Gun Goals A Blog for Gun Enthusiasts Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:33:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gun Goals 32 32 Help! My AR-15 Fires When Trigger Released Thu, 04 Jul 2019 20:23:57 +0000 Have you built your own AR-15 only to find the AR-15 fires when the trigger is released? Are you afraid that your rifle is a lost cause because of this serious problem? Don’t be. This common trigger problem can be fixed with a little effort. Read on for instructions on how to fix this problem. […]

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Have you built your own AR-15 only to find the AR-15 fires when the trigger is released?

Are you afraid that your rifle is a lost cause because of this serious problem?

Don’t be. This common trigger problem can be fixed with a little effort.

Read on for instructions on how to fix this problem.

ar 15 fires when trigger released

What Is Happening

What’s happening in this situation is that your trigger isn’t functioning properly. 

The hammer is resetting too quickly or improperly and being sprung in both directions. This “double-tapping” is problematic, especially if you’re not ready for it.

This usually happens when you attach the trigger to the upper.

In greater detail, your hammer goes forward when pulling the trigger as it should, but when it bounces back it’s not fully catching on the disconnector.

As the trigger is released to its original position, the hammer should just let the disconnector move back to its original position.

But because of the gap, the release becomes tenser and the hammer releases again and fires another round. 

The ultimate problem is that there’s too big of a gap between the tip of the disconnector the trigger.

The hammer is resetting too quickly or improperly and being sprung in both directions. This “double-tapping” is problematic, especially if you’re not ready for it.

You’ve accidentally created a binary trigger pull which is not safe or allowed.

As long as none of the parts are broken, you can actually fix this with relative ease.

Try this fix below before you call it quits and get another part. Worse comes to worst, you can always take your AR to a gunsmith for help.

What You Need

Pin PunchYou need this pin punch to get the pins out of the receiver to disassemble the parts. If you a small pointed metal object or dowel, you can use that as well.

Metal FileYou need a small metal file to shave down the disconnector so that the hammer interacts properly. Some folks use a dremel, but this isn’t recommended.

Rubber MalletIf the pins are stuck getting out or having a hard time going in, a rubber mallet can help knock them in without damaging the rifle or parts.

Step By Step Instructions

Follow these step by step instructions and check out the video. In combination you should have no problem with fixing your AR trigger so that it doesn’t fire twice with one pull.

Note: If after these steps it’s still not working, you may need to replace the part.

#1 Remove The Trigger And Trigger Assembly

Start by removing the lower from the upper receiver using the pins connecting the two together. Use a punch if you need to or a screwdriver depending on the make.

Then, use your punch to remove the two pins in the lower receiver that hold the hammer and disconnector in place. Watch for the hammer spring that comes out.

Finally, push the small button on the mag well side of your rifle and move the safety switch into the firing position.

Turn the safety until the groove lines up with the trigger. This flat side lets you walk the trigger out of the receiver.

Note: It’s not absolutely necessary to remove the trigger itself, but it makes the job much easier. The disconnector is what you need.

#2 File The Front Of The Disconnector

Once the trigger group is taken apart, you need to work on the disconnector. Using a file, rub down the disconnector’s front end underneath.

Do this for a brief time and then check how the disconnector lays. You want the disconnector to sit flat and close the top of the trigger piece without much gap.

There is no way to know for sure at this point if you’ve filed enough.

A good check, however, is to hold the parts in place with your hands or half assemble the group back together. Move the hammer and disconnector to see if they catch properly with no gaps. 

#3 Reassemble The Trigger And Trigger Assembly

Using the same steps as you did before, reassemble the trigger and trigger assembly.

Don’t be done here! You still need to make sure the problem is fixed. 

#4 Test For Function

Always double check the chamber is empty!

Put the safety on pull the trigger. The hammer shouldn’t fall and you shouldn’t be able to pull the trigger.

Put the safety into firing position. Pull the trigger and hold it. The hammer should fall.

Pull the charging hammer with the trigger still pulled. Release the trigger slowly. The hammer should not fall, but you will hear a click.

Pull the trigger again. The hammer should fall.

If all of this checks out, you have fixed your trigger problem. If not, go back and file some more from the disconnector.

Congrats! You know how to deal with the AR-15 firing when the trigger is released.

Commonly Asked Questions

Is it a big deal to fire doubles? – Yes. It’s not legal to fire more than one bullet with one trigger pull.

This makes your rifle fire at an automatic level which is forbidden by the National Firearms Act of 1934. The Federal government regulates these heavily.

You can own one that does this on purpose with approval and background check with the ATF.

If you go to a range with a binary trigger, people can report you for having an automatic weapon and law enforcement can investigate.

The punishment for this depends on how much they want to push, but the price is steep.

Why is my trigger still not working even when I file the disconnector down? – Try filing down more bit by little bit and see if that helps.

It could be that the trigger just doesn’t work for some reason (broken, overused, not the right fit).

Buy another if you keep trying to fix it and it doesn’t work. Or go to a gunsmith and see if they can help.


We hope you found our answer to the problem of the AR-15 firing when the trigger is released helpful.

Following the steps outlined above can fix this problem and make your AR-15 build safe again.

Don’t give up when something like this happens! Check out helpful resources and keep plugging away.

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4 Best AR-15 Angled Foregrips Thu, 04 Jul 2019 20:17:43 +0000 Do you just find holding your AR-15 uncomfortable? Are you looking for something to help you aim more securely and accurately? An angled foregrip can make quite a difference, but most folks often forget about it. They’re a relatively inexpensive addition to your AR-15 setup, but it can make a surprising and positive impact on […]

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Do you just find holding your AR-15 uncomfortable?

Are you looking for something to help you aim more securely and accurately?

An angled foregrip can make quite a difference, but most folks often forget about it.

They’re a relatively inexpensive addition to your AR-15 setup, but it can make a surprising and positive impact on how you shoot.

It may be hard to find the right one for you, so we did the research.

Read on for more information on the best AR-15 angled foregrips and why you need one.

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What Is An Angled Foregrip?

Normally, when you have an AR-15 you place your shooting hand on the trigger guard and grip and your off-hand on the handguard below the barrel.

But some people want more security in their grip and shooting posture when they move about with their AR-15. So they add the foregrip.

The foregrip is an added grip that attached to the handguard of your rifle. It provides a more stable place for you to grip the rifle with your off-hand.

There are two main types of foregrips for the AR-15: vertical and angled.

The vertical foregrip is held just like a pistol grip, but with your off-hand. Some people really prefer this, but others find that its jutting profile gets in the way as you handle the rifle.

This is where the angled foregrip comes in.

An angled foregrip does what its name says. It angles towards the body of the shooter.

It offers a balance of a lower profile but still providing a good surface area for extra gripping.

Typically, angled foregrip turn toward the shooter at between a 30-45°. 

Reasons To Use An Angled Foregrip

There are many reasons to use an angled foregrip. We’ll list a few of them here, but there are many more you want to consider.

More secure grip – Using your off-hand to hold at the handguard is the standard shooting position, but no matter how much you adjust your arm, it will always be slightly bent.

With a foregrip, you have a place to add equal holding pressure from a better arm angle and add your hand’s strength to grip.

This creates an overall more secure grip. Also, most foregrips come with special texturing to give the grip a non-slip surface in the rain.

Lower profile – An angled foregrip has a lower profile than a vertical one.

The lower profile gets the part out of the way when you’re moving around and handling the weapon. If it sticks out too far, you can actually catch the foregrip on your clothing and branches as you go.

Greater control in tactical situations – In tactical situations (whether it’s live-fire or at a sportsmen’s club), you need to move and shoot a lot.

This creates a need to make the AR an extension of your body as much as possible.

With an angled foregrip and the more secure grip that comes with it, the rifle moves with you as you move.

So when you’re moving around obstacles and shooting as you walk, the foregrip becomes essential for a stable and secure shooting platform.

More comfort in long aiming scenarios – Even if all you do is hunt, you may still find the foregrip to be useful to you.

Imagine you’re sitting in the blind when a monster buck starts walking through the woods. You can see it through the foliage, but you don’t have a good line of fire.

You keep aiming and sighting through your scope as you wait to see if the animal gets any closer. You don’t want to rest for fear that you’ll miss your chance.

But over time, holding the AR gets tiring if your grip isn’t comfortable. With an angled foregrip, you have much greater stamina for aiming because it’s more comfortable.

Increased accuracy – In single shots or small groups of shots, your accuracy with or without an angled foregrip may not be much different.

But over time and over many shots, you may see a great difference. The foregrip is more comfortable and more secure.

As you get tired, you may see that your hand and arm get tired faster just holding the handguard. This cause you to lose the accuracy you had when you were fresh.

With a foregrip, you stay fresh longer and have increased accuracy over a longer period of time.

Decreased recoil – A foregrip connects the handguard and barrel of the rifle more powerfully to your off hand and arm.

Instead of all the recoil coming into your shoulder, it’s now passing through two points on your body. The disperses the recoil better making it less noticeable.

This also helps with the problem of muzzle rise losing accuracy when you fire shots repeatedly.

Features of Angled Foregrips

In this section, we talk about the important features to look for in an angled foregrip and how these features can impact the use of the AR-15 as a whole.

Use this section to educate yourself as you read the reviews below.


Foregrips are typically made from some type of polymer. Polymers work well because they are resistant to weather, light, and yet can have some decent durability.

However, not all polymers are made equally.

If you want a polymer that’s a little tougher than others, you need to look for reinforced polymers.

They end up costing a little more, but they are much more durable.

Some polymers are just reinforced with more polymer. This works pretty well.

The toughest polymers are reinforced with other materials like glass or fiberglass. Look for these if a long-lasting product is important to you.


A foregrip helps you hold the AR-15 better, but the actual design of the grip is important too.

Many foregrips add texturing to prevent slippage in the rain. Others add specific shaping to mold to your hand and fingers better.

The best way to see how good the grip is to look at what others who bought the product said. We did that for you and condensed the information down into the “Recap” section at the end of each product review.


Like the grip factor, you also need to watch out for a grip’s comfort.

It’s not just a matter of personal preference; an uncomfortable foregrip can negatively impact your shooting.

The less comfortable a foregrip is, the less likely you are to shoot. Then, you’ve just wasted your money.

Also, if the grip is uncomfortable, then you will get tired more easily. Tired hands and arms don’t shoot accurately.

Read what other people said about its comfort level, and see if it’s right for you.


Installing foregrips are usually pretty easy. Most are designed to attach to Picatinny rails.

But there are some cases where the foregrip is attached but not secure. This may not be a big deal if you only use your rifle for hunting.

If you use the rifle in tactical situations, then a secure foregrip is essential.

Another thing to watch is if the foregrip was made at mil-spec. These are set dimensions by the military.

Mil-spec gun parts fit with all other mil-spec parts with a minimal amount of extra fitting needed.


With all else being equal, you may want to consider the foregrip that has some neat extras. These extras may include things like:

  • Collapsible
  • Storage compartments
  • Insertable grips
  • Adjusting positions


When shopping, it’s only common sense to take the price of a product into account.

Angled foregrip are usually relatively inexpensive, but you may not want to just go for the cheapest product out there.

A foregrip can last you a long time and make a big impact on your shooting experience. Find that balance of quality and price.

Don’t forget to click the links to check current pricing which tends to fluctuate over time.

Review Of The Best AR-15 Angled Foregrips

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This is the section where we break down our picks into their features and discuss how that impacts the foregrip quality.

Use the guide from the features section above to help you think about each product and pick the one that best suits your needs.

Magpul – Picatinny AFG1 Angled Fore Grip

This angled foregrip by Magpul comes in at an average price, but the comfort and extras it offers are great for its value.

The foregrip is made from heavy-duty, reinforced polymer. This material is standard for grips because it’s tough and resistant to weather damage.

The low profile angled shaped gives you better general handling of the rifle while still being able to add that security to your grip when you aim and fire.

Magpul position the foregrip supports close to the centerline of the bore.

This position helps you, as the shooter, stay centered, and it helps the foregrip absorb more of the recoil from that contact point of the rifle.

The grip design keeps your palm up and more open than a grip which requires you to close your fist around it.

While this may seem less secure at first, this style of grip actually helps you have longer shooting stamina. A closed fist style grip exerts more force on the hand and makes you tired faster.

The foregrip also has molded grooves to give you a stronger grip during bad weather and rain.

Magpul also allows with this foregrip interchangeable inserts that slide onto the Picatinny rail. These inserts change the shape slightly to allow for a position customized to your preferences.

Overall, Magpul’s angled foregrip gives 5.5 inches more gripping space. You can purchase this foregrip in four colors: black, dark earth, O.D. green, and gray.

Users for this product had the following to say:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Easy to install
  • Tough and durable material
  • Customizable inserts are really convenient
  • Comfortable to hold and grip
  • Adds security to your shooting stance

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • May be insecure when installed

Strike Industries – Picatinny Cobra Tactical Foregrip

Strike Industries and their affordable foregrip try to create a lightweight product that is easy to use and adds a helpful holding platform for their AR-15.

The molded hard polymer provides a light grip without sacrificing much strength. This one may not perform as durably as reinforced polymers, but it should still do the job well.

The profile on this angled foregrip is very low. It only extends out from the rifle a 1 inch.

