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Buyer Beware: Counterfeit KDG Sidelok Mounts

If you are in the market for a Sidelok Mount from Kinetic Development Group (KDG), be careful. Counterfeits are starting to show up. KDG produced an image that shows some ways you might be able to spot one of these fakes.

In addition to the tells that are shown in the image, you can also see that the counterfeit does not include several machining steps like chamfers and tapers that are important to the structure and function of the mount. These things are easy to spot when you have the real and fake mounts side by side but more difficult to spot when you don’t have the benefit of a comparison picture.

The best way to insulate yourself from this kind of fraud is to only purchase your mounts from authorized dealers. If you are buying a used mount, insist on some pictures of the problem areas outlined in the image above.


KDG SIDELOK Aimpoint Micro Absolute Co-Witness Mounts

Kinetic Development Group has introduced an absolute co-witness version of their SIDELOK mount for Aimpoint Micros (and compatible optics). The mount retains all the features of other KDG SIDELOK mounts including their extremely simple rail mounting and push-of-a-button dismounting.

KDG and AXTS SCAR Talon Safety

Kinetic Development Group and AXTS Weapons Systems have teamed to bring the Talon ambidextrous safety to the SCAR family of rifles.

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KDG is happy to announce our partnership with AXTS Weapon Systems of Salem Oregon! AXTS has made a name for itself with it’s popular Raptor charging handle and MI-T556 carbine, as well as the Talon safety for the AR-15. The new Talon Ambidextrous 45/90 Safety Selector is one of the most easy to install, user friendly safeties on the market, and a natural choice for the FNH SCAR series of rifle. AXTS will be selling the SCAR edition of their Talon exclusively through KDG, effective immediately! The Talon comes as user installable kit, allowing for full ambidextrous engagement of the selector. The patent pending design also allows for easy configuring of either a 45° short throw, or 90° throw as found on stock AR-15, M4 and M16 rifles. Now, users can match their safeties across various common platforms in both form and function all without removing the safety from the lower! The Talon features a screw-less design, so you will never have to worry about levers coming loose or falling off. This is a 2 lever kit with additional lever sizes available from AXTS. The SCAR TALON is made in America from 7075 aluminum, in MIL-SPEC hard black anodized (type III) finish. KDG will additionally have a FDE colored option available within a few weeks. Gain the benefit of additional leverage, increased engagement surface for larger hands, and ease of use when wearing gloves with the SCAR Talon safety selector!  MSRP is $79.95, and is available NOW on KDGs website and at authorized dealers. For more information, please visit kineticdg.com or email info@kineticdg.com

KDG Releases SIDELOK – Aimpoint Micro Mount

Kinetic Development Group (KDG) has releases their SIDELOCK – Aimpoint Micro Mount. It is available from their website and authorized dealers.


From KDG:

KDG expands their lineup of SIDELOK optic mounts with a new model for the popular Aimpoint micro red dot optics. Designed to fit Aimpoint T1, T2, H1 and H2 models, the mount will also fit other popular miniature red dots that share the same footprint. The Sidelok micro mount allows the user to achieve a lower 1/3 co-witness with flip up iron sights when mounted on the AR-15 or M4 carbine.  This lightweight, 2.7 ounce Aluminum mount uses KDG’s Sidelok (pat. Pending) cam lock system to attach to picatinny rails instantly. With no tools needed to attach the mount, the user simply rocks their setup onto the chosen mounting space, and down onto the rail. Once pressed down, the Micro Mount self locks, and the optic can be zeroed in the usual fashion. Removal is equally fast, and can be accomplished with one hand even while wearing gloves. The front-located release button has a smaller, recessed secondary lock, which must be deliberately pressed in to facilitate removal; similar to the way a Glock trigger safety works. Do to its’ design, it is virtually impossible to accidentally engage the release, and the cam lock system ensures a secure grasp on various sized (and some out of spec) picatinny rails. This equates to a fast, easy means of removing and attaching optics while retaining an absolute return to zero. The smooth sides of the mount prevent snagging and “Busted Knuckle Syndrome”, while the unique skeletonized riser reduces the overall weight of the mount.

KDG plans to continue releasing more Sidelok models for other common optics, including one for the recently released Trijicon MRO. The new Aimpoint Micro Mount is currently available on their website and at their authorized dealers and distributors. MSRP for the mount is $139.00. For more information visit the links below.



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KDG Releases Kinect MLOK Universal Offset Mount

Kinetic Development Group just released their new Kinect MLOK Universal Offset Mount. It features an offset, 3 slot section of picatinny rail that is also machined to direct-connect with Surefire Scout light bodies. This mount will allow users to offset mount a wide variety of weapon lights to MLOK compatible hand guards.

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The MLOK Universal Offset Mount uses their Kinect technology to act as a quick-detach interface between the mount and MLOK compatible slots. To mount the offset rail, you simply press the mount into place which automatically triggers the Kinect mechanism and locks the mount in place. Removing the mount is as easy as depressing the buttons found at each end of the mount.

Check out the Kinect MLOK Universal Offset Mount at Kinetic Development Group.

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KDG SIDELOK Aimpoint Micro Mount

Kinetic Development Group released a video preview of their upcoming SIDELOK Aimpoint Micro Mount. The new mount uses their proprietary SIDELOK system to automatically lock onto the rail when it pushed into place by the user. It weighs in at 2.9 ounces which puts it at the lower end of the scale in terms of weight.

