Gear Review: Mid-Evil Industries 360° RFG (Rotating Fore Grip)

Mid-Evil Industries RFG (photo courtesy of JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

People have been trying to figure out a better way to get a grip on the end of long guns for a long time. Debates on how to hold the modern semi-automatic rifle have been raging for decades, and many different devices designed to get your support paw in the optimal position have hit the market. Mid-Evil Industry’s novel solution is the adjustable 360° RFG (Rotating Fore Grip).

The concept is simple enough that I’m surprised I haven’t seen it before. A rotating ball is held in place by an internal ring. The grip itself is two separate segments, and when you screw in the lower segment it puts pressure on the ring to hold the ball joint in place in any position. It’s an elegant little piece of engineering, and it works great.

Mid-Evil Industries RFG parts (photo courtesy of JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

The ball joint allows you to set the grip at almost any angle. You could leave it straight down and vertical, or rotate it 90 degrees. Because it’s a ball, and not just a slot, you can rotate it in a wide cone around the bottom or side of handguard.

This allows the fore grip to be positioned for a much more natural angle for the support hand to grab. The end result is more comfort and less fatigue, especially in heavy or heavy recoiling rifles.

Mid-Evil Industries RFG apart (photo courtesy of JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

With a rotating head, my first concern was that it would come loose during recoil. I’ve now had the item for a few months, and I’ve tried it on several different rifle platforms. It seemed very steady when I held it near the top, or had a good hold on entire grip. But what about a poor position, where I was only able to just grab the bottom, or just using it as a thumb stop or hand stop?

Regardless of hand position, caliber, or type of weapon, the 360° RFG stayed put.

Mid-Evil Industries vertcal (photo courtesy of JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

I regularly used my forward grip on my service M4 as a barrier stop or an impromptu mono-pod. Of course, those were solid, non-adjustable styles, unlike the Rotating Fore Grip. Since the RFG can move, I was interested to see if it would change position under recoil if used as a barrier stop.

It does, but not a lot. When I set the RFG behind a table or tree branch and leaned into it while it was in the full vertical position, it pushes back just a bit, but probably no more than 10 degrees. If I really leaned on it with all my weight, I could get it to move more, but I couldn’t get it to move under any normal firing situation.

When used as a mono-pod off my tailgate, it didn’t change position during recoil at all, regardless of if I used it on my heavier recoiling .458 SOCOM SBR or the lighter recoiling HK USC/UMP .45ACP conversion.

Mid-Evil Industries off angle (photo courtesy of JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

The grip itself is hollow and provides storage space for small objects. I keep a front sight key and ear plugs in just about all of my Magpul AR15 grips. Mid-Evil Industries is thoughtful enough to include the appropriately sized hex key tucked inside the grip already. That’s much appreciated. I’d keep that right in there, along with some foam ear plugs to keep the key from rattling around.

Mid-Evil Industries has thought through the product well, and gives you a lot of options. You can get the RFG with a Picatinny rail connect, like this one, or with M-Lok or KeyMod direct connections. It also comes in several different colors, as well a shorty version. That shorty version is probably perfect, and I’m betting would reduce or completely remove the ability for the grip to move when used as a barrier stop, simply because there is less leverage available.

Mid-Evil Industries RFG in hand (photo courtesy of JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Mid Evil Industries 360° RFG (Rotating Fore Grip)
7075 T-6 & 6061-T6 aluminum components
Black hard anodized finish
Cerakote available upon request
Storage compartment in handle
Lifetime Guarantee
MSRP: $109.95 ($129.95 in other colors)

Rating (out of five stars):

Overall * * * *
I can’t give it a full five stars because it did move a little when used as a barrier stop. The shorty version may stop that entirely. All in all, it’s a very well-built piece of kit that gives you a few different options, and an infinite number of positions. I dig it.

comments

  1. avatar Evey259 says:

    Seems really, really gimmicky for a hundred dollar accessory.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “Seems really, really gimmicky for a hundred dollar accessory.”

      Ever noticed how most any machined metal accessory for an AR-pattern weapon is priced right around a hundred bucks? Especially flash hiders?

      1. avatar Evey259 says:

        My issue is not with the price tag. It’s with the limited functionality versus the cost.

  2. avatar Warlocc says:

    Overpriced for what it does.

  3. avatar michael in ak says:

    but, but, but….I thought we all had to adopt the ” C-clamp” method of holding our rifles….didn’t they get the memo???

    1. avatar Clay-in-UT says:

      No, No, No! I will never do that stupid C-crap grip.

  4. avatar BLAMMO says:

    Nice but pricey. Also, can’t have it in NY, so there’s that excuse.

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      Nor California either, afaik, though to be fair, I think the statute only specifies vertical foregrips.

      1. avatar BLAMMO says:

        AH HAH!! A loophole!!

        Does the CA statute define “vertical”? What is vertical? Is 89 degrees to the “horizontal” still vertical? What about 88 degrees? 87? 86? …

        What is the “horizontal”?

      2. avatar DaveW says:

        Except CA’s new direction includes any part (springs, sights, deflectors, ad infinitum).

        If you are a conservative in CA… vote Travis Allen, and Bailey for Attorney General.

        If you are a liberal and live in any of the rural counties, remember that the leadership of our state has not cared a whit about what you want because you don’t live in a major metro zone. Therefore, your rights have been infringed just like those of conservatives. It’s time for a change. Fight for your rights back.

    2. avatar raptor jesus says:

      Totally legal in NY if you pin your mag and load with a mean arms / bear flag defense speed loader through the ejection port.

  5. avatar Geoff PR says:

    OK, so now there’s a ‘Brody Knob’ for your rifle?

    (That’s what I know ’em as, as an add-on steering wheel nob, so you can crank the wheel over fast, handy on old trucks that have many full wheel rotations left-to-right.)

    In all honesty, like a small round doorknob would be more ergonomic…

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “In all honesty, like a small round doorknob would be more ergonomic…”

      I spoke too soon –

      ” It also comes in several different colors, as well a shorty version. That shorty version is probably perfect,…”

  6. avatar Prudiikal says:

    WE ALL NEED POTATO GRIPS!!!!! JOIN THE POTATO ARMY!!!!!!! ALL HAIL THE POTATO!!!!!!!!!

    (note: potato grips not provided. also do not eat.)

  7. avatar New Continental Army says:

    I think I’d turn it out to the left side, for a sten style grip. Speaking of that, I sure wish more guns would consider side fed mags like that.

    1. avatar Prudiikal says:

      holding on the magazine of a sten would warp it and cause it to not feed and fall out. nobody really held that way.

      1. avatar Hannibal says:

        Oh I’m sure some people did, which is how they found out it doesn’t work…

      2. avatar New Continental Army says:

        Where else would you put your hand? The “fore end” if you could call it that, seems like it would get way too hot to hold.

  8. avatar When Bullets Collide says:

    Another Taylor esoterica review.

    Yawn…

  9. avatar barnbwt says:

    I’ve used camera mounts that work like that. They all become loose if you futz with them too much. Recoil, the weight of your hand, and whatever forces you apply seem to make loosening of this item inevitable.

  10. avatar Joseph fox says:

    I really like the adjustability. As soon as I decide on Keymod or M-Lok, I’ll be ordering.

  11. avatar tommy says:

    The Mall Ninjas are going to be all over this stupid thing

  12. avatar little horn says:

    a good first step. while i don’t like this specific design the potential is quite large. can’t wait for others to start with their own versions.

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