Survival Gear Review: MAGPUL Furniture

When it comes to customization of an AR platform, it is fair to say that the options are now limitless.  Without all of the hype of being an “Mall Ninja” with every accessory you can think of added to your weapon, the essential components of tactical shooting can all be found from one company, Magpul

By Jimmy C, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com

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Magpul Keeps It Real

Most real shooters need to know their weapon.  I mean know it.  It is not just about being able to perform immediate action drills during a AR15 Upgrade Kitjam or to peek at your gun everyday in your safe and never fire it.  It is about deploying the weapon and being effective with it.  I am no true “operator”, I never saw combat, I never heard a shot fired in anger but I can tell you that using Magpul furniture on all of my AR’s (5.56 and 7.62×51), I can knock it down when it counts.  I attribute most of that to proper training and practice over the last 19 years of my life.  This confidence comes from having equipment that I know and I am comfortable with.  In the last few years Magpul has become a big part of that.  Let’s look at what this company does and how they have revolutionized the custom accessory market.

The Company

First, take a look at the company’s main page (www.magpul.com).  Their tagline is “Unfair Advantage” and I feel that is a fair assessment.  ar-15 upgrade kit review Look at the options in the menu to the left.  Outside of a few other companies in the industry, Magpul is one of the most creative and instinctive companies there is in the market today.  From the pistol grip to myriad of buttstock options based on your specific desire of feel and comfort, you just cannot beat what Magpul presents.  Also, Magpul backs up what they preach.  The wackos in Boulder/Denver passed some not well thought out new guns laws and Magpul walked right out of Colorado (read here).  Too bad for Colorado, hello Texas & Wyoming.  If gun restrictions worked, Chicago would be the safest city on the planet.  “Disarm the people, that is the best and most effective way to enslave them.” – James Madison

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The Feel

Magpul has really thought about functionality when making a product.  When using some of the products from the competition or just AR15 Upgrade Kit For Survival “stock” AR furniture, you almost want to slap yourself in the face.  It is almost like “Wow, why are these guys selling this stuff?”  Some smart rifle makers, Primary Weapons Systems and others, have went with Magpul to add their kits to their rifles.  I noticed at Shot Show this year that other manufacturers, like Colt, are now following suit.

My first thought when I grabbed the magpul’d out rifle was the forward hand grip.  The feel of the Angled Fore Grip took some time to get used to but I am glad I worked through my initial pessimism.  The new style of grip allowed me to keep better control of the rifle during the felt recoil stage of firing the rifle and allowed me to get back on target very quickly.  Like I said, it took a little bit to get used to but now I like it.  Let me know what you think below if you have this set up.

Magpul is not the cheapest, but it is the go to for our military and police tactical experts for a reason.  The stuff works and it is well thought out.  We tested the MagPul MBUS Sites, The MIAD (MIssion ADaptable) Grip Kit, MagPul Angled Fore Grip, MOE Hand Guard, and the MagPul ACS Carbine Stock.  All of these components met our standards. They were well built, fit the rifle very tight with no play or rattling around. They were also ergonomically pleasing to the shooter and made a day at the range a joy. I have moved through a number of pieces and I am committed to MBUS sites (front and back) for all of my weapons.  I have used Troy Battle Sites in the past and I like them as well but I now prefer the MBUS sites.  I have the MOE SGA Forend on my Remington 870, the MOE buttstocks in varying configurations for 5.56 and .308, and the MS3 and MS4 slings on all of the weapons as well as adapter kits for each.  I am also a believer in the PMAG, which is the 30 round mag which made Magpul famous.

Other Quick Notes

I like the fact that Magpul did not waste an opportunity to add compartments to their furniture.  Sometimes I see products and I say “Wow, ar-15 tactical stock reviewthey could have totally put a little compartment in that space.” but due to cost and lack of engineering vision some companies choose not to.  I think this is a sign that sets Magpul apart.  Yes, the stuff feels great when it is in your hands but it is the small details that makes Magpul great.  I think they get the small details right because they spend so much time looking for feed back from real operators and professional shooters.

