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Old 04-06-2018, 4:18 PM
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So comifornia sent me one of his Universal AK Thumb rests to evaluate. Thanks man!

Getting ready to install it on my Henderson Defense AK:


Take a look at that rubber pad. Nice and thick! And the steel construction on this thing is bomb proof:


Grip off, pretty easy:


Installed. Quick and easy:


Comfortable. Showing the hold with my stubby hands:


It even offers some one-handed control:


This thing is really well designed, and well built. I like it!
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Thanks for the review MudCamper and glad you like it!
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Great product OP - how does the AK grip wrap with your thumb shelf compare to the Strike Industries simple grip with your thumb shelf compare?

Any pros/cons regarding natural firing grip, comfort, maneuverability between using a grip wrap vs Stike Industry simple grip along with your AK thumb rest product?

- I have smaller hands btw, if it matters..

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Great product OP - how does the AK grip wrap with your thumb shelf compare to the Strike Industries simple grip with your thumb shelf compare?

Any pros/cons regarding natural firing grip, comfort, maneuverability between using a grip wrap vs Stike Industry simple grip along with your AK thumb rest product?

- I have smaller hands btw, if it matters..

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A grip wrap and the Strike Simple Grip have similar shape and hold. So the Universal Thumb Grip works the same. As for, will it fit, I so no reason why it wouldn't. And I also have smaller hands. Not a problem.
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A grip wrap and the Strike Simple Grip have similar shape and hold. So the Universal Thumb Grip works the same. As for, will it fit, I so no reason why it wouldn't. And I also have smaller hands. Not a problem.
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Great product OP - how does the AK grip wrap with your thumb shelf compare to the Strike Industries simple grip with your thumb shelf compare?

Any pros/cons regarding natural firing grip, comfort, maneuverability between using a grip wrap vs Stike Industry simple grip along with your AK thumb rest product?

- I have smaller hands btw, if it matters..

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The thumb grip feels good with all grips, but the comfort level increases with thicker grips in my opinion. I'll point out a few different things between the grips I've sampled it on. My samples


First off my favorite is the Strike Industries AK simple grip

The Strike AK simple grip has a nice flat part here for your middle finger to push up against(in combination with downward pressure from the thumb grip) when controlling rifle for mag changes or charging the bolt carrier. The grip also has a good thickness to it. I believe Strike industries designed it that way knowing you'd need to push up to help control & stabilize the rifle.

Here is the same area with a standard AK grip with a wrap on it.

Also I like that the fin is right down the center line. This helps put your hand in the correct position in my opinion. You want to keep your palm from going past the center line to maximize comfort( Larger hands might have to go past the center line). I found this also true with the Exile Machine grip on the AR15.

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Next is a Magpul moe with a grip wrap on it

It also has a good flat area for your middle finger to push up against even with a wrap on it. The Magpul grip is nice and thick.


Next is a Magpul moe plus (rubber over mold) with a clear fin screwed on the side. It also has the nice flat area for your middle finger to push up against.

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Great product OP - how does the AK grip wrap with your thumb shelf compare to the Strike Industries simple grip with your thumb shelf compare?

Any pros/cons regarding natural firing grip, comfort, maneuverability between using a grip wrap vs Stike Industry simple grip along with your AK thumb rest product?

- I have smaller hands btw, if it matters..

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That looks like a great way to comply and keep the rifle a functional weapon. Looks great.


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Nice make me want to get a AK now, got rid of mine couldn't stand using one of them grips cause of the thumb placement.
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Next is a standard AK grip with a wrap on it
These are comfortable and feel fine to me no problem shooting with them.


Next is a standard AK grip with a fin screwed in on the side.
Even this one being the slimmest of the grips is still comfortable.


Lastly I would recommend sandpaper grip tape on all grips with a thumb rest/grip even the Exile machine grip for AR's. It really helps lock your hand in place.
I added a couple strips to my strike AK simple grip and the magpul wrap.

