12 Best AR-15 Grips [Hands-On]: Ditch That A2

Easy to overlook, but grip is critically important on your AR!

Not just how, but what you grip can mean the difference between a hit and a miss.

Finding what is best for you isn’t always the easiest thing to do in a market that is saturated to the eyeballs.

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All of the Grips!

I will be going over some of my favorite grips, some new-comers, and the differences between model to model.

Ergonomics, texture, and grip angle will be discussed, as well as affordability.

Tyrant MOD Grip, Rear
Tyrant MOD Grip, Rear

Keep in mind, everyone is different and YMMV based on comfort, but these companies offer something for everyone!

Best AR-15 Grips

We’ve organized these grips by brand, not necessarily in order of excellence!

MAGPUL Industries

Magpul has been a huge force within the firearms community, especially with AR shooters. They may have the biggest selection of anyone for different models and different budgets.

Magpul Furniture
Magpul Furniture

The best part is you could practically open their catalog of grips, throw a dart, and end up with something that will work for you.

Their full line-up has many different color options and most models also come with a latching inner grip compartment for various gear.

1. Magpul K2/K2+

Slightly different than the rest of the line-up, the Magpul K2/K2+ models have a slightly more vertical angle and under swept contour at the top of the grip.

AR-15 Grip Magpul K2+ on a 6.5 Grendel hunting rifle in FDE. (image3)
Magpul K2+ on a 6.5 Grendel hunting rifle in FDE.

It may not be for everyone, but I really dig it.

Purists that like the typical A2 grip, may find the grip angle odd, but the recess at the top of the grip provides some good texture. 

I personally own a K2+ in FDE on my home-rolled 6.5 Grendel hunting rifle. It has spent its time bouncing from build to build.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Between the rubber texture and the naturally high pistol grip I tend to use on AR15s, this grip suits its role well.

Added points for the tacky rubber texture.

2. Magpul MOE/MOE+

Sharing the same grip angle as the typical A2 grip but has a flat front face without a finger groove.

The Magpul MOE/MOE+ also has a beavertail to aid shooters with a high pistol grip.

AR-15 Grip Magpul MOE+ on a RECCE Rifle build that provides great traction. (image4)
Magpul MOE+ on a RECCE Rifle build that provides great traction.

The (+) models are worth the extra money in my opinion. The tackiness of the rubber is excellent.

The front strap of the grip is ribbed for your pleasure, and overall this grip is one of the best general-purpose grips on the market.

Goldilocks Grip
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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

If you are stepping up your grip game, the MOE/MOE+ is worth a solid look and can appeal to most people.

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3. Magpul MOE-K/SL

Lightweight and well suited for shooters with smaller hands, but unfortunately the MOE-K or SL model does not offer a (+) model, so no options in a rubberized grip.

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

Overall, the grip is thinner than the other models available with Magpul and offers a good texturing on the plastic.

The K and SL versions of the MOE grip are very similar. The only difference is that the K does not offer a beaver tail on the backstrap of the grip.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

While this isn’t an absolute necessity, I tend to go with grips that have a beavertail.

These models do not offer grip storage.

4. Magpul MIAD Gen 1.1

The MIAD, or Mission Adaptable grip, is one of my personal favorites.

I currently have one on my precision AR15 build and my 11.5” pistol build.

AR-15 Grip The MIAD on the author s 11.5 pistol build. (image6)
The MIAD on the author s 11.5 pistol build.

I have found it able to perform any task due to its ability to change the backstraps.

The reason it is called the Mission Adaptable grip is because of the 3 different sizes of backstraps available in the kit.

There are 2 front straps included, so shooters can either have a flat A1 face, or a finger groove like the A2. This grip can fit almost any shooter.

Bravo Company USA

Bravo Company USA has been known to produce quality firearms for some time now. Their aftermarket parts are no exception.

Between handguards, stocks, charging handles or assembled AR15s, it would be hard to find someone that was unhappy with their purchase.