There is a hand stop at the rear of the foregrip, so you don’t slide off the end. There’s also a textured ribbing where your hand holds for stronger grip even in the rain.

The front of the foregrip has a ridged front face. This allows you to brace the rifle against surfaces like barricades for even more security.

Strike Industries designed this foregrip to secure to any Picatinny rail on your AR-15’s handguard. The company says that once attached, it’s completely secure and wobble-free.

You can buy this foregrip in two colors: black and flat dark earth.

The customer experience boils down to this:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Affordable pricing
  • Looks tactical and great
  • Ridge front end is a nice extra feature
  • Compact profile
  • Good gripping surface

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Installation bolt may stick out and dig into your hand

Stark Equipment Group – Express Grip

With Stark Equipment’s moderately priced grip, they were looking to provide the best foregrip for recoil absorption and increased accuracy.

The foregrip is made from a hard polymer for the balance of lightweight and durability. They’ve made the product resistant to weather, chemical exposure, and user error (drops and dings).

Stark believes that the proper placement for the foregrip is as far down the handguard as you can go, and they designed this part to do just that.

The farther down the barrel you hold, the more recoil you can absorb. Some people also claim this is the most comfortable holding posture because your arm is at a natural extension rather than bent.

To help make a secure grip, they also textured the surface for better security even when wet.

As an interesting extra, Stark includes a grip plug, opening up a place to store small objects in the foregrip itself.

The profile of this angled foregrip is more medium. This means that it sticks out farther than others that are lower profile, but it does provide more surface to grasp the grip.

For this foregrip, your color choice is black. It attaches with any standard MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rails.

User reports told us the following about this angled foregrip:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Good value
  • Comfortable placement farther down the handguard
  • Secures well to the rifle
  • Textured grip provides extra security
  • Storage place is a nice bonus

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Larger profile may make it get in the way

Daniel Defense – Ar-15 Stock Set W/Vertical & Foregrip Collapsible Polymer

Daniel Defense’s grip is the Cadillac of foregrip including all the bells and whistles and the higher price.

This foregrip is made from glass-reinforced polymer for lightweight and maximum durability. They also add a soft-touch rubber molding in key places to add some comfort to the grip.

The foregrip secures well to the rifle’s handguard. Its profile is a little higher than you may prefer, but Daniel Defense has a solution.

As your moving around and handling your weapon, you don’t really want a large profile foregrip. So they made the foregrip collapsible.

This feature gives you the benefits of the larger grip surface without the drawbacks of it getting in the way while you move around.

The foregrip is also textured with the soft-touch rubber. Even when wet, you should still be able to get a secure grip on the rifle.

As an added bonus, this product is actually part of a larger set. When you purchase the foregrip, the matching buttstock is included.

The buttstock contains the same polymer and rubber elements for gripping, strength, and lightweight.

The buttstock is also adjustable with insertable butt pads to give more or less length to the stock depending on what you need and prefer.

On top of this, each part was designed at mil-spec which means that it should fit with any other mil-spec part with little to no fitting adjustments needed.

This foregrip and buttstock set come in tornado grey.

The customer experience boils down to the following:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Very tough material
  • Strong gripping and comfortable rubber
  • Collapsible foregrip is a nice extra feature
  • Comes with a quality buttstock
  • Easy to install

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Higher price


We hope you enjoyed reading about the best AR-15 angled foregrips.

Some might consider these grips unnecessary, but comfort is completely necessary when you’re an avid gun enthusiast.

Without comfort, you won’t shoot as much or you get tired and then your accuracy suffers.

Use our article to help you find the right one for you and buy with confidence.

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4 Best AR-15 80 Lower Receivers Thu, 04 Jul 2019 20:04:08 +0000 Are you building your own custom AR-15? Would you like to more into the finer points of gun building? Then buying an AR-15 lower is a necessity. Finding the right lower can be tricky if you’ve never done it before. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. We looked through dozens of products and found […]

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Are you building your own custom AR-15?

Would you like to more into the finer points of gun building?

Then buying an AR-15 lower is a necessity.

Finding the right lower can be tricky if you’ve never done it before. But don’t worry, we’re here to help.

We looked through dozens of products and found the best AR-15 lower receivers for you. Read on for more helpful information and our reviews below.  

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What Is A Lower Receiver?

The receiver is considered to be the heart of the rifle. It contains the firing and loading mechanisms for rifles.

On AR-15s and other rifle like it, the receiver is split into the upper and lower receivers.

The upper receiver typically contains the bolt and chamber for the rounds to be fired from. Sometimes the barrel and sights are included.

Connected by pins is the lower receiver. This is considered the actual firearm of the whole rifle.

The lower contains the trigger, magazine well, and firing mechanism. It sometimes includes the stock, but not when you buy it separately.

Because the lower receiver contains the firing mechanism, this is the part that’s regulated. It’s also where the serial number is stamped.

The lower receiver can be considered the most important part of the rifle.

Features Of Lower Receivers

In this section, we look at the important features of lower receivers. Consider this a guide to help you pick the lower that best fits your AR build goals and experience.


Most lower receivers are made from forged or stamped steel or aluminum.

Steel used to be the most common receiver material for its durability and reliability. But it’s usually very heavy and more susceptible to corrosion from moisture and grime.

Over time, aluminum has taken over as the most common material. It’s lightweight, affordable, and still durable.

Despite aluminum’s status as the current standard for receivers, reinforced polymer is also quite popular and a solid choice.

In general, polymer is weaker and may not last as long, but new advances in technology and gunsmithing make it nearly as tough as aluminum and almost completely corrosion resistant.


The finish on the receiver refers to the chemical layer of protection on the part. This layer performs several important jobs.

A good finish can protect the metal from corrosion. If moisture and grime stay on the part, it can wear down over time.

The finish also provides some gripping power. This makes it easier to handle as you’re installing it.

The finish also gives the part its look or style. If you want a classic tactical look, black is the most common color, but there are some more outlandish colors like pink if you wanted to go for that.

Stripped Vs. 80%

Receivers come in stripped or 80% varieties. Stripped receivers cost a little more, and they are completely finished.

This means that are considered a firearm and, therefor, subject to restrictions in online purchasing. Buying a stripped receiver requires an FFL on file to buy online.

However, stripped receivers were finished by the manufacturers, so you can trust that they fit as advertised.

80% receivers are just like they sound, 80% finished. Because they aren’t completed, they avoid the FFL requirement.

It takes effort and time on your part to finish the drilling and milling, but there are often instructions and parts to help you along the way.

Finishing an 80% receiver is also a great way to customize and own your AR-15 build.


When buying receivers in general, you also need to check that you buy one that fits the right caliber and cartridge you’re looking for.

The standard ammo for the AR-15 is the .223 Remington or 5.56 NATO. All the products on our list are set for this caliber.

However, there are other options out there if you wanted to do a custom AR build such as the .450 Bushmaster.

Upper Receiver Compatibility

You need to also check that your lower receiver fits with certain upper receivers.

Many are made to fit with standard AR-15 uppers, but if you have a non-standard upper, then make sure the lower is compatible.

Check out our reviews for more information, but you can also always contact the manufacturer with more specific questions.

Drilling And Milling

When it comes to finishing the 80% lower, most companies provide instructions, but they aren’t always the most helpful.

Some companies go out of their way to help you finish the receivers with extra parts and kits. If you’re just getting into AR builds, then this is a necessity for you.

However, if you’re experienced in working on gun parts, then it’s not as important.

The best way to check how easy a lower receiver is to finish is to look at what other users had to say.

We did this for you in our “Recap” section at the end of each product.


On top of finishing an 80% lower receivers, you also need to install it in the rifle. Or install the other parts on to the receiver depending on how you look at it.

Like the drilling and milling, it all comes down to each product. The maker can help with their instructions and parts.

Ultimately, the only way to know if something is easy to install is to see what users said. And, yes, we took care of this for you as well by looking at customer reviews.


Lower receivers alone, especially 80% finished ones, are not overly expensive products, but you still want to make sure you’re not overpaying for something you don’t need.

You also want to make sure you’re not just buying cheap to get a deal, but then you end up with a product that’s not what you want.

Start by thinking about what you want in a receiver and then pick the one in your budget. Another good strategy is to bookmark this article and check back to see if any of receivers are on sale.

Review Of The Best AR-15 Lower Receivers

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In this section, we break down the lower receiver into their important features and show you how these features impact the use of the lower. Use the information from the guide above to help you decide which of these is the best receiver for your build.

Brownells – AR-15 80% Lower Receiver

Brownells lower receiver here is an affordable option that still gives great and consistent quality. This standard lower is perfect for those of you just looking for a quality part to help with your personal AR build.

This lower, like the others, is an 80% lower. This means that the part isn’t finished yet, and you need to do some milling and drilling to get it ready to install.

This does let you get around the FFL requirement for online purchasing, however, so it may be worth it.

The lower is made from 7075-T6 aluminum. This metal keeps the part lightweight while still being durable enough to function well over time and use.

When you buy this product, you also get a takedown-lug pocket.

The receiver features a broached magazine well. Broaching is a metal working process that gets fine and consistent machining of unusualunusual and hard to reach shapes like in a magazine well.

Brownells claims the receiver fits with many types of homemade jigs to help with the finishing process. This lower is also compatible with any standard AR-15 upper receiver, so you don’t have to worry about it not fitting.

As far as finishing goes, you have the choice of whether to get the part unfinished (no chemicals) or with a black hard coat anodized finish.

The finish helps protect the part from corrosion, but if you have a specific look or your own finish you want to use, the unfinished receiver may be the one for you.

The lower receiver is meant for the .223 Remington or the 5.56 NATO.

Note: Brownells will not accept any returns once the receiver has been modified.

The user experience boils down to the following:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Consistent quality
  • Metal is light and durable
  • Works well with standard AR-15 upper receivers
  • Affordable price

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • May be tricky to finish without prior experience doing so

Matrix Arms – AR-15 80% Lower Receiver Forged

Matrix Arms made their lower receiver at an affordable price with a tough and easily finished design. This may be for you if you’re just starting to get into AR builds.

This lower receiver is an 80% one. That means that it’s not finished by the manufacturer. This lets you get into the finer parts of the build yourself and also avoids the FFL requirement for online gun purchasing.

This part is forged from 7075-T6 aluminum. This keeps the part lightweight yet durable.

On this lower, all of the exterior machining has already been done. All you have to do is finish the interior pocket for the hammer and trigger.

This does make it easier for those who are new to AR builds. It also lets you customize a little bit more than some other 80% parts.

You can select this lower to come with a black, anodized finish or without any chemical finishing.

The finish provides good protection from corrosion. But if you want to customize the look of your receiver then the unfinished option may be for you.

Matrix Arms also includes a take-down lug pocket making it great for custom and advanced AR-15 builds.

As with other 80% lowers, once you have modified the receiver you cannot return it. This receiver fits the .223 Remington cartridgecartridge.

Here is what the customers said about the lower receiver:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Affordable price
  • Metal is light but tough
  • Exterior being finished makes it easier to mill the rest of the part
  • Allows for advanced customization

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • May not fit with every upper receiver

James Madison Tactical – AR-15 80% Polymer Gen2 Lower Receiver

James Madison Tactical’s lower receiver may cost the most, but it’s jammed packed with features and help that may make this the easiest lower to use.

As an 80% lower receiver, you have to finish it yourself. This lets you get into the building process yourself and avoid the FFL requirement for buying guns online.

The polymer material generally sacrifices some durability, but the companycompany is well aware of this. They added to its toughness by reinforcing the lower receiver in key areas like the upper left mag well, extended bolt release posts, and upper interface.

Polymer also makes the lower much easier to finish the drilling and milling compared to a metal part. James Madison makes it even easier by providing clear instructions and a jig for you to use.

The product is also finished in black which matches the tactical look of the AR and provides an easier to handle part.

Those of you wanting a custom look may wish it was unfinished in this way, but with some effort, you can refinish the style yourself.

This lower is also fully compatible with any other standard-sized AR-15 parts. The receiver is also set to work with the .223 Remington cartridge.

As with 80% receivers, once this part has been modified it cannot be returned.

Users had this to say about the product:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Polymer is lightweight and corrosion resistant
  • Very easy to finish
  • Installs easily with other standard parts
  • Inclusion of instructions and jig is great for new AR builders

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Higher price
  • Polymer may not be as durable as metal

Polymer80 – AR-15 80% Polymer Lower Receiver & Jig Kit

The higher than average priced lower and kit by Polymer80 is designed to provide a good receiver with a lot of help in finishing the product for use.

As an 80% receiver, you need to finish the drilling and milling yourself. But for those of you into building your own AR-15, this may be just fine.

It also lets you avoid the FFL requirement for online gun purchasing.

The receiver is made from their proprietary polymer composite. In general, polymer is weaker than metal, but Polymer80 helps this problem by reinforcing the magwell and buffer tube housing.

A kit comes with this lower receiver to help you finish the receiver with ease. This kit includes instructions, jigs, and bits needed to finish the receiver.

