Best AR-15 Upgrades & Accessories Guide For 2022

Best AR-15 Upgrades & Accessories Guide For 2022

Because of its popularity, the AR-15 is known as America's rifle. Every 2nd gun owner you know is most likely an owner of one.

If you want to make your rifle the best it can be and get the most out of your AR-15, we have put together a comprehensive list of all the parts, upgrades, and accessories we recommend.

The core elements of an AR

AR-15 Tekmat

ARs are characterized by gas impingement, magazine-fed rifles that chamber 5.56mm (or .223 Remington), but they can be ordered in a variety of chamberings as well. It is used in the same manner as the standard M16 (except for the select-fire option, of course), in that it has fixed sights and a buttstock.

Many AR manufacturers today include features such as an adjustable buttstock, railed handguards, and removable iron sights in their products. Most sellers offer a no-frills version as well, so buyers can build out the rifle more easily. Instead of paying for features you don't want, you can add the features you do want.



Changing the lower and upper parts is not necessary if you already have them. You should definitely swap out the polymer receiver if you have one. 

If you are looking for a complete solution for new AR builds, or if you are looking to update your Plain Jane AR, you may want to consider Strike Industries Enhanced Lower parts kit. The kit includes everything you need to build your AR (excluding the grip). Lower price for the lower receiver. High-quality products at affordable prices.

These lowers are made with high-quality materials and feature a protective coating to prevent premature aging.

You do not have to spend too much time deciding between the different lowers because most of them are made by the same companies.

It doesn't matter what brand the upper receiver is made by, as long as it's reputable. We recommend Strike Industries' Upper as a good option for those who don't already have one.

If you already have a top and bottom, don't worry about replacing them right away if you are working on AR-15 upgrades.



When choosing a rifle barrel, you should take into consideration five main factors. The barrel length, the twist rate, the location of the gas ports, the barrel profile, the coating, and the barrel lining.

For barrels, ensure the gas block is low-profile and free floating. Generally, rifle manufacturers sell rifles with fixed gas blocks on the front sight posts and barrels that are not free floating.


Barrels will vary in length depending on the environment and the intended use. Many people nowadays use AR-15s with shorter barrels since they are lighter and easier to maneuver.

Any barrel shorter than 16 inches and an overall length of 26 inches requires an SBR tax stamp from the ATF. The NFA registry is not available in every state and some people don't like having to pay the $200 tax stamp and wait for about 6 months for the NFA registry.

We recommend a 16′′ barrel such as the FN America Barrel Ar15 Hammer Forged Rifle so you won't have to worry about the ATF banning pistol braces and so you will retain the benefits of the 5.56 caliber.


Black Spider Optics Red Dot Sight

A red-dot sight is useful since it superimposes a red dot over the target without actually emitting a beam or light. A true dot means no matter how your eye moves, the round will always hit the exact spot where the dot is.

Fixed or variable sights are available for telescopic rifles. In spite of the fact that a fixed magnification may place a limit on your range, it is often superior to a variable sight adjusted to the same power. Variable sights give you more versatility, but some people say fixed sights perform better in their intended ranges. The choice is between versatility and performance.

You need to select your feature based on your intended use, just like every other feature. Tactical maneuvers at close quarters require a telescopic sight, and holographic sights are unlikely to be suitable for a buck downrange. It is a challenge to strike all the required balances - cost versus quality, versatility versus performance, utility versus comfort.


Once you know what size and how easy the installation is for your rifle, you can decide between the various options on the market based on the fit and feel. Both M-Lok and KeyMod are fantastic free-floaters. As both do the job, they can be easily attached to a wide range of gadgets. If you are unsure of how many rails you want, get a feel for it before you make a decision. The balance between functionality and comfort is crucial when buying a handguard for your AR-15.

It's hard to choose among so many good handguards, but we recommend Ohhunt Free Float Rail AR-15 handguard because they're M-Lok compatible, easier to install, and almost as light as others. Additionally, they come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different barrel lengths.


The trigger on your AR-15 is durable and reliable because it is made according to mil-spec. The issue is that there is an inconsistency in the breakpoint (the point when the hammer is released), the pull length, and the trigger weight.

After shooting with an upgraded trigger, you'll never go back. There are two types of triggers available single stage and two-stage.

A single-stage trigger operates by applying constant force in a single movement until the trigger breaks and the rifle fires. Two-stage can offer greater accuracy because it divides the force needed to fire.

