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Best AR-15 Furniture & Accessories [2021]

AR-15s are like the Legos of the adult world — totally customizable with a ton of parts to swap out, upgrade, and changeup.

But if you’re like us sometimes it can get overwhelming deciding exactly what to upgrade…

Modded AR-15s
Modded AR-15s

So, if you’re unsure what furniture or accessories to make your AR-15 run better, you’ve come to the right place.

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’ll go over our favorite buttstocks, all kinds of grips, rail protectors, slings, and more.

Even More AR-15 Uppers
Even More AR-15 Uppers

Note: 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

If you want a basic look at AR furniture, check out the Brownells Daily Defense below. Jeff Gonzales of Trident Concepts goes over the AR-15 and what you might want to consider upgrading.

Table of Contents


Best AR-15 Pistol Grips

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 often feels a little too skinny and cheap. 

It’ll do fine, but there are too many affordable options out there that will fit your hand much better.

1. Magpul AR-15 MOE Grip

The go-to grip for our ARs…the Magpul AR-15 MOE Grip offers a lighter, more comfortable, but still affordable option. 

AR-15 Grip Magpul MOE SL grips offer a great lightweight option. (image5)
Magpul MOE SL grips offer a great lightweight option.

Bonus, it also features a hollowed space with a cap on the bottom to store essential items like an extra bolt. And it comes in several colors all for around $18.  

Also, the MOE+ Model has a rubber anti-slip coating ($23) which we highly recommend.

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

2. Hogue Overmold AR-15 Pistol Grip

Another of our favorites that is ergonomic and very grippy due to the larger size, rubber material, and finger grooves is the Hogue Overmolded AR-15 Grip. It comes in around $20 and sports a beavertail — which we prefer.

at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

3. Magpul MIAD AR-15 Pistol Grip

And for those of you who want the best fit and customization, we recommend the Magpul MIAD.

Why? Well, it gives you a couple of swappable choices for palm-size and front finger grooves.  Coming it at around $34 it’s a solid option.

4. Tyrant Designs Mod Grip

When aesthetics AND comfort matter…

Tyrant Modded AR-15
Tyrant Modded AR-15

We dig the Mod Grip which gives you a rubberized front/back while keeping it sexy.

This one lets you get really high up on the rear of the grip too if that’s your preference.

Tyrant MOD Grip
Tyrant MOD Grip

My only nitpicky thing would be I’d like to see an extra finger groove in the front for my hand geometry.

Otherwise solid if you want an AR grip that turns heads.

at Tyrant Design

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Best AR-15 Buttstocks

It’s that thing you rest your cheeks on. 

While we go in-depth with a dozen of the most popular choices in our Best AR-15 Stocks article, we’ll keep it brief here with a couple of our favorites.

Best AR-15 Buttstocks
Best AR-15 Buttstocks

1. Magpul MOE-SL

The Magpul MOE-SL Stock sports a slimline build that offers a better cheekweld and some weight savings.

Magpul MOE SL Stock
Magpul MOE SL Stock

It’s been so far in my testing. And at around $56, you can’t really beat that price.

2. Magpul PRS Buttstock

For the precision rifle, the Magpul PRS Buttstock offers fine adjustments for both cheekweld and length of pull.

PSA AR-10 Lower with 2-Stage Trigger and Magpul PRS
Magpul PRS

Weighing almost 2-pounds, this stock comes built to last. But word of caution, it does require a rifle-length buffer tube assembly.

This Magpul stock is priced at $240.

Best Precision Stock
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing


The most comfortable adjustable stock we’ve tried, the VLTOR IMOD Stock is what we use to run in our race carbines. 


It features a sloped cheek weld that just feels right — light enough but a little expensive at $90.

4. ELF Ultralight Stock

When you absolutely need the lightest stock while still being adjustable, look at the ELF Ultralight Stock

ELF Ultralight Stock
ELF Ultralight Stock

Admittedly, it’s not the comfiest but comes in at just around 5-ounces…and looks super cool. 

It’s priced at $134.

Best Lightweight Stock
at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

5. B5 Bravo Stock

The B5 Bravo Stock is my current favorite — light and reasonably priced.

