Ok, you have a gun, a case to transport it, a kit to clean it, spare ammo, spare parts, tools, and maybe a laser, light, or red dot sight. So what else could you POSSIBLY need, right? Well fortunately for your wallet, there’s nothing else you really need. From this point forward it’s all about comfort & convenience.
Holsters & Slings
If you ever, ever think you might need to carry your gun, then you should have a holster for your handgun and a sling for your long gun. There are too many holster companies and types to list, but make sure you buy quality.
Slings come in 3 basic types: single-point, two-point, and three-point slings. I don’t have any experience with 3 point slings, so no comment. Single point slings generally suck, but they can be convenient in some situations (and I actually have 1 rifle that can only use a single-point sling). Two-point slings do a much better job of carrying a rifle, but they’re a bit less maneuverable and they can become tangled around the gun. To prevent tangling, check out the $6 Blue Force Sling Sleeve.
Personally, I like the idea of “convertible” slings that can either be used as a single-point or a two-point sling. For example, check out the Magpul MS3 and Tactical Link Convertible. I have an older Magpul MS2, and I generally just leave it as a two-point sling, but it’s nice to be able to put it on another rifle as a single-point if the situation ever calls for it.
Strictly speaking, putting a new grip on your rifle won’t make it any faster, accurate, or more powerful. It is arguably a complete waste of money, but it’s also arguable that if you can make your gun more comfortable, then it is worth a few dollars. Just don’t get carried away spending huge amounts of money to make your gun
look feel nicer.
For pistols, check out Hogue Grips and Talon Grips. For the AR-15 I’m especially fond of the UCWRG Grip 23 and anything from Magpul. Other AR-15 products are available from Troy Industries, Mission First Tactical, Bravo Co, VLTOR, B5 Systems, and Ace Ltd.