Use Plastic Baggies to Stop Grip Components From Rattling

Necessity is the mother of invention, but I will contend that the common-sense with necessity is the father of innovation. Examples are replete across the industry with various non-firearms materials being pressed into service. Perhaps the most common is the usage of paracord across handguards, grips, stocks, etc. etc.

These field-expedient solutions are often then morphed into physical products. Examples include buttstock mag pouches on the M16, the Magpul, paracord slings, and in relatively recent memory, the usage of grips as storage units. For example, Magpul’s MOE solution is well-known and respected for its modularity and simplicity.

However, one could contend that the commercial solutions combined with the spirit of field expedient solutions produce the best option, like the recent Tac Tip from Tactical Response. In his recent video, James Yeager combines the ubiquitous plastic baggie with the standard MOE cap to solve a few problems at once. Specifically, the plastic baggie allows one to cart around more items than the various purpose-built inserts would allow, reduce the rattle and make the options inside waterproof (assuming a good baggie).

I have since now thrown my firing pin and bolt insert out into the world and replaced that $15 accessory with a 15 cent baggie. Wish I would have thought of that prior to the purchase!

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Bucho4Prez
    • TheNotoriousIUD

      You beat me to it, ba-tard.

      I keep my loob in there.

      • Bucho4Prez

        all my USPSA dabbling has got me …quick on the draw…

    • Anonymoose

      I miss that meme.

  • EdgyTrumpet

    Thank you, now I feel dumber for having read this.

  • flyingburgers

    Plastic bags banned in California too

    • Russ Kell

      Since you cannot have a pistol grip in the PRC this should not be a problem 😉

      • CS

        You can, if you wrap it in kydex to make it featureless.

  • MrBrassporkchop

    How about a micro internal picatinny rail system. And put rail covers so it doesn’t slice up your finger when you shove it in there. Then someone can invent an innovative light weight version of it next year where it’s just hollow.

  • SGT Fish

    That’s what foam ear plugs are for! They especially work well at keeping cr123 and other batteries from clanking around in buttstock tubes. And they’ve come in handy a few times when an unprepared friend came to the range

    • Russ Kell

      Heh. I store a couple pairs in the little storage pod in the ACS-L. Handy that.

      • Blake

        Dude! Thanks for that tip! My ACS tubes are completely unused as of right now, and having a spare set of earplugs on hand is a great bonus.

  • Vhyrus

    I always used a little piece of rag, which can double as a cleaning patch in the field.

    • Russ Kell

      Yep. That right there.

  • Badwolf

    For shooting your AR…and walking your dog at the same time!

    • Rogertc1

      Get the unused bags for free at the dog parks too.

  • …Do you mean to tell me that there are doofuses out there who weren’t already doing this???

    • GaryOlson

      The bags are clear and don’t come with instructions printed on the side. “This bag can hold 3 tools, 2 ear plugs and one tool, or one bubble gum and 4 pill capsules”

    • Phillip Cooper

      It’s a way they can —— Yeager, Don’t take away their good times.

  • USMC03Vet

    Does this charging handle make my butt look fat?
    This is firearms now.

  • Lee Attiny

    if you use two baggies you can even seperate your uppers from your downers. Nothing worse than being in a shoot out and accidentally taking a xanax instead of an adderal.

  • Andy P

    Anyone who is already Tier 1 is using that space for skittles

  • Klaus Von Schmitto

    That’s pretty operational. How about not just putting a bunch of crap in there or maybe walking in a manner where the stuff in your pistol grip or your car keys or loose change isn’t going jingle-jangle?

  • JimmyHunter

    Been doing this for forever in all of my rifles. Didn’t realize this was some kind of revolutionary concept or I would have patented the “put small things in plastic bag then roll up and cram in small space” concept.

  • Charles Valenzuela

    Aw . . . . I thought this was my secret edge. . . . Now other people will be doing it too!

  • JLR84

    I use a twist tie to keep the spare bolt and firing pin from rattling around in the grip.