Not too long ago I had a package show up here at the Gunmart Blog Test Kitchen from the good people over at ATI Gun Stocks. Inside of said package was a couple of their products for me to field test on my AR… The one that I want to talk about in this post is their Forend Pistol Grip.
ATI Forend Pistol Grip
OK… this is going to be a rather short review because… well… its just a forend grip… and there is not really much that I can say about it. The ATI Forend Pistol Grip is a very good product. Its unique from most all other forend grips on the market in that it is fully adjustable to rotate and lock into 5 different positions.
Its funny because when I first pulled it out of the box and inspected it I said to myself, “Now this is a stupid design… am I going to have to break out a screw driver every time I want to adjust the angle of this grip?” Nope. I was wrong. It was not a stupid design. I was actually stupid for not taking the time to read the directions.
Basically, this grip rotates all the way around (front to back) by just pushing in the side button that you see there. It doesnt look like a button, but trust me, its there. The design works out great. Its quick and easy, and for many people the folding/rotating option you get with the ATI Forend Pistol Grip is going to be a great perk that you just wont get with most other vertical grips.
The Need Factor
Do you really need a folding vertical grip? No, not really… but it is a nice option to have. Simply put, it gives you more options. In the angled position pictured above, you can run the rifle like you would with an angled foregrip (if thats your thing). Or as pictured below, with the grip fully folded the rifle is somewhat more compact. I have found that the rifle is much easier to store in my gun safe with the grip folded up…. it lets me stagger all my long guns easier because the AR takes up less space…. just like it would with no forend grip attached. Also in the folded position, the rifle is going to be easier to shoot from sandbags off of a shooting bench without the need to remove the grip.
The mount for the ATI Forend Pistol Grip secures it nicely to the rifle. Its on there pretty darn tight, and I dont think you are gonna have any problems with it coming loose. The grip itself is definitely thicker in width and circumference than a lot of grips on the market. Thats gonna be a very desirable feature for some, but its definitely something that you need to decide if its important to you or not. Here are some pics of the ATI Forend Pistol Grip with other various grips just so you can see how it compares in size:
If you are looking into getting yourself one of the folding forend grips that are out there on the market or you just like the feel of a thicker, more hand-filling grip, then you should definitely take a look at the ATI Forend Pistol Grip. Its a solid build, and its the best priced product that I have seen on the market in this particular category.