Whether you’re hunting or target shooting, gun customization can make your hobby much more enjoyable. These ten amazing pieces will make your gun your own!
There are all sorts of reasons why you might want to personalize and customize your rifle. You may want it to feel more comfortable in your hands, improve its accuracy and efficiency, or just give it a total cosmetic makeover. Considering there are over 15 million AR-15s in America today, it makes sense why more and more people are looking for personalization.
No matter what your reasons are, it’s actually fairly simple to do.
In fact, by just practicing a few gun customization techniques, you can end up with something that feels completely new and unique. Interested in learning more? Continue reading and we’ll walk you through the top ways to make your rifle your own.
- Replace the Handguard
Replacing your rifle’s handguards is one of the easiest and most effective ways to customize your gun. A new handguard will not only give your gun a pop of color but it can make it more comfortable to hold.
You can purchase handguards in different sizes. If you have a 16-inch barrel, you may want to get either a 15-, 13-, or 9-inch handguard.
One thing that can make a handguard lighter is that it doesn’t come with a quad rail. So you’d be taking out a lot of the weight that typically comes with rails. And you can also put the quad rail back on later down the road if you so choose.
Railscales is one of the best brands for those looking to purchase high-quality handguards.
- Change the Stock
Swapping the stock is a great customization method that is popular among beginners. Most standard rifle stocks are built for the average-sized man which can leave women with guns that are either too big or they may have to pick out a stock form the “youth” section.
The first step that you should try to get the right stock for you is to simply purchase a more comfortable stock and replace your current one. All you need to do this are a hex wrench and your instruction manual to replace the stock. You can also get certain aftermarket rifle stocks that come in different colors, sizes, and materials.
- Add a New Butt End
Adding a new butt end can make a big difference to your overall shooting experience. The butt of the stock is one of the main points of contact that your body makes with the gun. This is true pretty much no matter what shooting position you’re in.
One of the easiest upgrades you can make to the butt pad is to use a rubber recoil pad. We suggest not only adding a rubber recoil pad but throwing on a slip-on recoil pad that also slides right over the stock.
- Add a Cheek Pad
Adding a cheek pad to your rifle will not only make it more comfortable but it can improve your accuracy as well. This is especially true for people who have a difficult time getting their eyes aligned with a raised optic. A cheek pad is a great way to help you look through the scope in a safe and comfortable way.
- Stencil the Magazine
There are several reasons why marking your magazine with a stencil is a really helpful idea. First off, it’s an easy way to make it more personalized. You stencil on drawings, camouflage, quotes, and just about anything else you’d like on your gun.
Stenciling is also a great way to keep track of your rifle when you bring it to the shooting range. When you stencil your rifle, it’s a good idea to include your name as well as the caliber of the magazine. You should also number each magazine as well.
This will help ensure that someone doesn’t accidentally walk away with your gun. And when you number your magazine, you can more easily confirm that you have all of your magazines when you pack up for the day. Writing the caliber on the side of the magazine will also help ensure that you don’t accidentally load the wrong ammo into a magazine.
Also, if one of your magazines stops working or seizes up, you’ll be able to know exactly which mag it is because each one has a specific number.
And if you’re never happy with your stencil work, you can always just coat it over and try again!
- Brighten Up the Front Sight
Depending on the environment that you’re shooting in, it might be tough for you to see the front sight. Some wealthier rifle owners are able to avoid this issue completely by buying an electronic optic like a holographic sight or red dot sight. While these additions will definitely get the job done, they’re also very expensive.
Instead of paying hundreds of dollars on a sight, you can pay just a few dollars and get yourself a set of paint pens. On the edge of the front sight, get a brightly colored paint pen like yellow or white and outline the protective wings. Do this on either side of the front sight post.
By having a bright color on your front sight, you’ll be able to hit your targets with better precision in nighttime or lowlight conditions. You can also use a different brightly colored paint pen and paint the actual front sight post. You should use one specific color for the front sight post and a different color for the protective wings.
After your rifle is zeroed, get a color like bright green or orange and paint the front sight post. Your eye is naturally going to focus on the bright color and thus improve your sight picture.
- Add Color Fill to the Lower Receiver
There are many ways to add color to your rifle. And coloring up the lower receiver is no exception. This low-cost modification simply involves adding paint to the roll marks that are on the sides of your lower receiver.
There are several different methods and color sources that you can use to accomplish this. One of the most popular methods is to dip a toothpick in nail polish. This is going to let you apply paint precisely to the roll marks.
Nail polish is a great color source for people who want to permanently paint their own marks. Nail polish is resistant to most solvents and heat and you don’t have to worry about applying it every time after you visit the shooting range.
In order to make sure that you don’t end up with excess paint drippings anywhere, you should let the colors sit for a minute. Then, wipe them over with a brillo pad or a rag that was dipped in rubbing alcohol.
Another benefit of using nail polish to color your gun is that it’s easy to remove. Whenever you want to change things out, just grab some nail polish remover and a brillo pad and your good to go. It’s important to point out that if you thin out your nail polish properly, it may be tough to apply.
Thinned Paint Method
And if you’re not interested in using nail polish to color your lower receiver, you can use thinned model paint instead for the markings. This might be the easiest way to pain the roll marks. The main downside is that many of these paints can wear off when in contact with the solvents that you use to clean your gun.
Also, it can take multiple days for the paint to cure completely. This isn’t great for people who want to go to the range daily.
Lastly, you can also rub a crayon over the roll marks and fill in the engravings with the wax. Crayons are quick, easy, and fun solutions to coloring your gun. The downside of crayons though is that they can be affected by the heat that comes off your gun when you’re firing.
This can lead to the color coming off the roll marks and then sliding down the side of the lower receiver of your gun.
The Best Gun Customization Methods for You
As we can clearly see from the article above, there are a variety of gun customization techniques that a person can perform. However, not all of these methods are going to be suitable for every rifle shooter. Instead, you should consider what you’re trying to accomplish with customizing your gun and then go from there.
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