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Old 04-08-2012, 15:00   #1
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New BCM pistol-grip (with comparisons)

BCM's new pistol grip is now shipping. Mine arrived yesterday.

Below are comparisons to other popular grips (A2, Magpul MOE, and TangoDown BG-16).

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The main selling point for the grip is it's angle. It is very similar to the HK-416 grip in most regards (but at a fraction of the price). It does have a storage compartment, and the bottom secures very nicely (and is hinged).

My overall impression is the angle feels odd. However, feeling odd doesn't mean bad, just that I'm not used to it. Hopefully next week I will get a chance to shoot it with the new grip.
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Old 04-08-2012, 15:05   #2
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Out of curiosity, how does the grip angle compare to different handguns on the market?
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Out of curiosity, how does the grip angle compare to different handguns on the market?
Good questions. I only have HK's to compare it to. Pics will be forthcoming though.
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Good questions. I only have HK's to compare it to. Pics will be forthcoming though.
Much appreciated. Consequently, HK grip angles tend to work quite nicely for me, so comparison to HK handguns will help me out a bit.
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Old 04-08-2012, 15:17   #5
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Pictures comparing BCM pistol grip to angle of HK45C pistol.

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Note that the angles are similar (not quite exact matches), but the shape is obviously different (the BCM grip doesn't have to hold a magazine full of .45 ACP). It is also good to mention that the BCM grip has (small) swells on the side, making it fit the palm nicely.
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Pictures comparing BCM pistol grip to angle of HK45C pistol.

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Note that the angles are similar (not quite exact matches), but the shape is obviously different (the BCM grip doesn't have to hold a magazine full of .45 ACP). It is also good to mention that the BCM grip has swells on the side, making it fit the palm nicely.
Noice. I like it. Looks like I may be replacing my MIAD grip in the near future. What's the compartment on the Gunfighter like? I like the different core modules available on the MIAD, but haven't seen any solid details on how the Gunfighter is set up to hold batteries, or possibly a spare bolt and firing pin.
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Noice. I like it. Looks like I may be replacing my MIAD grip in the near future. What's the compartment on the Gunfighter like? I like the different core modules available on the MIAD, but haven't seen any solid details on how the Gunfighter is set up to hold batteries, or possibly a spare bolt and firing pin.
The compartment specialization of the MIAD is superior. The BCM is just a hollow grip with a swing-open bottom. Of course, this can be dealt with via some creativity.
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The compartment specialization of the MIAD is superior. The BCM is just a hollow grip with a swing-open bottom. Of course, this can be dealt with via some creativity.
How much space if left after you pop a couple of 123s in there?
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How much space if left after you pop a couple of 123s in there?
I could stuff 2 123 batteries and a firing pin in. If I were to carry these, I'd probably toss in a pair of ear plugs as well, to stop the rattle:
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Seems like a pair of 123s and some earplugs for padding would be the way to go.
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Seems like a pair of 123s and some earplugs for padding would be the way to go.
That would probably be my choice as well.
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Nice write up and great pics
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Old 04-08-2012, 21:16   #13
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Thanks for the review, much appreciated!


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Old 04-08-2012, 22:37   #14
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I like the angle. It really does remind me of a pistol angle. Probably does the wrist wonders for those who keep their hand on the grip when at check points or on guard somewhere?
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It's similar to the HK MR556A1's grip, which I don't care for.
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I like the angle. It really does remind me of a pistol angle. Probably does the wrist wonders for those who keep their hand on the grip when at check points or on guard somewhere?
Oddly enough, I hadn't noticed any real different feeling until I tried it in prone. While in prone, it felt wonderful.
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thanks for the pic, my gunfighter mod1 grip will be here today and i'll also give my impressions. i will be switching from the MIAD if i prefer the gunfighter.
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:48   #18
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Neat pictorial. But it kind of does look like the HK MR grip.
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Neat pictorial. But it kind of does look like the HK MR grip.
Very similar, but some HK grips do not have the storage compartment. Also, the BCM grip is around $30, while the HK grips are around $70. I'm a big HK fan (but not of the MR556), but I think the prices for some of the simple parts on the 416/417 are ridiculous.
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got my grip today and installed it as well. i agree with all of your initial impressions, it does feel odd when compared to the MIAD, MOE, and A2 grips I've used on this rifle previous. I think the angle is something I could get used to, and probably even prefer after a little adjustment period. What I do not like, however, is that it feels very thin in my hands. It feels narrow in width and front to back length in comparison to the MIAD, and being that I am a Glock shooter also this may not be a good thing. I'll give it a chance before making a decision and definitely look forward to getting some rounds down range with it, but right now I'm undecided. I wish the MIAD were available with the steeper angle, that would be interesting.

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Range trip today.

The grip shined here. It was much more comfortable on the wrist over long periods of time than an A2. I'll be ordering more to put on my SCARs as soon as I get the funds.

On a totally unrelated note, a "extra power" buffer spring I was testing effectively made my rifle single-shot.
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Nice write up, good thinking on the foam earplugs to stop rattle. In 97 years I would not have thought of that.
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Nice pics, may try one of those out on my next build.
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Giving this thread a bump, since I recieved my Gunfighter grip (GFG) in the mail today, along with some other parts and items I needed from BCM.

I had a couple minor hiccups during install, unfortunately. The inside of the slot that the receiver interfaces with was just a touch too narrow internally, and required a bit of prying and a touch of knife work to get into place. Once it was on, though, it fit well, and was pretty solid. While it doesn't blend around the trigger guard as well as I would like, there are no sharp or rough edges to bother me.

The other issue may be operator error, but it does show a weakness in the design. I was tapping the grip down onto the receiver with the door open, and it knocked a chip out of the grip body where the door hinges downward. A little more knife work removed the chip (and ended the problem permanently), so in the end I'm not complaining about it.

Now that the *****ing is out of the way, I have to say I am already impressed with the feel of the new grip. It is definitely skinnier than my MIAD (with large backstrap) was, but I'm already getting used to the size of it.

The grip angle, though....

Holy crap. This thing rocks! It's a FAR more natural angle for shooting squared to the target than the current crop of Magpul grips or the standard A2 grip. After feeling the angle with the stock shouldered, I can completely forgive the minor issues.

As a side note, the texturing of the grip reminds me quite a bit of my old HK USP, which I am not complaining about.

Edit: When I am feeling less lazy, I will post some photos of the hinge point on the grip.
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Old 05-25-2012, 22:51   #25
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since you revived the thread... shortly after installing my mod1 i opted to switch back to the MIAD. i got a wild hair on my arse one night a few weeks ago and decided to throw the bcm grip back on. it's been on there since and i've grown quite fond of it. still wish it were a little thicker but the grip angle seals the deal for me.

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