I mentioned on the Social Media Nets a little while back that the good people over at Mission First Tactical sent over a full set of AR-15 furniture to the Gunmart Blog test kitchen for testing and evaluation. Among the items included where their new Battlelink Minimalist Stock, their React Short Vertical Grip, and their Engage AR-15 Pistol Grip.
Battlelink Minimalist Stock
Since the Battlelink Minimalist Stock is the new hottness right now I want to start off by talking about that product first. What MFT has done with the Battlelink Minimalist is to literally take their already very successful Battlink stock and, well… minimize it. Quite literally it looks like they just sliced and diced the Battlelink to the very bare minimum. It’s certainly little more entailed than that I am sure, but the original pedigree is certainly there. The end result is a really cool looking stock for the AR-15 that weighs in at a ridiculously light weight of 5.8 ounces on my postal scale.
Thus far I have been very impressed with The Minimalist stock. The first most notable feature is that it is solid. Thats the very first thing that you are going to notice when you slide it onto your rifle. Its a tight secure fit with absolutely zero rattle. It adjusts easily enough. The adjustment lever is very well executed, and the stock’s tight fit to the buffer tube makes it lock up solidly in each position.
The stock has a bit of an angled toe design to it which allows it to shoulder very nicely. It also has a rubber butt pad that will let you lean the rifle up in the corner without having to worry about it sliding and crashing down.
I also like the cheek weld on the Minimalist a lot. It is very comfortable and I would say it is right on par with… UuuHumm… you know… that other brand that’s out there on the market. Wink. Wink.
There are also several cutouts designed into the stock as well as a QD sling mount on the underside of the stock for several different options for sling configuration.
MFT announced the Minimalist stock a while back, but it has taken some time to get it to market. It is just now hitting the supply pipeline, and you should be able to pick it up locally in the very near future. MSRP is $59.99 and real world pricing will be right at $50.
BTW – You can also do something cool like this with the stock if you really want…
The MFT React Vertical Grip is a very well executed vertical grip. It measures in at 2.2″ long and weighs 2 ounces. It secures to your rail using a single attachment screw and has a pretty cool locking design to make a very secure fit.
When I shoots ARs, I love to use the “thumbs-up” grip on a vertical grip, and the cut and curvature of the React Short Vertical grip feels really good in the hand when you are shooting this way. Its also very nice to shoot when taking a full hand grasp of the grip.
The texture on the grip is what I would describe as an artificial stippling job. When you look at it up close that’s certainly what the design pattern looks like, but the texture has a little bit different feel to it than a hand done stippling job. I would say that the grippy-ness (is that even a word?) of the surface is medium – not too little, not too much – I found it to be just right. (Shut up with the Goldilocks jokes)
The vertical grip also has a water tight (yes I checked it) compartment with a removable battery insert. You can also use it without the insert for other parts/stuff, or just remove the plug and leave it completely open.
The MFT Engage AR-15 Pistol Grip that they sent me I have also been very pleased with. Its a quick and easy install and it attaches to your AR just like every other pistol grip that’s out there on the market.
The engage is a medium thickness grip measuring in at about 5.5 inches all the way around, and it feels somewhat like a go between of an A2 grip and what would be considered a thick grip. This grip uses the exact same grip texture and pattern as the above mentioned vertical grip, and it feels very nice in the hand. Likewise, it also utilizes the same waterproof storage unit and insert as the vertical grip. However, on the pistol grip the water tight plug is hinged and retained by the grip.
The Engage also has front finger grooves designed into the grip that are thankfully not overdone. With just about any gun out there that has designed finger grooves into their grip, they either fit your hand or they don’t. On the Engage grip they do not fit my medium sized hands. Well, they do if I keep my hand low on the grip, but they don’t if I choke up high on the grip like I usually do. Thankfully, they are so subtle that even when I get my hand up high on the grip its not a deal breaker. My fingers wont line up with the grooves, but when I am shooting I don’t even notice it.
One other thing to note about the Engage is that it comes with a gap filler for the trigger guard. You may or may not need this depending on the trigger guard that you have installed on your rifle. Mine, which is made by…. UuuHumm… that other company… does not require the gap filler. Its a quick and easy fix to just use some snips to chop it off, but you will need to do so for it to have a comfortable fit.