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

    Editor In Chief- TFB
    LE – Silencers – Science
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