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Reset RIPR (Rifle Integrated Power Rail)

Defense Review published an article on the new Reset RIPR (Rifle Integrated Power Rail). DR has some concerns about the RIPR and so do we. Not only is there possible issue with a central power source going down and taking all of the accessories with it, but the power source itself is of concern as well. Reset has come up with an interesting manner of attaching a battery. They are using a proprietary, rechargeable battery that connects to the rail similar to a Redi-Mag. As we have not actually handled a weapon equipped with the RIPR we are unable to ascertain how the battery affects weapon handling. However, the size and location is of concern. NATO definitely believes that powered rails are the future of small arms and there is a lot of work going on. We will continue to keep you updated on power rail technology.

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