M1A Accelerator? Ryker Grip Hands-On Review

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M1A Accelerator? Ryker Grip Hands-On Review

April 4th, 2022

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Not too long ago, I got my hands on the M1A SOCOM 16 to review. If it tells you anything, this is my third review of it. I just can’t seem to stop having fun with this, and coming up with new ideas is a way to have more fun with it.

Man shooting M1A rifle with Ryker Grip installed
The author found that the Ryker Grip worked quite well on his M1A SOCOM 16, helping to control its performance while firing when standing.

I was at a shooting event a little while back and came across a product called the “Ryker Grip”. When I first saw it, I thought it was a laser/light or something like that and it caught my attention. I quickly discovered it was a side-attached “vertical grip” (according to the ATF). 

Demonstration of hand placement with Ryker Grip installed on M1A in relation to the scope
In this photo, you can see the Ryker Grip placement in relation to the view through the scope.

I have to be honest; I thought, “really?”. How many ways can we market grips? What is wrong with the standard vertical grips I have? That was, until I held it and aimed. Again, I thought, “that feels really different/strange.” It only took a few seconds of holding it out aiming for me to start liking how it felt in my hands.

Side Mounted Foregrip on a SOCOM 16

The first thing that popped into my mind was how it would feel on my M1A SOCOM 16. To be frank, the SOCOM is a heavy gun and I had been thinking about trying a vertical grip on it. I really wanted to get one of these to put on it and put it to the test.

M1A rifle with Ryker Grip installed
Once installed, the Ryker Grip provides for a remarkably solid handhold that allows for dynamic tension to improve stability.

Ron, the founder and owner of Ryker Grips, was kind enough to send me home with one to test. He also had a prototype of a rail that went with the grip and, of course, my mind instantly envisioned putting my Viridian X5L-RS Gen 3 Laser/Light on this as well. So, as soon as I got home, I put this on my SOCOM and started playing with it.

Testing the Ryker Grip

It really does feel different in your hands, and in a good way. I can’t really explain it — you just have to hold it and see what you think. I had a buddy over to do some shooting and handed him the SOCOM with the Ryker on it. He held it up and said the exact same things.

Man holding rifle with Ryker Grip installed
From this angle, you can clearly see the author was able to get a solid grip with the Ryker Grip.

But all of these initial impressions are irrelevant. The only thing that really matters is if it makes a difference when you shoot. Check out the video at the top of this page to see how it worked out for me on the range.

The next thing I wanted to test was the Viridian X5L-RS Gen 3 Laser/Light in conjunction with the Ryker Grip. I have already reviewed the X5L, and I love it. In another review, I added a scout scope to my SOCOM for distance and hunting purposes.

Now, with a scout scope being able to dial down to 2X power magnification, it is easy to get quick target acquisition from 25 to 50 yards and beyond, but it can be a challenge under 25 yards to do it quickly. If this platform were to be used for CQB, I think we absolutely needed a laser/light for rapid target identification and acquisition under that distance.

M1A rifle setup with Ryker grip
Not only did the Ryker Grip assist with shooting stability, it also added a perfect rail space for a remote Viridian X5L light switch.

The X5L-RS did NOT disappoint. Now, instead of mounting the laser on the Ryker accessory rail, I found the perfect set-up was to put the laser on the other side and use the rail for the pressure pad. With the way the grip is positioned, it was a match made in heaven. Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself! Just when I think I have exhausted new ways to have fun with my SOCOM, I come up with something new.

Ryker Grip Review: Bottom Line

If you plan on carrying your M1A SOCOM 16 and shooting from an unsupported position (standing), you are going to want to consider the Ryker Grip for yourself. If you do decide to put a scout scope on your SOCOM, you can still use it for CQB with the Viridian X5L. You can “have your cake and eat it too” — my favorite thing to do.

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Beyond Seclusion

Beyond Seclusion

Drew of “Beyond Seclusion” earned both his bachelor of science in nursing and his master of science in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He has always had a love of the outdoors and shooting and has been shooting for 40+ years.  He started a YouTube Channel reviewing guns and ammo just for fun and it is now a full-time business for him.  He resides in southeast Nebraska with his two children.

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