Are you currently looking to buy a new magwell grip for your AR-15? If so, your long search is about to come to an end.
Best Overall: Boonie Packer Products AR-15 Improved Redi Mag
The Boonie Packer Products AR-15 Improved Redi Mag is our choice for an AR-15 magwell grip because of the fact that it’s designed to help speed up how fast you can operate your weapon. The bolt catch extension feature, for instance, enables you to clear a malfunction faster. The speed loading system, meanwhile, carries another magazine right by the magwell to facilitate faster reloads. While expensive, the Boonie Packer will attach very securely to your AR-15 and also is compatible with all mil-spec AR-15 receivers.
Budget Pick: Mission Force Tactical React Magwell Vertical Grip
The Mission Force Tactical React Magwell Vertical Grip is a solid pick for a Magwell grip for your AR-15. It may be a little bit large for a Magwell grip, but it comes with a storage compartment to carry additional items, is very ergonomic thanks to its non-slip grip texturing and four finger grooves, and ensures that your fingers are kept away from the magazine and from the ejection port so the operation of your rifle is not impeded.
Value Pick: FAB Defense AR-15 Magwell Grip
The FAB Defense AR-15 Magwell Grip is overall a solid pick for an AR-15 magwell grip. Its biggest standout feature is the fact that it comes with interchangeable grip inserts, which means that the ergonomics can be easily customized as you see fit. This makes it an overall excellent value. However, it does require a tool in order to install, and it’s not compatible with all AR-15 magazines on the marketplace. Make sure you research your magazines to find out if they will be compatible ahead of time.
The AR-15 is one of the most customizable firearms on the planet, if not the most customizable. However, one of the most overlooked parts of the AR-15 that you can customize is to add a grip to the magazine well of the weapon.
This gives your non-dominant hand an additional place to rest and stabilize the weapon instead of just the handguard or a fore grip. So, while a magwell grip may not be truly necessary for your AR-15, it can still be a very nice feature to have.
In this article, we will dive into what the mag well is, the purposes it serves, the top qualities to look for in a new magwell, and then our choices for the top three very best magwell grips on the market today.
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What Is A Magwell Grip To Begin With and Why Should You Get One?
As the name suggests, an AR-15 magwell grip is a grip that is designed to fit over the magazine well. This provides an additional or alternative place for you to rest your non-dominant hand. Otherwise, you would need to grasp your rifle by the handguard or by a featureless grip you have attached to your handguard.
Some people may find it more ergonomic to hold their hand by the magazine well. This, at the very least, enables you to adopt a more compact CQB position that is more ergonomic for certain shooting scenarios.
The problem here is that without the aid of a magwell grip, you run the risk of your hand getting burned in extended shooting sessions as the receiver could get very hot. You also run the risk of your fingers getting too close to the ejection port and catching a spent round.
Furthermore, the magwell of your AR-15 is not the most ergonomic place to grasp the rifle as well.
The magwell grip is designed to provide you with a more ergonomic way to grasp the magazine well while also ensuring that your fingers have distance from the ejection port and the magazine itself.
That’s also not to mention that grasping the AR-15 by the magazine itself can result in some serious consequences. While it may look cool, pressing forward on the magazine will cause it to tilt downward. This can cause feeding issues and could also cause the tips of the bullets to get hung up.
Ultimately, installing a magazine well will help to reduce these reliability issues when grasping the rifle by the magazine. We’ll discuss more safety issues in greater detail in the next section.
A magwell grip can also provide many other benefits to you as well. For one thing, it can help to facilitate faster operation of your rifle. Some magazine wells will come with a space to carry an extra magazine next to your magwell to facilitate a faster reload. Others may come with a bolt catch extension that makes it easy to chamber a new round or clear a jam.
But ultimately, the number one reason to consider investing in an AR-15 magwell grip is to provide your non dominant hand with a more ergonomic place to grasp the magazine. Grasping the rifle here will be vastly preferable in tight conditions, such as indoor shooting or for home defense.
