Where do A2 grips go to die?


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mstirton
March 24, 2010, 12:38 PM
EVERYONE seems to hate standard A2 AR grips yet they continue to be the standard in the commercial AR market. Wouldn't it make sense for rifle manufacturers to include a MIAD, Ergo or at least Hogue instead? Switching this grip would then allow the buyer to resell the original as there would actually be a market for them. I know plastic is cheap but why do they keep making these things when there are probably a million sitting in closets around the country?
I have 2 MIADs, 1 Hogue (got it before I found the Magpul so I may switch it), and 1 A2 (1st 20" HBAR A2 that I don't ever shoot anyway). So which grip do you prefer and why?

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ny32182
March 24, 2010, 12:41 PM
The only reason I don't change out whatever is on there for a MIAD is if it is a mil-clone rifle that needs the A2 to be correct.

There is indeed a stack of extra A2s, ERGOs, and one Hogue (bought without trying it; the finger grooves don't line up for me) in my closet.

jobu07
March 24, 2010, 12:53 PM
I would assume people throw them into the "accessory" box.

I guess you'll have to change it from EVERYONE to nearly everyone. I personally like the standard A2 grip and havn't changed it out on any of mine. I've bought some that came with aftermarket grips though. They're alright, but I just like the A2 the best.

Arkady
March 24, 2010, 12:54 PM
I've got a few A2 grips in my parts box.

Personally, I run the MIAD. I find the texture provides a little more grip, and it allows me to do away with the finger groove without resorting to creative Dremeling. The ability to store batteries or a spare bolt is an added bonus.

R.W.Dale
March 24, 2010, 12:54 PM
I couldn't vote as my retro has an A1 and my 30HRT has a hogue

P.B.Walsh
March 24, 2010, 12:55 PM
I am thinking about switching from an A2 to a MIAD but have never tried it. The A2 grip is a little small and I neel like it dose not have alot of grip to it when my hands get a bit wet.

Can anyone tell me how the MIAD is any better? I have tried the Houge by the way and while it was extremly "grippy" it was far to small, smaller then the A2 even.

Thanks,
P.B.Walsh

P.B.Walsh
March 24, 2010, 12:57 PM
I am thinking about switching from an A2 to a MIAD but have never tried it. The A2 grip is a little small and I neel like it dose not have alot of grip to it when my hands get a bit wet.

Can anyone tell me how the MIAD is any better? I have tried the Houge by the way and while it was extremly "grippy" it was far to small, smaller then the A2 even.

Thanks,
P.B.Walsh

ny32182
March 24, 2010, 12:59 PM
Even the smallest MIAD configuration is a little beefier than the A2. I've got big hands, so that is good for me. Most people seem to run the midsize backstrap, but I like the large one. With the large, it is much bigger than an A2 grip.

P.B.Walsh
March 24, 2010, 01:04 PM
Hmmm, might have to invest it one......

briansmithwins
March 24, 2010, 01:15 PM
Where do they go to die?

I bury mine at gunbroker.com

BSW

Z-Michigan
March 24, 2010, 01:40 PM
I could sell you 5 A2 grips, an MOE and a couple Ergos right now...

DMK
March 24, 2010, 02:50 PM
I have two A1 grips, two Hogues, two ergos and only one A2 (on an M16A2 clone) on my AR15s. I have about five A2 grips in a box in my garage.

Basically, a grip is a grip. I don't consciously notice a huge difference when I'm shooting them except that I don't like that finger groove on the A2.

BushyGuy
March 24, 2010, 02:53 PM
i am happy with my factory grips on my Bushmaster, i dont see any need wasting money on accessories only on bullets and parts when they break :banghead:

ArmedBear
March 24, 2010, 03:25 PM
I don't hate the A2 grip. The AR is not a pistol, and the grip feels fine to me.

