I want to start this off by saying I’ve never really enjoyed adding any type of forward grip to my rail. The devices I’ve tried in the past added too much bulk or excess weight to the rail, and I wanted to keep my rifle as lean as possible. I’ve tried the BCM Kinesthetic Angled Grip, Magpul’s Angled Foregrip, and countless broomstick type devices. That’s not to say there is anything wrong with these tools, I just haven’t found one that I enjoyed employing on my personal rifle. That’s when Roger asked for someone to review Vendetta Precision’s VP-24 Hybrid Hand Stop.
I had never heard of Vendetta Precision before this time, and their website did not contain much background on the company. Contacting the company directly I was able to get some details from Evan Yoakum, the company owner. Currently they are just a very small team, composed of himself, his informal partner Josh Woskoski and a part time employee that handles general labor for them. They originally began in Evan’s home shop with manual equipment in 2015, however in 2016 they upgraded to their current facility with two CNC machines, and are looking to expand further this year. Despite their small size, they are producing some phenomenal tools if their hand stop is any indication.
This hand stop is made in the USA and is CNC machined from billet aluminum, after which it is mil-spec hard anodized. It features serrations on both the front and back of the device for extra grip. Personally, I would have preferred slightly more aggressive serrations, but there is a fine line between the right amount of grip, and shredding your hands so I can’t complain too loudly.
Mounting the VP-24 is straight forward, although I am embarrassed to say I was having an off day and it took me far longer than it should have. It works with both Keymod and M-Lok, simply loosen the screws, insert the device into your rail, turn the hardware sideways and tighten down the screws. It helps to put pressure on the hardware so that it doesn’t turn as you tighten the screws. Trying to watch my nine-month old son and accomplish this at the same time was less than ideal, but after a few minutes of quietly cursing I completed my simple task.
The only issue I experienced was that where I initially wanted to mount the VP-24 was directly under my low-pro gas block. The issue was that there was not enough room between my gas block and where the hardware would sit on my rail. I almost removed the rail to mount the stop and then try to remount the rail, but I wasn’t even sure the hardware would clear the block once I tried to reinsert the rail. This turned out to be a non-issue as I experimented further with my light switch and hand-stop, and eventually I came to a much more functional set up, one slot further back than I had intended. Depending on the type of rail you have you also might not even experience any issues with clearance.
I was still skeptical of using a hand stop when this review began, that quickly changed. I’ll be the first to admit that I do not practice nearly enough with my rifle when compared to my pistol, but wanting to fully test this hand stop I found myself pulling the AR out of the safe more often than in the past. I found the front angle of the VP-24 perfectly suited for my grip, giving me plenty of purchase that would have been lost due to the placement of my rifle’s pressure switch. The rear of the device is slightly curved, making a perfect match for the webbing between your thumb and index finger, just as stated on the website. The screws held the device in place securely, no matter how clumsy I was the stop stayed secure. I almost believe that my rail would break before this hand stop would show any sign of looseness.
While price should not exactly be your priority when shopping for quality equipment, the reality is it is always going to be a factor. In the case of the VP-24 Hybrid Hand Stop it’s priced so ridiculously low you might order one for every AR you own. $29 for a CNC machined hand stop of this quality is extremely hard to find. I’ve been searching, and anything of this level of quality that I have found is still at least twice the price that Vendetta Precision sells theirs for. I only own one AR so I’ll just stick with the one I have, but if I ever add to my collection I know exactly where to go for my hand stops.
Cost: 5/5 It’s $29 and it’s Keymod and M-Lok compatible. Some people spend more than that on coffee in a week, and I seriously doubt their coffee is of this quality.
Appearance: 5/5 Not quite as cool looking as a raptor claw, but the similarity is there. It is offered in any color you want, as long as that color is black. VP-24 USA are on one side, and Vendetta’s logo is on the other.
Durability: 5/5 This device can take a lot of abuse, you’d have to be trying to damage it. Some of the finish did wear off from my wedding ring grinding against the device, but I don’t know of any finish that holds up to constant metal on metal contact.
Functionality: 4/5 My only wish is for more aggressive serrations, and that is a very minor issue.
Weight: 5/5 I’d be quite skeptical if someone complained they noticed a difference in the weight of their rifle with one of these mounted. I don’t have a scale that measures low enough to know the true weight, and it is not listed on the site, but it is very lightweight.
Overall Rating: 24/25 I think calling this a deal would be an understatement. If you’re looking for a solid two-finger hand stop look no further.
I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer via Spotter Up so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal, or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.
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