The Best Magpul Furniture Kits

What are the best Magpul furniture kits?

Magpul Industries is, by any objective measure, one of the best and most well-known firearm accessory manufacturers on the planet. They’ve earned that reputation by making ruggedly dependable gear since 1999 – starting with their original product, the Mag Puller, from which they derived their name.

Their principal-driven product approach was defined by their founder, US Marine Corps FORECON sergeant Richard M. Fitzpatrick, and they’ve been innovating ever since. 

They’re best known for their high-quality PMAG magazines and, frankly, once you start running them in your AR you’ll find yourself dropping them into every other gun in your collection.

Long past their original mag puller, they now manufacture everything under the sun for most firearms, including sights, handguards, foregrips (both angled foregrips and straight), as well as slings, and, of course, furniture kits.

If you’re looking to set-up your firearms with an accessory platform that’s easy-to-install, good-looking, and super rugged, we recommend their line of furniture sets. These are the very same products that have been embraced by military forces, law enforcement, and (of course) gun enthusiasts across the globe. 

Quick List: The Best Magpul Furniture Sets

  1. Best Overall: Matrix Industries Magpul Furniture Kit
  2. Also Great: MOE Furniture Set
  3. Best AK Kit: MOE Zhukov Set 
  4. Also Great for AK:  MOE AK Furniture Set 
  5. Best for Mossberg Shotguns: Mossberg 500 Stock and Forend Kit
  6. Most AR Accessory Space: MOE SL Furniture Set

Best Overall Kit:

When it comes to furniture kits, these Matrix Industries sets (which use Magpul components) are an incredible value. Not only do you get the standard stock/grip/handguard, but these sets also include a trigger guard, a PMAG, and a vertical grip. 

They’re full conversion kits that give you everything you need to turn your AR up a notch. Plus they’re available in both commercial and mil-spec options, so everyone can get in on the action.

What We Liked

  • A complete set of furniture plus a few a bonus items like trigger guards & vertical grip
  • Lots of color and camo options
  • Both mil-spec and commercial options

What We Didn't Like

  • Will require some tinkering to perfect the fit
  • Basic colors like black and olive can be hard to get ahold of

Also Great:

This is another one of our go-to Magpul furniture sets. The MOE set comes in understated colors, like flat dark earth and olive drab, which are both very popular and won’t change the OEM look/feel of your rifle.

The MOE kit is just right for your 14.5” and 16” length barrels, but for a longer barrel setup, we like a little more handguard to keep us from cooking our hands on a hot barrel and provide some additional mounting space. 

What We Liked

  • Tons of places to mount m-lok accessories
  • Easily adjustable length of pull on the stock
  • This pistol grip is our personal favorite
  • Perfect length for carbine barrels

What We Didn't Like

  • The handguard might be too short for some applications
  • The lip on the front of the handguard could be more pronounced

Best AK Kit:

The MOE Zhukov Set is an upgraded version of a straightforward MOE set, with a longer handguard and a folding stock. With more handguard you have the opportunity to incorporate accessories like a vertical grip or a bipod if you’re building more of an RPK style AK, which, when built in the available plum color, would give your AK a classic Eastern European feel.

What We Liked

  • Folding stock is fantastic
  • Overmolded grip levels up the stability
  • Longer handguard than other options
  • Would be a great DMR setup
  • Comes in plum!

What We Didn't Like

  • We’d have put the stock from the previous kit with this one
  • This won’t play nice with SBR AKs

Also Great For AK:

Much like the Magpul AR kit, the AK MOE kit is an industry-standard for new AKs. We like the plum color for a look that is a nod to European AK designs, much like the Zhukov example. 

One thing we’d improve is adding a cheek riser that has more adjustability. Otherwise, this kit will more than likely make it onto our next AK build.

What We Liked

  • The skeletonized stock looks great and is very light
  • The gas tube cover is a great touch
  • Perfect for finishing a parts kit

What We Didn't Like

  • The handguard might require a bit of hand fitting
  • Cheek weld could be a little better

Best for Mossberg Shotguns:

While we don’t mind most of Mossberg’s stocks, the ability to upgrade the handguard with a matching stock is a major selling point with their 500 Stock and Forend Kit

We think a home defense shotgun can benefit from a hand stop or a grip, and this is a great way to do that with Magpul’s quality parts.

