Calling it the “newest tactical advantage” for shooters using an AR style gun, Hogue Inc. announced it was now offering new pistol grips that are made of a lightweight polymer and have a 15˚ angle.
According to Hogue, the 15˚ angle offers a natural grasp of the rifle which should increase comfort when shooting the rifle for a long period of time. Hogue also states that the grip angle is better for CQB as it allows soldiers to hold the rifle more comfortably when in a stack.
People familiar with Hogue’s grips will likely recognize the company’s typical pebble texture. The grip is hollow making it fairly light: only 1.5 ounces. Hogue recessed the sides of the grip in the area where the trigger finger would be. This should allow for slightly better finger positioning for stubby-fingered folk. There is internal clearance for a receiver tensioning screw. Also, there are no finger grooves.
The new grip is available in black, olive drab green and flat dark earth. All versions have a suggested retail price of $19.95. Last year, Hogue introduced a line of 15˚ grips made of G10. Those were a bit fancier and have price tags that run well north of $100.
Other companies have explored different grip angles for the A%-15/M-4 platform. For example, Magpul offers the MOE-K2 and MOE-K2+. Both of these offer a “more vertical” grip angle. The -K2+ even has a wrap around rubber overmolding and is available in a variety of colors. It will be interesting to see whether the Hogue grip catches on.