The kit includes:

  •  AR-15 80% lower
  • Set screw bolt catch pin
  • Dowel pin for bolt catch
  • Pistol grip nut
  • Pistol grip screw
  • Allen wrench
  • AR-15 jig
  • End mill for fire control pocket
  • Drill bit for safety selector
  • Drill bit for trigger & hammer pin holes
  • Drill bit for pin holes & trigger hole

Things left to be done are:

  • Fire control group
  • Trigger pin
  • Hammer pin
  • Trigger slot
  • Safety selector

This receiver fits the .223 Remington and the 5.56 NATO. The finish offers some grip and style to the receiver.

Polymer80 offers different colors for the finish including black, flat dark earth, gray, O.D. green, pink, purple, white, and zombie green.

As with other 80% parts, once you’ve modified the lower you cannot return it.

The customers had the following to say about the lower:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Very easy to finish
  • Easy to install
  • Many different color finishes for custom look
  • Kit is very helpful

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Polymer may not hold up over a long period of time
  • Higher price
  • Fitting with other parts may require adjusting

Commonly Asked Questions

What is an FFL? – The FFL is the Federal Firearms License.

While it normally only applies to people and entities who engage in business with firearms and ammunition, it also applies when you buy firearms and ammunition online.

Getting one is not difficult or too expensive. All you need to do is go the ATF’s website and fill out some paperwork.

You do go through some background checks, but nothing too complicated.

Why do 80% receivers not need an FFL to purchase online? – Stripped lower receivers are finished and contain a fully functioning firing mechanism.

BecauseBecause of this, it’s considered an active firearm, and you need an FFL to buy it online.

An 80% receiver is below the threshold of what the Federal government considers a firearm. For this reason, it isn’t stamped with a serial number, and you can buy it online.

The ATF does recommend that when you finish the AR you get a serial number imprinted. This helps officials track down crimes committed by the weapon if it were ever stolen and used by a criminal.


We hope you enjoyed our breakdown of the best AR-15 lower receivers.

These products are an essential piece of your AR-15 build, so picking one is an important part of the process.

The 80% lowers we reviewed are all quality products. Now it’s up to you to think about the features and specifications and make a confident purchasing choice.

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5 Best AR-15 Build Kits Sat, 29 Jun 2019 19:45:04 +0000 Are you looking to build your custom AR-15? Have you started looking at parts, but you’re not sure where to begin? Would you like to finish an 80% receiver for your rifle? Then what you need is an AR-15 build kit. There are a lot out there, so you need to be careful that you […]

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Are you looking to build your custom AR-15?

Have you started looking at parts, but you’re not sure where to begin?

Would you like to finish an 80% receiver for your rifle?

Then what you need is an AR-15 build kit. There are a lot out there, so you need to be careful that you buy exactly what you need.

That’s why we went through many options and narrowed them down to our favorites.

Read on for more information about our picks for the best AR-15 build kits.

ProductOur Rating

What Is A Build Kit?

There are different types of AR-15 build kits, but they all share the same common purpose.

Their job is boiled down to helping you finish the receivers on an AR-15.

In some cases, this means that they provide all parts and tools needed to finish the lower or upper receiver (or both).

In other cases, the build kits provide the tools needed to finish and install the parts you purchased separately.

Either way, it still falls into the category of a kit that helps you construct the receiver parts.

Sometimes, these kits can include other parts of the AR-15, but it doesn’t have to.

The focus on the receivers is because the receivers are technically the firearm. It’s the part that contains the firing mechanism of the rifle.

It’s also the part that’s more regulated by the government.

Why Build Your Own AR-15 Or AR-15 Parts?

There are several reasons you may want to consider building your AR-15 or AR-15 parts. These reasons range from personal to practical, but all are valid reasons.

Custom built AR-15 are a controversial subject, so it’s a good idea to be able to defend your decision in a reasonable way to those who don’t understand.

Who knows? You may be able to change some minds on the topic.

Here are just a few reasons you may want to build your AR-15 with a build kit:

You like to build things – Some people, like my father-in-law, love to take stuff apart and put it together again. 

He has built a couple of AR-15s at this point just because he loves to work with his hands and feel that sense of accomplishment when he puts together a complicated product.

This is a completely valid and easily understood feeling. If you give it a try, don’t be surprised at the immense amount of pride you feel when you fire an AR you’ve made with your own hands.

You want to customize your rifle – The AR-15 is considered America’s most popular sporting rifle, and one of the biggest reasons why is its huge level of customization.

There are thousands of options out there to help you get your AR setup exactly how you want.

Whether it’s a hunting build or competitive shooting build, using a build kit is key in getting the AR-15 just the way you want it.

You want to understand firearms better – The root of firearm safety and skill is knowledge.

Nothing helps you understand something better than putting all of an object’s little parts together into the whole.

Some folks want a grasp of how all the rifle parts work together for their understanding. If this is you, then doing an AR build with a build kit is essential for you.

You get an AR-15 for cheaper – If you have the patience, building your own AR can make a high-quality rifle much cheaper than buying it outright.

First, when you buy parts separately, they tend to be a little cheaper than when it comes pre-attached. This is because you don’t have to factor in the cost of labor.

Second, if you wait to buy each part until it’s on sale, you can get it for even less.

It may take a while, but the more patient you are, the more you save.

Features Of AR-15 Build Kits

Whatever reason you’re building your AR-15 for, you may want a build kit to help you out. But there is such a huge variety in the build kits, and you need a guide.

This section gives you a good start on what features to look for in an Ar-15 build kit. Keep this information in mind as you read the reviews later on.

Level Of Build Kit

This is the most important thing to decide before you start shopping for your AR-15 build kit.

What are you looking for it to do?

There are different levels of kits.

Some provide upper and lower receivers, buttstock, trigger assemblies, barrels, and more.

Others only come with the tools to finish an 80% receiver you purchased elsewhere.

In general, if you want to customize your rifle heavily, go with a kit that comes with the tools only. This way, you can buy the exact parts you want elsewhere.

If you want the experience of building the AR and you’re not as worried about the level of customization, then buy a kit with parts included.

This way, you also guarantee that everything fits without as much work.

Stripped Or 80% Finished.

If you buy a kit that comes with receivers (which most do), pay attention to the level of finish on the part.

A stripped receiver is finished. It has a serial number and is ready to install with help from the tools in the kit.

An 80% receiver is not finished, and it often doesn’t have a serial number, nor does it need one (see the answer in the commonly asked questions section).

It requires some extra work, but they’re a little cheaper. There are often great directions and guides included to finish the milling and drilling, so it shouldn’t be too hard.

Upper Receivers

The upper receiver is the chamber where the round is fired and ejected. Sometimes the upper receiver also comes with the barrel.

Upper’s can be made from lighter materials and must fit smoothly yet securely to the barrel and lower receiver.

The stock (not included in build kits) secure around the receiver.

Lower Receivers

The lower receiver is where the firing pin strikes the round and fires the bullet.

These parts are key to consistent usage of the AR-15. Look for a durable material with a good finish, and check out the user recaps for how it functions.

Sometimes these come with the trigger assembly, and the buttstock included.

The lower receiver connects to the upper receiver, trigger, and buttstock or stock.


Barrels are sometimes included in complete build kits.

If you’re comparing barrels, look for one that’s made from durable material and has some heat dispersing features such as specialized contour and free floating.


The buttstocks are also sometimes included with build kits. A well-designed buttstock can help absorb the recoil and keep your aim on the target.

Look for a buttstock that’s adjustable to your body and made out of a durable material with a good finish.

Easy Use

There are build kits out there that offer good tools, but they don’t include instructions on how to use them correctly.

There are also kits that give tools that do the job, but they aren’t as intuitive to use.

When you buy a build kit, be honest about your level of expertise in working on firearms.

If you’re new or not-as-skilled, get one that is proven to be easy to use.

The best way to see how easy a product is to use is to read customer reviews on the product.

We did that for you in the recaps section of each review. We make sure to point out any problems (or great successes) in this area for each build kit.


As always when shopping, make sure you buy something within your budget.

Build kits can get pricey depending on what’s included, so make sure to know what you’re willing to spend. However, don’t just go for the cheapest option if you need more parts or extra help.

If you are doing your build to try and save money, you need to check the prices of each of the products by clicking the link.

We make sure to mention the general price range of each option when compared to its other parts, but these items go on sale often.

An expensive item may not be that way when you click.

If you’re seriously into building AR-15s, bookmark this article and check back regularly to see if the prices have fluctuated.

Review Of The Best AR-15 Build Kits

best ar 15 build kits

In this section, we go into detail on what each build kit involves and the features the companies put into them. Keep in mind the features and your purpose for buying one, and you should have no problem making a choice.

Brownells – AR-15 Receiver Set W/lower Parts Kit & Stock

This receiver set by Brownells is the most expensive option on the list, but it’s a complete set of all the parts you need to complete your AR-15 build.

The kit includes an Anderson Manufacturing 80% finished lower receiver. The lower is made from aluminum for lighter weight but durability.

The lower also has a black anodized finish to provide some more protection from corrosion.

At 80%, you will need to install fire control/trigger group milling, trigger pin, hammer pin, trigger slot, and the safety selector hole.

The upper assembly is made from Brownells and features a 16” barrel with a 1:8” twist that’s chambered for the 5.56 NATO.

With an A3 upper receiver made from aluminum and 10” M-LOK rail handguard, you get a quality upper with the ability to add accessories onto it.

The buttstock that also comes with it has an adjustable pull, fiberglass-reinforced polymer, and recoil absorption mechanisms.

This all seems like a lot, but Brownells also includes all the mil-spec parts and instructions you need to finish the lower and assemble all the parts.

The user experience boils down to this:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • A ton of parts and tools included with this kit
  • Looks tactical and stylish
  • Once assembled, the rifle shoots accurately and consistently
  • Easy to finish and assemble
  • Durable materials and design

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Higher cost
  • The lower receiver is not mil-spec

PSA AR-15 Magpul CTR Lower Build Kit

This build kit by Palmetto State Armory includes everything you need to finish and assemble your lower receiver at an affordable price.

When you buy an 80% lower receiver separately, it isn’t finished and requires more parts. This kit completes the lower you bought.

All the parts included in this low kit are mil-spec, which means that they should fit with little difficulty any other mil-spec parts including upper receivers.

With the purchase of this kit, you get a CTR stock, MOE grip, and MOE trigger guard. These are in the Flat Dark Earth style, which is very much like the style the Army may use.

You also get their Palmetto State Armory Lower Parts Kit that finishes the lower you purchase.

Pro-tip: Get a lower receiver that’s also mil-spec. This makes it easier to match up and finish.

You also get a 6 position mil-spec buffer tube with this kit. A lot of great features to finish the lower receiver you’re working on.

Customers who used this product had this to say:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Affordable price
  • Parts and kit fit easily with mil-spec lower receivers
  • Quality and durable parts
  • The finish looks great and offers protection from corrosion

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • No consistent complaints were found

CMMG – AR-15 Lower Gunbuilder’s Lower Parts Kit

The CMMG kit comes with only the parts needed to finish the lower receiver you bought separately. As such, it’s extremely affordable.

The kit contains the following parts:

  • Takedown pin
  • Receiver pivot pin
  • Takedown pin detent (2)
  • Takedown pin detent spring (2)
  • Hammer and trigger pin (2)
  • Safety selector
  • Selector detent
  • Magazine catch
  • Magazine catch spring
  • Magazine release button
  • Bolt catch
  • Bolt catch plunger
  • Bolt catch spring
  • Bolt catch spring pin
  • Buffer retainer
  • Buffer retainer spring

It does not include the trigger, grip, and trigger guard.

This may be the build kit for you if you’re looking to fully customize your AR by buying every part separately.

The user experience boiled down to the following:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Good quality parts
  • Excellent instructions
  • Tools help with other receivers
  • Some like the no grip and trigger because they want more customization control
  • Low price

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Doesn’t come with grip or trigger

Brownells – AR-15 Lower Receiver Completion Kit

Brownells’ lower receiver completion kit is the build kit for those who still want to purchase their receiver to finish, but don’t want to also purchase separate grip and trigger assemblies.

This medium-priced kit comes with lower receiver parts and tools needed to finish an 80% lower. This includes:

  • Trigger spring
  • Trigger pin
  • Hammer spring
  • Hammer pin
  • Disconnector and spring bolt catch
  • Bolt catch plunger
  • Bolt catch spring
  • Bolt catch roll pin
  • Selector
  • Selector detent
  • Selector detent spring
  • (2) takedown detents and springs
  • Pivot pin
  • Rear takedown pin
  • Buffer retainer and spring
  • Magazine catch, button, and spring

It also comes with the trigger, trigger guard, and pistol grip.

All of the parts are made by Brownells and currently in production. They are mil-spec, and quality finished parts from this company, which has a great reputation.

It also includes a 6 position GI M4 carbine stock with adjustable pull and recoil absorption.

Here is what the customers had to say about the product:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • The complete lower kit comes with everything you need to finish the receiver plus grip, trigger, and stock
  • Good value for everything included
  • Easy to install, everything is mil-spec
  • Great directions and help from Brownells if needed

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • May come missing bolt catch springs, but Brownells quickly replaces them

Brownells – AR-15 Tactical Upper Assembly Build Kit

This affordable build kit by Brownells focuses on the upper assembly. This may be the perfect purchase for you if you’ve already gotten your lower and now you want the upper to finish off your build.

