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rayman
May 9, 2013, 11:24 AM
Can anyone tell me how to spot the difference between an original Colt CAR collapsible buttstock and the other manufacturers? Pics helpful...

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dfariswheel
May 9, 2013, 08:31 PM
Old style or new?

The old original CAR stock was aluminum with a black acetate coating.
There were no markings on them, but as far as I know, no one ever made a replica with the actual acetate coating.
Todays replicas have paint or powdercoat.
The original version had only two lock positions, open or closed, but that was because the buffer tube had only two holes. The stock itself will work with more positions.

The later CAR stock was the plastic "Fiberlite". It looks just like the old aluminum version except it was dark gray, or later black plastic.
Genuine USGI Colt's usually have an "N1" mark on the bottom side.
These had lock positions ranging from four to six positions.

In both the aluminum and Fiberlite plastic versions, the genuine Colt USGI usually had a thinner butt plate then the thicker replicas do.

For the latest stock, virtually everyone but Colt use the same stock. Many rifle builders claim to actually manufacture the stock, but they're all made on the same mold and appear to all be actually made by Tapco, if in fact, even Tapco actually makes them.
These all have a curved web where the bottom of the stock meets the front end of the buffer tube, and the sling swivel is in a wide slot.

Genuine Colt USGI is squared off below the buffer tube, and the sling swivel is in a hole in the butt area.

Original Colt-USGI Aluminum CAR stock with acetate coating. Note the thinner butt plate:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v465/dfariswheel/CARColt_zpsd57c3e9a.jpg

Fake CAR stock made of plastic. The original Colt-USGI Fiberlite will usually have an "N1" mark in the bottom. Other than that, they look enough alike to be hard to ID.
Often the fakes will have a thicker butt plate.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v465/dfariswheel/CARfake_zps49493810.jpg

Original current Colt-USGI Carbine stock. Note the squared off front just in front of the latch and the sling swivel in a hole:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v465/dfariswheel/th_zpsa8841e55.jpg

Tapco and everyone else. probably made by Tapco, many "makers" add their own molded on makers markings. Note the curved web in front of the latch and the sling swivel in a wide slot.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v465/dfariswheel/Tapco_zps90e34d94.jpg

ApacheCoTodd
May 9, 2013, 11:26 PM
Depends upon what you refer to as "original" CAR. The original-original is aluminum and only two position to start with with that odd ceram-epoxy finish.

As to modern "original" - there are too many near exact replicas to generalize as to authenticity since the fear of infringement has faded.

dfariswheel
May 10, 2013, 08:31 PM
The original Colt Commando "CAR" aluminum stock wasn't "ceram-epoxy" coated. It was a black Acetate coating.

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