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Best AR-15 Furniture & Accessories [2021]

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?

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

Table of Contents


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 are too many affordable options out there that will fit your hand much better.

Magpul AR-15 MOE Grip

The go-to grip for our ARs…lighter, more comfortable, and still affordable.  Also has a hollowed space with a 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.

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Magpul AR-15 MOE Pistol Grip
Magpul AR-15 MOE Pistol Grip

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.  ($20).  With the beavertail which we prefer.

at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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

Tyrant Designs Mod Grip

When aesthetics AND comfort matter. We dig the Mod Grip which gives you a rubberized front/back while keeping it sexy.

Tyrant Modded AR-15
Tyrant Modded AR-15

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

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

Tyrant MOD Grip
Tyrant MOD Grip

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.  Here’s a couple of ones we own and use with some specialty designs thrown in for fun.

Best AR-15 Buttstocks
Best AR-15 Buttstocks

We go in-depth over a dozen of the most popular choices in our Best AR-15 Stocks article…but here are some of our favorites:

Magpul MOE-SL

New slimline version that offers a better cheekweld and some weight savings.  Great so far in my testing. ($56)

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)

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 and what we used to run in our race carbines.  It has a sloped cheek weld that just feels right.  Light enough but a little expensive. ($90)

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

ELF Ultralight Stock

When you absolutely need the lightest stock while still being adjustable.  Not the comfiest but comes in at just around 5 oz…and looks super cool.  ($134)

Best Lightweight Stock
at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

B5 Bravo Stock

My current favorite that is light and reasonably priced.  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

Cheekwelds of Collapsible Buttstocks
Cheekwelds of Collapsible Buttstocks

What’s your take on having a great buttstock and cheekweld?

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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

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Magpul XTM Rail Covers

Thicker covers that cover the rails entirely.  ($8 for 4 pieces)

at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

AR-15 Sling Plates and Slings

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

Magpul RSA Sling Attachment

Mounts securely to your Picatinny rails to give a front sling attachment point.  $30

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.  A minor annoyance is that it rattles if no sling is attached. $30.

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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)

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Magpul MS3 Sling

Lightweight and durable sling that lets you easily transition between one point and two point sling modes. $50

at Magpul MS3 Sling

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Magpul MS3 One Point
Magpul MS3 One 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)

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Also, 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.  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)

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Magpul RVG Vertical Grip (Picatinny)

Another great Magpul product that fits onto Picatinny rails. Comes in a wide assortment of colors. ($23)

Magpul MOE Vertical Grip

A version that fits onto Magpul MOE handguards that are not Picatinny rails, or on the newer M-LOKversions. ($18-21)

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)

at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Magpul Hand Stop

Low profile way to improve weapon handling and prevent your hand from reaching the muzzle for shorter AR-15’s. $18

Best AR-15 Bipods

Fab Defense T-POD G2

How about BOTH a vertical grip and bipod?

at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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.  The feet could be better traction on hard surfaces though. ($120-135)

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

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)

at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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)

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

It’s what we use on all our precision rifle setups.

Aero M5E1 On The Grass
Aero M5E1 On The Grass

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.  ($12 for 3)

at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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)

at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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.

What is your favorite accessory? What do you upgrade first? Let us know in the comments!

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31 Leave a Reply

  • 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
  • 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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