Though it focuses on the upper assembly (which is usually a simpler part), the parts that Brownells includes are good quality.

The Aero Precision upper receiver is made from 7075-T6 aluminum. This makes the part light and reliable.

To add to the reliability, the receiver uses M4-style cuts to ensure the smooth feeding. The M4 is the military version of the AR-15, so if it’s good enough for the military, it should be more than enough for you.

The upper receiver is stripped as well. This means that it’s finished and ready to install with compatible parts.

Speaking of compatible parts, Brownells chose all of these at mil-spec, so they fit easily with all other mil-spec parts and lower receivers.

This kit also comes with a DPMS forward assist assembly and ejection port assembly.

The upper assembly parts are all finished in a black finish for a tactical look and extra corrosion protection.

The upper assembly kit is made for the standard caliber, .223 Remington (5.56 NATO).

Here is what user reported about their experience with this upper assembly kit:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Kit includes all the upper receiver and accessory parts you need
  • Affordable price
  • Finish has a nice look and quality protection
  • Upper receiver is good quality and consistent
  • Easy to assemble and install with other mil-spec parts

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • DPMS ejection port and forward assist are good but nothing special

Commonly Asked Questions

Is the AR-15 an assault rifle? – No, the standard AR-15 you would buy for civilian use is not an assault rifle.

Many people mistakenly believe the “AR” stands for assault rifle when, in fact, it stands for ArmaLite Rifle (the company that designed it).

In the 1960s when the AR-15 was originally designed, it was an assault rifle capable of semi and full auto firing modes.

Then it was redesigned into the M$ for use in the US military. Later, it was rereleased to the public as the AR-15, but only with the semi-automatic function.

Without the full auto configuration, it is not considered an assault rifle.

Is it legal to build a fully auto AR-15 using kits? – No, fully automatic weapons are subject to regulation and restriction under the National Firearms Act of 1934.

This doesn’t mean you can’t own a fully auto weapon, but you must register and follow federal and state laws to do so.

However, building one is not allowed without a lot of paperwork, and the penalties are extremely stiff.

Make sure you know and follow federal, state, and local laws regarding firearms and help protect the reputation and the rights of responsible gun owners.

Do I need to put a serial number on my 80% finished kit? – Short answer, no.

As long as they’re 80% parts and you’re not building your rifle in a configuration regulated by federal and state laws, you can build without putting a serial number on it.

Here are some (but not all) controlled guns that you cannot build:

  • Short barreled shotguns
  • Short barreled rifles
  • Machine guns (full auto)
  • Destructive devices

You must also build the gun for personal use, not for resale or for gifting to someone else.

For a complete answer, check out our article on serial numbers and gun builds.


We hope you enjoyed our review of the best AR-15 build kits.

Taking the time and effort to customization an AR-15 to match your style is a great way to even more into the hobby of firearms.

These kits are a great way to help you finish the build or do one from the ground up.

It’s something of a rite of passage for gun enthusiasts to do their AR build and with these kits you can do so confidently.

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5 Best 6.8 SPC Magazines Sat, 29 Jun 2019 19:22:23 +0000 Are you rebuilding your AR-15? Do you want the extra power and efficiency of the modern 6.8 SPC, but you don’t have the magazine yet? We can help. We poured through many products to find the best 6.8 SPC magazines. Read on for our guide on magazines and the reviews of each product.  Product Our […]

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Are you rebuilding your AR-15?

Do you want the extra power and efficiency of the modern 6.8 SPC, but you don’t have the magazine yet?

We can help. We poured through many products to find the best 6.8 SPC magazines.

Read on for our guide on magazines and the reviews of each product. 

ProductOur RatingScenario
ASC AR Family Rifle Magazine4.4/5Budget Friendly
LWRC SIX8 30RD MAGAZINE 6.8 SPC4.5/5Editors Pick
PRECISION REFLEX MAGAZINE 6.84.8/5Alternative #1
D&H AR-15 6.8 SPC MAGAZINE 25RD4.8/5Alternative #2

Brief History Of The 6.8 SPC

In 2002, Remington worked with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit to make a round that would replace the standard .223 Remington (5.56 NATO) ammo used in their rifles.

They wanted something with more power to deal with new body armor and to be more efficient than the .223 R which had been used since the 1960s.

It’s based on a modified .30 Remington case designed to fit the shorter chambers. It’s also designed to work with semi-automatic and fully automatic fire the Army would need it for.

In 2018, the Army adopted a 6.8 caliber round as their new standard, but it’s never been officially announced if it’s the same 6.8 SPC or another variant.

Critics say that the 6.8 SPC doesn’t do enough to add its downrange power to make it worth switching for, but others say there’s a noticeable difference.

Features Of Magazines

In this section, we look at the important features of rifle magazines. This information should be helpful for you when you read the reviews below.

Keep your shooting goals in mind as you read this and decide which features are the most important to you.


Magazines can be made out of different types of material, each with their strengths and weaknesses.

In general, most magazines are made out of some type of steel. This metal has been used for a long time because it’s durable, resistant to corrosion, and stable.

Stainless steel is a common variant that shows up because of its natural corrosion resistance. Sweat, weather moisture, and other grime can get on the part and, over time, cause it to corrode or rust.

Once a part has started to wear down, it’s life is limited.

Another unusual but upcoming modern choice is to make the magazine out of reinforced polymer.

Polymer is great at resisting weather and grime (there’s no metal to degrade). You can also add some useful texturing for grip which makes the mag easier to handle.

The problem with polymer in the past is that it just doesn’t hold up over time as well. But new advances in engineering are making it more popular.


Many magazine manufacturers add some additional finish to the magazine. These finishes are usually chemical and largely depends on the maker’s preferred (often secret and patented) formula.

The finish on a mag can extend its life by offering more protection from corrosion. It can also make the magazine match the look of the rest of your rifle.

On a practical note, matte finishes don’t reflect any sunlight. This is important if you plan on using your AR for hunting.

No one wants to alert their deer to their presence with the flash of a magazine.


Capacity is a big feature to consider when it comes to magazines. You can often get them in different amounts that might fit your needs better.

A lower capacity magazine (5-10) may be better suited for someone only interested in hunting. The smaller mags have a smaller profile and won’t get in your way as much.

Medium Capacity magazines (10-20) may be best for someone who wants to shoot at the range a lot. Some of these also avoid high capacity regulation.

High capacity magazines (20+) are for those looking for a military feel to their AR-15. The main issue that arises with these is that there are regulations around owning and using high capacity magazines.

You need to check out your local and state regulations on the issue. Some states have strict rules on magazines even with as low as a 10 round capacity.

While you may be able to purchase them online, it’s still your responsibility to check what’s allowed and isn’t.


If you’re looking for the part of a magazine with the biggest impact on its reliability, look no further than the springs.

These coils exert pressure on the rounds in the magazine. As your rifle fires and ejects the round, the spring feeds the next round into the chamber.

Weak or corroded springs are responsible for the majority of misfeeds or jams in magazines.

The best ones are generally made from steel (even on polymer magazines). Top quality metal can help it keep its tension over many rounds.


The follower fits between the spring and the rounds. It’s the part the redirects the rounds into position and fed into the chamber.

Followers had traditional been made of metal themselves, but that’s changed over the years.

Polymer followers are the standard in today’s magazines. Good followers should also be designed with anti-tilt in mind.

This makes them not tilt or go crooked as your rifle fires. If the followers do twist, then the round may not load correctly, and you have a misfeed.

Followers can also have some extra features like a specific color, which helps with spotting and identifying when the mag is out and self-lubrication, which helps ensure reliable cycling.

A good follower-spring combination also helps with reloading.

Mag Well Fit

The mag well is the part of the lower receiver that accepts the magazine into it. It feeds directly into the firing chamber.

Not all magazines (even mil-spec ones) are going to fit exactly right in every mag well. But you do want to make sure it fits right.

When you insert the magazine into the mag well, you want to lock in place without much or any wiggle. If you tap on it firmly, it should stay in place.

No one wants a magazine to come out while walking or shooting.

At the same time, when you release the magazine, it should come out easily. You don’t want it to be so lodged in there that you need to pry it out.

A good place to start is looking at mil-spec magazines and lower receivers. The next step is to check that your magazine and lower receivers are a match.

The best way to make sure the magazine will fit is to check out what other users have said. We do this in the recap section, so make sure you check those out. 

Easy Use

When buying a magazine, you may also want to make sure it’s easy to use and easy to reload.

If a mag is a struggle to reload, you may lose your mind trying to reload that 30 round magazine time after time.

A magazine is an important but ultimately secondary part of your AR-15 setup. You don’t want to spend a lot of time and worry about it.


There are some magazines out there that say they have a 25 round capacity but only fire 20 without misfeeding.

There are also magazines that work great the first 500 rounds but fail consistently after 1,000.

In the recaps sections, we’ll talk about the reliability of the magazines. You want one that works well and consistently over the long haul.

Review Of The Best 6.8 SPC Magazines

best 6.8 spc magazine

In this section, we break down the products into their features and discuss how those design choices impact the use of the mag.

Use the information from above to make an informed and confident buying decision.

Barrett Firearms Mfg Inc – Barrett AR-15 30rd Magazine 6.8 SPC

The Barrett Firearms 6.8 SPC magazine may cost more than the other products on this list, but its durable design means that your investment won’t go unrewarded in the long run.

The magazine itself is made from solid steel for maximum durability and strength. To top it off, Barrett finished the mag in a black Teflon coating for extra protection.

It’s a good thing this magazine is strong because it has a 30 round capacity. This is perfect for those who want the military experience with this AR build.

Note: Check your local and state regulations about high capacity magazines.

This magazine is designed at mil-spec (military specifications) which means it fits with any other mil-spec part for secure installation.

The polymer follower is designed to ensure smooth cycling and easy reloading.

This magazine also works with the 224 Valkyrie rounds.

Users had this to say about the Barrett magazine:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Fits securely in the mag well
  • Feeds smoothly through all 30 rounds
  • Very tough steel and finish makes it work well over a long time
  • Easy to reload even with strong springs

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • No consistent complaints were found

ASC AR Family Rifle Magazine 6.8 SPC

This 6.8 SPC rifle magazine by ASC is in the middle of the price ranges when it comes to mags. Its simple but durable design may be just what you’re looking for.

To start, the magazine is made from stainless steel. This metal is standard for mags because it provides the durability of steel with the natural protection that comes from the stainless finish.

ASC still adds an anodized, matte black finish for more corrosion protection and to prevent glare off the sunlight.

This magazine has a capacity of 25 rounds, which is great for those looking for the military feel for their rifle.

The magazine may still be subject to regulation depending on your state, but it avoids some of that when compared to 26 or 30 round mags.

Including with ASC’s magazine is a grey, polymer anti-tilt follower. The polymer and anti-tilt design ensure smooth cycling and feeding.

Grey is an uncommon choice for the follower. Usually, companies use a brighter color, so it’s easier to see.

Grey would be great if you wanted it to match the tactical feel of the rest of your rifle.

Customers who bought the product had the following to say:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Tough construction lasts for a long time
  • Smooth and reliable feeding
  • Follower allows for easy reloading
  • The magazine can handle heavier grain ammo of the same caliber

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Grey may not be too noticeable compared to other colors for the follower

LWRC International – LWRC Six 8 30rd Magazine 6.8 SPC

LWRC’s 6.8 SPC magazine costs a little more than the average magazine, but its unique design makes it ideal for modern-day shooters.

This magazine is made from their patented M3 polymer technology. LWRC has designed this polymer to have enhanced strength, durability, and reliability.

They’ve designed a polymer magazine to meet military standards. To prevent over-insertion, they also added a stop piece.

For a 30 round magazine, you may be worried about the pressure all those rounds required to feed smoothly. LWRC recognizes this, which is why they still used corrosion-resistant stainless steel springs for reliable cycling.

LWRC added a non-slip texture to the front and back of the magazine. This provides a secure grip when you handle the magazine.

This magazine also features a red, polymer and anti-tilt follower. The bright color helps you identify the magazine caliber and load capacity as well as ensure smooth cycling and reloading.

Note: This magazine only fits new LWRC Six8 model rifles. It doesn’t fit older models or those made by other manufacturers.

The user experience boiled down to this:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Unique polymer materials resist corrosion excellently
  • Feeds smoothly and reliably for over 1,000 rounds
  • The follower has good color and doesn’t jam
  • The non-slip grip makes the mag easy to handle and use

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Only designed to fit new LWRC Six8 model rifles

Precision Reflex, Inc. – AR-15 Magazine 6.8/ 22 Nosler/ 224 Valkyrie

This magazine costs more than others, but Precision Reflex’s reputation for quality design in regards to strength, reliability, and durability makes this worth the look.

The magazine is made from a hardened-steel body for maximum life and strength. The feed lips are also tempered steel so that they don’t flex or bend.

With springs also made from tempered steel, they keep their strength and last a long time.

Precision Reflex offers this heavy-duty magazine in 10, 15, and 25 round capacities. This lets you pick the magazine to fit your shooting style and state regulations.

The copper-colored follower is made from the standard polymer and also features anti-tilt.