What We Liked

  • The rubber butt pad will soak up some recoil
  • Easy sling attachment point on the stock
  • Multiple color options

What We Didn't Like

  • The dip in the stock might mess with cheek weld.
  • Not compatible with 6-1/2″ action tube assembly, the Maverick or pinned-in action tube assembly 500s

Most AR Accessory Space:

Finishing out our list, we have another AR kit. The MOE SL Furniture Set is meant for longer barrel AR builds and is ideal if you need room to mount a bipod or larger under-barrel accessory. An AR-10 build with a long-barrel 6.5 Creedmoor would pair nicely with this set.

What We Liked

  • Longer handguard works for up to 20” barrel
  • Same great pistol grip
  • Tons of space for accessories

What We Didn't Like

  • Unless you have a slim gas block, won’t work for shorter barrels
  • All the extra length does add a few ounces of weight

So, why Magpul?

We think that Magpul offers a few things over the morass of mags and accessories out there. First and foremost, the U.S. Marine Corps approved the GenM3 Pmag for both training and combat – and the U.K. delivered 100,000 PMAGs to their troops in Afghanistan – so you know their products are truly battle-tested.

Magpul’s stuff also offers thoughtful touches you can’t find elsewhere – like the Pmag’s window to see available rounds at a glance and dust cap that helps keep ammo clean from dirt and debris. 

The breadth of their accessories also means you can create a consistent feel and environment across a variety of firearms.

For example, while our list covers AR & AK platforms as well as Mossberg shotguns, you’d be hard-pressed to find a reasonably popular firearm for which they don’t offer a wide variety of products. The more consistency across platforms, the better your training and muscle memory will transfer from one firearm to another. 

Straightforward benefits

In addition to simply replacing broken rifle or shotgun components, Magpul’s products will add features and functionality. When compared to wood, polymer furniture tends to last longer, avoid swelling with heat or moisture, and have more attachment points. They’re also considerably lighter. We’ll save the wood for our classic firearms. 

Also, these sets are great for personalizing the fit of your firearm. Different rifle grips will naturally feel better in your hands than others – and dialing in your cheek weld may take something besides your OEM carbine stock or an anti-slip pad. We recommend experimenting a bit to find out what feels right in your hands, and that means having options, which Magpul gives you in spades.

When it’s time to set up a fighting gun, we go with Magpul.

Mil-spec vs commercial buffer tubes

Fit matters. Without a secure fit, you’ll get slop – and slop means instability. 

When it comes to ARs keep the buffer tube length and size in mind. Mil-spec is all the rage, and Magpul sets are engineered for mil-spec applications. Older ARs from the 1990s and early 2000s may be running commercial-spec buffer tubes, which aren’t interchangeable with mil-spec. 

Additional considerations

Beyond meeting our shooting buddy’s tacticool expectations – more attachment points mean it’s easy to accommodate slings, vertical foregrips, and other functional goodies. Magpul’s stuff is designed around expanding the potential of your firearm, which means you have what you need when you’re ready to add that 3rd red dot to your rifle.

Conclusion

In this list, we’ve tried to walk through the best Magpul has to offer. While it’s nearly impossible to fit every use case or build goal into a roundup list, we’ve attempted to cover the kinds of furniture sets that will work well for most people.

For an AR build the Matrix Industries Magpul Set or MOE Kit will give you years of service, but the AK and shotgun kits we’ve highlighted will update and upgrade those respective firearms as well.

Sources:

  1. Frank Miniter, The Magpul Way, August 20, 2015
  2. Magpul, Foundations
  3. Shawn Snow, Marines approve Magpul’s signature polymer ammunition magazine, January 8, 2017
  4. Stag Arms, Commercial vs. Mil-Spec Buttstocks, July 21, 2020
  5. The Denver Post, Magpul, which left Colorado in protest, to supply Marines with ammunition magazines, December 23, 2016
  6. Ministry of Defence and Peter Luff, Troops in Afghanistan get new lightweight rifle magazinesJanuary 19, 2011

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