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Choosing and Equipping Your First AR-15 Rifle

Welcome to Recoil.

Collapsing. Collapsible stocks are by far the most popular stock option for your basic M4gery. With carbine size rifles being the most common and popular choice, every AR manufacturer I know of has the collapsing stock as the base option. If you are looking for a fixed stock for your AR we have all the best options ready to ship like the traditional M16 A2 stock or the high tech Magpul PRS.


Fit your rifle to your body perfectly with some of the best collapsible stocks on the market! We have Magpul, CAA and even OEM stocks at the best prices!

That cover constantly wants to slide off. If you live in a rights-challenged state, you may want to check out this invention. Technically, it eliminates that evil pistol grip that seems to upset so many for no good reason. State laws are changing, so be sure to check with your local situation to see if this is a viable option for you.

Hang on to your shorts, I counted 32 billion options in this category, so invest some shopping time before you buy. Here are a couple of examples of models I like. Both of these companies make some excellent butt stock options. I love a couple of things about the IMOD. First, the waterproof battery compartments right and left sides make smooth and wide cheek weld areas.

I also really like the rubberized butt pad with the angled toe. That helps it slide into position easily from the top, and the rubber keeps it in place. I have this one on my go-to AR rifle. Similar, but different is the EMOD stock. It looks different, and is a bit longer, but shares many of the same great features. Daniel Defense Collapsible Butt Stock.

Typically you think of the Daniel Defense folks as a full rifle provider. You can also buy components, like their cool new butt stock to apply to your own build. This one makes the list for its cool factor, but also the neat design of the butt pad.

Notice how the adjustment lever is set inside the butt stock frame. Brownells M4 Stock Assembly. If you want to stay on a tight budget, check out this complete kit from Brownells. The whole package is about 50 bucks. If you want to go really light, or are just one of those folks that uses an uncluttered glass desk, try the minimalist approach.

There is a foam cover to make the cheek weld a bit softer. While hard to see, it even has three sling attachment points. Remember at the beginning when we talked about the four types of buffer tubes and stock sizes? As of now, and this can change any day, the device is deemed legal when used as designed.

The current ATF opinion is that when raised to the shoulder, this configuration magically becomes a Short Barrel Rifle, subject to NFA status and associated tax stamps. Go forth and shop! I suggest Brownells as they have a great selection and fair prices. Better yet, their techs are always on standby to help you pick the right compatible parts for your build. Find something functional enough, and cool enough, for your personal rifle.

Since GunsAmerica is such a helpful community, if you have had good success with a specific buttstock, let us know in the comments. I think that skeleton stocks are mostly used by competitive shooters. Those stocks are lightweight, strong and look great. Of course, you cannot adjust length of pull, so choose carefully.

The only buttstock I use on both my. They are great, inexpensive compared to Magpul, and you can buy a fairly decent cheek weld attachment for very little to go with them. I will never put another brand of buttstock on any AR platform I build.

Just a great buttstock. Plus it can be combined with any of the other recoil reduction strategies to further mitigate recoil. This may only be important to sized AR rifles.

One I recall was Olympic Arms. You might hear people suggesting to grease the recoil spring to reduce the noise, but I would avoid that as it will help collect debris and dirt in there.

You might want to look into a T7-T spring. I got all my parts but when my stock is locked in should it be able to be just pulled off. Do i need to fix that? It would also confuse the heck out of the supply system. The bureaucratic mind simply boggles at the thought of exceptions.

When the stocks were changed from A1to A2 the buffer tube was not. The tube is too short for the A2 interior, so the designers included a spacer. The spacer is simply a plastic or aluminum cylinder to fill the gap. Beats the heck out of me. For a longtime, I wondered: I finally found out recently. The plan was to make thenew stock longer, and make an improved short-lengthstock as well.

That way, short-statured troops could have an option. Well, as with so many good ideas, the government never got around to making improved A1-length stocks. Thus, all rifle-stock buffer tubes are the same. You must not, however, get A1 andA2 stock screws mixed up. The A1 is the short one, A2 the long one. If you use an A2 stock screw to bolt an A1 stock on, the screw is too long: There it can easily be struck by the bufferweight while cycling, and eventually bust the buffer tube.

Telestocks, however, are not all the same, nor do they ride on the same tubes. The original A1 stocks had no trapdoor in the buttplate. But they are entirely useable. And for someone building a retro rifle, necessary.

The later A1 style has a trapdoor incorporated in the buttplate, with a hollow cavity inside the foam plastic for storage. It was just large enough to hold a cleaning kit. The stock was changed for the A2upgrade, and you rarely see an A1 stock on a new rifle. In the early s the military mostly the Marines wanted an improved M The A2 had a number of improvements, but the stock is our subject. Great for target shooting.

However, the extra length made the rifle tough to use for those bundled up in tactical gear. From being unable to post a passing score on drills or the qual course, to shooting perfect scores, simply from changing the rifle from the A2 to a telestock. If you are tall and long-armed, the A2 is fine. Otherwise, it is too much of a good thing. You can tell the A1 and A2 stocks apart by their length. The buttplates are also different, the A2 being squarer on the edge than the A1.

One addition I made to one of my ARs is the Olympic stock extension. Inserted between the stock and the receiver, it adds a full inch to the length of pull. I installed it on an A1 lower I have with an A1 stock on it. The length of pull comes out to an even fourteen inches. If I put an A2 stock on, it would be more than fourteen and a half inches. But it exists if you do. Log in to leave a comment.

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The stock adjustment can account for that too.

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