Pros

  • Comfort and precision
  • Adaptability to various platforms
  • Performance is outstanding
  • Customization that allows for better efficiency with the weapon
  • Reliability
  • Solid – not cheap plastic
  • Hidden compartments

Cons

  • Cost (the stuff is not cheap)
  • Limit to certain weapons
  • Hidden compartments are rather small and hard to open

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7 thoughts on “Survival Gear Review: MAGPUL Furniture”

  1. Magpul rocks. Their furniture is just good solid upgrade material. The thing about Magpul is that they are not afraid to break with tradition and explore innovative tangents. In fact they remind me of innovative tech companies like Apple who release new products that then everyone else scrambles to follow.

    Most folks get their first taste of Magpul quality with pmags, but quickly realize that their ARs etc. would benefit from a full Magpul makeover.

    And talk about customer service. If you happen to get a bum steer from Magpul (it does happen being on the bleeding edge of innovation and all), they will straighten it out ASAP (pun intended).

    In the end, you are correct that it is the operator, not the equipment. But of course, great equipment makes using the tools ever so much more fun.

    Here’s my latest project gun. I’ve moved up to Magpul’s Mbus Pros, and am interested in Magpul’s new QD (2014) sling attachments they just announced at Shot Show. Thought about moving up to stock with storage, but all I need is an extra CR123 or two for the EOTech and Magpul has a grip for that should I decided to move away from the Ergo.
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    Rock on Survival Cache!

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  2. Our so-called representatives in Colorado don't listen to their voters and will learn a harsh lesson when the next election comes up! I hated to see Magpul go, but I'm glad they are men (and/or women) of their word! My only disappointment with the company is that it doesn't make all those great accessories for mini-14's, but they can change that!

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  3. Good review and great product, I have heard shots fired in anger, and believe me I wished that I had some Magpul magazines on that day. Laying in a rice paddy many years ago, with my Huey laying on it’s side next to me, I went through magazines for my XM-174 rather quickly. Now at age 66 I love the Magpul magazines and stocks. Hope I don’t hears those shots again…but if I do….I’ll have more than three 20 round magazines. Dong Tam, RVN 1969.

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  4. I plan on getting a AR or an AK with my refund this year and am thinking of putting some MagPul products on my rifle. The angled foregrip is one I am seriously looking at.

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  5. Hi KS,

    There are some great deals out there (at least around here) on ARs that come stock with the basic Magpul furniture including S&W, Bushmaster, and many others. If you price out what the Magpul parts cost, like the stock, grip, hand guard, pmag, MBUS, and maybe vertical grip and enhanced trigger guard, you might save some coin buying the 80% Magpulled carbine if you were going in that same direction anyway. And remember, the off-the-shelf AR pieces (stock, grip, hand guard) are worth very little to start with so they just become storage or give-aways.

    Magpulling an AK, IMHO, is foolish. You could easily exceed the cost of the AK with furniture add-ons. Of course, one could make the same argument for the AR, and I’ve heard that many times as well. The success of Magpul in the AR realm is due much to the AR’s intrinsic modularity and diverse workspace. My take is that if the initial design embraced tweaking, then tweak on. AKs, on the other hand, are not tweak-friendly. In fact, many off-the-shelf AK tweaks can actually reduce the performance and/or reliability of the AK, especially the safety lever.

    The Magpul AFG (now AFG2) is part of their Dynamics philosophy. To fully appreciate tools like the AFG, it is wise to buy into the Magpul mindset including watching/studying/practicing their Art of the [insert video here] including the tactical carbine, the precision rifle, dynamic shotgun, and dynamic handgun. Quickly you will realize that reloading while on your back with a broken strong side arm, your weak side hand will require all the help it can get. Enhancements can make the difference.

    For instance, cover you hands with maple syrup (blood), put on an strong-side eye patch, and then lay on the ground on your strong-side and keep your iron sights on target. Can you get into a functional position? Is your sling in the way? Can you even grip your rifle? Can you operate the controls? Swap mags?

    The AFG is a comfort food for normal shooting positions, and provides better success in a few other positions encouraged by the Magpul Dynamics team like holding the top and side of the hand guard rather than the underside as is tradition.

    By the way, I’ve seen some knockoffs of the AFD and their crude size, shape, and finish really shows how Magpul has pushed the level of quality with AR parts. I think Magpul, like Apple computers, has a customer base that expects perfection and has a very low tolerance for anything that might just be shaken off if the product was from almost anyone else.

    Carry On!

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