Cheek stocks: the NFA "loophole"?


February 12, 2004, 09:37 PM
Does anyone have any experience with "cheek stocks"? If I'm using the right term, I'm trying to describe an extension from the grip of a pistol, upon which the shooter rests his cheek, but which does not touch the shoulder.

I read of these in a discussion on T/C Contenders, where someone mentioned this as a way to achieve some of the sighting advantages of a rifle without violating the "short-barreled rifle" part of the NFA.

Would good cheek weld provide enough of an advantage to offset the increased bulk? It's an interesting idea for a T/C, having a 10" barrel with aperture sights, adding the plus of uniform cheek weld. The sight radius would suffer, but a novel idea nonetheless. -MV

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February 13, 2004, 06:21 AM
You could also just put a 16" barrel and buttstock on the contender. personally i can't shoot all that well without the added stability of the stock against my shoulder. It's an interesting idea though.

February 13, 2004, 06:28 PM
re: 16" barrel T/C

Oh, most certainly. With a 16" barrel it makes a great carbine, no denying. I have the standard wooden buttstock, and also (in a fit of madness) bought the Choate pistol-grip folding stock. Both handle excellently. Plus, with a aperture-sighted (Williams FireSights) 45/70 barrel and Choate stock, I have the most tactical buffalo gun of all time.

I was just bringing up the much more obscure concept of cheek stocks, in the vague hope that someone out there might be familiar with the concept. I've only heard or it once, but found it an interesting idea.

February 13, 2004, 06:30 PM
I've never heard of a "cheek stock." Got a picture of one? Doesn't sound like a very stable platform for shooting.

February 13, 2004, 08:31 PM
You mean to tell me you never fired that MP5 with the stock collapsed and your cheek on it? :)

February 13, 2004, 08:49 PM
Nope. I like having non-removable teeth. :)

February 14, 2004, 06:33 AM
Actually, it works pretty good and you wont lose your teeth. :)
I myself prefer to use the sling as the stock when the stock is collapsed. With the sling looped around your neck and the gun thrust forward until tight, it gives you a stable almost stock like platform and the sling is softer on your cheek than the stock or butt cap, depending on how the guns set up. I think the cheek stock described works in in the same fasion as shooting with the stock collapased. It gives you another point to anchor the gun and it allows you to still aquire the sights. At least thats the way I'm seeing it as I've never shot the Contender that way. I've seen a number of people shooting it by holding the top of the scope, and with a short eye relief scope at that, and I can see exactly why they would want that stubby stock picece to lock their cheek to.

February 14, 2004, 03:53 PM
HkMp5sd: It's not meant to be a "stable platform" so much as a way to create a consistent sight picture. The idea is not that the cheek-stock recoils into your face, so much as that you assume a consistent position before taking the shot. Wish I had a pic handy, but have no idea where I've seen one.

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