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Grip Stop is Good-to-Go on AR Pistols

I know many of you applied common sense and were already using your Grip Stops on AR-15 Pistols. However, some people just have to have to permission so Lanco Tactical obliged. They have received official correspondence from the ATF confirming that the Grip Stop is similar enough in function to other angled for grips to be used without complication on an AR-15 pistol (see the letter below).

I should note that the Grip Stop offers a lot more functionality than your typical angled grip. Check out our review and then head over the Lanco Tactical to learn more.

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Review: Lanco Tactical GripStop

It’s part vertical grip. It’s part hand stop. It’s part barricade device. It’s GripStop.



GripStop is a hard anodized aluminum forward grip that can be used on a number of different long guns. According to Lanco Tactical it was “designed by a former USMC combat veteran to fill the void between using a vertical grip and hand stop.” Basically, GripStop’s unique shape allows the user to vary the way they grip it and makes it ideal for use as a barricade stop or support for awkward shooting positions.

It is available in 2 different versions that cover most hand guard types. The original GripStop mounts via two bolts on 2 3/8” hole spacing and can be adapted to a number of different hand guards including most of the various “universal” free float tubes, KeyMod, and anything you are willing to drill the necessary holes in. It weighs 2 ounces

GripStop Mod 2 is a rail mounted version that can be mounted to any standard 1913 Picatinny rail. It weighs 3.1 ounces.


Observations from Use

I have been using an original GripStop (from before the KeyMod compatibility was added) since around the time it was introduced. I like it so much that I also purchased GripStop Mod 2. Both have served me very well. While their attachment method differs, they are nearly the same functionally so this review can cover both.

The key to GripStop’s success is its unique shape. It should be obvious from the pictures but if you picture half of a skateboard half pipe turned upside done, you will have the basic shape. The leading edge of the curve is parallel with the bore and close to the hand guard while the trailing edge is perpendicular to the bore. This shape allows the user to adjust how the grip feels by sliding their hand forward and back.

If you prefer a “C Clamp”/thumb over grip like you might typically use with a handstop, you position your hand further forward on the GripStop, bringing your hand more in line with the hand guard.

If you prefer a thumb forward grip with a less flexed wrist position, you position your hand further back on the GripStop. This feels more like a typical thumbs forward grip with a vertical grip.

You may just find yourself somewhere in between and that is part of the strength of the GripStop. It supports just about any grip.


That way that you can vary your grip also has the benefit of allowing you to place GripStop just about anywhere on a rail or on a rail of just about any length. Hand stops and angled grips like Magpul’s AFG work best when mounted closer to the muzzle on longer rail because, in general, a thumb over grip will be more comfortable and provide more benefit with the support arm extended. GripStop can adapt to just about any position on the rail because you can adapt your grip to just about any angle.

Both versions of the GripStop have large ribs machined into the curved portion. These serve to enhance grip. They are large enough that they don’t feel sharp on your hand and the gaps between the ribs bite into barricades very well. You can plant the GripStop on a barricade and really lean your weight in behind it to control recoil.

The rear face of the GripStop is completely vertical (perpendicular to the bore). This allows you to hook it against a barricade and pull back with the strong to control recoil or to hook it on your forearm in awkward shooting positions like “brokeback prone.” The ability to hook the forearm or push against the forearm brings a lot recoil control and stability to these awkward field positions.

GripStop’s weight is a potential fly in the ointment for some users. At over 3 ounces, the GripStop Mod 2 weighs 3 times as much as a typical handstop. The direct connect GripStop weighs only 2 ounces but that is still more than a smaller handstop. I suppose there are a few ways to look at that. I have chosen to purchase one in spite of the weight because I appreciate the added functionality that comes with it. I think the functionality justifies the weight. You could also say that if you are using a quad rail instead of a more trim universal hand guard, you probably aren’t overly concerned with weight. Still, it would be nice to see some additional weight reduction efforts if possible.


Wrap Up

GripStop bridges the gap between vertical grips and hand stops. It does a good job of offering the best of both along and a range of functionality that lies somewhere between the two. It is basically the chameleon of forward grips and should be able to fit anyone’s shooting style while also giving them some options that they may not have had before.

Check out the Lanco Tactical GripStop.

M-LOK Grip Stop from Lanco Tactical

It appears that Lanco Tactical is working to bring a new M-LOK compatible version of their excellent Grip Stop to market. The Grip Stop is currently available in direct connect version for modular rails and KeyMod and a rail mounted version. The addition of an M-LOK version would give the Grip Stop even broader compatibility.

Check out the Grip Stop at Lanco Tactical.

Lando Tactical Grip Stop M-LOK

Lanco Tactical Grip Stop Revisions

Lanco Tactical Gripstop KeyMod

The next production run of the Grip Stop from Lanco Tactical will feature an improvement that is sure to please KeyMod fans. It will retain all the direct connect functionality (via bolts and a backer plate) of the original Grip Stop but it will now also come with hardware that makes it KeyMod compatible. The new version should be ready to start shipping sometime later this week.

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Lanco Tactical Grip Stop Mod 2

The rail mounted Lanco Tactical Grip Stop Mod 2 is now available. This brings the versatile Grip Stop functionality to an even wider variety of hand guards.

I purchased one of the original Grip Stops several weeks ago and I have been extremely impressed with it. It lets the user determine the angle of their wrist by sliding their hand on the grip by moving their support hand forward or back. It is extremely comfortable to use off hand and locks onto barriers easily and securely.


If the Mod 2 version brings the same level of functionality to railed hand guards, it will be a tremendous success.

From Lanco Tactical:

Lanco Tactical LLC is pleased to announce the Grip Stop™ Mod 2.  The Grip Stop™ Mod 2 is the next step in the evolution of the original Grip Stop™ design.  It takes the original Grip Stop™ and adds the ability to mount it directly onto any standard 1913 Picatinny rail.  The original Grip Stop™ was the culmination of a brainchild design by a former U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran to fill the void between using a vertical grip and hand stop. It allows a variable angle grip to prevent locking the wrist. Use as an assist to the modern “C grip” technique or as a barrier stop.  The Grip Stop™ Mod 2 is 100% designed and made in the USA. It is made from solid billet aluminum and then hard coat anodized black.

The Grip Stop™ Mod 2 fits:  MK-18 Block 2 (Daniel Defense); Heckler & Koch 416 & M27 IAR;  KAC MK-11, MK-12 & M110 Sniper Rifles; Standard Issue M-16A4, M4 & M4A1; Any Mil-Std 1913 Picatinny Rail.   With a weight of just over 3 oz. the Grip Stop™ Mod 2 will not add unwanted weight to a weapon.

The Grip Stop™ Mod 2 is priced at $54.95 and is available now from Lanco Tactical LLC and can be ordered at lancotactical.com or by calling 717-367-7221.  For more information on government, LEO, Dealer or Distributor purchases, please contact Lanco Tactical at 717-367-7221 or www.lancotactical.com.

Check out the Grip Stop Mod 2 at Lanco Tactical.

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