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Old 05-11-2012, 03:23 AM   #1
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Just got a vertical handgrip/bipod. Is there a "correct" location for this on the handguard. I know... On the bottom. Is this about comfort or a specific tactical consideration? Range of motion, stability, etc. Closer to the magazine well or more of a stretch? I can use trial and error, but could use some input.

Pictures of other's setup and their reasoning would be nice.
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As far out toward the muzzle as possible. More control over muzzle climb and it makes it faster when transitioning from target to target. It makes it as easy as pointing at the target w/ your finger which is basically what you're doing.

Use the grip as a handstop and remember it's not a can of soda so don't hold it like one.
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Use what is comfortable to you, both in position and grip.
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Comfort it nice but it's not always the best direction to take.

They taught us the magwell grip at Drum in the early 2000's and I used it up until 2007-08. I was then introduced to the thumb over grip. Damn it was uncomfortable. I'm talking sore muscles and all that. Then one day it just started to feel right. If you can make it through the initial growing pains you're golden.

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Just remember the verticle foregrip is for shooting across rooms in distances you face in very close urban house to house fighting. Those techniques are very detrimental to shooting at longer ranges.

Ive seen people using verticle grips and complaining their rifle sucks because it wont hit a 200yd target...
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Just remember the verticle foregrip is for shooting across rooms in distances you face in very close urban house to house fighting. Those techniques are very detrimental to shooting at longer ranges.

Ive seen people using verticle grips and complaining their rifle sucks because it wont hit a 200yd target...
I like vertical foregrips on SMGs and some pistol caliber carbines. I'd never have one on a rifle. Just my $.02
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Just remember the verticle foregrip is for shooting across rooms in distances you face in very close urban house to house fighting. Those techniques are very detrimental to shooting at longer ranges.

Ive seen people using verticle grips and complaining their rifle sucks because it wont hit a 200yd target...
This. Learn when you want/need to change your grip, and be more versatile. If you're mostly running and gunning, the hand over is great, but if you're going for distance? A more traditional grip would be better.
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I am expecting to use the grip for 15-25 yards and the bipod for 50-100 yards. So an obvious change in hand positions. Does this make sense? I don't have many opportunities to shoot my AR 200 yards.
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I am expecting to use the grip for 15-25 yards and the bipod for 50-100 yards. So an obvious change in hand positions. Does this make sense? I don't have many opportunities to shoot my AR 200 yards.
Yes, me too. My notion is that the forward grip would be ideal for self-defense and shooting 25-50 yards. That is the range that I shoot ARs. Rarely do I get an opportunity to shoot further than that, unfortunately.
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For some reason, the thumb over grip came naturally to me. Maybe its because I've got big paws.

Anyways i tried a standard foregrip and used it as a handstop. After i moved it multiple times, i found it was not for me. Then i took a chance on the Magpul AFG and never looked back. Combined with the thumb over grip, it's a match made in heaven.


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