B5 Systems Bravo Stock
B5 Systems Bravo Stock

Great cheek weld that’s almost as good as the Imod Stock but sheds ton of weight and saves you a couple bucks.

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

What do you think of the Bravo B5 Stock? Why not give it a rating below?

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Best AR-15 Handguards

We’ve covered these in detail in a previous article on Best AR-15 Upgrades. So check that out if you want a ton of options to choose from.

But again, if you want a couple of our faves, stick around and we’ll dish out two models worth looking at.

Best AR-15 Handguards
Best AR-15 Handguards

1. Magpul Rail Covers

If you want bare bones, basics…go with Magpul Rail Covers.

They’re super affordable at under $15 and give you the basic elements you need.

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

2. Magpul XTM Rail Covers

For a thicker feel that covers the rails entirely, we suggest Magpul XTM.

You get four pieces for $8 which isn’t a bad price at all.

at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

AR-15 Sling Plates and Slings

Again, we have a whole article dedicated to the Best Rifles Slings that goes super in-depth with some of our faves.

That said, we’ve got a few choices here for sling plates and slings. Spoiler alert, we like the Magpul (seeing a pattern here?) series that lets you choose between one-point and two-point sling attachment.

1. Magpul RSA Sling Attachment

The Magpul RSA Sling Attachment mounts securely to your Picatinny rails to give a front sling attachment point. 

It retails for $30.

2. Magpul ASAP Sling Plate

The Magpul ASAP Sling Plate takes the place of your standard AR end plate and gives you a sturdy sling attachment point. 

It’s better than fixed attachments since it allows you to quickly swing over from strong side to weak side shooting. 

A minor annoyance, though, is that it rattles if no sling is attached. It comes priced around $30.

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

3. Magpul QD End Plate

This end plate offers 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. Again, it’s priced at around $30.

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

4. Magpul MS3 Sling

The Magpul MS3 Sling offers a ightweight and durable sling that lets you easily transition between one point and two point sling modes.

Magpul MS3 One Point
Magpul MS3 One Point

It’s priced at $50.

at Magpul MS3 Sling

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

5. Vickers Combat Applications Sling

Our new go-to if you don’t need quick detachment options is the Vickers Combat Applications Sling.

BFG Vickers Combat Application Sling
Vickers Combat Application Sling

It’s used by tons of U.S. troops because it’s simple, tough, and easy to adjust.

It comes priced at $45.

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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

Best AR-15 Vertical Grips

Vertical grips give you potential increased weapon handling and control. So, here are a couple of our recommendations.

1. Troy Vertical Grip

The Troy Vertical Grip is a sturdy grip with a bar that locks down entirely onto the rail instead of just being held by one screw.  

It’s also modular so you can choose the perfect size. Standard version is $70 while the CQB-sized version is $45.

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

2. Magpul RVG Vertical Grip (Picatinny)

Another great Magpul product that fits onto Picatinny rails is the RVG Vertical Grip.

It comes in a wide assortment of colors and is priced at $23.

3. Magpul MOE Vertical Grip

The Magpul MOE Vertical Grip offers a version that fits onto Magpul MOE handguards that are not Picatinny rails, or on newer M-LOK versions.

This grip comes priced between $18 and $21.

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Best AR-15 Alternative Grips

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

1. Magpul AFG

The Magpul Angled Foregrip offers a grip that is closer to the bore compared to traditional vertical grips. 

We’ve seen these a lot on builds where vertical foregrips are not allowed by law. It’s priced at $33.

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

2. Magpul Hand Stop

The Magpul Hand Stop brings a low profile way to improve weapon handling and prevent your hand from reaching the muzzle for shorter AR-15s. It comes in at $18.

Best AR-15 Bipods

1. Fab Defense T-POD G2

How about BOTH a vertical grip and bipod? That’s what you get with the Fab Defense T-POD G2.

Fab Defense T-POD G2
Fab Defense T-POD G2

The T-POD G2 is a good sized grip, releases to become a bipod quickly, and allows your rifle to cant left and right when deployed.  

We kinda think the feet could be better traction on hard surfaces, though.

Fab Defense T-POD G2, Deployed
Fab Defense T-POD G2, Deployed

It comes in between $120 and $135.

at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

2. Harris Bipods

The old school tried & true bipod — Harris Bipods. These are spring-loaded with quick telescoping legs.

