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 Black, not gray, a2 buttstocks
RememberGoliad  [Member]
7/1/2011 10:32:50 PM
I've looked at the usual vendors, and they all offer "black" synthetic a2 buttstocks that are actually more of a charcoal gray. Does anybody make real black a2 buttstocks? My new a2 build is almost done and I'd hate to use my old cruddy M-16 stock when all of the other parts are brand new.
excursion12  [Team Member]
7/1/2011 10:50:42 PM
If you rub it down with some CLP it will turn black.
stoner63a  [Member]
7/2/2011 12:24:55 AM

Originally Posted By excursion12:
If you rub it down with some CLP it will turn black.

+1 After cleaning both my FN A2 and Colt A2 Stocks looked more grey, prior to turn in, the entire rifle, including the plastic was wiped down with CLP which made the plastic look more black.

Kinda like those tire black products...
JBnTX  [Member]
7/2/2011 12:41:43 AM
+2.. Rub it down with generous amounts of CLP.
Problem solved.
HipSh0T  [Member]
7/2/2011 11:10:38 AM
Model 1 Sales sells Black A2 Stocks with metal hardware on the trap door hinge, with the appearance of a Black A1 Type-E. The spacer is aluminum and not plastic like what you would get from DPMS or Bushmaster which is a plus. Just make sure you don't order the thing online LOL, I'm sure you've head of the issues people have had ordering online. I placed an order with them for a few small parts and an A2 stock kit over the phone, I was surprised of the quality compared to the grayish stocks.
sjd996  [Member]
7/2/2011 12:57:27 PM
CLP darken the stock considerably, but will still be noticeably lighter than the Colt stocks coming in the M16 parts kits.
86HMMWV  [Team Member]
7/2/2011 2:59:03 PM
ArmaLite




That being said, rubbing in CLP as mentioned above works well. It takes a while and multiple coats for it the stock to absorb it, but I've done it on a DPMS stock with good results. I have to rub in CLP every so often now in order for it to retain its black color
LA_357SIG  [Team Member]
7/2/2011 9:52:51 PM
Try dying it with RIT dye. I've dyed green Magpul stocks and grips black and not had it bleed off. I've shot it while sweating profusely and not had any transfer.

IIRC MT_Gunz did his AUG stocks in a turkey pan heated in the oven. My parts were small enough to do in a SS pot.
crackedcornish  [Team Member]
7/2/2011 10:31:57 PM
I used matte black Alumahyde II when I wanted to turn a beat up grey A2 stock black for a Delta style clone build....so far it's holding up beautifully
fatkid35  [Team Member]
7/3/2011 12:42:56 AM
Originally Posted By HipSh0T:
Model 1 Sales sells Black A2 Stocks with metal hardware on the trap door hinge, with the appearance of a Black A1 Type-E. The spacer is aluminum and not plastic like what you would get from DPMS or Bushmaster which is a plus. Just make sure you don't order the thing online LOL, I'm sure you've head of the issues people have had ordering online. I placed an order with them for a few small parts and an A2 stock kit over the phone, I was surprised of the quality compared to the grayish stocks.


this, the model one black stocks from midway are true black. i have one on my A4gery.
RememberGoliad  [Member]
7/3/2011 12:05:47 PM
Thanks for the input everyone. That'll get me pointed in the right direction!
titom110  [Member]
7/4/2011 12:27:09 AM
The only true black a2 stock in the market would be the Armalite rest of the are grayish.
ccosby  [Team Member]
7/4/2011 11:26:48 AM
Yea armalites is a smooth black. Others you can oil to get darker.
fatboy5831  [Member]
7/4/2011 4:34:34 PM
+1 on the armalite stock it is best to use a natural oil like baby oil or cooking oil on your stock because it comes in contact with your face. CLP is not a good substance to come in contact with skin.
Sgt911  [Member]
7/4/2011 10:33:19 PM
Essential Arms are black also with metal hardware.
FA-Gunner  [Member]
7/5/2011 5:33:58 PM
The Armalite stocks look good, but you will just want the stock body. They come with a plasitc butt plate door, not metal. Also the inside is not filled with foam, but has a plasitc liner. I used one (Armalite stock body with the rest of the stock hardware being DPMS) until I was able to find a niw USGI issue stock on the EE that had the smoother black finish to it.
imdBman  [Team Member]
7/7/2011 11:07:00 AM
I scored a used GI A2 stock that was black, scratched and beautiful. They are out there for $25-$40.
Shawnmt6601  [Team Member]
7/7/2011 8:43:18 PM
yeasr of rubbing and use will make the shiny black every time
Cdenmark  [Member]
7/8/2011 11:09:25 AM
Light rub with black liquid shoe polish will give it a very nice black sheen also and doesn't cause dermatitis