5 Things To Consider Before Choosing Rifle Accessories

5 Things To Consider Before Choosing Rifle Accessories

Posted by Ranger Point Team on Apr 7th 2022

It's no secret that rifle accessories are a critical part of any gun enthusiast's arsenal. From optics to slings, rifle accessories can make a big impact on your ability to hit your target. However, before you buy any new rifle gear, it's important to take the time to understand the different types and sizes of accessories available. 

Let’s go through some important factors to make note of when purchasing accessories for your rifles. Read ahead! 

Pointers To Consider Before Choosing Rifle Accessories : 

1. Purpose of the accessories 

When considering rifle accessories, there are a few things you should take into account. The first is the purpose of the accessory. For instance, if you're looking to add a scope to your rifle, you'll want to make sure that the scope is rated for the type of shooting you'll be doing. 

You'll also want to consider what kind of mounting system the scope will require. Some scopes have a built-in mounting system, while others require adapter rings and a picatinny mount. You'll also need to decide on a size and power rating for the scope. These factors will all depend on how you plan to use your rifle. 

2. Budget 

When it comes to rifle accessories, it's important to consider the budget. Not all accessories are created equal, and some can be quite expensive. So it's important to do your research and find the right accessories that fit both your needs and your budget. 

3. Testing 

It's important to test the accessories for compatibility with your rifle. Some accessories, like bipods and scopes, require a rail system on the rifle in order to attach securely. Other accessories, like muzzle brakes and flash hiders, can be attached without a rail system but may still need to be compatible with the barrel size of your rifle. Be sure you’re doing your tests before coming to any purchase decision. 

4. Weight

There are a few reasons why weight is important to consider when buying rifle accessories. First, if the accessory is too heavy, it can throw off your shooting accuracy. Second, a heavier accessory can make your rifle more difficult to handle, particularly if you're already carrying other gear. And finally, weight affects how easy it is to transport your rifle and accessories - so if you plan on hiking or backpacking with your rifle, lighter is better. 

5. Simplicity 

Simplicity is key. Because the more complex an accessory is, the more likely it is to malfunction. And secondly, because the simpler an accessory is, the easier it is to use and maintain. So when you're choosing rifle accessories, keep simplicity in mind - it'll make your life a lot easier in the long run! 

Types of Rifle Accessories: 

a. Forearms:

In firearms, the forearm (also known as the fore-end/forend, handguard or forestock) is a section of a gun stock between the receiver and the muzzle. It is used as a gripping surface to hold the gun steady, and is usually made out of heat-insulating material such as aluminum, wood or reinforced plastics. 

b. Quivers: 

Quivers are a type of ammo bag that allow you to carry more ammunition with you. For lever action rifles which only hold 8-10 rounds of ammunition, this extra ammo at the ready can be quite convenient.  The quivers contain stacks of cartridges from two to six to eight that can be attached to a butt stock or a forearm using the M-LOK locking system.

c. Handguards: 

Handguards are an essential piece of an outdoor rifle or shotgun. They protect the vulnerable areas of the firearm, such as the shooting hand, and help reduce recoil. You should consider the features that will make your rifle or shotgun more comfortable, such as length of pull, grip angle, and magazine capacity. 

d. Butt Stocks: 

When considering rifle accessories, it's important to think about the role of the butt stock. The adjustable butt stock helps to secure the rifle against your shoulder, providing stability and accuracy when firing. It also serves as a platform for mounting other rifle accessories, such as a sling So, when considering a change to your factory butt stock, it's important to consider its weight, length, and comb angle. You want something that's comfortable to shoot but also stable and accurate. 

e. Cleaning Supplies: 

One of the key aspects of firearms cleaning is cleaning supplies. The correct supplies will  help you clean your firearm and remove any debris that may have been left on it. There are a variety of different cleaning supplies available in the market today. 

If you’re a Marlin or Henry aficionado, these could be some great options for you : 

1. The Henry Tactical Rifle Cleaning Mat - 

A Henry Traditional Rifle Cleaning and Maintenance Mat is a mat designed to protect your work surface while you clean and maintain your rifle. It has a comfortable, padded surface and a non-slip backing to keep it in place. The mat comes with a Thermoplastic polyurethane surface that won’t absorb water or cleaning chemicals as well as cell rubber backing that won’t slide. 

2. Marlin and Henry Levergun Bore Guides - 

Marlin and Henry Lever-gun Bore Guides are convenient tools that help keep your firearm's bore clean and free of debris. By inserting the guide into the bore, you can quickly and easily clean the inside of the barrel without having to remove the entire gun from its case. This is especially handy for long guns like rifles and shotguns. The guides also help protect the bore from damage while you're cleaning it, which is always a good thing. 


It is important to consider the features and function of the accessory. Moreover, it is important to consider the price and types of rifle gears, as well as their compatibility with your rifle and your budget when you’re out to purchase essentials for your rifle. We hope these tips come in handy the next time you’re out to purchase rifle accessories. 

Happy shooting!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Rifle accessories do I need for a rifle?

Rifle Accessories like a good quality scope, flashlight, lsers, gun cleaning kit, magazine loader and grips are essential for a rifle.

What rifle scope accessories do I need?

Reflector sights, scope covers, eyepieces, screw base etc are some rifle accessories you would need.