Magpul finally jumped into the AK market this year with the introduction of 30 round magazines and pistol grips. Â I recently picked up a Zastava O-PAP AK that came with a functional, but ugly, pistol grip. Â 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. Â This makes sense, as the AR grip is extremely popular with shooters.
The grip is polymer, and has a hard texture. Â It is not a rubbery grip. Â The texture is fairly aggressive, but not so abrasive as to shred clothing or hands that come into contact with it. Â I expect that this grip will work very well for me in the Florida summers.
The installation process is extremely easy. Â The factory grip has a single hex-head screw that is quickly undone, allowing the grip to come free. Â The Magpul grip fits tightly around the mounting point on the receiver, which gives a good, non-wobbly feel before the screw is even tightened down.
Since the Magpul grip allows for the storage of gear inside the body, the screw is much shorter than the original. Â You need a long, slotted screwdriver to reach the screw head. Â 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. Â I found it to be extremely good, especially considering the wide variations of AK-47 construction in the world. Â 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. Â However, I like the feel of it so far. Â It fills my hand, and the texture makes it feel very secure. Â 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. Â I picked mine up from Amazon.
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