All their grips are made in America, and color options include Black, FDE, and Foliage Green.  The models look similar with minor differences, and they have a modular model as well.

Let’s go over the differences between their Mod 0 through Mod 3.

5. BCM Mod 0

The Mod 0 along with the whole BCM lineup, uses a more reduced angle with their grips to accommodate the modern stances of gunfighters with the M16/AR15 platform.

A reduced angle grip generally gives better ergonomics but YMMV.

The Mod 0 is a bit different without the addition of a high-ride beavertail and is more like the A2 in that respect.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

But that is the only similarity.

The front is completely flat with ridged texture, and the rear is oversized like an H&K 416 grip, though not as drastic.

6. BCM Mod 1

The Mod 1 has a high-rise beavertail and the same aggressive texturing on the sides as the other models.

The same reduced angle is present in this model but is less thick in the back portion of the grip.

AR-15 Grip The BCM line-up is a great choice if you are looking for a reduced angle grip. (image7)
The BCM line-up is a great choice if you are looking for a reduced angle grip.

Inside the frame of the grip, there is a latched compartment, which is present in all BCM model grips.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The Mod 0 and Mod 1 have the same thickness in the design of the grip, and they also share a removable insert to close gaps between the receiver and trigger guard.

7. BCM Mod 2

The Mod 2 has the features of the Mod 1 but is modular with the backstrap like the Magpul MIAD. However, it has only the top beaver tail section modular.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

It comes with 3 alternate beaver tails that each have different depths of curve.

8. BCM Mod 3

My absolute favorite grip from BCM is the Mod 3.

It lacks certain features that the Mod 0 through Mod 2 have, such as the removable insert, or the interchangeable beavertails, but it makes up for that with a thicker grip.

AR-15 Grip For the price, the Mod3 is the author s favorite BCM grip. (image8)
For the price, the Mod3 is the author s favorite BCM grip.

While this may not be for everyone, I am a big fan of keeping things simple.

The Mod 3 has the same latched, internal storage system, has a tab to close the trigger guard void, and just feels great in my hand.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

This model is also the most inexpensive, which makes this model an easy KISS (keep it simple, stupid) choice.

ERGO Grips

Ergo is the master at rubberized grips.

These things just stick to your hand. From the original SureGrip, many models have been added to the catalog, but all typically have the same type of tacky rubberized grip.

Colors vary from model, but can include Black, FDE, OD Green, Grey, Pink, Blue, and Purple.

Keep in mind that there are many knockoffs out in the wild of the interweb, so make sure if you purchase an Ergo Grip, do so with a reputable dealer. There are a few different models, and they offer something for everyone.

9. Original SureGrip

Among the SureGrips, you can find multiple models that offer different features.

Whether you want an A2 style without a beavertail or the added grip with a higher pistol grip, ERGO has you covered.

The rubberized texture is one of the best.

While some shooters may not want finger grooves, in my experience, the ERGO grips are not as deep as other models.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

This provides a little more natural feel when using a high pistol grip, unlike a typical A2 grip.

10. Tactical Deluxe

The Tactical Deluxe is one of my favorite grips for bench rifle or precision rifle work in the AR platform.

Between the oversized palm of the grip, amazing rubberized texturing, and the option to run a palm shelf, this would be a great choice for long-range work.

AR-15 Grip The Tactical Deluxe with palm shelf on a bench rest LR308. (image9)
The Tactical Deluxe with palm shelf on a bench rest LR308.

There are 5 models of Tactical Deluxe Grips. Two models have the palm shelf and 3 models without.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Both have options for a flat top, or beavertail. One of the models is their Zero Angle Grip, which is vertical. This could be a great choice for an AR, or a precision rifle chassis.

Stark Equipment

Stark Equipment was founded 5 years ago and offers grips and angled fore-grips for the AR, and the AK.

Their design is a little different than the others previously mentioned as it lowers the overall grip of the hand to be more in line with the trigger.

