AR-15 Grip Prototype From Strike Industries Solves Middle Finger Pain Problem

Strike Industries emailed us CAD drawings and renderings of a prototype AR-15 grip they are working on. The grip attempts to solve middle finger pain associated with intense and prolonged magazine reload drills. When reloading an AR-15 or AK the middle finger takes up a lot (or most) of the weight of the gun. I have read reports of this causing intense pain after lengthly reloading drills. Strike Industries are attempting to solve this by designing a grip with a pad that will dampen the pressure on the middle finger. It may (or may not) also include a “shelf” to block the gap between the trigger and the trigger guard (their Cobra trigger guard solves this problem, so they are not sure if it is worth incorporating). If it goes into production, this design would also be available for the AK.











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  • Shut up and take my money!!
    No seriously, this looks good and I’ll likely get this. I like Strike products so far.

  • Jason


  • noob

    Better than a band-aid.

  • TangledThorns

    Very nice design overall.

  • coolbeans

    didnt bcm already do this?

    • Maybe, but in a free market system, competition is good… unless you are opposed to it?

    • Suburban

      this problem has been solved many time already. The little rubber thingys that fit in that gap have been around for over a decade, surely. The Magpul MIAD full-kit had a front strap that had an integral trigger guard, but I don’t think they do that anymore. Before the MIAD, there were the duckbill grips that covered over the gap.


  • Will the pads be permanently molded into the grip or will they be replaceable, stick-on types?

    • Suburban

      Figure 3 shows it as a separate piece.

  • Ian

    Or just use the most comfortable and ugly grip already available, the Stark.

  • bill

    changing those 10 round magazines a lot sure does make my finger tired. huh, wonder if there was a way to make the magazine larger so I don’t have to reload as much….

  • n0truscotsman

    i have a simpler solution: grow stronger

    seriously. this is about as absurd as people de-horning their AKs.

  • Zeitgeist

    The finger issue is real. You can say “grow stronger” if you want, but I have had tape wrapped around my bleeding middle finger many days after doing many reps of tactical reloads using an A2 sized rifle. I had no problem holding the rifle up, just with losing skin on the edges of the trigger guard pivot. Bleeding in training is only good metaphorically. Still, while this looks like a nice grip, I used a Ergo Gapper to do the same thing with stock grips for about $3 and it works with nearly any grip. Strike products are well made, and this one will be too, I’m sure. Training junkies who have heavier AR’s and don’t wear gloves have a use for it, or for a gapper on dept owned guns they can’t change.

  • wear a glove, and quit being a pussy!

  • Kai

    I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one who finds the A2 grip uncomfortable