A little background – I am in love with the Magpul AFG, or “Angled Fore Grip” for rifles. When used correctly, it really does use the body’s natural mechanics to help absorb recoil and improve follow up shots. The important part is “used correctly”. The AFG is designed to be positioned as far forward on the rifle as possible and with your hand as high on the bore as possible. Here’s Magpul founder showing the textbook rifle and hand position for the AFG.
Click the image for the full size version, but you can see that his hand is way forward on the rifle and the AFG is as far forward as possible. This allows the shooter to use a grip similar to a “thumbs forward” pistol grip on their rifle. I tried this out for the first time at Gunsite, and it is faster in transition and in my opinion also helps mitigate felt recoil.
And that’s what brings me to my pet peeve. I have seen pictures floating around of AFGs positioned way back next to the magazine well and people trying to hold them like it’s just the bottom of the rifle. Why even bother? Unlike a vertical foregrip where the positioning and usage is open to interpretation, the AFG is pretty much at its most effective the way the designers intended it to be used. So why put it on your rifle if you’re not going to use correctly? Is it just because it says “Magpul” on the side and you think “Magpul” makes you a better shooter? If you don’t understand the body mechanics of the part of the shooting style it uses, it won’t help you.
Okay, that’s the end of my rant. But seriously though – don’t buy gear if you don’t know how to use it. Some gear is neutral in that it supports a variety of styles and skill levels. Not all gear is neutral, and some is designed to be used in a very specific fashion. If you have specific use gear, make sure you know how to use it first, okay?