Top 10 Must-Have AR-15 Accessories for 2024: Enhance Your Firepower Today!

Posted by Mandu Moses on Jan 5th 2024

The AR-15 is one of the most popular and versatile rifles in the world. Whether you use it for hunting, plinking, competition, or self-defense, you can always customize it to suit your needs and preferences.

Furthermore, the AR-15 is one of the most accessorized firearms. These accessories enhance your rifle’s performance, accuracy, ergonomics, and aesthetics, making it more enjoyable and effective to shoot. So, don’t be left behind!

Cedar Mill Firearms fully accessorized AR15 firearm

If you are ready to finally put your personality on your AR-15 rifle, here’s an exciting list of the top 10 gun accessories for your new AR-15 to consider in 2024.

The Do’s and Don’ts of AR-15 Accessorizing to Help You Avoid Common Mistakes

Before you buy and install these accessories on your new AR-15, you should be aware of some do’s and don’ts that will help you avoid common mistakes and problems. 

Here are some tips and advice that you should follow when choosing and using AR-15 accessories:


  1. Do research and compare different options before buying any accessory. Read reviews, watch videos, and ask for recommendations from other AR-15 owners or experts. Make sure that the accessory is compatible with your rifle model, caliber, and configuration.
  2. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines when installing any accessory. Use the proper tools and techniques, and check for fit and function before firing your rifle. If you are not confident or experienced in installing an accessory, seek professional help or guidance.
  3. Test and adjust your accessories after installation. Make sure that they work as intended and do not interfere with your rifle’s operation or safety. For example, test your optic’s zero, your trigger’s pull weight, your light’s brightness, etc. Adjust them if necessary to suit your preferences and needs.
  4. Maintain and clean your accessories regularly.
  • Check for any wear and tear, damage, or malfunction.
  • Replace or repair any faulty or broken parts.
  • Clean your accessories from dust, dirt, oil, or carbon buildup.
  • Lubricate any moving parts if needed.

Cedar Mill Firearms Accessorized AR-15


  1. Don’t buy cheap or low-quality accessories that may compromise your rifle’s performance or reliability. You get what you pay for, and cheap accessories may break easily, malfunction frequently, or cause damage to your rifle or yourself. Invest in quality accessories that are durable, reliable, and reputable.
  2. Don’t over-accessorize your rifle with unnecessary or redundant items that may add weight, bulk, or complexity to your rifle. Only use the accessories that you need and that serve a specific purpose. For example, you don’t need a bipod if you shoot mostly standing or prone, or a laser if you have good optic or iron sights.
  3. Don’t modify or alter your accessories without proper knowledge or authorization. Doing so may void the warranty, violate the law, or affect the safety or functionality of your accessories or rifle. For example, don’t try to increase the sound suppression of your suppressor by drilling holes in it, or change the color of your light by painting over it.
  4. Don’t neglect the basic components of your rifle such as the barrel, bolt carrier group, gas system, buffer tube, etc. These components are essential for your rifle’s operation and accuracy, and they should be checked and maintained regularly. No accessory can compensate for a poorly maintained rifle.

Common Mil-Spec AR-15 Accessories

Mil-Spec AR-15 accessories are parts and components that meet the standards set by the U.S. military for the AR-15 rifle. These accessories are designed to enhance the performance, reliability, and durability of the rifle in various conditions and environments.

AR-15 rifle

If you are looking for some simple and affordable accessories for your AR-15 that meet the military specifications (Mil-Spec), you may want to check out Cedar Mill Fine Firearms which offers a variety of Mil-Spec AR-15 accessories.

These accessories are designed to fit most standard AR-15 rifles and provide a basic level of functionality and durability. They are not fancy or flashy, but they work well and provide a solid foundation for further customization. Here are some of the Mil-Spec AR-15 accessories that you can find:

  • Barrels

The barrel is the part of the rifle that fires the bullet. Mil-Spec barrels are made of high-quality steel and have a chrome-lined bore and chamber to resist corrosion and wear. They have a specific twist rate, profile, and gas system length to ensure accuracy and reliability with different types of ammunition.

BCM AR15 bolt barrel

Some Mil-Spec barrel manufacturers are Shaw®, Wilson Arms®, FN®, and Colt®.

  • Triggers

Mil-spec AR15 geissele trigger

BUY NOW! MSRP $: WAS: 284.00NOW: 248.00

The trigger activates the firing mechanism. Mil-Spec triggers are made of hardened steel and have a consistent pull weight and crisp break. They have a safety mechanism that prevents accidental discharge. Some Mil-Spec trigger upgrades include the  Geissele Hi-Speed National Match Trigger.

