Strike Industries AR Forward Assist

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I’m mentioned it before, and I will mention it again, I am generally a fan of Strike Industries and the products they come out with.  They definitely offer an affordable way to customize your rifle and give it a distinctive look.

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Well, they are now offering a replacement Forward Assist button.  I know, I know, some of you are thinking “Yawn! Who cares it is a forward assist…”.  And sure, it is one of the least useful components of the AR (IMO; hopefully no one is rolling over in their grave), unless it has been adapted for other usage like in the Cobalt Kinetics BAMF.

While this doesn’t change the mechanics of the gun, I do think it dresses up that boring little rounded button.  And for $16 it is not really that expensive of a mod.

One of the other less obvious benefits of Strike Industries’ components is that it can get you comfortable doing some minor cosmetic (and mechanical) modifications to your rifle.  If you’ve never swapped out your safety selector, that might be an intimidating task.  Same with the forward assist.  Most everything they have can be installed (by the owner) after trolling YouTube for a tutorial video or two.

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Pick one up at http://www.strikeindustries.com/shop/index.php/ar-forward-assist.html



Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • USMC03Vet

    Only way I’d buy one of these is if it had the Umbrella Corporation logo instead.

    Who am I kidding? I’d never own an AR15!

    • Kivaari

      Why not? They are a great rifle.

  • andrey kireev

    I’m surprised they didn’t put a phonetically difficult to pronounce name, or acronym, or a description of over-complicated words. Such as “Highly ergonomic, jam clearing system, that wholy re-invents AR15 platform for a 21st century operator”

    • Grindstone50k

      “Decreases fail rate by 36.7832%!”

  • Some Guy

    I suppose if you’re going to deck your AR with gaudy trinkets it’s best to replace parts that serve no purpose.

    • MR

      One more thing to color fill.

    • supergun

      Only in America. Why do you think there are so many different looking Harleys?

  • whodywei

    Would love to see the Imperial crest on those.

    • TVOrZ6dw

      logos would be good, or how about my initials? kinda cool…

      • whodywei

        It may affect the resale value of your gun.

        • Gene

          Put the original one back on. Problem solved.

          • supergun

            You are a very smart person.

        • supergun

          Increase it 100 times.

      • supergun

        How about pictures of your wife on the rifle.

    • supergun

      Sig has purple guns. Hi point has camo.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    It looks cool, I’ll give it that.

    I usually replace all my FA’s with the Shuester Delrin FA Plug. It’s dirt cheap, has zero moving parts, and plugs that FA hole with something useful for once: A thing that doesn’t do anything!

    Seriously. No one needs the FA. It’s a stupid stupid stupid mechanism.

  • Spencerhut

    If you have never used your forward assist, you are really lucky or don’t run your gun hard.
    This FA is rounded around the edges, don’t get that. The edges need some bite when it comes time to use it.

    • Bill

      I tend to agree – while I don’t want to force a bad round into the chamber, having the ability to make certain the bolt goes fully home if things get cruddy is pretty useful. It’s sort of like the dustcover: not essential, but nice to have available

    • Kivaari

      Ammo costs too much for me. So 100 rounds at the range, and a good cleaning, usually makes for a working rifle. I have seen times when it was needed, just not very often. That was usually on department guns, with many rounds down range.

    • Limousine Liberal

      Or you use Fireclean and aren’t lazy about maintenance. Or you shoot piston guns that don’t poop where they eat.

      • Spencerhut

        B.S. Seen plenty of piston guns need an assist. Well maintained or not.

        • supergun

          It is not the odds, it is what is at stake.

      • All the Raindrops

        You know fireclean is crisco, right?

        • Barney Samson

          Sad but true…

  • Kivaari

    Replacing a part many say is unneeded makes no sense to me.

  • Limousine Liberal

    A far more useful mod is to ditch the forward assist all together for a vent. Unless you don’t shoot suppressed.

  • Uniform223

    I never really used the forward assist unless I was doing SPORTS…

  • Barney Samson

    FA was a Band-Aid and w/a properly spec’d and maintained rifle it’s superfluous IMO. I’ve seen it cause more trouble than I’ve seen it fix. Of course, ‘operators’ may need it in the heat of a firefight. *rolls eyes*

  • David A. Lutz

    I’d rather do this:

  • iksnilol

    16 USD!? You could buy another magazine and still have some money left over.

  • supergun

    Cool.