Just make sure to choose the correct method of attachment to your rail and leg length. Priced between $70 and $100.

at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

3. Atlas Bipods

Atlas Bipods are what we run in our precision rifles. 

We love the ability to “push” into the bipod for a repeatable and very sturdy shooting platform.

Aero M5E1 On The Grass
Aero M5E1 On The Grass

Expensive (between $220 and $280) but you really get what you pay for.  

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

1. Magpul Magazine Pulls

The company actually got its start with these magazine pulls (get it…Mag…Pul…you got it.)

These attach to the bottom of magazines to assist in removal from a rig and to cushion drops. Nab three for $12.

at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

2. Magpul Mag Coupler

The Mag Coupler allows you to join together two magazines so you got an extra 30 rounds on your rifle. 

Just be aware of the extra weight. This fits PMAG30 and PMAG 30 M3 magazines and is priced at $17.

at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing


As you can see, there are tons of options when it comes to modding or upgrading your AR-15 build.

Favorite AR-15s

While we gave you just a handful of options to choose from, there are tons of upgrades you can toss onto your rifle.

What is your favorite accessory? Let us know in the comments! We’ve covered tons of AR-15 stuff here but we’re not done yet! Check out the rest of the AR-15 guides.

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37 Leave a Reply

  • sound awake

    strike industries extended charging handle latch
    the best 20 dollar ar upgrade

    July 8, 2021 7:33 pm
  • ram

    Magpul Magpul Magpul!!! Yeah, they make pretty good stuff. My money on best stock though is the Daniel Defense collapsible stock. Rubberized cheek weld is very comfortable and just looks sleek.

    July 6, 2021 11:31 pm
  • Daniel

    One stock I think everyone should consider is the A1 length fixed stock. I got a Brownells Retro one and it's really nice.

    July 6, 2021 8:08 pm
  • Alternator

    Congratulations. Now you have a $6,000 rifle. And you still can't shoot worth sh#t.

    July 6, 2021 6:04 pm
    • cpeninja

      HEY! If man were meant to bulleyes at 25 yards God would have given him better aim. Now leave me, my $6000 rifle, and my abysmal aiming skills alone!

      July 17, 2021 7:58 pm
  • Tom

    Curious that you left out some great equipment. This article did not seem to be that well thought out. I know, there's a lot out there but you could have used types of builds as major categories, then filled in the blanks with equipment specific to that role. You could have made it a multi part series. Just a thought.

    April 4, 2021 5:40 pm
    • B

      Shut up, Tom. How about you write the article then.

      June 22, 2021 2:46 pm
  • Jon Smith

    Dudes, you cats ate normally spot on, but no mention of the Luth-AR MBA? May need to look into a lil jb weld for your pipe...

    February 21, 2021 6:55 pm
  • sweed

    Props for mentioning the Houge grip, it is indeed a terrific step up from milspec. But what about the collapsable buttstock that is often sold with the grip? Same grippy overmold, decent checkweld and lacks the rattle that sometimes happens with Magpul. Also has three quick swivel connect points for slings. I mean, what more can you ask for @ ~$70 for grip and stock from OP?

    February 1, 2021 2:46 pm
  • Bull o' the Woods

    How about the PWS ratchet castle nut and QD end plate combo (Brownells #100-031-925)? This is the slickest setup I have seen and eliminates the need to stake the castle nut. I have seen very few folks (myself and many gunsmiths included) who know how to properly stake a castle nut. This product gives you a third QD attachment point and eliminates staking.

    June 4, 2020 9:24 am
  • Thomas Rehbein

    I have loved your reviews for years. When I make a purchase, your reviews, along with some select others, come into play. For this I am sincerely thankful.

    Now the but....

    BUT: Why not just name this article the Best Magpul Accessories.

    Sure, I'm a little biased as I'm a huge BCM fan, but I do run some Magpul items as well.

    I still love you folks but this was not your best work. Not by a stretch.