Grabbing the rifle by the magazine well also enables you to tuck in the rifle closer to your shoulder, which can help to stabilize the rifle when shooting.
In short, is a magazine well grip truly necessary for your AR-15? No, but it can be a nice feature to have. In the next sections, we’ll discuss a safety concern to be aware of with the magazine well grip, and then we’ll discuss the top features and qualities to look for in one.
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A Point of Concern
There is one point of concern to consider when using a magwell grip. While the magwell grip can help make your AR-15 more comfortable to hold, and particularly in tight conditions, the obvious issue is that your hand and fingers are positioned very closely to the ejection port and the magazine well.
While this will usually not be an issue, in the unlikely event of a blowout from a bad round, it’s possible that the exploding gases could burn your fingers. This is why it’s usually a good idea to wear gloves (or at least a glove on your non-dominant hand) if you are going to use a magwell grip.
One way to mitigate this risk is to invest in a magwell grip that gives you plenty of space between your hand and the ejection port and magwell grip. As a golden rule, there should be at least one inch in between your hand and the ejection port.
This risk can also be mitigated by investing in high quality ammunition and taking good care of your rifle through routine maintenance. Clean your rifle thoroughly every few months and carefully inspect each part to make sure everything is in good condition.
Buyer’s Guide For The Best AR-15 Magwell Grips
These are the most important factors to consider when looking for a new magwell grip for your AR-15:
First and foremost, it’s very important to know that your Magwell grip will be fully compatible with your magazines of choice. And while most Magwell grips should be fully compatible with any AR-15 magazine, not all are. At the end of the day, it’s your responsibility to research how compatible your magwell grip will be with your AR-15 magazines of choice.
Remember, the whole purpose for a magwell grip is to provide an additional place for your support hand to rest and to help adopt a CQB position when holding your AR-15. The best magwell grips will therefore come with enough space for all four fingers and also be comfortable for you to hold. Some will even come with interchangeable grip inserts, so you can easily customize the ergonomics to your desire.
The ideal magwell grip will come with a non-slip grip to ensure that you can hold your rifle or carbine as securely as possible.
Last but not least, make sure that your magwell grip is positioned properly. The ideal magwell grip will provide you with at least one inch’s worth of space from the magazine and the ejection port. This will ensure that removing a spent magazine and loading a fresh one will not be impeded, and also ensures that your hand and fingers will be kept free of the spent shell casings.
The 3 Best AR-15 Magwell Grips
Now that we’ve covered why you need to upgrade your AR-15 with a new magwell grip and the top qualities to look for in one, here are our top three choices for a magwell grip in 2021:
Mission Force Tactical React Magwell Vertical Grip
The Mission Force Tactical React Magwell Vertical Grip is a completely functional grip that mounts directly in front of our AR-15’s magazine well. This enables you to adopt a compact CQB stance. There is enough room on this grip to fit all four of your fingers in front of the lower receiver. There are four finger grooves present, one for each finger.
This grip is designed to mount to a Picatinny rail, which means that it moves your hand about an inch out from the actual magazine well. This is beneficial because it reduces the odds of your hand or fingers catching onto the magazine when dropping it to potentially slow the reload process. It also ensures that your fingers are kept away from the ejection port, so the odds of your fingers catching a hot spent shell casing are reduced.
Another big benefit to the Mission Force Tactical is the presence of a storage compartment at the bottom of the grip. With the AR-15, storage grips are often added to the primary pistol grip, but it’s rare that a Magwell grip comes with such a compartment. This storage compartment can allow you to add anything from a small first aid kit to batteries for your optics to a Swiss Army Knife to anything else small enough that you want to fit in there.
Finally, the non-slip rubberized grip panels give you badly needed stability thanks to their non-slip grip texturing. If there’s a negative to the Mission Force Tactical, it’s that it is rather large for a magwell grip and will therefore added a bit of extra weight and mass to your rifle or carbine.