All of these features add up to a reliable magazine that lasts a long time. These magazines also work with the .224 Valkyrie and the .22 Nosler rounds.

The customer experience is condensed into this:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Very solid construction and magazine
  • Reliable feeding for a long time
  • Fits snugly into the mag well, but easy to remove
  • Ideal reliability for the 6.8 SPC
  • Compatibility with other calibers is a nice bonus

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Floor plate may be difficult to take off to clean

D&h AR-15 6.8 SPC Magazine

D&H’s medium-priced magazine for the 6.8 SPC has some slightly different choices in materials that make an interesting pick.

The body of the magazine is made from carbon steel. This special type of steel is a little lighter than standard steel, but some may say it sacrifices some durability.

To make it more resistant to weather and corrosion, they add their special Hostile Environment finish. This finish not only protects against corrosion but also helps make the mag scuff resistant.

At 25 rounds for the capacity, this magazine gives you the feel of military capabilities. Just make sure you check your state regulations on high capacity magazines.

To compensate for the large round capacity, D&H use 17-7PH stainless steel springs to feed rounds into the chamber. These tough springs add durability to the magazine and ensure smooth and reliable cycling.

In this vein, they also use a magpul polymer follower. This follower is anti-tilt and self-lubricating.

When users discussed this magazine, they had the following to say:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Fits securely in the mag well
  • Tough metal and excellent finish
  • Also works with .224 Valkyrie without any problems
  • Easy reloading

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • May have feeding failures at the full 25 round capacity

Commonly Asked Questions

What is the 6.8 SPC good for? – The 6.8 SPC serves the same purpose as the .223 Remington. It’s a round designed for battle situations.

Critics say that the 6.8 SPC does improve on all aspects of the .223 Remington for battle, although only by a small degree.

The 6.8 SPC could also be used effectively for North American big game hunting, shooting range practice, and competitive shooting.

How doe the 6.8 SPC compare the .223 Remington? – The 6.8 SPC is a 6.8 mm caliber round. The .223 Remington (5.56 mm) is slightly smaller than the new round.

The lengths are about the same with the 6.8 SPC being the smallest amount longer.

The combination of larger caliber and longer cartridge allows for more grain in the round and stopping power. This makes it a more powerful round.

The downside is that the 6.8 SPC will have a slightly harder recoil, which may make it less accurate at full-auto.

Is the 6.8 SPC good for deer hunting? – While the 6.8 SPC wasn’t designed for big game hunting in North America, it shouldn’t have a problem doing the job.

As a comparison, the 6.5 Grendel was specifically designed with hunting in mind. The 6.8 SPC is even just a little larger.

While the Grendel’s shape and grain actually may give it a bit more velocity (and recoil), the 6.8 SPC is very comparable, and the Grendel works very well when hunting.

Everything seems to show that the 6.8 SPC is also a good choice. The only thing that may hold you back is in extreme (>300 yards) range hunting on plains and prairies. 

Is the 6.8 SPC the new army round? – We don’t know exactly the new round that the U.S. Army chose for its rifles at the end of 2018, but we do know that it’s the 6.8 mm caliber.

It could be the 6.8 Remington SPC, but it could also be a slightly different design.

The U.S. Army was looking for a larger replacement for the 5.56 mm (.223 Remington) that it had been using since the 1960s.

It’s reported they wanted something with more stopping power in response to changes in modern warfare.

At the same time, they still wanted something that could be easily used in semi-automatic and fully auto configurations.

What do I need to change to modify my AR-15 for the 6.8 SPC? – To fit an AR-15 for a new caliber, you need to change the upper receiver and barrel. 

Fortunately, these two parts can often be sold as a package deal; then they’re referred to as an upper assembly.

Replacing the entire upper assembly costs a bit, but it’s the easiest and fastest way to do it.

You could also go about it by tearing the parts down changing receivers and barrels separately, but that takes a lot of extra work. I recommend just buying the entire assembly.


We hope you enjoyed looking at our picks for the best 6.8 SPC magazines.

A modern and high-quality magazine can the final piece in the AR setup you’ve always wanted.

Any of these products may be the perfect one for you. All you need to do now is take the information from the features section and compare it with our breakdown to find the best mag for your needs.

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3 Best .450 Bushmaster Upper Receivers Mon, 24 Jun 2019 01:38:40 +0000 Do you want your AR-15 to be a little better for hunting? Are you considering rebuilding your rifle to use the .450 Bushmaster ammunition? Then you may need to think about getting a new upper receiver. Finding the best .450 Bushmaster upper receiver can help you get the most out of your rifle setup. We […]

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Do you want your AR-15 to be a little better for hunting?

Are you considering rebuilding your rifle to use the .450 Bushmaster ammunition?

Then you may need to think about getting a new upper receiver.

Finding the best .450 Bushmaster upper receiver can help you get the most out of your rifle setup.

We here at GunGoals want to help. We searched for you and found the best products we could for you to compare.

Read on for more information on how to pick the best upper for your needs and our reviews of the receivers.

ProductOur RatingScenario
ATI COMPLETE 450 BUSH. UPPER5/5Budget Friendly

About the .450 Bushmaster Ammo

The .223 Remington was the caliber of choice when the AR-15 and M16 were developed. This ammo had the needed balance of decent firepower and being a lighter, shorter round that fit the quickfire options in both full and semi-auto configurations.

It was popular for a long time, but gun writer and Marine Jeff Cooper wasn’t happy with the caliber’s usefulness in civilian life.

He imagines a “Thumper” round more suited for taking down a larger animal at 200 yards when hunting as opposed to quick-fire against enemy combatants.

The .223 couldn’t handle that.

Hearing this idea, Tim LeGendre from LeMag Firearms developed the .45 Professional in this vein.

He shared it with Cooper and ammo manufacturer Hornady who requested they make it shorter.

So LeGendre and Bushmaster agreed, and that’s what brought it to the length of 1.700″, and they renamed it the .450 Bushmaster.

The .450 Bushmaster balances power with a larger bore and the easy, reliable use of the AR-15/M16.

What Is An Upper Receiver?

The receiver is the part of a firearm that keeps the mechanisms that are involved in the actual firing of the rounds.

On all guns, it usually includes the following parts:

  • Hammer
  • Bolt or breech lock
  • Action
  • Firing mechanism

It gets its name from the fact that the part is designed to “receive” both the barrel and the stock and handle. It’s the middle of the weapon and its heart and soul.

On a rifle, especially the AR family, the receiver is broken up into two parts: the lower and upper receivers.

The lower receiver generally contains the area of the trigger, magazine well, and firing pin.

Even without its other parts, it’s considered a complete firearm in itself, which is why they’re subject to federal regulations for registration and online selling.

The upper receiver is the rest of the part. Often, complete upper receivers will also come with an attached barrel.

This is convenient because not all barrels fit every receiver without fitting. By buying a complete upper, all you need is the matching lower for it to fit right into.

Why Get A New Receiver?

There are a few reasons you may want to opt for a new upper receiver.

If your current receiver is broken or worn, obviously you need to replace it even to use your rifle.

An older receiver is worth replacing too. New technology and design knowledge to create receivers that are better than the one that may have come with the one you got when you originally bought the rifle.

You may also want to upgrade the receiver from the stock option that came with the rifle.

More durability – The better-designed aluminum and steel alloys and finishes are more durable than the receivers of the past.

They can handle the heat better from repeated firing. They are also more resistant to corrosion.

Lighter weight – These new alloys are also lighter without sacrificing durability. This makes your rifle easier to handle.

Consistent function – There are also newer design choices, like free floating the barrels, that help the receivers work more consistently over a longer period.

Extra features – Stock parts may not come with extra features either. These extras can include different mounting options, muzzle brakes, and Picatinny rails.

Extra features are important when you go through the effort of building your AR-15.

If you’re doing all the work, you want to get it set up exactly how you need it to be used, and extras go a long way to helping to just that.

Features Of Upper Receiver

In this section, we offer a quick guide on what to look for in an upper receiver. Use this information to inform your reading when you check out the reviews below.

Not every upper may be right for every situation, but this guide should help you know which features may be important to your specific needs.


As with most gun parts, the material the upper receiver and the attached barrel are made from directly impacts the product’s usefulness.

The two main choices that companies go with are aluminum and steel. Each has specific pros and cons.

Aluminum is becoming more popular because it’s a lighter metal that’s still pretty tough.

It may not hold up under a lot of repeated firing, but when you only use the rifle for hunting (like many people do when it’s set up with the Bushmaster ammo), it should be fine.

Steel and its variants (stainless, chrome moly, etc…) have been the standard in the past. It’s tough, durable and resistant to damage and grime.

The main downside of steel is its weight. If you have a longer barrel on your upper, then the rifle may get harder to carry and handle.


To compensate for weaknesses in metal and add heat and corrosion protection, many manufacturers add a special finish to the upper receiver.

This finish can be as simple as a powder coating or as complicated as chrome lining. Any finish helps, but not all finishes are the same quality.

Make sure to check each product for the type of finish it uses. This can dramatically increase the life and reliable function of the upper.

Barrel Length

Complete upper receivers (like the ones on our list) come with a barrel attached. The barrel length may vary depending on the maker.

With the .450 Bushmaster ammo, a 16” barrel is the most common length. This gives a good balance of accuracy and recoil management.

Longer barrels may be a good choice for you if you want more range and velocity out of your rifle. But it becomes harder to handle because of the extra weight and the recoil is worse.

Barrel Design

On modern rifles, uppers and their barrels are designed to deal with the heat that comes off the barrel when you’re firing.

It used to be that the handguard would hug the barrel tightly for a more fit.

But then the heat was trapped in the barrel, and they noticed that the barrel and handguard would warp over time, which caused poor accuracy and a shorter life span.

New design techniques include a free floating barrel. This means that the handguard is only connected to a few key points.

By giving the barrel more space, the air disperses the heat faster and makes the entire upper receiver more effective.


If you’re going through an AR rebuild, you should check how easy or difficult the installation is. This is especially true if it’s your first time doing one of these.

Most companies will claim that their products drop right in and are simple to use, but this may not be the case in real life.

In general, if the description of the upper talks about fitting a mil-spec lower, it is fairly easy to install the part yourself.

However, the best way to tell if it’s easy or not is to look at what other users had to say.

We took care of this for you in our recaps section in each of the reviews.

If you’re new to working with gun parts, make sure you go for an easy installation. Otherwise, it’s up to you what you want to try.


We’re not going to lie; upper receivers aren’t cheap.

They’re one of the key components to your weapon and involve many of the most intricate working parts.

Don’t think of it as throwing money away, though; think of it like investing.

Upper receivers can last a long time and make all the difference in your rifle build.

You may be able to find a cheaper part than what we found, but chances are, it’s going to fail you at the worst possible time.

Still, there’s some variation in price on the products we picked. So find the one that works for you.

Review of the Best .450 Bushmaster Upper Receivers

best 450 bushmaster upper

Here we break down the products we found for the best .450 Bushmaster upper receivers.

Keep the information from the section above in mind as you read and decided which of these is the best for you.

Bushmaster .450 Upper Complete

The upper receiver by Cabela’s is at the upper end of the price range, but this the company that makes the ammo so you can expect a good match for the ammo.

The .450 Bushmaster upper is designed to mount right onto an AR-15 mil-spec lower receiver making this an easy part to install.

Aluminum makes up the forend, which provides an attempt to balance light weight and durability. It may not be as tough in the long run as steel, but it makes the weapon easier to handle.

To compensate for the metal, Bushmaster lined the bore and chamber with chrome. This is one of the upper’s best features.

The chrome lining serves several purposes:

  • Protects from corrosion
  • Ensure smooth operation
  • Makes it easy to clean
  • Adds durability in the key parts of the upper

As a complete upper receiver, it also includes a 16in barrel that free floats from the aluminum forend.

Free floating the barrel keeps the parts working longer because the heat from the barrel doesn’t damage the rest of the upper. 

It also improves accuracy as the barrel heat is more quickly disbursed by all the air between the barrel and the rest of the upper.

When you buy this upper, you also get a 5 round magazine.

Here’s what users had to say about this product:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Drops right into your .450 Bushmaster AR build
  • Perfect upper for a hunting rifle
  • Chrome lining makes a big difference in the life of the upper
  • Improves accuracy for your rifle

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Bolt may stick after you use it for a while

ATI – AR-15 16″ Complete 450 Bushmaster Upper Receiver

ATI’s upper receiver is a medium-priced replacement for your upper that completes you .450 Bushmaster build on your AR-15. Despite it’s simple, yet quality design, it still features some nice extras.

The upper is made from aluminum for a balance of lightness and durability. This is a common choice for uppers.

The handguard is also made from aluminum and free floats away from the 16” barrel. This feature adds to the life and accuracy of the parts.

The barrel uses the carbine length gas system which is ideal for the length of the barrel.

It ensures accuracy and lowered recoil which isn’t to say the .450 Bushmaster won’t give any kick, but it’ll be a little less than other systems.