    February 12, 2020 2:20 pm
  • Derek seiders

    Really like this wed site I got a PSA 16” freedom rifle kit with Anderson lower that I put an A2 butt stock on and has a vortex viper scope sitting on it makes the perfect truck gun I have it everywhere I go. Love reading the articles and reviews here, I learned a lot from this website and I am excited about future upgrade to my rifle. Thank you for all of the info

    December 31, 2019 7:41 am
    • David, PPT Editor

      Thanks for the positive words :D We're always glad to be able to help.

      December 31, 2019 9:11 am
  • Bryan

    Why not just say I like anything Magpul. This "article" might as well been an add for them, they make some nice stuff but come on this was annoying.

    May 4, 2019 1:17 pm
    • Mike

      Most reviews of a Magpul product are going to be extremely enthusiastic. That’s what happens when you make a great product at a reasonable price.

      September 8, 2019 11:10 am
  • Johnny

    A small point of correction in your article, but the Magpul PRS stock can be used with both a standard mil-spec carbine buffer tube, or a rifle length tube. It comes with an adapter for one or the other. I have 2 on my long range builds, and love them for that. Heavy and expensive are the downsides, but heavy is an advantage for a range/bench gun. If you shop around, you can usually get them for a little under $200 - still expensive, but once you shoot with one, and feel the stability it offers over other stocks, you'll probably feel good about the investment.

    April 1, 2019 7:06 am
  • aged armorer

    while your review was pretty extensive and complete, you didn't mention that most AR furniture is imported, and sports a 1000% mark up. Aluminum is aluminum, and plastic is plastic. A plastic nylon sling, no matter what the clips, and buckles, is only a $3. sling! A reasonable profit is one thing, but having ten middlemen between China, Japan, etc. and the U.S. market is no excuse for the outrageous furniture prices. A whole AR with a 100% + mark up from the actual factory is only a $475. rifle. (property card value- new M-16).

    January 23, 2019 3:50 pm
  • Jim

    I really like the Magpul PRS Buttstock, but $200 plus it is way overpriced. I don't care how many adjustments it has.

    December 16, 2018 12:25 pm
  • Bob McNamara

    How about the Tango Down BG-18 "Battlegrip"? Fits my hand perfectly and I prefer the more vertical angle which is easier on my wrist. It also has a small tab on the front to cover the "gap" between the grip and trigger guard that can raise a blister on your middle finger after a lot of rounds. Same price or a little cheaper than the MOE. I like it better.

    September 16, 2018 10:34 am
  • B .

    The item FAB defense T-pod, is that something thats tough as in able to be trusted for a combat situation or is it mainly just a fun gadget to play with like say competition? I like the idea a lot because when you go prone if you need to change direction of shooting you grab the bipod and tilt and slide and a vertical grip should be mounted where its comfortable. Its a good join of the two.

    August 17, 2018 9:57 pm
  • Rob w

    Seemed like a Magpul advertisement.

    August 10, 2018 6:45 pm
  • Derek Bibber

    Great article as always. I would recommend adding the ATI X1 pistol grip to your selection. I have it on my AR-10 (pic sent to you) as well as my AR-15. Awesome grip. Take care and rack on.
    - Bib

    July 28, 2018 5:36 pm
  • Bryan Hildebrand

    Just learning about rifles after a long hiatus away from long guns in any capacity. Great article. Read through this to better understand options and preferences from a total beginners perspective. Thanks Eric... I'll be reading more.

    July 9, 2018 3:58 pm
  • Dan T

    Hi Eric,
    Will a LUTH AR LAR MBA3 or MAG PUL PRS adjistiable butt stock fit a 6.5mm cm Ruger Per Rifle wiithout modification??
    Thanks in adv for your reply...

    June 14, 2018 3:36 am
  • Dan

    For slings, I am a Vickers man every time. Vickers just released a “Push Button Sling” that has QD hardware on each end. This is now my go-to. $77 at Blue Force Gear. I fasten it directly to my Magpul MOE stocks without additional hardware, and add a Magpul QD sling attachment (MAG528) for $20 to the front tip of my rail.

    May 26, 2018 8:01 pm
  • Matt S

    Hey Eric, how are you mounting the Atlas V8 to the MLOK rail? I want to make sure I order the correct mount and I am having some trouble. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

    April 14, 2018 5:18 pm
  • Bruce J.

