Welcome back to the 23rd installment of my blog, in which I don’t claim to be an expert, in fact the opposite. I’m a new user to the AR platform and want to share my findings and experiences as I go through and build rifles as well as being the Operations Manager at Tyrant Designs.



My humblest apologies for no blog post last week. We had a crazy busy week here at Tyrant. We were preparing for a launch of our new AR-15 Halo Hand stop so our machine shop has been very busy to say the least. Enough excuses Cory, and stop talking in the third person it’s annoying. Ok Ok, so with the release of our hand stop I thought I’d go through the different AR-15 foregrip options one can get on their rifle and see which is most suitable to your shooting style.


AR-15 Vertical Grip


Vertical grips date as far back as the infamous Thompson Machine gun starting in 1918, and were very popular with Al Capone’s criminal syndicate here in Chicago. Fun fact our new office is across the street from one of his old buildings ( another fun fact, I probably made that up) . They soon were adapted to more submachine guns and later to the AR-15.


Originally, these vertical grips were used by special forces in the 1990’s when they used a SOPMOD kit, which included optics, lasers and lights. This would clutter the rail and a vertical grip was a viable option for control.


Soon, civilians started copying this style of a fore end pistol grip for their own builds. Many would argue that this style grip gets in the way of proper shooting mechanics and should be used a last measure. My 2 cents, if it works for you then who cares.


AR-15 Angled Foregrip


Angled foregrips can be a great tool for proficient ergonomics of holding your handguard without have wrist strain. Also, it helps put some distance between the barrel and your hand because we know that barrel gets hot quick.


AR-15 Hand Stop

HALO AR HandStop

Personally these are my favorite. I use a modified version of the C-Clamp grip and I like there to be an anchor point for my hand. I do have a favorite hand placement and the hand stop allows me to quickly find that spot every time. Plus, it’s the perfect accessory for my “low profile” build.



I’m just glad we live in a country that gives us choices. Whatever your shooting style is there is a foregrip for you and nobody should tell you otherwise. The problem sometimes we get in these camps that only think one grip style is superior to the other and I think is BS. Everybody is different and what works for some might not work for others.


Our Halo series Hand Stop is on presale and we have almost allocated the entire first production run, so if you want to be one of the first to get it you better buy it now. Did I mention it’s at a special pre sale price at $37.95?