[SHOT 2018] Strike Industries Unveil Quick Detach Handguards

    There were a wide variety of new AR-15 parts and accessories at SHOT this year. One manufacturer who always seems to have something new in AR-15 accessories is Strike Industries (SI). The guys at SI gave TFB a look at some of the new parts and accessories they’re bringing to market this year.

    The first, and perhaps the most talked-about is the quick-detach Gridlock handguard.

    Strike’s prototypes

    The prototype Gridlock handguard from Strike Industries is indeed a quick-detach handguard. Unlike other QD handguards, the Strike QD handguard only requires a standard barrel nut wrench to install.

    While no MSRP or release date is available as of yet, a working prototype, anodized and ready for market typically means that consumers won’t have to wait long for this one.

    SI also released the Hayl Rail, an MLOK handguard for the Benelli M4 shotgun. This allows the shooter to mount angled foregrips, flashlights, and other accessories with ease. MSRP is $124.99.

    Strike Industries Hayl Rail for the Benelli M4 Shotgun

    Strike Industries Hayl Rail for the Benelli M4 Shotgun


    Also coming soon to market is Strike Industries’ 2-position, adjustable PDW pistol stabilizer brace! The spring-loaded design will require the use of Strike’s pistol stabilizer buffer tube.

    The Strike Industries Pit Viper buttstock (pictured below) will be adjustable in 3 positions and will require the use of their proprietary Advanced Receiver Extension.

    This is Strike’s Pit Viper stock which is 3 position adjustable and will only work with their Advanced Receiver Extension.

    The design team at Strike Industries will also bring an ambidextrous mag release (again, this is JUST the prototype) and a QD “Opressor” brake (similar to the Ferfranz CQB) to work with most of the Strike Industries brakes. SI is even developing a latchless charging handle.

    The Strike rep wasn’t able to offer MSRP or even a release date on any of the prototyped items as of yet.

    Rachel Y

    Rachel Young is a 4x Best Selling Author. She and her husband John co-own an FFL/SOT showroom and machine shop in Tennessee, specializing in ARs, AR parts, and AR accessories.