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.
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.
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.
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.
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 360° RFG (Rotating Fore Grip)
7075 T-6 & 6061-T6 aluminum components
Black hard anodized finish
Cerakote available upon request
Storage compartment in handle
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.