I've spent good money on target handgun grips, and some fancy-looking wood revolver grips that also handle well. The target grips upped my score immediately, and the revolver grips made the gun handle better, feel better under recoil, as well as look better.

On the AR, though, I see the law of diminishing marginal rate of returns smacking you with a vengeance, with $25 grips that are just a hair better than the ones that come with any LPK, and that seem to work fine for military shooting teams.

Spencer5883
March 24, 2010, 03:25 PM
Ergo fits my hand the best. It gets my finger in just the right spot for a good trigger squeeze.

DoubleTapDrew
March 24, 2010, 03:26 PM
Some manufacturers are getting the memo. My RRA came with a Hogue and the LMT had an Ergo. I like the Hogue better because it actually fits/fills my hand but I can see how it would be annoying if it didnt.

Zerodefect
March 24, 2010, 03:40 PM
I got nothing against the A2 grip. But I like how Magpuls grip holds my hand down lower. I can't slip and ride up too high.

I allso like that it matches the plastic on my Colt Handgards or Magpul rail cover hand gards. For some reason that feels better to me.

I safe my leftover parts to build a cheapo plinker to possibly sell.

KW
March 24, 2010, 06:11 PM
I ran a Hogue for a while, and then a Tangodown. Both "felt" better than an A2. But strangely I can control the gun better and more consistently squeeze the trigger with the A2, so I've gone back to it on my ARs.

jad0110
March 24, 2010, 06:23 PM
I don't hate the A2 grip. The AR is not a pistol, and the grip feels fine to me.

I feel the same way. So for me, there is no need to fix it since it ain't broke.

halfded
March 24, 2010, 06:27 PM
I sold mine along with the stock handguards online.

I've got the Hogue grip right now but want to switch it out for the Magpul MOE.

Anybody wanna trade? :D

RobMoore
March 24, 2010, 06:29 PM
I supposed I will toss mine in the back of the gun closet when I find one with a better angle. I'd be more comfortable with the grip angle a less than what the A2 has.

tju1973
March 24, 2010, 07:11 PM
Mine came with a Tango DOwn, but I would have been ok with the stock grip-- never had a problem with them in the Fleet, and I have smallish hands..

Jaybird78
March 24, 2010, 08:57 PM
I have two Hogues.

I would like to try a Magpul, but I haven't seen one at the range yet.

Quentin
March 24, 2010, 09:11 PM
The A2 grip is fine for me comfortwise and I like the look of it. It'll do.

Really I haven't seen the need to upgrade much on the AR I built last year. Must be slightly immune to BRD! :p

Z-Michigan
March 24, 2010, 09:53 PM
I have two Hogues.
I would like to try a Magpul, but I haven't seen one at the range yet.

If you like the Hogue, you probably won't find any benefit with the Magpul grips.

3006mv
March 24, 2010, 10:16 PM
I put mine on my spotting scope

Tirod
March 24, 2010, 10:46 PM
I think it's funny how the Army will outfit the new soldier with gloves in one size, and yet clothing sales will offer a range of sizes to fit correctly.

Gee, sizes of gloves mean hands come in different sizes. Hands in sizes mean grips in sizes. Big hands, big grips, small hands, small grips. I'm looking for a A1, I prefer it to the A2, like some others, the spur rides my hand at the wrong place.

Stocks come in different lengths too. Some of us even prefer long handguards.

Grunt
May 22, 2010, 05:07 PM
The only time I don't care for the A2 grip is when I'm building my retro rifles then I have to have an A1. Then the debate comes in as to weather it should be green like my 601, plain black like my late 603 or 604 that is in the build stage or mottled like my early 603 that is also just waiting on a lower. On the whole though, I have no problem with the stock pistol grip and see no need to go with the aftermarket designs.

m469699
May 22, 2010, 06:13 PM
The A2 grips go in the spare parts bin. I use A1 furniture because I am short with small hands.
Building a carbine with all Magpul MOE stuff to see if I can get a light gun that fits well.

