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TangoDown BG-18 – Familiar Like an Old Friend

I purchased by first AR-15 shortly after leaving college and finding gainful employment. That was about 15 years ago. The first thing I added to that AR-15 was a TangoDown BG-16. I liked its comfortable contoured design, clever battery storage, and pebbled texture so much that I ended up with 4 of them as my collection of AR-15s grew.

Later, some wrist injuries would lead me down the path to more vertical and hand filling grips but I missed those old BG-16s. Few other grips I tried could match the comfort of the simple contours and just-right texture on the BG-16, until… The BG-18 came along.

The I’ve been using a BG-18 for a while now and I am thrilled with it. It has everything I love about the BG-16. The flowing contours are intact and so is the excellent texture. In fact, I think the texture may even be slightly improved over my earlier BG-16s. It does however lack the battery storage, which I don’t really miss that much.

While the BG-16 was more raked back and slender, similar in size and angle to the A2 grip, the BG-18 is more vertical and hand filling. TangoDown has designed it with a tang that rides up over “beaver tail” area of the lower receiver to let the shooter get a higher grip while also moving their hand back for better trigger finger placement. Overall, the grip looks and feels just like a BG-16 but even more comfortable.

Putting a TangoDown BG-18 on one of my most shot AR-15s feels a lot like meeting an old friend again.

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