11. Stark One Grip

The Stark One Grip, and the AR Rifle Grip are essentially the same model. The Stark One uses a built-in trigger guard that replaces an existing one.

Since more manufacturers offer built-in trigger guards with billet and forged receivers, Stark Equipment made the AR Rifle Grip lack that features. It also makes the AR Rifle Grip less expensive.

AR-15 Grip Lowering the pistol grip allows better trigger finger placement by design. (image10)
Lowering the pistol grip allows better trigger finger placement by design.

The overall design lowers your grip due to a lowered beaver tail. This allows room for an optional QD sling swivel mounts to be installed in the grip.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Both models offer secured internal storage within the frame for batteries.

Its over shape reminds me of an M249 SAW grip and takes me back to the smell of burnt powder and hot brass laying on the ground.

12. Tyrant Designs Mod Grip

A relative newcomer that’s definitely growing on me for its aesthetics.

Tyrant Modded AR-15
Tyrant Modded AR-15

The Mod grip gives you the right amount of grippiness with its rubber front and back.

I like the rear swell and how I can get a super-high grip when needed.

Tyrant MOD Grip, Rear
Tyrant MOD Grip, Rear

Only thing I would ding it on is I would have liked to see an extra finger indent on the front…but that’s for my specific hand geometry.

Tyrant MOD Grip
Tyrant MOD Grip

A little pricier but it’s milled out of solid aluminum.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Parting Shots

There are many different companies within the firearm industry that make grips to accessorize your rifle.

Out of the ones I use all the time, my go-to general purpose “Goldilocks” grip is the Magpul MOE+ for it’s nice beavertail, grippy rubber texture, and ribbed front strap.

Goldilocks Grip
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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

My KISS pick is the BCM Mod 3 for a reduced grip angle that makes it more ergonomic (at least for me). Plus it’s the most affordable on the list!

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Bench shooting or going long-range? I love the Ergo Tactical Deluxe with palm rest.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

What other grips have you ladies and gentlemen used? Need another awesome upgrade, check out our Best AR-15 Upgrades super-article.

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  • cam

    "...ribbed for your pleasure." OMG! Hysterical, Ken!

    3 months ago
  • Stu Kinnison

    I have built 3 AR’s over a period of time...the first one being kind of my “trial and error” project...although I did maintain somewhat of a “custom build” mentality by using higher end, quality parts!! To the point...the Grip was something that I wasn’t really sure would make a huge difference...to me personally (I’m not a competitive shooter or a long range, Bullseye expert)!! I did my due diligence...did some research...as well as read several reviews!! In the end...my choice was the ATI Scorpion Grip!! When it arrived...my first concern was how THICK the Grip is!! I Love the extended Beavertail...and honestly...the thickness was actually...not only very comfortable...but it gave me a lot of confidence in how controllable it is!! The second build was for my wife!! God Bless her...I REALLY have a keeper ❤️...she LOVES Guns...all kinds of guns!! So when it came time to start purchasing the parts and accessories for her build...we actually went to our local FFL/Gun Store so she could put her hands on some of the choices!! Low and behold...her favorite Grip...the one she felt was the most comfortable and attractive to her was...none other than the ATI Scorpion Grip!! I tried to convince her...actually just reassure her...that she could get ANY grip she wanted!! She got her ATI Scorpion Grip!! She fairly small in stature...and initially I was concerned that the “bulkiness” or thickness of the Scorpion Grip was too big for her!! Nope...No Sir...not at all!! She Loves it!! So...long story long (lol)...all three builds have the ATI Scorpion Grip on them...and I couldn’t be more satisfied!! Don’t overlook some of those “diamond in the rough” finds that are out there!! I will NEVER compromise on certain parts...i.e. Barrels or BCG’s etc. ...but as far as other...aesthetic parts...look around...but ALWAYS...ALWAYS...go with MADE IN THE USA!!

