Review: Magpul MOE Grip for AR Platform

This post was published HERE previously on MSO…..

To be honest I often scoffed at the idea of spending my hard earned money on an aftermarket grip for my AR. I mean – it’s a just a grip, right? The standard AR grip has been around for decades and should be just fine. Well – several months ago I happen to have a few extra bills padding my wallet(rare occurrence) and was down in Columbia, SC at Palmetto State Armory. They had an entire section of the store dedicated to Magpul accessories and I checked out the Magpul MOE Grip.

standard AR grip

The Magpul MOE grip felt decent in the hand so I bought it. Once I got home I installed the grip on my Stag AR. Again, felt pretty good but nothing spectacular. A couple observations include:

  • Fills my hands more than the standard. I do not have large hands so initially was not sure if this was a good thing.
  • Ridges on the front and back provide some decent friction to secure the AR in the hand.
  • Has storage compartment but I do not use this feature.
  • There is a lip at the bottom of the grip which does help securement.
  • The “beavertail” portion that rides up the rear of the gun behind the safety and under the buffer tube provides a different feel. Good? I wasn’t sure initially.
Magpul MOE grip

I have attended two tactical carbine classes since installing the Magpul MOE grip. Although early on I felt like the standard AR grip was just fine – I have truly come to appreciate the Magpul. I very much underappreciated the importance of “grip” on the AR. During all methods of movement I found that the Magpul grip increased my connection with the rifle. That is a good thing, right?

With the Magpul MOE grip costing around $20 any benefit it provides is worth the minimal price.

By the way – the grip was easy to install. No issues at installation nor since. Construction is on par with other Magpul accessories which means very good.


– Rourke


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  1. Man, if you like that MOE grip, you’d REALLY like the MOE+ grip. It has a thin overmolded rubber skin on it, and it is WAY comfortable and phenominal in wet conditions. Im a firearms instructor part time and for fun, and my counterpart instructor is pretty hardcore. We have a group of like minded students, who are kind of our ummm…. “group” (for fear of throwing out any tag words)…….. who like us to make it hard on them. So, needless to say, when it rains, we still have class. I have the MOE+ grip on my Rem 870 and my home made version of a honey badger, and when the grip is wet, it is comfortable, and provides superior control over other grips. I tend to torture my gear to see where it fails, and Ive been neck deep in a lake with it, and coming out of the water, and it still had a great tactile feel to it. Try the MOE+ grip on the next build. If you like the MOE grip, youre gonna like it

  2. I use the K2 version. The angle on the MOE K2 is straighter than the .gov version and take the stress off of having your wrist bent.

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