From this platform, ATI includes a bunch of extra features that may be what you’re looking for this complete upper receiver:

  • KeyMod compatible handguard
  • Picatinny rail for mounting
  • 5 round magazine
  • 3-port muzzle brake

This is what the customers had to say about the upper receiver:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Affordable price
  • It comes with a ton of features that make it a great valued addition
  • Tough and durable design
  • Designed to increase accuracy in the 200-yard range for hunting

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • May require some effort to install

Radical Firearms – AR-15 Complete 450 Bushmaster Upper Receivers

Radical Firearms designed this medium-priced upper for the .450 Bushmaster or other larger caliber rounds and focused their design energy on making a quality product with some nice extra features.

They chose to make this product out of chrome-moly steel, which is durable and resistant to heat and corrosion damage. The downside of this choice is the higher weight.

With a Melonite finish, there’s some extra protection there as well making this one of the longer lasting options on our list.

The installation should be easy if you have experience. It was designed to fit with any mil-spec lower receiver easily.

You can buy this upper with 16” and 20” barrel options. Both of these are fine lengths for hunting with the .450 Bushmaster.

Along with these lengths, it also uses a mid-length gas system for the 16” barrel and a rifle length gas system for the 20” option. These choices help a lot with accuracy and reliable precision over repeated firing.

On top of this, Radical Firearms also includes the following extras:

  • Standard charging handle
  • Custom Radical Firearms Panzer Brake
  • 15” Free floating M-LOK handguard rail
  • Gen 3 Picatinny rails

When the user talked about their experience with the product, it boiled down to the following:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • A lot of nice extras
  • Affordable price
  • Drops in easily with mil-spec lowers
  • Tough steel gives it a long life

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • May be heavy when handling the 20” option especially

Side By Side Comparison

In this section, we’ll look at the features of each upper receiver side by side. This section may be useful for you as a quick reference chart to help you decide which one to buy.

If you have any questions on the importance of a feature, make sure to go back to the reviews and look at the details there. You’ll also find the customer review recaps in that section as well.

Features Bushmaster Upper Receiver ATI Upper Receiver Radical Firearms Upper Receiver
Caliber .450 Bushmaster .450 Bushmaster .450 Bushmaster
Manufacturer Bushmaster American Tactical, Inc. Radical Firearms
Material Aluminum Aluminum Chrome moly steel
Installation Easy drop-in Drop-in with effort Drop-in
Barrel length 16 inches 16 inches 16 inches and 20 inches
Barrel design Free floating Free floating Free floating
Finish Chrome-lined bore and chamber Black Melonite
Buying options Only one option Only one option Two size options
Extras 5 round magazine KeyMod compatible handguardPicatinny rail for mounting5 round magazine3-port muzzle brake Standard charging handleCustom Radical Firearms Panzer Brake15” Free floating M-LOK handguard railGen 3 Picatinny rails
Price High Medium Medium

Looking at the products side by side may give you a new perspective as you decide which is the best .450 Bushmaster upper for you.

Make sure you check the current pricing for potential sales and price changes, which could dramatically impact your decision.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is the range of the .450 Bushmaster ammo? – There’s some debate on the exact effective range for the .450 Bushmaster, but the answer is somewhere between 200-250 yards.

The difference depends on several different factors that may impact your shooting.

The first one is your ability. If you don’t know how to hold, aim, and accurately, it doesn’t matter the range of your gun.

A longer barrel can also extend the effective range by providing more velocity. The downside of this is the higher recoil and wear on the parts.

Is the .450 Bushmaster good for deer hunting? – Yes!

The .450 Bushmaster was specifically designed with hunting larger game in mind.

It’s much larger than the standard .223 Remington ammo, so it has more stopping power. Any standard big or small game in the US will benefit from using the .450 ammo.

In the United States, unless you’re hunting on a prairie, you won’t hunt outside of the 250-yard effective range of the ammo either.

Does the .450 Bushmaster have strong recoil? – Yes, but it’s manageable.

As a .450” caliber when compared to the .223 Remington standard for the AR-15 it’s a much larger caliber.

Because it’s bigger, it needs more gunpowder to get it moving, and this is what gives it the kick.

Many gun owners compare it to the recoil of a 20 gauge shotgun. With a good stock and muzzle brake, you can lessen the effects of the recoil to one where you don’t notice it as much.

Take care if you choose a longer barrel, though. This will increase its recoil, but you’ll get a better range and higher velocity from the .450 round.

What does mil-spec mean? – Mil-spec is the short version of the phrase “Military Specifications.”

The military likes to standardize their equipment to common dimensions. This makes it easier for them to produce parts that easily switch with another.

It also serves the added benefit in isolated situations of being interchangeable with other parts and weapons.

When it’s seen on civilian gun parts, it means that the part is made with military specs in mind. Anything with “mil-spec” on it should easily fit any other mil-spec part.

This isn’t always the case, but it’s a good place to start.

Are receivers regulated for online sale by the government? – Yes and no.

When it comes to rifles, especially the AR-15, the lower receiver is the part that qualifies for federal regulation.

This regulation limits the sale online to those with registered licenses. This process isn’t hard to go through, but it takes a bit of time.

You can get around this by buying 80% receivers which aren’t finished. You have to do the end milling and drilling yourself, but you can buy it online.

Upper receivers don’t qualify, so you can freely purchase these online without any problems. 


We hope you enjoyed our guide to the best .450 Bushmaster upper receivers.

Getting the best one can be tricky, but it’s important. A good upper can improve accuracy, keep your rifle working for a long time, and match the shooting setup of your dreams.

By looking at the .450 Bushmaster’s purpose, our guide, and the reviews above, we hope you can buy with confidence.

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5 Best 6.5 Grendel Magazines Mon, 24 Jun 2019 01:17:14 +0000 Did you rebuild your AR-15 to take the modern 6.5 Grendel ammo? Are you looking for the perfect magazine to complete your rifle build? Finding the best 6.5 Grendel magazine can be tricky. You don’t want to be out in the field and run out of ammo or have a round jam. We did the […]

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Did you rebuild your AR-15 to take the modern 6.5 Grendel ammo?

Are you looking for the perfect magazine to complete your rifle build?

Finding the best 6.5 Grendel magazine can be tricky. You don’t want to be out in the field and run out of ammo or have a round jam.

We did the hard work and sorted through a lot of options to come up with this list.

Read on for details on the 6.5 Grendel, magazines, and our reviews of the best products below.

ProductOur RatingScenario
ASC 6.5 Grendel Black Stainless Steel4.6/5Budget Friendly
ASC 6.5 GRENDEL 25RD CAPACITY4/5Alternative #1
C PRODUCTS DEFENSE 6.5 GRENDEL 26R3.5/5Alternative #2

About The 6.5 Grendel

In 2002, ammunition manufacturer Hornady designed their new ammo, the 6.5 Grendel.

They sought to make a better battle ready ammo for the AR-15 which had been in place for decades. They thought it was time for a change.

By making the 6.5 Grendel (.264) a little bigger than the standard .223 Remington (5.56 NATO), Hornady was able to provide more power and accuracy with less recoil.

They did this by making the shape of the round “chubby.” This helped fit the larger round into the shorter length required while still being a bigger grain.

Many gun experts consider it to be a better round in every way except the price, which is only a little more expensive than the other.

While the Grendel was designed to be the battle round, the 6.5 Creedmore released in 2008 was meant to be the match quality round.

Benefits Of Quality Magazines

There are several reasons to get a new magazine. Maybe you’re on the fence about getting a new one.

Here are a few of the benefits you might get from buying a new quality magazine:

Easy reloading – Not all magazines are easy to reload. By switching to a newer mag, you can choose the one that’s simple to reload if you’ve had problems with this in the past.

Consistency – Some magazines over time begin to have the occasional jam or misfeed. This can create a dangerous situation.

It might be time to get a new one with a consistent and reliable function if you’re starting to notice these problems.

Higher capacity – It might be that the mag that came with the AR-15 initially doesn’t hold as much as you’d like. Looking for a magazine with a higher capacity might make your shooting experience more fun.

Just make sure you check local, state, and federal regulations on what capacity is allowed.

New build or caliber – The AR-15 is excellent for rebuilding or customizing to meet what you want. If you’re switching to the 6.5 Grendel for your ammo, you’re going to need a new magazine.

Lower profile – Some magazines are designed with different styles. This means that magazines with the same capacity may not take up the same space or profile.

If you’re getting caught by a bulky magazine, then you can choose a lower profile mag to meet your needs.

Features of Magazines

In this section, we’ll look at the common features of rifle magazines and how to pick the best one for your needs.

Use this section to keep yourself informed as you check out our reviews below.


The standard material for magazines is stainless steel. This metal is naturally sturdy and resistant to grime.

Not all stainless steel is equally rated, though. If a magazine is made from higher rated steel, it should last longer.

Other chemical finishes can help with protection from corrosion and ensure reliable cycling over time.


Of course, you need to consider a magazine’s capacity.

If you’re only using the rifle for hunting, a smaller magazine may be best for you. If you want to shoot competitively or at the range, you can opt for more rounds.

Take care you know the regulations in your area regarding high capacity magazines, so you don’t get into trouble.


The follower is a little guide that serves the dual purpose of pushing the rounds into the chamber and making reloading the magazine easier.

Colored polymer followers are the new standard with blue being considered the most effective color. 


All manufacturers will tell you that their magazines cycle smoothly and reliably every time, but that may not be the case.

In the recaps sections below, we’ll make sure to note any magazines that tend to jam. Usually, this happens at the end of the magazines capacity.


The springs are the part that pushes the follower and cartridges into the rifle chamber as you fire. Because of this, you want to make sure the springs are good.

Usually, springs are made from steel or chrome silicon.

Steel springs have more power and are therefore more reliable, but they tend to be harder on the part.

Silicone is more comfortable in the magazine, but it tends to jam over time.

Mag Well Compatibility

Even if the magazine is designed for the AR family, that doesn’t mean it always fits precisely right in the magazine well.

The best magazines fit snugly in the well, but they are also easy to remove in a pinch. This isn’t always the case, and we make sure to highlight this if there are problems with the products in this area.

Our Review Of The Best 6.5 Grendel Magazines

best 6.5 grendel magazines

In this section, we break down each of the products into their features and how it might impact your shooting experience.

Balance the information from the features section above with what you read below to find the best 6.5 Grendel magazine for your needs.

E-lander – Ar-15 Magazine 6.5 Grendel Steel Black

The E-lander magazine costs a little more than other magazines, but its design may have everything you want.

The magazine has a 24 round capacity which is perfect for people who take this rifle to shoot at the range. But this is usually subject to regulations regarding high capacity magazines.

It also comes in 4, 10, and 17 round options if you’re looking for something more suited for hunting and free regulations (depending on the local and state laws as well).

It’s made out of heat-treated stainless steel. This makes it sturdier and better able to stand the higher recoil and pressure from the larger 6.5 Grendel rounds.

The white polymer follower is self-lubricating and non-tilt designed. This keeps the magazine reloading smoothly without any jams.

E-lander uses a high strength spring for optimal reload speed as well. To compensate for the added pressure, especially in the higher capacity options, they apply a heavy-duty steel floorplate.

Here’s what users had to say about the magazine:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Very reliable and consistent
  • Lasts a long time without losing its reliability
  • Smooth inserting into the rifle
  • Tough material and design

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Slightly higher price
  • May not fit all the rounds as advertised

ASC AR Family Rifle Magazine 6.5 Grendel

This AR magazine for the 6.5 Grendel is affordable and is built with some of the standards you look for in a magazine.

It’s made from heat-treated, 410 stainless steel to provide durability in the face of the more significant recoil and pressure from the larger 6.5 Grendel ammunition.

On top of this excellent material, ASC also used their special chemical for finishing the metal. This prevents corrosion from moisture and grime.

An added feature of this finish is that it helps the magazine be “self-lubricating.” It adds to the smooth and reliable function of the part.

This magazine has a 10 round capacity which is just in the sweet spot for hunting and target shooting alike.

With a blue follower, you’ll easily be able to see when you’re out of ammo. The anti-tilt design should make it easy to reload and provide more consistency as you fire.

The chrome silicon springs push the rounds up into the chamber as you fire. In general, this material isn’t as powerful as steel springs, but they are more resistant to corrosion.

The floor plate is also made of stainless steel to provide a secure base for the part to fire from.

Customers who used the magazine also had the following to say:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Great consistent use
  • Works well over a long period
  • Resistant to weather damage
  • The blue follower is an excellent addition

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • No consistent complaints about this magazine were found

C-products – Ar-15 Magazine 6.5 Grendel

C-products magazines come in at the medium price range and have their special design to make the most of your 6.5 Grendel ammo.

The magazine is made of stainless steel to give as much durability under fire as possible.

It’s finished with matte black to reduce glare from sunlight, which is important when hunting. This simple finish does offer some basic protection from corrosion as well.

The blue follower is made of polymer and is anti-tilted in design to ensure smooth function while shooting and easy reloading. The blue color makes it easy to see when you’re out of ammo.

C-products made their springs as durable as they could without making it too strong for the magazine. This balances reliable function with wear on the magazine.

This magazine can come in different capacities for different types of shooting. C-products offers this mag in 5, 10, 20, and 28 round options.

Make sure you understand the regulations surrounding high capacity magazines when you purchase the kind you want.

