This is a baby pin designed for use in a grip head. It will not mount correctly in most 5/8 inch receivers due to the 7/8” stop collar. Build is beefy—heavy duty chromed steel—and strong enough to serve as a railroad spike. This is a basic design and, thus, lacks a threaded socket and security cable hole. The 7/8” stop collar helps prevent it from sliding out of the grip head if you neglect to torque it all the way. At six inches it protrudes enough from the grip head to easily attach most lights and modifiers. Some of my other pins are only five inches and the extra inch makes installation in the grip and attachment of lights a little easier.
If someone asked me to design the perfect grip pin, it would be six inches long like this Avenger but have 3/8” threaded sockets, a security cable hole and a textured tip like Kupo pins. Nothing is perfect and at least this Avenger nails the basics exceedingly well: dependable, heavy duty and holds video lights like a champ.
on October 5, 2012
I purchased a c-stand/grip kit combo and was waiting to see if I could fashion something together from parts I had lying around in my gear pile. I really never was able to find something suitable because the grip kit is so solid that it didn't make sense to add something makeshift at the point where my light would be hanging.
Do yourself a favor - if you're ordering a grip kit and plan to hang something off of it, just order this - it is so very much worth the small price...
on April 14, 2015
Bought some c-stands with a boom but it doesn't come with this pin, which makes it about useless. This pin fits perfectly and certainly makes the stand usable. I was a bit worried because these seemed cheap, but the quality is certainly much higher than the price makes it look like it should be. A real bargain.
on December 3, 2012
Does exactly what I needed. This pin allows me to attach my strobes and hot lights to my C stands. Solid construction. No complaints. I only give it 4 stars because nothing's perfect, and people tend to distrust the 5 star reviews. Besides, it's just a piece of metal, but it works perfectly for my needs.