UTG Low Profile Folding Vertical Foregrip Review

| February 12, 2014 | 6 Comments

One of the dangers to building an NFA item such as a short barrel rifle or short barrel shotgun is that the ATF’s paperwork process gives you a ton of time to think. Without an easy way to practice with my AK47 SBR before the stamp came through, I bought a bunch of stuff I thought I’d need — and then later removed.

The idea of a vertical foregrip was much cooler in my mind.

The idea of a vertical foregrip was much cooler in my mind.

I bought a low-profile folding vertical foregrip from UTG because I didn’t want my hand too close to my AK’s barrel. I also wanted something compact, since I intended to carry my AK in a bag. Lastly, I wanted something sturdy.

The grip is 4.25″ long when deployed, and about 1.25″ when folded. It weighs just under 8 ounces and is made out of aluminum.

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As you can see, there is a nice knurled grip. The end cap screws off for waterproof storage. You could easily put batteries for your optics inside, or store your NFA paperwork, etc.

The grip attaches to any picatinny rail. You flip the quick release handle away from the barrel and then tighten the set screw to your preference. I recommend tightening it down pretty tight; unlike optics I don’t see a need to pitch a VFG in a hurry.

When I started practicing drawing from a messenger bag and my backpack I noticed that the grip would catch on things when it was extended. Folding the grip made drawing the rifle easier, but gave me one more thing to “do” when deploying it.

The real ah-ha moment was when the rifle got some use during a class drill last summer.

Watch this video — only one student in the group put their hand where the foregrip was. Everyone else grabbed the magazine.

I wound up taking the foregrip off and moved my flashlight to a position that was easier to reach. Previously, the flashlight was on the left side of the rail, which felt kind of weird.

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Again, I didn’t get rid of the UTG foregrip because I didn’t like it. I got rid of it because I didn’t need it.

If your rifle (SBR or otherwise) has a longer barrel then the UTG grip may be a good option for you.

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  1. CR Williams says:

    I’m wondering why no one in the drill thought to run off the first two rounds from the rifle without locking the stock. Run the bolt, run it out to extension, fire, then get the stock back for follow ups. No, not as absolutely accurate at first. But you’re not shooting to 100 yards or past a hostage either.

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      That would be an interesting drill to try — I specifically oriented the Ace folding adapter so the bolt could be run without extending the stock.

  2. J.C. says:

    If I’m remembering the Dozier drill correctly as , part of the difficulty for the rifle shooter was that the stock had to be unfolded before firing. Another variation was just having to load the rifle, chamber a round, and then fire twice.

    It would all depend on how much you want to stress the pistol shooter.

  3. CR Williams says:

    Is this a shooting drill or a gun-handling/manipulation drill? I know it includes both elements, but what does it stress here? If it’s a manipulation drill then sure, require them to get the stock up. If the idea is to roughly simulate an attack requiring a shooting response, then your priority as shooter is to get rounds on target as quickly and accurately as possible. At the ranges in the drill, the rifle shooter should be able to extend and fire with enough accuracy to allow for options in the response if it doesn’t end the attack right then.

    It should not be a default means of shooting but if you have a weapon that can fire with folded/retracted stock then a little time should be taken in practice shooting that way to facilitate the most rapid response you can get under situations such as this. (One of the reasons I’m probably not going to put a Law folder on anything with a buffer in the buffer tube is because of that extra step to firing needed with it.)

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      The Dozier drill pits two students against each other. One had a handgun and must engage multiple targets before the other student can deploy a firearm from a bag and fire two rounds.

      It’s a variation of the scenario Major General James Dozier faced when he was taken hostage in the early 80s. Essentially, can one person deal with four bad guys before the fifth deploys a weapon? In the actual situation, the firearm was disassembled in a toolbox.

      No one shot the drill with the stock folded because that wasn’t part of that shooter’s drill.

  4. CR Williams says:

    Ah. Been a long time, forgot that. Thank you for illuminating.

    This could be modified into an active shooter drill where the aim is to deploy the weapon and get hits before the pistol shooter gets to ‘X’ targets. Or deploy and fire as soon as possible, drill being scored both by effective hits and number of casualties caused by AS.

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