New from KDG: MREX – AR MLOK Modular (AR) Rail and Kinect QD MLOK Mounts

Kinetic Development Group has announced their first accessories for a rifle other than the FN SCAR. Their new AR MLOK 11.63″ Modular (AR) Rail will be available to mount on your AR-15 some time this month or possibly next month. This MLOK compatible rail weighs 8.5 ounces and has 2 integrated QD sling swivel sockets. The rail has MLOK compatible slots at 2, 3, 6, 9, and 10 o’clock.

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The line of Kinect QD MLOK Mounts that KDG has announced to support their new rail may be even more interesting than the rail itself. The Kinect line is MLOK compatible and features a unique auto locking mechanism that allows tool free mounting. Kinect mounts features 2 spring loaded wedges that are automatically triggered when the mount is pushed into the mounting slot. This secures the mount and all but completely removes the possibility for human error (over tightening, improper engagement, etc). The announced line includes various lengths of 1913 rail, an offset rail, a bipod mount, a Surefire Scout compatible light mount, and a very slick offset Aimpoint Micro mount.


Kinetic Development Group SIDELOK

Kinetic Development Group has released a new optic mounting system called SIDELOK. The installation process seems fool proof and KDG is developing a solid reputation for quality. The MSRP on these mounts is very competitive.

From KDG:

Today KDG took the market by surprise and launched an amazing solution for optics, the SIDELOK™. The SIDELOK™ is by far the most innovative optics mounts we have seen released on the market it a long time. Here is why:

The first reason is repeatability.  Generally optics mounts have two attachment points with separate levers.  Some are adjustable so you can tighten or loosen them for the particular tolerance picatinny rail you may be mounting to.  One may be tighter, one slightly looser.  This is recipe for disaster in the repeatability department when installing or removing an optical accessory.  The other problem is you may like you optic so tight you actually damage the pic rail.  That is why the Government Issued mounts for the Aimpoint actually limit the torque you can apply to the installation knob.

There is a religion when it comes to military members about putting on an optic, zeroing it, and leaving it there for fear they may lose zero between missions, and for good reason.  Lets say you wanted to remove your long-range optic and put on your red dot. You would be absolutely incompetent if you did not confirm zero.  Why?  There are so many variables between installing, removing and reinstalling an optic you NEED to reconfirm, even if you reinstall in the same slots on the picatinny rail.

Now here comes the SIDELOK™.  The SIDELOK™ takes the incompetence out of mounting optics.  What do we mean by that?  You have no input as a human being on how your optic mounts to your pic rail.  What do we mean?  You can’t screw it up!

With SIDELOK™, simply roll the optic (attached to your SIDELOK™ mount) to your picatinny railed weapon and “click!!” the mount automatically deploys the locking bars to the 45-degree angles of the picatinny rail (which hold the tightest tolerance concerning the picatinny rail specification).  The locking bars snap in at the exact same time making the mounting completely repeatable.  The spring cams apply the exact same amount of pressure between the two bars.  The system works on spring pressure with a cam that supplies exponentially more mechanical advantage than the button that is used to release it from the weapon.

Removal and installation is extremely fast.  Does that make you nervous?  The only way this is coming off is if it is deliberate and by the user (YOU!).  Not a sling hung up in the works.  Not being jammed up on gear.  Not being dropped from a first story roof in Iraq onto concrete.  Yet, you can peel it off sooner than you can open your Copenhagen.  The reason is there is a safety lock.  You have to push the button with a human fingertip.  That releases recessed “Glock like” secondary safety lock that allows the user to overcome the mechanical advantage of the cam lock and roll off the weapon.  Firing a weapon with a heavy optic?  The SIDELOK™ gets tighter if it needs to.  This is pure mechanics; not a photographer’s quick detaching clamp like the other offerings on the market. The SIDELOK™ is also one of the slimmest mounts on the market.  There is nothing in the way to snag on you, or interfere with your charging handle on a side-charging weapon platform.

This may not mean much to you if you are a user with 4 uppers for various mission profiles or uses.  However, many of us and even many local LE agencies do not have the budget for mission specific uppers set up to go.  With the SIDELOK™, you literally can pick and choose your mission, install your accessory in less than a second, and if installed in the same place it was zeroed, it will be on the mark.

The first of the SIDELOK™ to be released is the SIDELOK™ specifically for the Aimpoint Patrol Rifle Optic (PRO); which is also compatible with the Aimpoint Comp M4 and the C3 models.  The second is the universal picatinny SIDELOK™ Scope Riser. Don’t worry, the Aimpoint T1, T2, H1, and H2 model SIDELOK™ is on the way soon…. Stay tuned.

Please visit kineticdg.com for more information or email info@kineticdg.com for questions.

Kinetic Development Group

Add Kinetic Development Group (KDG) to your list of manufacturers to keep an eye on, especially if you own an FN SCAR. KDG was started by a former key executive sales and development team members of LWRC International. Interestingly, they have chosen to avoid developing accessories for the AR-15 to avoid the crowds; choosing instead to focus on the SCAR.


Their first products, or as they call them “solutions”, are the MREX Solutions (Modular Receiver Extensions). These extended handguards for the SCAR are available in two lengths (4.9″ and 6.5″) and two different attachment solutions (universal and M-LOK). There are already a host of available direct-connect accessories available for both from around the industry so these are already well supported in terms of available accessories.

Expect to see the MREX Solutions shipping near the end of January. Check out KDG on their site and Facebook page.

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