When our founder Brian first heard about stippled grips for the AK, his first thought was, "Holy smokes that's a dumb idea. Just get a grip that works!". He tried the US Palm grip, and then understood why people stippled it. The form is great, but the texture is so slick as to be almost useless. He used the Hogue grip for several years, thinking that it was perfect-- great grip, texture, and finger grooves. When we set out to release the ODS-1775, we immediately selected it as our default grip. We then learned why more folks don't use it: The finger grooves are either too small or too big for almost everybody.
Around the same time we met Jake Masterson of Modern Defensive Enhancement (MDE) and C.J. Lee of Worthy Armory, both of whom offer custom stippling services. We tried out their stipple jobs on the Tango Down Battle Grip (effectively the same grip as the US Palm offering), and knew we had struck pay dirt. The grip works superbly well for almost everybody, and boosts your effective strength considerably with the friction it provides when stippled.
MDE and Worthy Armory have distinctly different look and feel, but the effect is very similar: a grip which grabs you back, but won't leave your hands shredded like more aggressive stippling.
We're offering them in the natural black color, as well as Cerakote® Magpul® Flat Dark Earth (FDE) and Olive Drab (OD).
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