All in all, the Mission Force Tactical is a solid choice for a Magwell grip. Even though it is definitely one of the larger Magwell grips on the market, it’s also very durable, ensures that your fingers are kept a good distance away from the magazine itself and the ejection port, and includes a storage compartment for you to carry additional small items with you like batteries, a first aid kit, or spare rounds.
- Gives you enough space for four fingers
- Ensures that your fingers are kept away from the ejection port
- Includes a storage compartment for spare items and accessories
- Rubberized grip panels can be easily removed
- Adds a lot of bulk and weight to your rifle or carbine
Boonie Packer Products AR-15 Improved Redi Mag
The Boonie Packer Products AR-15 Improved Redi Mag is a solid choice if you want to speed up how fast you can operate your AR-15. If you’re planning on using your AR-15 for competition use where speed is of the essence, for example, the Boonie Packer will be the magwell grip you’re looking for.
The Boonie Packer comes with a BCE, or bolt catch extension, that mounts directly to the factory installed bolt catch. This enables you to release the bolt or clear malfunctions much faster than you otherwise could.
Meanwhile, the speed loading clamping system fixes very securely to your AR-15 so there will be no wiggling around. This speed loading system also securely holds a second magazine alongside the mag well to facilitate faster magazine reloads.
The Boonie Packer is designed to attach to any mil-spec AR-15 receiver. However, take note that it may have difficulty attaching to a custom billeted AR-15 receiver, so it’s up to you to research this ahead of your time if you use such a receiver.
Overall, the Boonie Packer Products AR-15 Improved Redi Mag is designed to facilitate faster shooting and operation for your AR-15. The bolt catch extension feature will make it much quicker and easier for you to clear malfunctions, while the clamping system ensures that the entire Magwell grip remains very secure to your rifle. As an added bonus, the Boonie Packer is fully compatible with all AR-15 mil-spec receivers.
- Fully compatible with all mil-spec AR-15 receivers
- Has a rugged speed loading clamping system to ensure stability
- Bolt catch extension feature
- Speed loading system
- Expensive for a Magwell grip
- May not fit all custom billeted AR-15 receivers
FAB Defense AR-15 Magwell Grip
The FAB Defense AR-15 Magwell Grip is the last magwell grip that we will take a look at today. This magwell grip is of a two piece design that is designed to clamp around the magazine well. Take note that it requires a tool in order to install. This is definitely a letdown, but the good news is that once the FAB is attached it’s very well secured.
There is enough room on the FAB to accommodate all four of your fingers in front of the magazine well. It uses grip inserts that can be easily replaced, which means that you can customize the FAB Defense’s ergonomics to your liking. The standard grip insert is already quite ergonomic, offering a solid non-slip grip texture for your non-dominant hand.
The FAB Defense also does not add as much mass or weight to your AR-15, which is beneficial as many Magwell grips can be quite large. The only downside to the FAB Defense is that it is not compatible with all AR-15 magazines, so it’s up to you to research which of your AR-15 magazines will work well with it.
Overall, the FAB Defense is a solid choice for an AR-15 magwell grip. It provides you with enough space for all four fingers and also comes with interchangeable grip inserts so you can customize the ergonomics to your desire. It does require a tool in order to install and is also not compatible with all AR-15 magazines, which are the biggest downsides.
- Installation is very easy (even though it requires a tool)
- Provides you with enough space for all four fingers
- Has interchangeable grip inserts
- Comes with finger grooves and a non-slip texturing
- Does not fit with all kinds of AR-15 magazines
- Requires a tool in order to install
And that concludes our list of the top three best magwell grips on the market for 2021. The magwell grip can be a great way to speed up your mag changing times and to help make your AR-15 more ergonomic. With a magwell grip, you can adopt a more compact stance with your AR-15 in order to relieve fatigue to your non-dominant shooting hand.
Any one of the three magwell grips that we covered in this guide will be a good choice for your AR-15, or alternatively, you can go with any other magwell grip that meets the criteria we listed out in the buyer’s guide section earlier.