    4 months ago
  • dead

    I came to read what I thought would be a article about good AR15 grips and came to find its just an advertisement for Magpul and BCM, so many more decent grips some might argue better then the magpul or BCM exist out there, sadly this advert just focused on mediocre "hype" grips. I am glad to see Ergo got a mention, but tango down, daniel defense, DPMS strike ind. MFT Hogue etc etc. probably deserved to be listed ahead of some of the magpul and BCM mentions.

    1 year ago
  • TL Housman

    I find it funny that folks almost get riled up about this stuff if you dont mention their fave. I just lime/enjoy your effort, precision and thoughts on topic. Keep it up. Also Roll= roll around, jelly roll Role= part or function in which you/it plays Your K2+ played a diverse role in many of your builds. Yah?

    1 year ago
    • David, PPT Editor

      That would be silly! It played a critical part of our diverse jelly rolls.

      1 year ago
  • Michael

    Hogue all the way! Have more than a couple on some AR-10s and 15. Even on a couple AKs. Most kits come with or start with Magpul. But if you want a sure comfortable grip - get Hogue's. They are also way more durable than you'd think being 'soft'.

    1 year ago
    • Travis

      Same here, I really like Hogue grips.

      1 year ago
  • Dennis

    As a new shooter with an AR15, THANK YOU!

    1 year ago
    • David, PPT Editor

      You're welcome!

      1 year ago
  • Michael

    I really like my B5 Systems grip. It's a higher beavertail than the BCM mod 3 and it's a little bigger, moving my hand back just far enough for just the right amount of finger on the trigger.

    1 year ago
  • John T. Parkman

    Surprized he didn't mention Hogue...they are definitely awesome...

    1 year ago
  • Scott Mendenhall

    Hogue here as well. Love it.

    1 year ago
    • JP

      Hogue for sure. I have their 1911 wood grips too

      1 year ago
  • Bull o' the Woods

    Agree on the BCM Mod-3 but my absolute fave is not mentioned -- the TangoDown Battlegrip BG-18. Light, simple, no extra parts or gimmicks and a reduced grip angle that is perfect for me.

    1 year ago
  • Derek Bibber

    ATI Scorpion X1 & X2 grips are absolutely amazing and ergonomic. I have 3 of them on AR-10 builds

    1 year ago
  • Jay

    Where's Hogue?

    1 year ago
    • Scott C

      +1

      1 year ago
    • Greg Graybill

      exactly my thoughts.................

      1 year ago
  • Angel

    Hogue on all of my AR's.

    1 year ago
  • Al

    California makes it so much easier to pick with all of our perfect laws. We have so few options to choose from now! :D

    1 year ago
  • Nam Vet

    That's quite the testimonials for Magpul, one might think you are working for them. This Nam vet prefers the Hogue rubberized grips. Easy to install & they fit most hands. Wish we had that grip in the jungle!

    1 year ago
  • Douglas Riding

    # 2, ( the Magpul MOE ) surprised me... I had no idea the ribs could be so pleasurable ( when shooting ) I, once tried another version of the same idea, from a bus-station vending machine... ( this was 1969 ) It didn't seem like it lived up to the 'hype'... Just sayin' ! ;-b

    1 year ago
  • Pegleg Pete

    This seems like it is slanted way to the MAGPUL side! Didn’t even bring up the rubberized Houge grip!

    1 year ago
  • Ross

    Love my VZ Grips.

    1 year ago
  • J-Bird

    Fab defense ag43 overmolded CAA interchangeable with rubber inserts These 2 along with ati are on all my builds.. I have several ergo and Magpul and they are both in my used parts drawer..

    1 year ago
  • Montewalsh

    Guess I’m old... A1 grips still work for me!

    1 year ago
  • Landru

    I like the Bravo Co. Mod 3. I especially like the fact a spare firing pin, spare lower springs, and several cleaning patches fit nicely into the grip storage space.

    1 year ago
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