Best AR-15 Furniture & Accessories

Not sure what furniture or accessories to make your AR-15 run better?

With our guide, you’ll be able to make a better informed decision on how to make your AR-15 the best fitting and looking one out there.

We go over our favorite buttstocks, all kinds of grips, rail protectors, slings, and more.  You ready?

Magpul Grip
Magpul Grip

AR-15 Primary Furniture

We consider the pistol grip, buttstock, and handguard the primary furniture of the AR-15 since almost all AR’s need to have the three essential ingredients to function comfortably.

AR-15 Primary Furniture
AR-15 Primary Furniture

Best AR-15 Pistol Grips

So called a “pistol grip” since they resemble the grip angle of pistols as opposed to traditional rifle grips.  For most, the pistol grip is more ergonomic, not to mention more “normal” looking on an AR.

Traditional Rifle Grip
Traditional Rifle Grip

If you bought a stock AR-15, it most likely came with a standard A2 grip that for most is a little too skinny and cheap feeling.  It’ll do fine, but there’s too many affordable options out there that will fit your hand much better.

A2 Grip
A2 Grip
  • Magpul AR-15 MOE Grip: The go-to grip for our ARs…lighter, more comfortable, and still affordable.  Also has a hollowed space with cap on the bottom to store essential items like an extra bolt.  Comes in several colors and around $18.  Also the MOE+ Model which has a rubber anti-slip coating ($23) which we highly recommend.
Magpul AR-15 MOE Pistol Grip
Magpul AR-15 MOE Pistol Grip
Magpul AR-15 MOE Pistol Grips
Magpul AR-15 MOE Pistol Grips
Hogue Overmold AR-15 Pistol Grip
Hogue Overmold AR-15 Pistol Grip
  • Magpul MIAD AR-15 Pistol Grip: And for those of you who want the best fit and customization, we recommend the Magpul MIAD which gives you a couple swappable choices for the palm size and front finger grooves.  $34
Magpul MIAD AR-15 Pistol Grip
Magpul MIAD AR-15 Pistol Grip

Best AR-15 Buttstocks

It’s that thing you rest your cheeks on.  Here’s a couple of ones we own and use with some specialty designs thrown in for fun.

Proper Cheekweld
Proper Cheek Weld
  • Magpul MOE Stock (Mil-spec): Our go-to for a collapsible buttstock that fits carbine length mil-spec buffer tubes.  Light, ergonomic, and affordable. $38
Magpul MOE Carbine Stock
Magpul MOE Carbine Stock
  • Magpul CTR Buttstock (Mil-spec): Looks the same as the regular MOE stock above but gets rid of the wobble between the buffer tube and buttstock that is unavoidable in positional stocks.  The CTR does this with friction locking instead of positional locking.  Worth the $20 or so more than the MOE. ($56)
Magpul CTR Stock
Magpul CTR Stock
  • Magpul UBR Buttstock: Ingenious design that offers the stability and consistent cheek weld of a fixed stock while still allowing you to change the over length of pull (LOP).  Comes with its own buffer tube but you’ll still need a carbine spring and buffer.  ($250)
Magpul UBR Buttstock
Magpul UBR Buttstock
  • Magpul PRS Buttstock: For the precision rifle.  This buttstock offers fine adjustments for both cheekweld and length of pull.  Almost 2 lbs but built to last.  Requires rifle length buffer tube assembly.  ($240)
Magpul PRS Stock
Magpul PRS Stock
  • VLTOR Imod Stock (Mil-spec) (Brownells, Optics Planet): The most comfortable adjustable stock we’ve tried and what we run in our race carbines.  It has a sloped cheek weld that just feels right.  Light enough and not too expensive. ($90).  Or go with the Emod which is 1.5″ longer.
VLTOR Imod Stock
VLTOR Imod Stock
VLTOR Imod Stock
VLTOR Imod Stock
  • Ace Skeleton Buttstock: A fixed length buttstock that is as light as they get.  You’ll see these on everything from light KISS (keep it simple, stupid) builds to competition builds.  Decently comfortable with the foam padding and comes in two lengths. ($90)
Ace Skeleton Buttstock
Ace Skeleton Buttstock

Best AR-15 Handguards

We’ve covered these in detail in the previous article on Best AR-15 Upgrades.