The user experience boils down to the following:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Very reliable function and cycling
  • Tough, durable material and design
  • Continues to work well over time
  • Resistant to dropping damage
  • The curved shape on higher capacity mags keeps the profile low

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • May fit too tightly in the mag well and be difficult to pull out
  • May not fit as many rounds as advertised

Asc Magazine: Ar-15: 6.5 Grendel

This high capacity magazine by ASC is specially designed to handle a lot of ammo and firing for the AR-15 with 6.5 Grendel ammo.

Like most other magazines, this one is made from stainless steel which provides durable material even under the heat of repeated firing.

It’s received a matte black powder coating for corrosion protection and reducing glare from light and sun.

For this magazine, ASC opted to make it at a 25 round capacity. If you’re interested in shooting competitively or at the target range, this may be the mag for you then.

It features a blue, polymer, anti-tilt follower for optimal cycling and easy reloading. The blue color makes it easier to see when you run out of ammo as well.

The chrome silicon springs are an interesting choice for such a high-capacity magazine. They need to be strong enough to cycle all rounds easily but without overfeeding or jamming the chamber.

Silicon springs should handle this pretty well, although steel springs are usually the standard for larger capacity mags.

ASC also chose to reinforce the magazine with a 300 series stainless steel floor plate which greatly improves the life of the weapon.

When the customers used the product, they had the following to say about their experience:

Positives Recap about This Product Experience

  • Great value for the price and quality
  • Fits securely in the magazine
  • Smooth and reliable cycling
  • Fast and easy company to work with
  • Durable design and long life

Negatives Recap about This Product Experience

  • May come with a manufacturer’s defect
  • May fit loosely in the magazine well

C Products Defense 6.5 Grendel Magazine

This magazine has a higher capacity and quality design that makes up for its slightly higher price in the 6.5 Grendel magazine category.

C Products made this magazine out of 400 series stainless steel. This is a step up in durability than the standard steel used in magazines.

Its simple black finish offers a little protection from corrosion that may result from sweat and grime.

The metal is also heat treated to give it extra toughness when you’re firing a lot of rounds.

And you’ll be firing a lot of rounds if you opt for this magazine and its 26 round capacity. This is another good choice for gun enthusiasts who want to shoot competitively or at the shooting range.

The base plate/ floor plate is also made from the tougher 400 series stainless steel. This is good because the higher capacity puts some extra pressure on the part, so a tougher metal extends its life.

With this magazine, C products include a blue, polymer, anti-tilt follower which is the top-tier standard for AR magazines. This follower ensures smooth cycling, easy reloading, and makes it noticeable when you run out of ammo.

Condensing the customers’ reports results in the following lists:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Consistent and smooth cycling
  • Secure in the magazine well
  • Tough metal design
  • Easy reloading

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Some people report that the last couple of rounds don’t load well when the product has been used for a while

Commonly Asked Questions

What is the 6.5 Grendel good for? – The 6.5 Grendel was made to be an upgraded .233 Remington (5.56 NATO) for the AR-15 in 2003.

It’s “good” for all of the same things as those rounds, namely battle and hunting are its main uses.

The biggest draw of the 6.5 Grendel is that it has better accuracy potential because of its velocity and less recoil. There is a lot less of your aim thrown off from muzzle rise with this ammo.

What caliber bullet is the 6.5 Grendel? – The “6.5” in Grendel refers to its caliber. It could also be measured as a .264 caliber bullet.

This puts it a little larger than the standard .223 Remington, but changes in the grain give it more velocity, as well as the larger round, help it with being more accurate.

The main reason it hasn’t taken over as the ammo of choice for the AR-15 is that the 5.56 NATO (.223 Remington) is much more available that it’s cheaper to produce.

On top of this, it’s also the international standard for ammunition, so the armed forces need to keep using it.

What are the best barrel lengths for the 6.5 Grendel? – The best barrel lengths are the 20” and 24” barrels.

You can go shorter, but the Grendel is designed to work with more muzzle velocity, so a short barrel doesn’t make good use of the round’s power.

What is the effective range of the 6.5 Grendel? – There is some debate on exactly how effective the 6.5 Grendel is at different ranges.

But, in general, most agree that you’ll be able to hit targets up to 800 yards with reliable accuracy.

It also depends on your skills as a shooter and your field of view, but 800 yards is the average number.

Is the 6.5 Grendel comparable to the .308? – Yes and no.

They are similar in size (the 6.5 is a little smaller and lighter) and close in muzzle velocity. Both are designed for accuracy and power at a little bit of a longer range than the .223 Remington.

The Grendel wins with less recoil, lighter weapons, and shorter barrels. The .308 gives a bit more power and range than the Grendel.

Overall, though, fairly close.


We hope you enjoyed checking out our picks for the best 6.5 Grendel magazines. Getting a good magazine can help you get the most out of your rifle.

Any of our picks can help meet exactly what you’re looking for in capacity, reliability, and quality. Which one you go with is ultimately up to you and your budget.

Plan on shooting a lot? Get a mag with a larger capacity and has easy in-and-out.

Looking for a mag that reloads easily. Pick one from our list that has an easier reloading mechanism.

Whatever you pick, make sure it’s what you want.

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How Far Can An AR-15 Shoot Accurately? Sun, 23 Jun 2019 17:41:18 +0000 Have you just gotten your first AR-15? Have you wondered how far can an AR-15 shoot accurately? It’s important to know what your rifle is capable of so we’re going to talk about distance and accuracy for an AR-15 firing the .223 round. So, how far can an AR-15 shoot accurately? An AR-15 has an […]

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Have you just gotten your first AR-15?

Have you wondered how far can an AR-15 shoot accurately?

It’s important to know what your rifle is capable of so we’re going to talk about distance and accuracy for an AR-15 firing the .223 round.

So, how far can an AR-15 shoot accurately? An AR-15 has an effective range of 400-600 yards when chambered for .223 caliber rounds, this changes when firing different caliber ammunition.

how far can an ar 15 shoot accurately

What Determines The Effective Range Of A Rifle?

The effective range of a rifle and caliber is defined in a couple of different ways.

The U.S. Army defines it as the maximum range at which a typical soldier can hit a torso sized target at 50% accuracy.

A civilian and general definition says that effective range is the distance at which a firearm can hit a target with reasonable consistency.

Three main things impact the effective range of a rifle: the barrel length, the ammunition, and the area. For our purposes, we’ll assume that the area isn’t a problem and focus on the length and ammo.

A longer barrel contains more energy and results in higher muzzle velocity. This pushes the bullet farther and increases the distance a round travels before it begins to drop.

A caliber and ammo grade can also extend or limit the effective range. Larger calibers usually have more gunpowder, which means more energy.

The higher the grade or amount of gunpowder that farther the round can travel. The larger the caliber, the more punch the bullet has as well.

How Far Can An AR-15 Shoot Accurately With Different Calibers?

Depending on the caliber of the round your firing with your AR-15, your effective range will change. In general, the more powerful the round, the farther your effective range is.

Check out this table for a quick reference on the effective ranges for common AR-15 calibers:

Caliber Effective Range (in meters)
.223 (5.56 NATO) 400-600 meters
.308 800 meters
.338 Laputa 1500 meters
.50 BMG 1600 meters (1 mile)
9mm 100 meters
.450 Bushmaster 250 meters

Take note that effective range doesn’t refer to the power that the bullet has at that range, but how far it can hit a target with some degree of accuracy.

For example, though the 9mm and .450 Bushmaster have stopping power, their bullets drop faster than standard rifle rounds.

On the flipside, the .223 (the standard) can travel farther, but it may not be enough to take down a grown buck at 600 meters unless it’s placed in the exact right spot.

Then there’s the .50 BMG which could take out a vehicle if you hit the engine block with range and power.

How Far Can A .223 Round Travel?

To answer this question is tricky because it depends on several different factors. Are you firing level with the ground or angled up in the air?

In general, the maximum effective range also indicates generally how far the round travels before it starts to drop although this can be extended with a longer barrel and faster twist ratio. So for this answer, you’re looking at 400-600 meters.

If you angle the rifle up at all (even just slightly above parallel), the number goes up dramatically although there is no functional accuracy.

Power wise, the .223 shot from an AR-15 has the potential to travel up to 3 miles, but you won’t be able to aim at anything.

Safety Tip: This potential for long (yet inaccurate) travel is why you should always know what’s behind your target when you shoot and make sure that there’s something there to catch the bullet in case you miss.

Are AR-15s Accurate?

Short answer: Yes. The AR-15 is an accurate rifle within its range.

Long answer: In some ways, this is like asking if a pencil can spell words correctly. It depends on the person using it.

Different AR models from the cheap to expensive lines have different accuracy potential.

They usually range from 1-3 MOA (minute of angle) with average being closer to 1.5. The lower the MOA, the more accurate the rifle is.

It also depends on the shooting your doing.

If you do a lot of rapid fire even with semi-auto, your accuracy is going to drop. You won’t be as centered on the target if you fire quickly.

In general, the rifle is going to outshoot you. It can be more accurate than you’re probably going to be, so don’t blame the gun; go out and practice.

If the recoil and muzzle rise is throwing off your aim, you may want to consider a muzzle brake.

Quick Tips To Improve Accuracy

Want to make the best of your rifle? Here are some quick tips for improving accuracy with the AR-15:

  • Get good gear (scopes, scope rings, mounts, stocks, etc.)
  • Keep your rifle clean inside and out
  • Hold the AR-15 correctly
  • Zero your rifle
  • Don’t pick your head up after you shoot
  • Know your trigger pull
  • Practice, practice, practice

Following these tips may help with AR-15 accuracy on your part.

As the section above shows, it probably won’t be the gun that lets you down but your ability.


We hope you enjoyed learning about how far an AR-15 can shoot accurately. Knowing the capabilities of your rifle can make you an expert.

The answer: 400-600 meters with the .223 (5.56 NATO).

It’s a complicated answer, but each part can make you a more responsible and effective gun owner. Now if you find yourself at the range or out hunting, you know what you’re weapon can handle.

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How To Hold An AR-15 Sat, 15 Jun 2019 01:21:44 +0000 So you want to get in on the ground floor of America’s most popular rifle? Maybe you’ve already gone out and bought one, but you’re unsure of how to hold an AR-15. Perhaps you’re familiar with it, but you want to make sure you’re holding the rifle in the best way possible.  Whatever your reasons, […]

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So you want to get in on the ground floor of America’s most popular rifle?

Maybe you’ve already gone out and bought one, but you’re unsure of how to hold an AR-15. Perhaps you’re familiar with it, but you want to make sure you’re holding the rifle in the best way possible. 

Whatever your reasons, we’ll guide you through how to hold an AR-15 to maximize safety and accuracy.

A lot of people grab and go, but there are some specific tips and steps you can follow to make sure you get the most out of the experience.

Read on for a quick answer and then a more detailed breakdown of the best way to hold an AR-15.

how to hold an ar 15

The Bottom Line

To hold an AR-15 properly, you need to keep the grip in your dominant hand (or the hand matching your dominant eye if you’re ambidextrous).

Your opposite hand should go on the handguard some distance from your other hand.

Keep the rifle parallel to the ground and your nose forward over the foot you have ahead with the rifle buttstock tucked firmly into your shoulder. 

How To Hold An AR-15 Step by Step

In this section, we go through each tip in detail and how it can impact your accuracy and safety with the rifle. You can read the list below and check out the video for a thorough guide on the AR-15 and some shooting tips.

#1 Dominant Eye, Dominant Hand

You need to know what your dominant eye and dominant hand are. Often, they line up with each other, but sometimes, especially with lefties, this isn’t always the case.

To figure out your dominant eye, hold your arms out at arm’s length, making a triangle shaped window.

Look at an object through the window and gradually move your hands closer to your nose.

You’ll notice one of two things. One eye quickly takes over in looking through the window at the object, or your hands unconsciously move towards one of your eyes.

This eye is your dominant one.

Now you know your dominant shooting hand as well because it’s the same. Even if you write with a different hand, when it comes to shooting, the dominant takes charge.

The dominant hand is the one that holds the grip.

#2 Nose Forward

Stand with a positive stance, which means that one foot (opposite of your dominant eye) is slightly in front of the other.

This gives your body a firmer platform from which to fire.

I recommend that it feels like one small step forward rather than a regular or large step distance.

Your nose should be over the lead foot’s big toe. This puts your body in a comfortable and ready position to cradle the rifle against your shoulder.

If it feels like your off-balance or overstretching, then your lead foot is probably too far forward.

#3 Rest The Grip In Your Palm

Grasp the grip with your dominant hand. Take care that the weight and effort of holding the AR-15 come from your palm and NOT from your fingers.

It’s a common mistake to use your finger grip to hold the rifle, and this can cause big problems.

Holding too tightly with your fingers can make it harder to pull the trigger or worse. Using your fingers to grip can make you accidentally pull the trigger when you’re not ready.

Safety Tip: Always make sure your safety is on until you’re ready to fire. Never put your finger near the trigger until you’re going to shoot.

#4 Use The Hand Guard

Your opposite hand is what bears the weight of the AR-15.

A lot of people make the mistake of gripping the handguard up near the other hand. This is especially true for people using short-barreled AR-15s.

This best and most secure to use your opposite hand to hold up the rifle from as far down the handguard as you can.

When you hold your hands too close together, the gun gets shakier, which dramatically decreases your accuracy and precision.

