The AR platform is reliable, versatile, accurate and can be accessorized. Gotta love the AR, there are infinite amount of manufactures that caters to this market. You can trick out almost every section of your AR.
Here are 10 must-have AR accessories.
If you never shot with a suppressor, give it a shot (no pun intended).
If your state allows for suppressor use and ownership, this is one accessory worth a serious look. Suppressor to look at are: Silencerco, Yankee Hill Machine
Having a grip that feels comfortable can help improve your shooting and confidence. There is no shortage of great grips available and you can choose from an almost infinite array of styles.
You can find grips from Bravo Company, MagPul, Ergo Grips and many others.
Nowadays, its amazing you can buy custom triggers for the AR’s which is better than shooting the stock M4’s or M-16A1. Check out Timney and Rock River Arms.
- Charging Handles
It’s amazing that you can install your own ambidextrous charging handle, back in the old military days, that was unheard of. Or, if you’re into competition, you can custom for those as well.
Now with optics, there are tons to check out, but don’t be getting something for a sniper rifle. Because AR’s are not long range rifle used in hunting. One of the selling points of the AR platform is its ability to be highly accurate. To do that you need a great barrel, excellent trigger and an aiming system that can take advantage of those parts.
The Trijicon ACOG has proven to be one of the most durable and preferred optics in the AR game.
- Ambidextrous Safety Selector
If you’re a southpaw, you know this is a must have.
Reaching around for the safety is more than a hassle, it’s a safety issue. Some ARs come with ambi safety setups. If yours doesn’t, adding one is simple.
You can’t own an AR without owning a custom stock. Well, you can. But why would you?
The stock is what makes your rifle “yours.” It fits you, suits you and custom options abound.
Blackhawk! offers a ton of options for custom stocks and installation is easy.
Part of having a reliable and accurate AR is to have a good barrel, not the one that comes with when you first bought your AR, those are junk.
Some of the benefits are: barrel can shave weight, improve performance and increase resale value.
Daniel Defense has a full line of barrels that have proven popular with serious AR shooters.
If your AR rigged for personal defense (and an AR does make for a great personal defense weapon), a tactical light is a great accessory.
Advance design of the rail system on the AR platform makes mounting lights a breeze and there’s no shortage of companies offering top-notch tactical lights that are rugged and made to survive the recoil of a firearm.
Owning an AR without changing uppers and lowers is sort of like owning a Ferrari and never driving it on the highway. Changing out the upper or lower receiver on an AR is a breeze due to it’s simple component replacement. Most receivers will work on any AR but buying an upper/lower pair from the same company will typically eliminate any issues in fit and finish.
Tell us about your favorite accessories on your AR below.
Source: Tony Hansen, Daniel Defense, Blackhawk, Troy Industries, Trijicon ACOG, Timney, Bravo Company, MagPul, Ergo Grips, SilencerCo
Photographs: Ar15.com, Raptor, SureFire