    I like your articles and your products but some are just way to pricey for my taste. $220 for a bipod? Most people like myself are on a budget an d getting anything for my AR is a luxury
    item. Ammo included. Some items for the budget hungry guys like me would also be a treat. Keep The articles coming. I enjoy the read.

    November 22, 2017 3:05 pm
    • Joseph A Martinez

      He used a Harris bipod. Those aren't too expensive. But you buy a budget bipod then it night crap out on you. I had a Harris bipod break on me while I was slinging my rifle. The rifle fell and almost landed on a rock that would had broken my optic. You get what you pay for. If you have to save for mo ta to get something nice do it. Dknt go the cheap route.

      July 12, 2018 3:57 pm
  • Parliament / Lucas V.

    To E. Hung &readers,

    Indeed, a stellar article with expertise insight; however please allow me to offer some naive critique/Devil's advocate as I am a very novice shooter.. why is this article saturated with Magpul furniture/accessories/peripheral mods? Where did I miss the disclaimer that this would effectively operate as an advertisement for Magpul - notwithstanding, an outstanding American manufacturer? Please do not misinterpret my written tone, which is not to disparage whatsoever but rather to learn. Why is there not more variety of brands and representation of other, perhaps boutique or competitive, manufacturers? Did I miss a piece of the article that explains this or does Magpul legitimately deserve ~70% of the 'Top' slots in this category (and others referenced in other articles)? What about MAKO/Fab Defense, Fortis, ERGO, Strike Industries, Seekins Precision, or even LaRue makes high-quality polymers for furniture, in addition to many others.. Why can't the well-deserved superiority of Magpul be stated once and then explore more of the diversity of the A(r) market? Please pardon my sense of pretense; it's not even a grievance, it's just the continuous exposure to Magpul I feel could potentially start to undermine their identity as being just the ubiquitous brand that is available everywhere. I'd hate to see them[Magpul] be conflated with, like, some 'Wal-Mart' brand line of products. Or perhaps I'm just a novice shooter that has yet to truly appreciate the functional supremacy of the Magpul concatenation, Thank you for reading. Criticism of my dialogue is recommended.

    July 26, 2017 12:41 am
    • Eric Hung

      Hi Lucas, thanks for the detailed message! I definitely am due for an update to this article. Now that I've been much more immersed in everything AR, I'll have some good additions to this list.

      August 6, 2017 2:02 pm
    • Chad g Wilkins

      magpul has a well deserved reputation for fantastic products priced very aggressively.

      of the brands you listed, at least 2 of them (strike, mako) are produced overseas (not always a bad thing, but some people strike term off the list for this reason. ergo is generally (subjectively) poor quality. seeking and fortis are space age scifi designed stuff that would be at home in the next halo video game (although the quality is good, and if that's your bag, no hate from me!) larue is solid stuff and id encourage this (excellent) web site to test it out!! thats only my opinion, and its worth exactly wjat you paid for it though!

      April 1, 2018 12:01 am
    • A Johnson

      I was thinking basically the same exact thing halfway through reading the “pistol grip” section. I saw where this was headed and immediately asked myself if magpul was paying PPT. Haha. Don’t get me wrong magpul is one of the great American companies who’s innovations have changed many aspects of the shooting world. But to be honest. I am always looking past the magpul whenever possible and going with something else. Honestly I’m just getting bored with magpu and would really like to see them try something new. I know they are known for polymer but they’ve made enough money by this point they should try and expand and branch out into machining. Maybe make some magpul handguards or vertical grips from aluminum. They came out with the Mbus pro set of buis sights that I love. I’ve got a set on my favorite rifle now. That’s just my two cents though. That being said, magpul makes a hell of a quality product that most anyone can afford. For that I am thankful for magpul.

      April 21, 2018 4:10 pm
  • Joel

    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.

    June 12, 2017 4:36 pm
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks for catching that!

      June 13, 2017 2:11 am
  • Peter S

    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

    May 19, 2016 5:32 am
    • ehung

      Thanks Peter, really appreciate the kind words!

      May 23, 2016 3:29 pm
      • Chad g Wilkins

        he's right! LOVE the site. im a fairly advanced ar hobbyist, but im loving the reviews and guides!

        April 1, 2018 12:04 am
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