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MDT Adjustable Vertical Grip, First Looks

I was not going to, but with a few pokes and prods, I had
one sent to me. Right off the bat, a vertical grip is strange
in my hand, and feels, just plain weird. My personal best is
a grip in between the vertical and the familiar angle of the AR
pistol grips.  I decided to see if I can get this grip working for
me.....The grip itself is a 3 piece design. You have the Spine
that bolts to the chassis as a normal grip would, then two halves
that bolt to that, with elongated slots, 3 on each half. It's these
slots that let you change the grip angle to your fit.....The grip
itself is quite beefy.....Initial installation is pretty straight
forward. I did have to clean out some mold flash to get the
lower screws in place.....With it all bolted up and vertical, I ran
into my first snag trying to adjust the angle. Not MDT's fault but,
the one inch stock extender from Black Rifle works needs trimmed.
It blocks the contour of the MDT stock where it needs to pivot.
Second snag is the trigger finger side of the grip. For me, there
is too much of a hump that your finger rests on. I would prefer no
input in that area. Both are relatively easy fixes though.

I won't come out and say, they hit a home run, but will say, they
made it to third with a good lead off.....$ 58.99 freight included
as direct from MDT.
Keeping my bad Kharma intact since 1952

 

Re: MDT Adjustable Vertical Grip, First Looks

Reply #1
Not getting anywhere near the results I was expecting, and
very little angle change, if any. I suppose this unit was just
designed to slide back and forth to adjust to finger length
and comfort......Since I can't leave well enough alone.......

Yesterday I looked at what I could do, and ran into my first
problem. The grip halves are molded in egg crate fashion.
The areas I need to cut away, would break through into those
voids. Best fix I could come up with is filling the back side with
epoxy resin, and adding a little flat black PC powder. I let it
cure over night and started whittling away. I hogged out the
back so it would pivot fully into the stock, then ground away
at the trigger side to clear my finger. So far so good. I do have
the angle in between straight, and stock AR. Finger is free and
clear and not touching. I just need to add clearance just a little
more where the palm of the hand touches under the trigger
guard.
Keeping my bad Kharma intact since 1952

Re: MDT Adjustable Vertical Grip, First Looks

Reply #2
fuj I think I will just stick to the ergo tactical big grip... i'll give you props for the effort though.. I wonder if mpa's vertical grip is made of hard plastic or a rubber feel like the ergo grip is... im not a fan of a hard plastic grip...
Grant

Re: MDT Adjustable Vertical Grip, First Looks

Reply #3
fuj I think I will just stick to the ergo tactical big grip... i'll give you props for the effort though.. I wonder if mpa's vertical grip is made of hard plastic or a rubber feel like the ergo grip is... im not a fan of a hard plastic grip...
Hard plastic with grip tape for a stippled texture.
RIP Chris Cornell

Re: MDT Adjustable Vertical Grip, First Looks

Reply #4
I finished up the grind and smoothing, and it's a good custom
fit to me. For serious bench work, I'll give it a try. It just feels
good at this point, "But"......I do believe I will be putting the
Ergo tactical back on for the match's. The Ergo does have one
of the better gripping surfaces, I have handled.
Keeping my bad Kharma intact since 1952