Cost £££ (34.99)
In terms of weapon attachments it’s pretty cheap. (MAGPUL AFG-2® – Angled Fore Grip 1913 Picatinny )
Value for money 4/5
Extremely good for what you’re getting.
Ease of use 4/5
You’ll need an Allen Key, but simple to mount and completely natural to use.
Bombproof build from Magpul.
Let’s you live out your operator fantasies every time you pick up your IW.
When the British Army adopted the MIL-STD-1913 handguard a collective groan of pleasure from squaddies could be heard from Pyongyang. Dreams of canted iron sights, 17 torches and a bottle opener mounted to your individual weapon were one step closer to being realised, but for a while all we were given was the issued downgrip.
Now, don’t get me wrong. The issued downgrip does serve a purpose and in static locations or on the range it is bloody useful. Who doesn’t like just popping down a bipod and having to put in zero effort to zero. As soon as we step into the real world things, in my opinion, become a bit more less practical. The length of the downgrip means is is constantly getting caught up on when patrolling through close environments, a comfortable patrol position is hard to find and 9 times out of 10 my default setting was to take it off on drawing my weapon and stick it back on when the weapon went in.
Step in the Magpul AFG2. According to the sales pitch it “takes into account natural body mechanics and provides a comfortable and stable user interface that reduces fatigue and allows for more precise weapon control. By positioning the shooter’s hand high on the centerline of the bore, unlike conventional vertical fore-grips, the AFG2 helps mitigate recoil and control the weapon to facilitate faster, more accurate follow-up shots.” But does it actually achieve this?
Having conducted blank and live firing with the AFG2 so far things are looking up. Patrolling is much more comfortable with the hand in a more natural and comfortable position. The weapon is more balanced and stable as the hand is positioned in a way that naturally pulls the butt into the shoulder. This in turn does help to mitigate recoil by ensuring that there is correct contact between the weapon and body. Sure, there’s a bit more work involved in the prone, but that means you have to actually apply the Marksmanship Principles as opposed to just letting a bipod do all the work for you.
Overall the AFG2 is a (in terms of weapon attachments) cheap, lightweight and well thought out alternative to the downgrip for those of us that don’t get on with the issued one. It doesn’t hurt that it looks ally as tits too! Just ensure that you zero your weapon with it on before conducting any live firing or duties involving weapons to keep you legal.
Grab it here – MAGPUL AFG-2® – Angled Fore Grip 1913 Picatinny
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