Saffle Industries is a Nevada-based company that has a cool idea for a AR-15 quad rail with an integral bipod. They’re finished with the prototyping and ready to go into full production, but there’s a catch. They need funds for new tooling to manufacture these on a large scale.
“Saffle Industries is offering the brand new SI-RIP (Saffle Industries- Rail Integrated Pod) for the AR-15. The SI-RIP replaces the AR-15 plastic handguards with a patented drop in quad rail forend that contains a fully adjustable internal Bi-pod.
“We will enter into production with SI-RIP’s forend to mil-spec tolerances. The first SI-RIP will be for the AR-15 with the carbine length forend. As business grows we will expand our product line and will offer the SI-RIP for a wide variety of weapon platforms and sizes. ”
Saffle hopes to raise $30,000, which is about right for this type of project. And they’re behind schedule for what is an interesting and unique idea.
The SI-RIP is made with two tubular pods that sit between the side and bottom rails, each containing a fully-adjustable telescopic leg. The design balances strength and weight; the whole rail unit is constructed from 6061 T6 aluminum with a type III hard-anodized finish and weighs 1.63 pounds, which is fairly light for both a quad rail and a bipod.
It’s a sleek design that’s far less likely to snag or catch on gear or the environment than traditional bipods while providing the user with a complete rail system for other accessories. It’s hard not to like.
And you can get one if you pledge $150 or more. Saffle expect to retail them for $200, so you’re getting a deal. A $250 pledge lands you a pair of handguards.
If you can’t set aside that kind of money, you can pledge $5 for a Saffle Industries logo sticker or $25 for a T-shirt.
And for $500, you can get a limited edition SI-RIP handguard, serial number 1-20.
For up-to-the-minute info, check out the Saffle Industries Facebook page, too. They have more videos of the rails in use and also pre-production and prototyping.