If there’s one gun in the market that’s just begging to be customized, it’s the AR-15. Its modular nature makes it a favorite for rifle enthusiasts who want to have it all: comfort, performance, durability and great looks.
One configuration of the AR-15 isn’t going to work for many different uses, such as hunting, target shooting or self-defense. Each of these activities requires certain characteristics of the rifle, which means the gun has to be tailored for that purpose. If you’re looking to upgrade your AR-15 to make it fit your needs better, let’s first understand how to buy the right furniture.
Best AR-15 Furniture Kit Upgrades Comparison Chart
Brownells AR-15 Retro Furniture Sets
AR-15 Moe Furniture Set M-LOK Polymer
B5 Systems AR-15 Bravo Series Furniture Kits
Magpul AR-15 Moe Sl Furniture Set M-lok Polymer
What’s the Furniture?
Furniture usually refers to those parts of the gun that are an integral part of the gun, and are required for it to work. The gun cannot function properly without these components. Furniture includes pistol grips, stocks, and handguards.
Sometimes other parts can also be referred to as furniture, such as sling plates, recoil pads, bipods, and magazine couplers. However, in this article the furniture kits that we’ll review will include only grips, stocks and handguards.
Why would you change the stock AR-15 furniture?
You may want to replace the grip in order improve the handling and control of your rifle. A pistol grip is generally the most popular grip for AR-15s but other styles are also used, especially to comply with state laws on “assault weapons.” The standard pistol grip is not the most comfortable, so you may want to switch to another one that offers a better fit and is more comfortable.
Similarly the stock of your rifle is a part that you interact with every time you handle the weapon. You rest your cheek on the buttstock and hold it against your shoulder for support. This is such an integral part of the shooting experience that it deserves to be of the best quality. Buttstocks come in collapsible and fixed varieties as well as dozens of other variations.
Looking for a Furniture Kit
Buying a furniture kit is one part of assembling a quality rifle, instead of hunting for individual pieces and furniture components from various brands. This can save you both time and money, as you’ll need to track down the individual parts if you buy them separately. The furniture kits contain parts that come in matching colors and finishes, so you can customize your rifle with the look you want without worrying about mismatched pieces.
Another advantage of furniture kits is that you can sometimes score a great deal. Manufacturers can sell their parts in a bundle to customers, allowing them to move more inventory in a single transaction.
On the other hand, you probably won’t get exactly the finish and features that you’re looking for from a single furniture set compared to selecting parts individually. One or more parts in a kit may be of a lesser quality so always read reviews and do your research before buying a furniture set.
Generally, you’re better off buying from a reputable manufacturer while also keeping in mind your particular requirements.
Reviews of Top Build Kits for the AR-15
This build kit from Brownells comes with a buttstock, handguard and pistol grip in the retro style of the original stock military style of the M16A1. For enthusiasts who want to pay tribute to the original M16 rifles used in Vietnam by the soldiers of that era, this is the ultimate kit. With surplus parts rarely available in the market, these high-quality components will allow you to outfit your AR-15 in retro style and turn heads at the range.
The parts are available in three colors - black, green and brown.
The real old-school look of an original M16A1
These parts are not exact replicas. although only experts can tell them apart from real ones.
The parts included in this set from are the MOE Mil-Spec stock, MOE carbine forend, and MOE grip. Sets are made from polymer and are available in black, flat dark earth, olive drab green, and gray.
- Good fit
- Easy to install
- Good finish
- Decent price
This set from B5 Systems includes the Bravo stock, Carbine-length handguard and the P-Grip in various color options. It’s constructed from durable composite materials.
The set fits all Mil-spec AR15 receiver extensions and the drop-in handguard features a reduced diameter and increased ergonomics for superior control and handling. The rail slots on the side, top and bottom offer convenient attachment points for multiple weapon accessories.
- Durable build
- Comfortable due to ergonomic design
- Poor fitting
The set comes with a Magpul Original Equipment Slim Line (MOE SL) stock, MOE SL grip, hand guard and A2 front sight. The mil-spec drop-in replacement buttstock is suited for either mil-spec or commercial sized receiver extension tubes. It is optimized for use with body armor and modular gear.
The MOE SL handguard for provides modular flexibility with M-LOK accessory slots in a lightweight, sleek, cost effective design. The pistol grip has a more vertical grip angle optimized for short LOP weapons. The kit is compatible only with the triangular A2 front sight assembly.
- Cost effective
- Ergonomic design
Installation requires a few tools, but is fast
When it comes to customizing your AR-15, keep in mind the purpose you will use it for and plan accordingly. You should try to address any comfort or ergonomic issues with the grip, trigger and hand guard by upgrading to the best fitting accessories you can find. High-quality magazines and sights can also make a big difference in your shooting experience, as you can reload faster and more reliably with good magazines and shoot more accurately with the right scope.
Finally, some of the furniture sets out there will suit both your tastes and budget while also saving you time and effort in tracking down each part separately. If you’re looking to upgrade multiple parts of the AR-15, consider a furniture set in the color, material and design that best fits your needs.