Keymod vs M-Lok
Keymod vs M-Lok

But we do want to go over rail protectors which are polymer attachments that keep your Picatinny rails in tip top shape and give you a better grip.  They also look great when done in contrasting colors.

Magpul Rail Covers
Magpul Rail Covers
Magpul XTM Rail Cover
Magpul XTM Rail Cover

AR-15 Sling Plates and Slings

There’s tons of choices for sling plates and slings, but we like the Magpul (seeing a pattern here?) series that let’s you choose between one-point and two-point sling attachment.

Magpul RSA Sling Attachment
Magpul RSA Sling Attachment
  • Magpul ASAP Sling Plate: Takes the place of your standard AR end plate and gives you a sturdy sling attachment point.  Better than fixed attachments since it allows you to quickly swing over from strong side to weak side shooting.  Minor annoyance is that it rattles if no sling is attached. $30.
Magpul ASAP Sling Plate
Magpul ASAP Sling Plate
  • Magpul QD End Plate: An attachment point for quick-detach swivels on your slings.  No more rattling problem like the above.  Just make sure you choose the right end plate for your kind of sling.  ($30)
Magpul QD End Plate
Magpul QD End Plate
  • Magpul MS3 Sling: Lightweight and durable sling that lets you easily transition between one point and two point sling modes. $50
Magpul MS3 One Point
Magpul MS3 One Point
Magpul MS3 Two Point
Magpul MS3 Two Point
  • Vickers Combat Applications Sling: Our new go-to if you don’t need quick detachment options.  Used by tons of US troops.  Simple, tough, and easy to adjust.  ($45)
Vickers Sling
Vickers Sling

Also check out our full review of the best slings for your specific purpose.

Miscellaneous Accessories

Best AR-15 Vertical Grips

Vertical grips give you potential increased weapon handling and control.  Here’s a couple of our recommendations.

  • Troy Vertical Grip: Very sturdy grip that has a bar to lock down entirely onto the rail instead of just being held by one screw.  Also modular so you can choose the perfect size.  ($70) or the CQB-sized version.  ($45)
Troy Vertical Grip
Troy Vertical Grip
Magpul RVG Vertical Grip
Magpul RVG Vertical Grip

Best AR-15 Alternative Grips

Other grips that aid in control of your AR-15 but aren’t exactly vertical grips.

  • Magpul AFG : The Angled Foregrip offers a grip that is closer to the bore compared to traditional vertical grips.  Seen a lot on builds where vertical foregrips are not allowed by law.  ($33)
Magpul AFG
Magpul AFG
  •  Magpul Hand Stop: Low profile way to improve weapon handling and prevent your hand from reaching the muzzle for shorter AR-15’s. $18
Magpul Hand Stop
Magpul Hand Stop

Best AR-15 Bipods

  • Harris Bipods: The old school tried & true bipod.  Spring loaded with quick telescoping legs.  Just make sure to choose the correct method of attachment to your rail and leg length.  ($70-100)
Harris Bipods
Harris Bipods
  • Atlas Bipods: What we run in our precision rifles.  We love the ability to “push” into the bipod for a repeatable and very sturdy shooting platform.  Expensive but you really get what you pay for.  ($220-280)
Atlast Bipods
Atlas Bipods

Magazine Related Accessories

  • Magpul Magazine Pulls: The company actually started with these magazine pulls (get it?) that attach to the bottom of magazines to assist in removal from a rig and to cushion drops.  ($10 for 3)
Magpul Magazine Pulls
Magpul Magazine Pulls
  • Magpul Mag Coupler: Lets you join together two magazines to have an extra 30 rounds on your rifle.  Just be aware of the extra weight.  Fits PMAG30 and PMAG 30 M3 magazines. ($17)
Magpul Mag Coupler
Magpul Mag Coupler

What’s Next?

We’ve covered tons of AR-15 stuff but we’re not done yet!  Check out the rest of the AR-15 guides.

4 Comments

  1. Eric,
    Thank you for all the helpful articles and videos. As a relatively new shooter I learn a lot from this channel. Keep up the good work.
    Peter S

  2. FYI, it says “Atlast” bipod in the Picture. Other then that, great article, I love this site, and I can’t wait till I can get my AR.

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