Magpul finally jumped into the AK market this year with the introduction of 30 round magazines and pistol grips. I recently picked up a Zastava O-PAP AK that came with a functional, but ugly, pistol grip. Since Magpul just started shipping their new pistol grips, I figured now would be as good a time as any to swap the old one out.
The Magpul AK-47 grip borrows heavily from the styling and design of the AR-15 pistol grip made by the company. This makes sense, as the AR grip is extremely popular with shooters.
The grip is polymer, and has a hard texture. It is not a rubbery grip. The texture is fairly aggressive, but not so abrasive as to shred clothing or hands that come into contact with it. I expect that this grip will work very well for me in the Florida summers.
The installation process is extremely easy. The factory grip has a single hex-head screw that is quickly undone, allowing the grip to come free. The Magpul grip fits tightly around the mounting point on the receiver, which gives a good, non-wobbly feel before the screw is ever tightened down.
Since the Magpul grip allows for the storage of gear inside the body, the screw is much shorter than the original. You need a long, slotted screwdriver to reach the screw head. A few moments of turning, and the grip will be firmly attached to the rifle.
Once set into place, and secured by the grip screw, I took a look at the fit of the grip to the receiver. I found it to be extremely good, especially considering the wide variations of AK-47 construction in the world. There was no sloppiness, and the grip truly looked like it belonged on the rifle.
I have not yet had a chance to take the rifle to the range and shoot it with the new grip. However, I like the feel of it so far. It fills my hand, and the texture makes it feel very secure. I expect I will like this grip, and I will report back once I have put some rounds down range.
These pistol grips are modestly priced, with a MSRP of $20.95. I picked mine up for a little less and free two-day shipping from Amazon.