  • Handguards

Daniel Defense Rifle Handguard

BUY NOW!  MSRP $ 140

Handguards cover the barrels and gas systems. Mil-Spec handguards are made of durable materials and have a secure attachment system to prevent movement and heat transfer. Mil-Spec handguards also have a modular design that allows for the installation of various accessories such as optics, lights, grips, and rails.

Some Mil-Spec handguard models include  Sons of Liberty Gun Works M89 Drive Lock M-LOK Handguard RailGeissele Automatics MK4 Super Modular Rail M-LOK, and Daniel Defense MK18 RIS II Complete Upper.

  • Stocks

AR15 Complete Lower Receiver w/ MOE Grip & SL-S Carbine Stock

BUY NOW! MSRP $ 64.95

The stock is the part of the rifle that connects to the receiver and provides a stable platform for shooting. Mil-Spec stocks are made of sturdy materials and have an adjustable length of pull to fit different shooters and positions.

Mil-Spec stocks also have a recoil pad, sling attachment points, and storage compartments for extra batteries or tools. Some Mil-Spec stock options are  Reptilia RECC-E Carbine StockMagpul UBR Gen, etc.

A Review of the Top 10 Gun Accessories for Your New AR-15

1. Riflescope

vortex razor HD gen III 1-10x24 Riflescope

BUY NOW!  MSRP $ WAS: 3,999.99  NOW: 2,475.00

If you are looking for a high-quality and versatile optic for your AR-15, you can’t go wrong with the Vortex Razor HD Gen III 1-10x24 FFP Riflescope. This scope offers a wide range of magnification from 1x to 10x, allowing you to engage targets at various distances with ease.

The first focal plane reticle ensures that the sub-tensions remain consistent across the zoom range, while the illuminated center dot provides a bright and precise aiming point. The scope also features a rugged and lightweight construction, a fast-focus eyepiece, locking turrets, and a zero stop.

2. Iron Sights

Magpul MBUS Pro Offset Iron Sights

BUY NOW!  MSRP $ 94.95 

Backup iron sights are essential for any AR-15 owner, providing you with a reliable and simple option B in case your primary optic fails or runs out of battery. Switching to iron sights can be cumbersome and time-consuming if you have a magnified optic on your rifle.

The Magpul MBUS Pro Offset Iron Sights is your perfect companion for this situation. These sights are mounted at a 45-degree angle on your rail, allowing you to quickly transition to them by slightly tilting your rifle.

The sights are made of steel and feature a low-profile design that does not interfere with your optic or other accessories. They are adjustable for windage and elevation and fold down when not in use.

3. Timney Elite AR Trigger

Timney Triggers Alpha Competition Series Trigger

BUY NOW! MSRP: WAS 327.99  NOW: 316.99 

A good trigger is one of the most important upgrades you can make to your AR-15 since it directly affects your accuracy and speed. If you want a crisp and consistent trigger that will help you shoot faster and more accurately, you should check out the Timney Calvin Elite AR Trigger With Adjustable Shoes

This is a high-quality and innovative replacement trigger for the AR platform that offers a custom fit and a lighter pull weight. It is easy to install and adjust, and it offers a great value for money.

It has a new internal design that rests in the Timney AR housing, which is a proven and industry-defining standard for aftermarket trigger upgrades. It also features adjustable shoes for length of pull, cast and height, which provide the ultimate in custom comfort and positive contact.

The trigger has an ultra-reliable 5-pound hammer spring coupled with a crisp and zero creep 1.5 to 2 pound pull weight, which ensure a smooth and consistent trigger performance.

4. BCM M-LOK Handguard

BCM M-LOK Handguard


A handguard is another essential accessory for your AR-15. It protects your hand from the heat of the barrel and provides a platform for mounting other accessories. If you are looking for a lightweight and durable handguard that offers plenty of mounting options, you should consider the BCM MCMR M-LOK Handguard.

This handguard is made of aluminum and features a free-floating design that does not affect your barrel’s accuracy. The handguard also has M-LOK slots along its entire length, allowing you to attach various accessories such as lights, lasers, grips, bipods, etc.

5. SureFire Suppressor & Cover

SureFire SOCOM556 RC2 Suppressor

A suppressor reduces the noise and flash of your shots, making them more comfortable and stealthier. It is a great must-have accessory for your AR-15. When shopping for a suppressor, ensure you get one that does not affect your rifle’s performance and reliability.

SureFire SOCOM556 RC2 Suppressor is designed specifically for 5.56 NATO rifles. It offers superior sound attenuation and flash reduction. The suppressor also features a fast-attach system that allows you to mount and remove it easily and securely.

