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AR collapsable stocks- the good, bad and ugly?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by john l, Sep 19, 2004.

  1. john l

    john l Well-Known Member

    So I would like to get a collapsable stock for my ar15. I could get the old school one that has been around for a long time. they are about a 100 bucks.
    But in the last year or so, I have seen some new generation collapse stocks from a few makers and wonder if they are better. I know, just because it is new doesn't make it better, but maybe some are.

    I DON'T want a shorty stock, I want a collapsable. Also, if it is convenient, then give me the prices of the stocks you like, to give me an idea of how many pieces of eight I'll be spending.

    learn me, will ya?

    john l
  2. Dave Markowitz

    Dave Markowitz Well-Known Member

  3. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks Dave for the link. That was one fine thread.:)
  4. Mulliga

    Mulliga Well-Known Member

    You should be able to find a decent CAR or M4 style stock for $50-$70. Check Tapco, Adco, etc.

    Keep in mind those high-end collapsible stocks are heavy. They're tough as nails, but heavy. :)
  5. Jack19

    Jack19 Well-Known Member

  6. jobu07

    jobu07 Well-Known Member

    tapco is selling them right now for about $45 I think.
  7. 444

    444 Well-Known Member

    I have owned a number of them over the years. Most of them were of the "cheap" variety. At some point I decided to buy a genuine Colt collaspable stock for my M4 clone. I didn't think this was the best option, but I wanted it to look like an M4 clone. Anyway, the Colt stock cost me something like $160 and as far as I can tell, it is no better than the same design no name stocks that look just like it and cost 1/4 as much (like the ones mentioned above). There was a thread about a week ago entitled something like: lessons learned at Gunsite 223. In that thread, Pat Rogers gave his recommendations for ARs including collapsable stocks. You would be wise to take his advice, especially if you arn't looking for the classic military look.
  8. Harry Tuttle

    Harry Tuttle Well-Known Member

  9. Barry in IN

    Barry in IN Well-Known Member

    I know this is well covered by the link Mr. Markowitz gave you, but here's another thing or two....

    MagPul is supposedly coming out with an "improved" version of their M93A soon (M93B?). It's going to have some metal reinforcement on the sides near the butt, and some aluminum in or on the butt itself. This is to give it some more strength for clearance drills where the stock is pounded on the deck/floor/ground/bad guy's head, etc.
    It's supposedly going to have either different, or more sling attachments, also.

    I'm shopping myself. I found the above link a couple of weeks ago, and found it very helpful. So far, I'm leaning toward MagPul. The new one may decide it. But, I haven't looked at an LMT Crane yet.
    To me, the big advantages over the older types is- more adjustments; better feeling cheek weld; and mostly, with a correctly dimensioned tube to go on, are less "rattly".
  10. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Staff Member

  11. Knife_Sniper

    Knife_Sniper Well-Known Member

    While VLTOR does not have the same consistant cheeckweld as MAGPUL, I must say it is a fine stock. No rattle and it feels like a hydrolic tube when you slide it down. Tightest fitting stock around. I also like the battery compartments.
  12. boofus

    boofus Guest

    I like the VLTOR too. The battery compartments give your cheek better support than the regular M4 stocks. They fit on milspec receiver tubes too, so you can save a few bucks if you already have an in spec tube.
  13. Bartholomew Roberts

    Bartholomew Roberts Moderator Emeritus

    A Magpul or VLTOR stock full of batteries is going to be heavier than the plain-jane telestock; but that can be a plus in some cases. If you have a 2.2lb barrel (16" M4) and a rail system with bipod, flashlight or laser the carbine can start to get pretty nose heavy and a little weight in the back end can help give it a balance that makes for much nicer handling.
  14. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy Well-Known Member

    They also have a bigger toe to put against your shoulder. the Teeny one on the standard collapsing stock sucks.
  15. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus


    Let me know when you pull your A2 stock off. I'll buy it off of you. I need one for something.

  16. Pat_Rogers

    Pat_Rogers Member in memoriam

    "Ergonomic Carbine Stocks", SWAT Magazine, Dec 2003
  17. BevrFevr

    BevrFevr Well-Known Member

    sportsmans guide has em for $25

    don't know if that is what you are looking for though.


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