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Excellent detailed write up, thanks so much. This is the feedback details I was looking for. I’m certain your write up will help many others on a great product design as well.
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Just making sure this can be switched on the other side for leftys?
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Just making sure this can be switched on the other side for leftys?
My thumb grip works fine on the other side. WASR-10 & AK-74 were no problem. Excellent product.

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Just making sure this can be switched on the other side for leftys?
Yes the universal thumb grip is reversible for leftys. Also have a left hand version for milled & Yugo Ak's with a riveted grip nut.
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Also an installation tip for loose grip nuts. Stuff some aluminum foil inside the receiver to hold the grip nut steady as you screw in the grip screw.
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Milled AK thumb grip with sling loop(right handed) are almost ready. Just need to add rubber overmold on the thumb.

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Universal AK thumb grip with sling loop is now in stock. Milled/Yugo thumb grip with sling loop(right handed) is also now in stock.
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Galil thumb grips now available for the Galil arm/ar/sar.
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Is that receiver stainless steel or is it a finish?? Never seen one like that.
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Is that receiver stainless steel or is it a finish?? Never seen one like that.
It's raw steel that was wet sanded/polished to remove all the toolmarks before the laser work.
I always recommend people to go test fire their new builds before we put the final finish on it.
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It's raw steel that was wet sanded/polished to remove all the toolmarks before the laser work.
I always recommend people to go test fire their new builds before we put the final finish on it.
Nice.

What is the most popular finish requested?
I like the standard bluing on my Chinese rifles.
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I like the standard bluing on my Chinese rifles.
I offer parkerizing.
Anything else can be done elsewhere.
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It's raw steel that was wet sanded/polished to remove all the toolmarks before the laser work.
I always recommend people to go test fire their new builds before we put the final finish on it.
I believe that Galil was built by you sir. Nice work!
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I bought a few of these for my AKs and they definitely do the trick. If you have big hands like me you can even put them on upside down so the shelf sits a little higher.
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I bought a few of these for my AKs and they definitely do the trick. If you have big hands like me you can even put them on upside down so the shelf sits a little higher.
Tommy, I can also do them without the pad on the underside which will create more space for your larger hands. Let me know If you want to try one. If you like it you can exchange the ones you purchased. Thanks
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Need to look at this later... looks good at first glance!
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That's smart Randall on shooting before the final finish, to make sure everything's right.
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That's smart Randall on shooting before the final finish, to make sure everything's right.
Same reason you build a motorcycle or car and test ride/drive it, then tear it back apart to do the final finishing.
You get to figure out and fix all the problems, drill all the holes, run all the wires and THEN strip it back down to paint it so there is paint inside every hole and no welding or drilling holes after the paint is on...
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Thanks for the offer and I appreciate the outstanding customer service, but the grip feels perfect the way I have it now so I'll just leave it.

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I just received a six pack of thumbgrips. They work great! Installed them on my Yugos, milled Arsenal, and some stamped receivers. Awesome product and great idea! Thank you.
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I just received a six pack of thumbgrips. They work great! Installed them on my Yugos, milled Arsenal, and some stamped receivers. Awesome product and great idea! Thank you.
Thanks DWarner!!
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Wow. Great product!. Tagged for future buying.
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Thanks! I'm sure you'll like it.
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I'm happy with my yugo ak thumb rest and retaining plate. He got both sides for thumb rest for lefties and righties with sling mouth.

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Thanks for the feedback & pics Russlan the yugo is looking sharp!
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I recently ran my VEPR 7.62x39 in a carbine course and greatly appreciated the extra grip and stability your thumb rest added. I was easily able to do reloads and movement drills in a featureless setup. Great product!

Here are photos of my secondary AK, RAS47 (yea yea I know, impulse buy) with the thumb rest.


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I recently ran my VEPR 7.62x39 in a carbine course and greatly appreciated the extra grip and stability your thumb rest added. I was easily able to do reloads and movement drills in a featureless setup. Great product!

Here are photos of my secondary AK, RAS47 (yea yea I know, impulse buy) with the thumb rest.
Glad you got a chance to run and gun with the thumb grip! What rubber grip wrap is on your SI grip?
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