AR 15 grips are typically pretty similar. They vary is different sizes and designs. My preferred AR 15 grip is typically the BCM Gunfighter 3. I hate the A2 nub and I find it to be too small for my hands. So there are different designs with different levels of finger grooves, different sizes, and you can even toss a 1911 style grip on there and call it good. Once you buy it, you toss it on and that’s it. Well, Hexmag certainly doesn’t think so. Hexmag is well known for their affordable, and reliable magazines with their hexagonal shapes. At Shot Show 2017 we got to see what Hexmag is working on and left with a few samples. One of these samples is the Hexmag Advanced Tactical grip.
The Hexmag Advanced Tactical Grip
The Hexmag Advanced Tactical grip is a helluva lot different than your typical AR 15 grip. First off the design is recognizable, it uses the same hexagonal pattern that is on their magazines. This makes it completely compatible with the Hexmag grip tape and the Hexmag decals. There is your first level of customization.
The second level is your ability to change the cant of the pistol grip. You can alternate between 17, 25, and 33 degrees. Will one of the angles on the Hexmag Advanced Tactical grip make you a better shooter? Probably not, but it can make you a more comfortable shooter, and being comfortable is on the first step to being a better shooter.
My grip angle?
I tend to prefer the 17-degree setting. I prefer a pretty straight grip and find this one to be damn comfortable. Changing the angle of the grip is pretty simple, unscrew the Allen key screw, move the grip and tighten. It takes about two seconds to change the angle of the Hexmag Advanced Tactical grip.
The design of the grip is actually a two piece design. The base of the grip is very tight and slides over a mil spec lower receiver and once its on, it’s on. The base has a set of teeth that guides the actual grip into the three different positions. On the rear of the base is three lines that look like speed bumps. The one closest to the trigger signifies the 17-degree grip, the middle-speed bump is the 25 degree and the last is, of course, the 33-degree grip.
I was skeptical of the design at first, because two pieces isn’t exactly the norm, and I tend to fall back to what works. However, the design seems solid. On the range, the grip never slid or became loose at any time. Over the last two hundred rounds the grip has stayed put.
As a grip, the Hexmag Advanced Tactical grip is quite comfortable. None of those finger grooves I despise and the Hexmag surface texture is grippy but comfortable. It doesn’t need the grip tape, but I might toss some on for those hotter, sweatier days.
The kit comes with everything you need to install the grip, including the wrench and bolt. It’s pretty cheap too, costs the same as my BCM Gunfighter grip. Hopefully, Hexmag read this and decides to make a Scar grip, as I think the Hexmag Advanced Tactical grip would be a great addition to the Scar master race. Check Hexmag out here, (INSERT WEBSITE)
I wanna give a shout out to HD Targets and HDtargets.com for the awesome targets they provided.