Is a bumpfire stock worth getting?

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Terry Chadron

Mar 13, 2018
With all the hype around the next thing that will be banned, I was thinking about putting a bump fire stock on one or two of my ARs. Are they working as good as the youtube videos show it and what are your thoughts on them really getting banned?
Just build one. Or, just learn to bumpfire without one (but don't tell the ATF you can totally do that)
Others beat me too it.
They seem like a fun toy for a few minutes. Then when you see how much ammo you wasted just spraying and praying you’ll probably wait to their banned and can sell them for a profit.
Like everyone else sitting on $500 AR they paid $2000 for after Sandyhook...or $100 P mags worth about $12.
I have no use for one, but a friend of mine, who has the money, likes to buy things that people say you shouldn't have, so he got one.
I am fortunate enough to have a friend an FN and he let me shoot a full auto. Without any experience I was all over the place first time, then he told how to lean into it, etc. A mechanism to shoot that requires bumping and bouncing doesn't seem of much use to me other than a toy. My friend thinks otherwise. So, what camp are you in? Maybe an entirely different camp? Seems pricey for a piece of plastic too.
I'd rather just use that money for a good aftermarket trigger or other improvements.

You can be just as effective in wasting ammo by feathering a trigger, even on a crappy milspec trigger. In my mind, bump stocks are a gimmick that were used in an evil tragedy.

The fact that you are asking if you should get one, means that you aren't a 100% sure that you want one... which means you should pass on an ineffective and overpriced gimmick.
I am just looking at it as a toy that would get me pretty close to the full auto fun experience. Knowing that I will never get a full auto (unless they will become freely available again LOL) that seemed to be the logical alternative for having a fun plinking minute or two at the range. Ammo cost is not the issue as I reload my .223 at a pretty low cost and don't intend to make the bumpfire my standard way of shooting. I can currently get a stock for $100 from a friend, that's why I am considering it - no intention supporting the crazy prices on GB.
For the normal recreational shooting, I am with most of you here and tend to shoot quality over quantity...
I've shot both an AR with a bump stock and another with a binary trigger and IMO the latter of the two is much more controllable/easy to use and less gimmicky.

A little more money but I would go with the trigger kit any day over the stock.
While I do understand them as a fun novelty they are, as has already been said, not really a great product IMHO. I personally can't hit the side of a barn with one and you burn through ammo at an alarming pace. Like I say, I do see the appeal but I can almost guarantee that you will buy it, use it 2 or 3 times and then shelf it.
Shot one and it was decently controllable but if it was my money I'd go for a binary or echo trigger. Same experience, more control, won't get you pitchforked if the wrong person overhears you talking about it.
I've never used one.

That being said, I prefer hitting my target a few times with aimed shots to spraying bullets. I see no reason to own one. I also have no interest in being stuck with an item that becomes banned.
If you can shoot on private property you will be able to use it but the ranges I shoot at will run you off playing with one of those things.
It wouldn't be for me.
I built an AR because I was afraid one day they would tell me I couldn't, and it rarely comes out of the closet. If I put a bump stock on it, it would just sit in the closet with the AR. lol

I prefer to spend my $ on things I will actually use, which is single action revolvers for the most part.

But that's just me. Others think they're a ton of fun, and that's great. Diversity is a good thing.
Even in military applications, full auto is of very limited use. If you buy one simply for the novelty, go for it. As anything actually useful, I'm willing to bet you wind up disappointed. But if turning ammo into smoke and noise is the goal, it will probably work just fine.
My advise is to go somewhere that rents full auto firearms and rent one. Shoot the crap out of it and you will be further ahead. I own a MAC 10 and it comes to a private range now and again to waste ammo. Cool for a NOOB but I spend a lot of time loading that 45 ACP ammo to run it through a bullet hose. Only thing good is the shooters smile when pulling the trigger IMHO.;)
Make your own bio trigger. Can do it In 15 min and it's free. Unlike the bump stocks, it's not just for mag dumps. It is a double tap dream.
I'm naturally disinclined to be an ammo spendthrift so a bumpstock has never been on my want list. Still when a fellow shooter at the range asked if I'd like to try his I did it out of curiosity and came away even more sure I had no desire for one. There is a technique needed to get the bumpstock to function properly, and even after 60 rounds I was an utter failure at that technique never getting the gun to do more than double. So no thanks, I'll pass.
A bio trigger fires on trigger pull and fires again on trigger release.
A $450 dollar bio trigger can fire on pull, hold the trigger back ( don't realese ) move the selector to semi or safe, release the trigger and not fire the second round.
With the home made, that's not possible.
The only way to not fire on release is to keep trigger to rear, drop mag, and eject round from the chamber. I've never not wanted to fire second round, but I practice the procedure sometimes so it will be second nature in case it should ever come up.
File end of disconnector so hammer will release before trigger bar can ingage notch on bottom of hammer, but not so much that the hammer won't catch at all on disconnector.
That click you hear when you hold the trigger back after a shot, then release slowly is the hammer bar catching in that notch after the disconnector releases.
You need to remember that once you do this, that is what it always will be. The only way back is with a new disconnect or. I have a lower with that setup in it. I can pop two pins and switch back.
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