Cmc Ar-15 2-stage Trigger Curved (3lbs)

Thus we’d recommend CMC’s innovative, self-contained and easy-to-install AR-15 2-stage Curved Trigger (3lbs). They have been completely re-tooled to maximize production capacities, incorporate new design enhancements and reduce cost. As CMC's AR-15 trigger groups have always yielded exceptional trigger pull dynamics, we don't think you'll be disappointed, and if you have a steady hand and need a lighter option, they also come in 2lbs weight.

When you apply two pounds of pressure to the trigger, rather than four or five pounds of pressure until the trigger breaks, you will hit an easily discernible "wall," at which point two more pounds of pressure will break the trigger and the rifle will fire. After that, you can move onto the second stage for a quick sequential shot. However, you'll have to familiarize yourself first by practicing consecutive shots.



You probably already have a fixed buttstock on your AR-15. It serves its purpose, but there is ample room for improvement. The other two types are adjustable stocks, which are more versatile, and minimalist stocks for those with a more aesthetic sense.

You can adjust the length and width of a collapsible stock. In addition to a weapon that will change hands often, if the size or tactical requirements change (for target practice, you can keep it long to fit your frame comfortably; but for tactically minded people who must maneuver in close quarters, you may need to collapse it). If you decide to buy an AR-15 stock, look for one that is lightweight, durable, and comfortable. Just be aware of your local laws, since some areas restrict its use.

Luth Ar Mba-3 Carbine Stock

The MBA-3 Fully Adjustable Carbine Stock Assembly from Luth-AR fits AR-15 & AR-10 Commercial and Mil-Spec Buffer Tubes. With its 3-axis adjustable buttplate, picatinny rail, and adjustable cheek piece, this stock fits all .223 and most .308 AR carbine style rifles. It is constructed of strong glass filled nylon, and it is easy to replace.

GGD Threaded AR 15 Muzzle Brake

When a muzzle brake is used, the gases are more efficiently dispersed. The result is a reduction in vertical/horizontal movement and recoil, resulting in higher accuracy and shorter time to realign sights after each shot. On the downside, it extends the barrel and can make the gun is noisier than the stock option. Muzzle brakes are easy to install and are on the cheaper side of upgrades.


Here we would recommend the GGD Threaded AR 15 Muzzle Brake w/ Washer and Jam Nut, which fits AR-15’s and variants with 1/2x28 muzzle threads, features a patent-pending design that greatly reduces muzzle flash - typically greater than 99%-when compared with a plain muzzle. Boasting robust tines built to withstand the rigors of combat, the key functional design elements of the GGD Threaded AR 15 Muzzle Brake. Precision machined from US mill-certified steel bar stock-including high-precision single-point cut threads for optimum thread interface-the GGD Threaded AR 15 Muzzle Brake has a black Melonite finish that provides maximum protection under harsh environmental conditions and facilitates cleaning even after extreme use.

GGD Aluminium Black AR-15 Charging Handle 

Changing the charging handle on your AR-15 is one of the smallest and easiest upgrades you can make.

Upgrading a charging handle doesn't mean having a long charging handle, or having a latch-less charging handle, or really anything crazy.

Even the most basic of Mil-Spec charging handles can be well made and can stand out from other Mil-Spec options. We at GGD have an affordable, Mil-Spec option for you.

It looks like a simple charging handle from the outside, but upon closer inspection, you can see Strike put some thought into it.

The GGD Black Aluminium AR-15 Charging handle is hard anodized and extremely smooth.

It glides backwards with ease due to its smooth finish. The biggest difference is near the rear of the charging handle. It has a rounded back but has a sharp straight angle on the inside of the charging handle.

In addition, the inside is textured for a better grip, and the latch is only as large as it needs to be. This is great for clearing jams when your hands are sweaty or if you are wearing gloves. When you start running the charging handle, the differences are apparent even though they seem subtle.


Middaand Flat Top Detachable Carrying Handle

The main purpose of adding a carry handle to your AR-15 is to elevate the rear sight, but you don't always need to upgrade your carry handle. They prove useful for many AR-15 owners, and most are designed not to interfere with your rifle's original sights. A great choice is the Middaand Flat Top Detachable Carrying Handle made of 6061 aircraft grade aluminum and steel with an anodized finish, which makes it both sturdy and functional. It has a handle length of five inches and a base length of seven inches, and weighs nine ounces. A flip-up A2 aperture sight is integrated into the rear. There is an adjustable rear sight that can function as both a primary and backup sight. The installation is quick and simple thanks to a full-length clamping bar and two thumb nuts.


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