Every so often you run into something small that makes a huge difference. Maybe a pinch of a new spice in your favorite food, maybe it’s a new shortcut on your drive to work, or a slight redesign of a tool you use constantly. When I came across the ZeroBravo handstop, it made me smile. Yes, it’s just a handstop, but it’s a handstop done RIGHT.
I hate most handstops. Why? Because the majority are oversized, take up too many slots on a handguard, are uncomfortable or just plain expensive. The ZeroBravo Reversible Keymod Handstop though? It is tiny, is more reasonably priced than many of its competition, and more importantly it works great.
Big things in small packages
So the first question is: How do you use your handstop? Do you use one:
- at the front of your rifle, near the end of your rail, so your fingers don’t slip onto the hot barrel by accident?
- toward the rear of your handguard, so you pull the rifle tighter into your shoulder by using the back edge of your palm pull backward?
- on the side of your rifle as an indexing point between your thumb and index finger?
- place forward on your handguard as an indexing point so you don’t over extend your arm?
Usually picking a good handstop requires you think about your usage and pick accordingly – the shape or how it mounts can affect the ‘comfortable’ ways you can use it.
But not with this little guy! Because it only uses a single Keymod slot, it takes up very little space so you can get it as close to the edge of your handguard as the last slot. Since you can reverse it, you can have the flat portion or the curved portion facing front. These features let you use it on the side, front, or rear, and work with your grip instead of making you conform to it’s design.
The curved side fits your finger or palm edge perfectly so you can push or pull it as desired. And that small size means mounting it on the side of your handguard won’t let it get in the way of things. The ZeroBravo handstop is easily the most versatile handstop I’ve used yet.
I generally use the ZeroBravo handstop with the flat portion forward and mounted at the front edge of my handguard so I don’t burn by fingers. The single screw mounting system lets it get right up to the edge of most of my handguards so I don’t have any wasted space when I’m cosplaying Costa with the extended arm C grip. It’s built pretty solid, being basically a chunk of aluminum, and I haven’t broken one yet.
I love this sucker so much that I actually have one on all 3 of my AR15s.
Is it perfect? Well… we do have one complaint. Instead of the logo on the flat side, I’d much rather it be textured for use as a barricade device. While it can work like that up against a door frame, windowsill, etc, it’s too slick there for my tastes. Both Ryan and I really wish the manufacturer would make a barricade device version, but that’s a minor gripe really. For what it is, it works awesome and we haven’t yet found a better designed nor more flexible handstop.