The only issue of 'breakage' that I've ever seen (when using a fairly quality rail) was a guy that insisted on having his suppressor tucked under his handguard. One day he tried shooting it unsuppressed. Needless to say his handguard came up short(er) real quick.I see no reason to spend hundreds to change out my keymod stuff. I’m not easy on my gear and I’ve never had an issue with it or even heard of a real world issue.
From my understanding the manufacturing process is much cheaper, faster, and easier for MLok,
It's a slot cut into an extruded aluminum pipe. Whether the hole is rectangle with rounded corners (MLOK) or a lollipop (keymod) it costs the same to cut them if you use the same manufacturing process for both.
In a mass production setting, most likely a bunch of forends are loaded in a tombstone fixture in a horizontal machining center and you start cutting slots. The shape of the slot doesn't matter.
I am no machinist but I know that on top of that, before many manufacturers ran two different sets of set ups and tooling. One for Mlok and one for Keymod. If Mlok sales are up year over year 1200% and Keymod is down 75% and neither have any indication of stopping their trajectories anytime soon it doesn't take a genius to figure out what a lot of manufacturers will do.It may not be terribly difficult to form these features, but such an undercut would require more machine time than a simple slot.
Who are those poors who don't have at least five axis, tombstone plates, and a tool magazine in their CNC mills?I am no machinist but I know that on top of that, before many manufacturers ran two different sets of set ups and tooling. One for Mlok and one for Keymod. I
Magpul designed Mlok and Mil testing said it was marginally better so all the gear queers had to have the latest and "greatest". I'm no longer a door kicker (mil/LE) so I'm perfectly fine with 1913 or Keymod.Just like VHS and Beta. Mlok won out for whatever reason. Both are good but I prefer Keymod just because I find it easier to attach a component vs. Mlok. I have some of both. Probably will see much more Mlok stuff and likely see Keymod disappear. Just like Beta.