6. Magpul MOE Stock

Magpul MOE SL-S Stock

BUY NOW! MSRP $ 64.95

Your AR-15 stock will affect the rifle’s length of pull, cheek weld, and recoil management. If you are looking for a comfortable and adjustable stock that will fit your body and shooting style, you should consider the  Magpul MOE SL-S Stock.

This stock is compatible with mil-spec buffer tubes. It also comes in a sleek and ergonomic design that offers a solid and stable shooting platform.

Additionally, this stock has a storage compartment for batteries or other small items, and a rubber butt pad that reduces recoil and slippage. It is one of the best AR-15 stocks on the market, and it will improve your comfort and accuracy when shooting.

7. Ambidextrous Charging Handle

Radian Weapons Raptor-LT Ambidextrous Charging Handle

A charging handle is another essential accessory for your AR-15. This device allows you to manipulate the bolt carrier group and chamber a round. Most standard charging handles are small and hard to reach, especially if you have an optic or other accessories on your rifle.

That’s why you should upgrade to a better charging handle like the Radian Weapons Raptor-LT Ambidextrous Charging Handle. This charging handle is made of aluminum and features a large and textured latch that can be operated from either side of the rifle. The charging handle also has a smooth and fluid motion that does not snag or bind.

8. Cedar Mill Fine Firearms Tactical Tape x2

Cedar Mill Firearms Tactical 2 tape

The Cedar Mill Fine Firearms Tactical Tape x2 is a product that aims to enhance firearm grip, rifle cable management, and improved gun control for competitive shooters. It is made of a unique blend of synthetic fibers and moisture-wicking materials that reduce felt recoil, secure cables, add grip to charging handles, and prevent handguard abrasion. It is also waterproof and works well in wet conditions.

The tape is easy to apply and remove and does not leave any sticky residue on the firearm. It also comes in two rolls per package, which makes it more economical and durable than other tapes. The tape is black in color, which matches well with most firearms and accessories..

9. Magpul M-LOK Foregrip

A foregrip provides a more comfortable and stable grip on your rifle, improving your control and accuracy. Some foregrips can be bulky and heavy, adding unnecessary weight to your rifle.

Magpul M-LOK AFG Angled Foregrip

BUY NOW!  MSRP $ 27.99

You should, therefore, opt for a minimalist foregrip like the Magpul M-LOK AFG Angled Foregrip. This foregrip is made of polymer and features an angled design that allows you to hold your rifle in a natural and ergonomic position. It also has M-LOK slots on both sides, allowing you to attach other accessories such as lights or lasers.

10. Tactical Light

Streamlight TLR RM2 Rail Mounted Tactical Light

Lights are essentially used to illuminate and identify your target in low-light conditions, enhancing your safety and accuracy. You want to choose an option that is not too bright or too dim, which can affect your vision and aim.

The Streamlight TLR RM1 is a compact and bright rail mount light with 500 lumens and a strobe function. It works well indoors and outdoors but has limited illumination past 50 yards. It is easy to use, durable, and affordable.

The Streamlight TLR RM2 Rail Mounted Tactical Light is a reliable and powerful light. It is designed specifically for rifles and delivers up to 1000 lumens of bright and focused light. The light also features a remote pressure switch that allows you to easily activate it.

Both RM1 and RM2 are designed for long guns, especially the AR-15 platform, and provide enough light to use backup iron sights at night.

Additional Accessories:

  1. Brass Shell Catcher helps gun enthusiasts collect their brass shell casings after shooting. It has the following features:
    • It can be easily installed on any firearm with a Velcro strip.
    • It is heat resistant and durable, so it can handle high temperatures and rough use.
    • It has a zipper at the bottom, so the shells can be securely stored and removed.
  2. Magazine Bands are silicone bands that can be attached to the magazines of AR and AK rifles to easily identify them. The band has the caliber and capacity of the magazine written on it, and it comes in different colors. It also helps to protect the magazine from scratches and dirt


Listed above are some of the best gun accessories that you should consider for your new AR-15 in 2024. These accessories will not only improve your rifle’s performance but also make it more fun and satisfying to shoot. Of course, there are many more accessories that you can choose from, depending on your personal preference and budget.

Gun accessories enhance your rifle’s accuracy, comfort, safety, and functionality. They include grips, charging handles, safety selectors, muzzle brakes, hand stops, rail panels, magazine releases, buttstocks, magazines, ammo, etc.

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned shooter, these accessories can help you get the most out of your AR-15. We hope that this list will give you some ideas and inspiration for upgrading your AR-15.