Tactical firearms and accessory manufacturer Hera Arms is working on a new set of FN P90-inspired stocks and grips for AR-15 rifles and SBRs. The set offers shooters the same handling as the ground-breaking personal defense weapon or PDW without any of the trappings of a proprietary bullpup.
Hera calls them the Close Quarters Rifle or CQR set which includes two versions of polymer stock and a matching polymer foregrip. The stocks appear to be adjustable for length with spacer inserts between the stock and buttpad. The foregrip mounts directly to handguards with a 12-o’clock rail.
The stocks include a pistol grip and trigger guard. Because of this, they may not work with non-standard AR-15 lowers with integral trigger guards. The upside is that the CQR stocks eliminate the need to buy pistol grips and trigger guard assemblies, lowering the overall cost to the builder.
One of the stocks is a California-compliant variant of the stock with a blocked-out thumbhole. The stocks feature multiple sling attachment points for quick-detach and conventional slings. The stock has sling points on both sides to accommodate both left- and right-handed shooters.
And while the set was designed to work with compact rifles with short barrels and handguards they will work with full-size rifles just fine.
The company expects to have these parts available for pre-order in the next month or two. Hera expects to price the standard stocks at $119, the California stocks at $124 and the pistol grips at $39. The company will launch with the set in three colors, black, tan and olive drab.
Hera Arms manufactures a solid lineup of AR components, accessories, and complete firearms. They also produce conventional pistol grips and foregrips along with windowed polymer magazines and free-floating handguard systems.
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The P90 saw good success among specialized military, security and police forces around the world. Its stylized outline and then-futuristic looks also made it a star in movies, television and video games since its introduction in 1990.
But today short-barreled versions of the AR-15 rifle are taking its place among professional and private shooters alike. The huge aftermarket combined with newer projectile designs and better components have allowed the AR to take a bite out of the PDW market.
Hera Arms isn’t the only company with plans for P90-like AR furniture this year. FourGuysGuns got a sneak peek at the upcoming DEX stock from new firm KILN — names subject to change — that also has the swept lines of the FN P90.
One thing that makes the DEX stick out is that it looks like it’s adjustable, not modular. Details are still thin on the DEX stock but that could end soon. According to FourGuysGuns the DEX is on-track for release later this year.
With accessories like these, the gap between AR-15 and dedicated PDW just got a little narrower.