Rokman
May 22, 2010, 07:05 PM
I have three Ergos and two Houges. The A2 grips are in a bin somewhere. I might try a Magpul when the rubberized ones are available because I like Magpul stuff. The Ergos are may favorite right now.

MetalHead
May 22, 2010, 07:15 PM
Mostly A1 but one has a OG A2 with the finger groove removed to match the CTR and CavArms carbine handguards. I bought a bunch of A1s years used ago for cheap. I have short fingers for my size so the A1 suits, the A2 finger groove is rather uncomfortable as are the ridges on the back.

wally
May 22, 2010, 07:23 PM
Never seen the point of replacing the standard AR grips. They work fine for me. I'd rather spend the money on ammo.

RockyMtnTactical
May 22, 2010, 07:25 PM
I've gone with all Ergo Suregrips on mine. Hands down my favorite. Money well spent IMO.

dom1104
May 22, 2010, 10:34 PM
Wow, I cant imagine NOT running a Magpul MIAD.

I am surprised people actually keep the A2 grips, but thats cool in its own way.

For me the magpul grip is just so much better. It fills my hand, so when I tilt my rifle to the side for a reload, especially while running its a lot easier to maintain steady control.

RockyMtnTactical
May 22, 2010, 10:48 PM
Wow, I cant imagine NOT running a Magpul MIAD.

Everyone is different. I am not a big fan of the MIAD. It's a good grip, but it's just not comfortable to me, personally. I like the texture of the Suregrip.

I tried several different grips before settling on the Ergo and I still try different grips even though I am not unhappy with what I use currently.

nwilliams
May 23, 2010, 12:54 AM
I don't care for the A2 grip, I prefer Magpul MIAD.

I had a couple spare A2 grips that I donated to the dollar bin at my local gun shop not long ago.

RobMoore
May 23, 2010, 09:52 AM
Still looking for which of the aftermarket grips has less of an angle than the A2s.

I find myself wanting something closer to straight up and down.

OhioChief
May 23, 2010, 10:42 AM
My RRA came with Hogue and I liked it so much I switched out my others. The A2 pinched my fingers and I really didn't notice it until I had shot for a half hour or so. Then it would be really annoying. There's probably something better than Hogue, but it fits me better than the standard.

mm1ut1
May 23, 2010, 12:08 PM
Same place Remington 700 SPS stocks go, EBAY!!!

jmorris
May 23, 2010, 03:41 PM
All of my ar's have the A2 grips except my cav arms lowers. On most of them I have belt sanded the nub off.

Ragnar Danneskjold
May 23, 2010, 03:52 PM
I keep my AR as close to milspec as possible, as it's mostly a training weapon for me. There are some mods on it, but only stuff I know I can do with an issue weapon like the stock (not the tube) and rail accessories. Anything that involves pushing out pins and actually changing the hardware of the weapon I won't do, as that stuff is banned on issue weapons.

peabody
August 29, 2010, 11:45 AM
A1 on everything for me.

Bartholomew Roberts
August 29, 2010, 12:53 PM
On my favorite AR, I have a Sierra SPR grip, which is still my favorite for rifles where I don't do a lot of offside shooting. I use the MIAD otherwise. I also have a big discard can of AR grips that didn't work out filled with the Oly stock grip (I call it "the hamhock"), A2 grips, Hogue grips, etc.

Snake
August 29, 2010, 01:50 PM
thats all i used is the standard grip. I like it and have tried others that other people have on there AR's and like the standard grip. call me crazy but i do.

Doesn't the good ol' Barrett M82 use the same style???:neener:

CraigC
August 29, 2010, 04:33 PM
The A2 just places too much of my finger over the trigger. I like the MIAD much better.

Al Thompson
August 29, 2010, 07:18 PM
I tolerated an M16A2 grip till my first carbine class - the finger projection beat my hand up pretty good. Magpul or Tango Down for me...

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