These days guns used by soldiers are more than just a weapon designed to send a high velocity projectile at an enemy. Modern assault rifles also include attachments for flashlights, laser sights and even wireless communications. However, operating these extra capabilities usually means taking a hand of the weapon, which can leave the soldier vulnerable to attack or result in them missing the opportunity for that vital shot. The C4Grip from Silynx is a forward grip that solves this problem by putting extra controls at the user’s fingertips.

The C4Grip, which Silynx debuted at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas last week, features two switches and a central thumb joystick that are all easily reached by the user’s thumb as they are holding their weapon. Because the button’s functions are software defined they can be customized to an individual’s preferences, but the standard layout is for the one switch to activate a flashlight and the other to activate laser aiming devices.

Meanwhile, the joystick is designed to control a built-in wireless push-to-talk (PTT) system that allows wireless control – including hear thru and channel/volume remote control – of up to two radios via Silynx’s Micro C4OPS Tactical Headset System. It can also be used for wireless control of wearable computers.

The C4Grip comes with a Picatinny rail attachment, and for users that are looking to free up space on their weapon, Silynx have also created an adapter that allows a Surefire KM2 LED flashlight to be mounted directly on the grip.

The device’s handgrips are modular and customizable in terms of both size and color and can also be laser engraved with a team insignia. To top it all off, Silynx has even included a limited edition knife that fits inside the grip designed in collaboration with Benchmade.