AR Grip comparison

Article submitted by M.

I’ve been trying some different AR grips lately and while I had a few on hand I thought I would photo some of the differences in geometry between them to give people an idea of what they will be getting before they drop the cash.

First up is a Magpul K-Grip in comparison to a BCM Gunfighter Grip Mod 0.  They share a similar angle however the K-Grip is shorter, thinner, has a smoother surface and lacks the back strap swell of the Gunfighter Mod 0.

Magpul K-Grip, BCM Gunfighter

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Next is the ubiquitous A2 grip in comparison with the BCM Gunfighter Mod 0.  While of similar length the A2 has a steeper angle overall and is of uniform angle on the back strap whereas the BCM Mod 0 has the swell.  They are also of similar width.

Magpul K-Grip, BCM Gunfighter

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Next we have the A2 in comparison with the Magpul K-Grip.  The K-Grip is smaller in almost every dimension, has a smoother surface, and a more straight up and down angle.

Magpul K-Grip, BCM Gunfighter

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Here is the A2 with a Magpul MOE.  They share a very similar angle however the MOE is slightly larger in dimension with a somewhat cylindrical feel

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Finally we have the Magpul K-Grip next to the Magpul MOE grip.  Again the K-Grip is smaller in every dimension with a more straight up and down angle.

Magpul K-Grip, BCM Gunfighter Magpul K-Grip, BCM Gunfighter

While I don’t hate the A2 the finger groove annoys me enough that I’ve tried almost all of the well known AR grips on the market over the years in an attempt to find “the one” that I would standardize on all of my AR’s.  Up till now I hadn’t found one that made me say “that’s it” and had more or less settled on the Magpul MOE grip as a good enough but not great solution.  I tried the Magpul K-Grip to see if there was any merit to a grip with a relaxed grip angle, and while I did like the angle I found the overall grip to be too small to be really effective.

Unknown to either one of us at the time and in a bit of parallel discovery Shawn and I both ordered BCM Gunfighter Mod 0 grips to try out at the same time.  So far I’m liking it quite a bit.  The angle is nice for reducing stress on the wrist and the material the grip is made out of strikes a good compromise between too rubbery and too hard.  It’s also a nice compromise in size in that it’s larger than the K-Grip but not so big as a MOE grip.

 

One thought on “AR Grip comparison”

  1. Adam O’Quinn said: “While I don’t hate the A2 the finger groove annoys me enough that I’ve tried almost all of the well known AR grips on the market …”

    I had the same problem, but this was years before all the new aftermarket grips became available. My solution was to find an original A1 grip (that doesn’t have the finger groove) that was standard on M-16s during my time in the Army. I think I found mine at Sarco, but a quick Google search shows that fulton-armory.com has used A1 grips in stock. Just another option if your comfortable with the A2’s grip angle.

    Take care.

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