Spreading your hands out is much more comfortable and stable.

#5 Tuck It In That Shoulder

AR-15s don’t have as much recoil as a rifle with a more significant caliber (unless you switch the standard .223 out for the larger .450 Bushmaster), but still packs enough of a punch to throw off your aim.

If you do a lot of rapid fire at the range, even the minimal recoil can make you sore over time.

To help with both of these problems, you need to tuck the buttstock into your shoulder as tight as you can.

It should be the same shoulder as the hand that’s holding the grip.

Tucking the stock in tightly into your shoulder disperses the recoil into the rest of your body better.

Holding it loosely makes the rifle kick into your shoulder directly, and that’s what causes the pain and poor accuracy. 

#6 Keep It Parallel And Straight

As you sight in on your target, you need to think about the position of your rifle to the ground.

The body of the AR-15 should be parallel to the ground. This helps your body absorb the recoil, and it minimizes the effects of muzzle rise.

You also need to take care that the line the grip makes with the ground is straight and perpendicular.

It may look cool on TV when people tilt their rifle at different angles, but in practical shooting, this doesn’t work.


We hope you enjoyed learning about how to hold an AR-15.

This gun is one of the most useful and historically significant rifles in America.

Just having one can make you a true gun enthusiast, but knowing how to set up yourself properly can make you an expert.

Just remember to follow the tips from above, and you’ll be fine when it comes to holding your gun.

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5 Best SKS Stocks Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:24:55 +0000 Do you love your SKS, but it’s started to have some wear on the stock? Are you looking for an affordable way to upgrade your SKS’ usefulness? Replacing and upgrading your old stock with the Best SKS stock may be just what you need. Finding the perfect one to meet our needs is no easy […]

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Do you love your SKS, but it’s started to have some wear on the stock? Are you looking for an affordable way to upgrade your SKS’ usefulness? Replacing and upgrading your old stock with the Best SKS stock may be just what you need.

Finding the perfect one to meet our needs is no easy task, but our helpful guide and reviews can assist you in being confident with whatever purchase you go with. From all the options, here are our 5 favorite SKS stocks and how to pick the right one.

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Why Change Your Stock?

When a stock gets cracked or warped from the heat of repeated firing, you need to change it. Failing to do so is actually a danger to you and those around you. On a less serious note, you also may want to upgrade your stock because it can positively impact your accuracy, precision, and overall shooting experience.

Better Handling – When you get a better stock, you can choose from different styles and combs to fit you the best. From classic to adjustable stocks, finding the right one makes it simple to handle. Choosing a lighter material like polymer can also make it easier to handle.

Holds Zero – Newer stocks with modern designs and materials can help to absorb and spread recoil better so that the kick doesn’t throw off your aim. This can also reduce muzzle rise. Overall, an upgraded stock can keep the rifle better on target.

Better Stability – When you’re aiming a rifle, you want the buttstock to slip tightly into your shoulder, and you want your cheek to rest comfortably against the rifle while you aim. Hand picking your stock lets you find the one that fits your hands and provides more stability.

Features Of SKS Stocks

There are a lot of different features you can look for in a rifle stock, and each one can dramatically affect how you use it. Before you look at our reviews and the breakdowns of the SKS stocks below, read this section for a guide on how different elements of rifle stocks can affect the rifle’s abilities.


Material is one of the key features to look into. There are three main types of materials for all rifle stocks although the SKS tends to only use one. Take a quick look at what to look for in stock material below.

Wood – This is the classic material for stocks although it’s not a common, modern option for the SKS. They absorb recoil well, look great, and they have proven durability. The reason you don’t find them with the SKS is because they’re heavier, and the SKS is meant to be a lighter rifle.

Synthetic – Synthetic stocks are the going option for SKS stocks. These stocks are made from a plastic or polymer and are often reinforced with things like fiberglass and carbon fiber. Polymer is usually much cheaper to produce, and this makes the stocks more affordable overall.

Synthetic stocks are also known to be almost as durable as wood, but they are much lighter which makes them easier to handle. Synthetic stocks also make the product adjustable and easier to pack in extra features. The material can also be extremely resistant to moisture and changes in weather that wood just can’t handle.

Not all polymers are made equally though. You should look into the “Recap” section in each review to see which polymers stick out the best.

Hybrid – Hybrid stocks combine some wood and synthetic elements. They are less common because they cost more, but they really try to get the best of both worlds.

Stock Styles

There are a lot of different stock styles and designs you can look into. Gun “experts” love to argue over which is best for any given situation, but most people agree that it’s largely a matter of preference. Unless you’re looking to be a professional marksman, just pick the one that feels right to you.

Here’s a quick list of general stock style options:

  • Gary Goudy Classic Rifle Stock
  • MOD.54 Winchester-Original Issue Style
  • Oberndorf Classic
  • Mannlicher Rifle Stocks
  • Freischütz Classic
  • Rollover Sporter
  • British StalkerThumbhole Sporter
  • British Express Rifle Classic
  • Original Issue Military
  • G & H High Comb Classic
  • .22 Cal Stocks
  • G & H Classic-Open Sight
  • Poor Man’s Kimber

The style can have some impact on the user experience. The best way to find out its effect is to go and try it in person, but a close second is to ask other people what they’ve found. We did that for by talking to folks and looking at what other’s have said about each product.

Stock Look

Don’t be ashamed to consider the look of the stock as one of your big considerations. The stock is the most visible part of the weapon. If all else is equal, pick the stock that looks the best to you.


A stock’s finish can make a big difference in how long a part can be used for. The finish protects the material from grime like dirt and moist. While not as important on synthetic stocks, a good finish can add scratch, temperature, and water resistance to the stock.

A good finish can also add some extra gripping strength to the stock. The stock is what you hold, and the combination of a good grip and an easy-to-hold stock style may provide a stable platform for shooting from to increase your accuracy.


Extra features may not be what you’re looking for in a stock, but they can make a big difference in how you use it. The SKS is a classic semi-auto carbine, but the many stock extras available can make it something more. If you’re a gun enthusiast, you’ll at least want to consider some of these extra options that may pop up in the products below:

  • Adjustable
  • Bedding in the forend
  • Thumbhole
  • Raised cheek rest
  • Left-handed cheek pieces
  • Checkering on stock near trigger for grip
  • Engravings
  • Collapsible butt stock
  • Storage compartments
  • Picatinny rails


When you’re shopping, you should always be honest about your budget and stay within it. That being said, the stock is the spine of your SKS. These are one of the gun parts where the investment always pays off.

A poor stock can make your gun unsafe and unshootable. A great stock can make shooting easy, effective, and fun. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more if you can swing it.

Review Of The Best SKS Stocks

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In this section, we’ll break down each SKS stock into its design features. We also look at what users have had to say about the products and compile their experience into an easy-to-read recap list.

Choate – SKS Dragunov Stock Adjustable

Choate’s Dragunov stock is medium-priced to offer a balance of affordability and quality. Its ability to adjust make it a versatile stock to work for a variety of shooter body types.

The stock is made from a fiber glass filled polymer. This gives the part a high level of durability and light weight while being more affordable. Because of the material, it’s also resistant to changes in weather.

Choate designed this stock to pop right in with little effort and no fitting needed. There’s a separate handguard part, but the rest is in a single piece.

This stock is adjustable with a high cheekpiece and zero drop at the comb. This makes it suited well for rifles with a receiver attached scope. There are 1” spacers at the pull to match your body length.

Here’s what users had to say about the stock:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Easy to install
  • Some adjustments to holding available
  • Polymer is light and tough
  • Works well with scopes

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Allows for a lot of recoil
  • Looks very plain

TAPCO Weapons Accessories – SKS Intrafuse Stock W/o Bayonet Cut Adjustable

This affordably priced stock by TAPCO still packs quite a bit in terms of features and design. The polymer material keeps it light and durable, especially in the different types of weather.

The three part stock is adjustable to meet the needs of different shooters. With a 6 position buttstock length, you can change the pull to put it exactly where you want it.

Once installed, TAPCO’s stock can also collapse easily for storage and carry. This is a unique feature that may extend the usefulness and portability of your rifle.

This stock can fit any SKS model including the Model D with some modification. On the top forend, there is also a Picatinny rail for accessory access like mounts and scopes.

Customers who used this product had this to say:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Very affordable
  • Material is light and tough in different types of weather
  • Collapsible stock is easy to use and a useful feature
  • Fits all SKS models

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Difficult to install if you don’t have a lot of experience in customizing rifles
  • Buttstock doesn’t work as well when using some elevated scopes

Pro Mag – Archangel SKS Opfor Pistol Grip Conversion Stocks

Though Pro Mag’s SKS stock is the most expensive one on the list, the amount and usefulness of the features make it an easy choice for those looking for a great and functional stock. This stock features a quality polymer made of carbon fiber and glass for light weight and durability.

The conversion stock is aslo collapsible and features several adjustments for comfortable holding. Length of pull and cheek risers have different settings so you can get the stock in the perfect position when aiming. This can dramatically increase accuracy and precision.

The groove and textured pistol grip improves comfort and stamina when shooting a lot like at the target range. There’s even a locking storage compartment in the grip for storing small accessories which is a feature not normally seen on stocks.

You can choose from black, olive drab, or desert tan for the colors and style. This gives it a nice tactical look. These stocks also comes with 3 steel swivels for attaching carrying straps to.

Here is what the user experience boils down to:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Tough and durable polymer
  • Collapsible feature is useful
  • Easy to install
  • Fully adjustable to fit every shooter’s body
  • Unique styles for personal preference in look

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Higher price

Advanced Technology – SKS Strikeforce Stock Adjustable

Advanced Tech’s adjustable stock rides in the middle range for cost, but it’s definitely a strong option for upgrading your stock and making your SKS more like your dream rifle.

The stock is made from DuPont glass reinforced polymer which makes it tough, light, and affordable. The matte black finish and material make the stock scratchproof and weather resistant.

This stock can be set in 6 different positions and is also foldable and collapsible. There is also a cheek riser provided for helping you get the perfect resting position when you aim and a rubber non-slip butt pad for extra security when holding. The texture pistol grip on the forend is comfortable to use and helps hold the weapon securely.

Advanced Tech also designed this stock to work with all SKS models and able to add a lot of accessories to. On the top there is one 4-inch Picatinny rail, and there are three 2-inch rails on the forend. This stock is a drop-in model which makes it easy to install.

When customers used this product, their experience boiled down to this:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Comfortable grips and accessories make it easy to use
  • Easy to install and fits all SKS models
  • DuPont’s polymer has proven durability
  • Lots of Picatinny rails for adding more gadgets to the rifle
  • Collapsible buttstock is a nice feature for storage and transport

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • No consistent complaints were found with this product

Advanced Technology – SKS Strikeforce Stock Thumbhole

Advanced Tech’s Thumbhole stock for the SKS is a more affordable option and may for you if you’re looking for a modern stock with the classic Russian look. The stock is still made from DuPont’s glass reinforced polymer for light weight, durability, and weather resistance.

The forend of the stock is vented to prevent overheating, and the stock is Dragunov shaped. This is the standard Russian look if you want to stay true to the SKS original look. The thumbhole grip helps you hold on to the weapon firmly and absorb the recoil for better accuracy.

With an adjustable cheek rest, you get some say in the position of your head when you aim. This cheek rest also has a small storage compartment to store a small cleaning kit.

Advanced Tech designed the thumbhole stock to be a drop-in model which means that it should install with little to no fittings necessary. Though it’s based on a Russian design, this stock is all made in the USA.

Users had the following to say about using this stock:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • DuPont polymer has proven durability
  • Easy to install
  • Classic Dragunov look
  • Extra storage unit is useful
  • Affordable price

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Not a lot of extra features like rails or adjustments

Commonly Asked Questions

What is a carbine? – During the development of rifles, there was a period where everyone used long rifles and then wanted to move into what would become the assault rifle like the AK-47. Carbines formed the bridge between the two.

The SKS was that bridge for the Soviet Union and was later replaced by the AK-47. The rifle is shorter than the long rifles that came before and has the added semi-automatic gas system in place for faster firing.

The shorter barrel made the weapon lighter and easier to carry. With the new gas system, some of the gas energy was redirected back into the action to automatically eject the empty round and reload the next shot. Redirecting the energy also helped lower recoil which helps with accuracy, but especially when you fire quickly.

What is the effective range of the SKS? – The SKS has an effective range of 440 yards. This means that when the rifle is working properly you can expect to hit what you’re aiming at if the target is 440 yards or closer. With a good stock and perhaps an added scope, you can extend that useful range and improve your precision within that range.


We hope you enjoyed reading about picks for the best SKS stocks. Any of these may be the perfect fit for your needs and budget. Combining our breakdowns with the features guide above may be just what you need to help you buy with confidence.

I recommend the Advanced Technology SKS Strikeforce Stock Adjustable option. The material is tough, and the stock is easy to use. But the addition of the rails and adjustments mean that the stock has an even greater potential for upgrading your SKS at a reasonable price.

If you’re looking for something simpler (and even more affordable), the TAPCO stock still has some of the added features at a lower price. It may also be a bit harder to install, but once it’s in, it should last you a while. The extra money you saved can then be put towards more gear.

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