Allow me to introduce Diamondhead USA’s VRS Keymod free-float modular handguard. This handguard is very comfortable on the hand as well as very lightweight. I really like the triangular cross-section and that the small scallop-cuts along the rounded bottom edges improve the grip while adding to the the overall aesthetics. Like most metal slim AR-15 handguards, the Diamondhead VRS turned steaming hot after just a few magazines.
Please not the Diamondhead USA’s signature diamond-shaped sight aperture and hood on the rear sight. The diamond shape offers four points of reference which significantly help to reduce canting. If the diamond-shape is not your cup of tea, Diamondhead USA also makes sights with the HK-style rounded hood and the M4 carbine-style straight hood.
The white dash on this Diamondhead polymer front sight’s sight post is the NiteBrite photoluminescent insert. It makes the front sight glows in the dark after the NiteBrite compound is charged by either natural light or a flash light. The elevation is easy to adjust by just turning the small wheel inside of the front sight body.
Diamondhead USA also has their “D-45” 45-degree off-set swing sights . These differ from other off-set BUIS on the market, as the Diamondhead sights fold nicely under the rear sight when not deployed. It does take up a bit more room than the traditional folding rear sight, and it’s still low enough to clear the back of this Trijicon ACOG prism sight.
Here’s the matching Diamondhead D-45 front sight in its folded position. Again, it takes up a bit more rail space than the traditional flip-up front sight, and the D-45 set is about $75 more than a set of flip-up alloy sight by Diamondhead.
Just push the button on the left of the base, and the Diamondhead D-45 front sight is deployed and ready for use. From my short time using it at the Big 3 Media range, I was really impressed with its functionality. I had no problem hitting steel plates at over 100 yards.
Here we have the Diamondhead USA T-Brake compensator. It features three slanted ports per side, a slanted tip, and the triangle cross-section that match the Diamondhead USA VRS handguard. The T-brake’s slanted cut front really reminded me the slanted compensator of the AKM.
The T-Brake is good at reducing recoil and keeping the muzzle down. However, its muzzle blast and noise are quite ferocious. Diamondhead USA also makes a T-Flash flash hider version of it that has the same triangle profile and slanted slots, but without the tuning ports inside.
Overall, I found the Diamondhead USA’s components are quite good looking, lightweight, and worked well during my range time at the Big 3 Media Event. Diamondhead USA also offers their VSR handguard for the AR-10 rifles and the T-Brake in 7.62mm caliber.