.

Honestly, I couldn’t find one thing bad to say about the Halo Minivert. Except for styling, this VFG will appeal to everyone. It is well made, functional, light and attaches solidly with the correct hardware system.

Cons:

  • Includes strange artifact “KeyMod” hardware that requires discarding (sarc).

Neutral:

  • Styling – I like it, some may not

Pros:

  • Comfort
  • Weight
  • Solid attachment

Tyrant CNC Minivert VFG:

Introducing our AR-15 Vertical Foregrip, the HALO MiniVert Grip! A perfect combination of aesthetics and functionality, our new AR 15 foregrip is best for those who are searching for the added control and stability of a forward assisting vertical grip without the bulkiness and added weight that you get from other vertical grips. Its slight angle offers great ergonomics and allows the shooter to operate with comfort and confidence. The lower lip extension takes ergonomics to the next level, allowing the shooter to either hold the vertical foregrip traditionally or by tucking the pinky behind for a very comfortable grip. The aggressive side knurl on the lower portions of the VFG allow for ample yaw control when manipulating the firearm. Best of all is its overall small dimension will help make your AR-15 rifle more compact, less susceptible to snagging and keep that all important weight down on a lightweight build! Add it to any M-LOK or KeyMod rail using its direct compatibility with both systems. Don’t wait, get your Keymod foregrip and/or MLOK foregrip now!

Features

  • Durable (all aluminum, skeletonized AR vertical grip)
  • Use as Keymod foregrip and MLOK foregrip (direct interchangeable)
  • Comfortable (chamfered edges for a smooth feel)
  • Lip extension for additional grip styles
  • Chamfered holes to allow finger placement inside
  • Machined knurl for supreme grip
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Beadblasted and Type III Hardcoat
  • CNC engraved Logo
  • Install kit included

Dimensions

Length- 2.75″

Width- .800″

Weight- 2.5 oz

Purchase includes

M-Lok and/or Keymod fasteners

2 L-keys

MSRP: ~$55 USD


Minivert



Pete

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  • “I’ve gripped a lot of things in my life…but I don’t consider myself a grip expert.”

    Thank you for being so humble. I’m tired of these internet “grip experts” with one muscular forearm lecturing the rest of us.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Lol. Annnnnd you’re welcome.

  • lolwat

    More hipster junk. Does anyone ever wonder why you never see this being used by police departments or the military?

    • Juggernaut

      That’s your reference point for the worthiness of a firearm accessory? Wow

    • valorius

      LOL and a thumbs up for the hipster comment.

    • BrandonAKsALot

      “Don’t like anything different ever! We should all have the same exact things!” – lolwat

  • Class03180S

    Gaaayyyyyy!

  • valorius

    @Pete: Why did you swear off VFG’s?

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      They can get caught on gear but mostly it was a personal choice. Didn’t like the hand positioning after a while.

      • valorius

        I like either plain jane grip or VFGs. I can’t stand the Costa-clamp.

        • Juggernaut

          You don’t Costa-Clamp, bro?

          • valorius

            Nah bruh. I aint that tacticool. 😉

  • JSIII

    What hand-guard is on that rifle?

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      It’s a Gemtech Integra upper running a Seekins Precision M-LOK rail.

  • Vitsaus

    The edges make it look like a medieval torture device.

    • USMC03Vet

      Yeah this grip doesn’t look comfortable at all.

    • LGonDISQUS

      So my wife wasn’t keeping AR parts in her nightstand….?
      🤔🤔🤔🤔

  • Cymond

    Let’s not kid ourselves, MLOK is better, but there’s still a lot of KeyMod handguards out there. There’s not enough of an advantage to replace a functional KeyMod if you already have one.

    Heck, I bought a KeyMod handguard recently because I liked the mounting system, and there wasn’t a MLOK certain available. IDK what they cloned, but it’s a Chinese handguard that clamps to a barrel nut, and does not require any indexing. That’s important for my build because it’s a 22lr barrel in a polymer upper. The upper can’t take much torque, and the 22lr barrel isn’t compatible with a BEV Block or Reaction Rod.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/352c6aac6d0d4fc290a429471ff13ad4a11bb78e15cec8383a18299fc676b70e.jpg

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      99% humor on my part.

      • QuadGMoto

        What’s the other 1%? Arsenic? Doggie doo? An AntiFa target?

        😜😈😇

        Actually, I had to double-check the author. I thought it might be Patrick.

        • Pete – TFB Writer

          Turmeric

  • USMC03Vet

    That looks about as comfortable as grabbing a hand full of legos.

    • Gary Kirk

      Welp, when you’re rocking your Tommy tactical Oakley gloves..Glock triggers also feel alright..

  • Bill

    “ample yaw control when manipulating the firearm”

    Yaw control? Really? Is it an aircraft part? A suspension component?

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      I had to make sure I didn’t write that 😂

  • Phillip Cooper

    $55 for a piece of plastic and some screws. Ridiculous. I might buy it if it was $10.

  • civilianaf

    The “new” products that come out always amaze me. I see no benefit that would keep me from using a polymer grip.

  • civilianaf

    Agreed, what a pile

  • TJ

    Wow, this is a pretty terrible crowd. One person here has used this and says it’s great, but everyone else hasn’t and they all say it’s crap? You guys want to talk about gun hipsters, how about the lot of you who can’t accept something new? How ignorant is that? Bashing something you don’t know or have ever tried behind the safety of your computer…that’s sad

  • TJ

    TJ

    • TJ

      Okay so I’m in great physical condition, am a decent shot AND like this product. That makes me a hipster? You make uncredited claims against a product you have never used in the comment sectio OF A POSITIVE REVIEW of said product! What does that make you if not a hypocrite?