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Parts of an AR-15: Grips

“Get a grip!”


This is an expression that usually means to get a hold of yourself or grasp a piece of information. This expression holds true for AR-15 enthusiasts as well. When shooting your AR-15, it’s important that you do have a good grip on your firearm so that you can actually shoot what you are aiming at. Plus, even while target shooting, you want to actually be able to hit what you are aiming at, otherwise, it’s not very fun.


Bootleg’s goal is to provide quality products and information for anyone that would like to build an AR-15. We offer a wide variety of AR parts and accessories so you can customize your AR-15 to suit your tastes. After all, you want your AR to be comfortable to shoot, which is where grips come in. Below, we’ll take a look at the importance of grip on your AR-15. Visit our AR-15 accessory shop, and order today!




When shooting your AR-15, you’ll need to use both hands. When you grasp the firearm tightly and securely, your accuracy will improve. If you think about it, the firearm becomes an extension of your hand and arm when held, so you need to maintain control over it. You’ll feel less recoil as well, which means you’ll be able to shoot faster because it will take you less time to return your gun to the right firing position. Having your gun slip out of your hands is never a good thing, especially in a life or death situation. Many people deal with sweaty hands, so having a good textured grip is important as well.


Hand Grip


The hand grip is the part of the gun that you hold. It usually has some sort of textured grip already that is non-slip and comfortable. The hand you hold your gun with is usually the hand you will pull the trigger with. This can vary by person, depending on if they are right or left handed, or if they are right or left-eye dominant. For handguns you can use just one hand if you are good, but most people use various holds using both hands on the hand grip for a more secure and effective shooting position. However, for guns that are long-barreled, such as the AR-15, shotguns, and other rifles, you will need one hand on the hand grip and the other hand somewhere on the barrel in order to effectively aim and shoot the gun.


Fore Grip


A fore grip is what the grip attachment is known as that is where your steadying hand is placed on a long-barreled gun. Also called forward grips or vertical fore grips, these grips sit on the forward part of your firearm. These are some of the most popular AR accessories on the market because for most people they are absolutely necessary when shooting a long-barreled firearm.


Fore grips were invented in the 1930s and 1940s when machine guns were. Users needed some way to control the gun’s muzzle and pull it down during automatic fire, as well as protect the shooter’s hand from the extremely hot barrel. Fore grips gained popularity in the 1990s when U.S. special operations began using them on their rifles. It didn’t take long for them to become a staple for most tactical guns. They can be installed vertically or angled, depending on your shooting preference.


Are Fore Grips Absolutely Necessary?


The answer is no. In fact, many people prefer not to use fore grips at all; instead, they just hold the barrel of the gun itself. This can be a better position because your hand is directly in contact with the barrel, making it a direct extension of yourself, so you have better control and aim. In addition, due to something called proprioception, which is the ability for our body to know where our limbs are in space, using fore grips can make it more difficult to be accurate. As your hands move away from objects, it’s harder for your brain to calculate spacing. Thus, you give up a lot of muzzle control when your hands move further away. Shooting with your hands completely on the barrel works well for shooting situations where your barrel won’t get hot, such as hunting where you will usually only fire a few rounds at a time. However, it’s impractical when shooting lots of rounds.



Bootleg is passionate about shooting, and our mission is to help support your firearm passion as well by providing you with the best AR parts and accessories on the market. We offer most parts for your AR-15 build, including handguards, carriers, upper receivers, gas tubes and blocks, and more. 


When it comes to shooting, you want to be comfortable and enjoy yourself, and you want to hit your target. Going to the range on a Saturday with friends where you consistently miss the target is just not fun, especially if your friends are hitting the target. Taking the time to set up your AR-15 for you and how you like it, as well as investing in AR-15 accessories so that you can be more accurate will be worth it in the long run.


Bootleg is a family-owned and operated, as well as a veteran-owned AR accessory store. Many of our AR-15 accessories can be found in gun stores near you. Check out our dealer locator page for more information. We also offer support on all of your AR parts bought from us. If you have a question or need help, reach out to us. Our friendly customer support team would be more than happy to help. 


We want you to be 100% happy with your AR parts and accessories you order from us. If not, we will be more than happy to refund or exchange your item. Choose from our Bootleg PicMod Handguard, our Mil-Spec Carrier, our Bootleg Enhanced AR-15 Upper Receiver, and so much more. Give yourself the gift of a great time with friends, personal protection, a great hunting experience, and more. Order today!

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