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 What is the best stock on the market?
thornejc  [Member]
10/4/2011 3:27:21 PM EST
I am struggling to find a good stock. I have a few that I like but I don't really know all of the options. I have used the factory collapsible stock on my current rifle as well as a magpul MOE and am currently running the magpul UBR which i think is great. I have also run a fixed stock on my old rifle. What is everyone's favorite stock option and why? Anyone have any opinions on the Magpul UBR....the weight is up their but it has felt ok for me but i have limited experience with stocks....i would like to maybe try a VLTOR but is the VLTOR better than the UBR?
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iiibdsiil  [Team Member]
10/4/2011 3:35:45 PM EST
I'm a simple guy. I like my MOE but I can't say I have any experience with the big boy stuff.
FAB-10_Guy  [Member]
10/4/2011 5:08:00 PM EST
In my limited experience with stocks, my favorites are the A1 fixed stock and the LMT SOPMOD.
glock24  [Member]
10/4/2011 5:21:41 PM EST
An A2 on a precision AR (100-800 meters), and a MagPul ACS on a CQB carbine (0-200 meters)
Alpha-Romeo3  [Team Member]
10/4/2011 6:04:18 PM EST
Most of the other members opinions here would just be personal preference, you might have to try them at your local dealers, shooting buddies, or even at gun shows.

My favorites are based on what type of shooting and AR type, also front to rear balance is important to me.

On my lightweight carbines I prefer my Magpul CTR stock, it fits solid, narrow width so it's easy to move around quickly, and its light weight matches my carbine's lightweight front end.

My medium weight carbines with rails have the Vltor IMOD, it have a great cheekweld feel and I like it for more precision medium range shots.

With my heaviest carbine with heavy or medium contour barrels I use the Vltor EMOD, they're longer and heavier and a nice balance with a heavier front end.

There's a new Wilson-Rogers Super-Stocâ„¢ which is similar with the Magpul CTR and rumors reveals that some of the new Colt carbines will have them from the factory.


http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_3_124/535223_NEW_AR_BUTTSTOCK_WILSON_ROGERS_AR_SuperStoc_The_TOUGHEST_Lightweight_Collapsible_Stock_Available_NOW.html


Another newer stock is the Vltor EMod "A5" Combo Kit which are 7 positions, longer than a carbine buffer tube and uses a rifle buffer spring and a special medium type buffers between the size of a rifle and carbine buffers.


http://www.vltor.com/emod-a5.html


Here's a good article to read about different kinds of stocks and how to make a good decision in choosing the right stock for you.


AR15 Buttstocks Considerations - article link


C_1  [Member]
10/5/2011 11:59:45 AM EST
I like the Magpul MOE and CTR for carbines. And the LMT SOPMOD and Magpul ACS for heavier ARs with rails, optics, and/or barrels >18".

But its all about preference and its intended purpose.

Aside from the collapsible M4 & fixed A1/A2 stock, theres:

RRA/Bushmaster Entry
Calvary Arms C1
Sully
RRA Operator CAR & A2
LMT M4 & SOPMOD
Ergo F93 PRO
Magpul MOE, CTR, ACS, UBR, & PRS
VLTOR Modstock, IMOD, EMOD, A5 & ARM
ACE Skeleton, Ultra Lite & M4 SOCOM
ishoot2live  [Team Member]
10/5/2011 12:01:55 PM EST
I like my CTR (with the lock).

ArmedPete  [Team Member]
10/6/2011 5:23:36 AM EST
CTR or SOPMOD for me.
Brosome  [Member]
10/6/2011 7:00:29 PM EST
Originally Posted By ArmedPete:
CTR or SOPMOD for me.


the magpul CTR is in my opinion the best bang for the buck, I love mine.
Gung_Ho_Guns  [Member]
10/6/2011 7:45:23 PM EST
Magpul ubr
Magpul ctr
vltor emod
LMt sop mod

In that order

The magpul stocks for the looking feature.

GutWrench  [Team Member]
10/6/2011 8:20:31 PM EST
LMT SOPMOD
myitinaw  [Life Member]
10/6/2011 8:37:00 PM EST
Originally Posted By GutWrench:
LMT SOPMOD


that's my vote as well

slappomatt  [Team Member]
10/6/2011 8:58:01 PM EST

Originally Posted By glock24:
An A2 on a precision AR (100-800 meters), and a MagPul ACS on a CQB carbine (0-200 meters)

Pretty much this. Unless weight is an issue and then I would go with Magpul CTR.
Augee  [Team Member]
10/7/2011 7:25:35 AM EST
SOPMOD and Colt M4. Anything else I have is a clone, an experiment, or a toy.

As others have said, though, it's personal preference - try before you buy, and you'll probably buy a couple before you end up picking one.

Stocks I own/owned:

A1
A2
CAR (aluminum)
CAR (fiberlite)
(Colt) M4
M4 commercial
MagPul CTR
Vltor Modstock
Vltor Clubfoot Modstock
MagPul M93b
SOPMOD

Always willing to try new ones, but I think I've more or less settled on the Colt M4 stock for lightweight and compact applications and the SOPMOD for when I need / can afford something heavier and "sturdier."

~Augee
Tychus  [Member]
10/8/2011 6:41:24 AM EST
Originally Posted By Gung_Ho_Guns:
Magpul ubr
Magpul ctr
vltor emod
LMt sop mod

In that order

The magpul stocks for the looking feature.



My Sopmod locks up tighter than Magpul's friction locks.
squirrelslayer1  [Team Member]
10/8/2011 6:43:52 AM EST
Originally Posted By ArmedPete:
CTR or SOPMOD for me.


Bingo!

I will add that if you are going with precision, get an A2.
ArmedPete  [Team Member]
10/8/2011 2:16:36 PM EST
Originally Posted By squirrelslayer1:
Originally Posted By ArmedPete:
CTR or SOPMOD for me.


Bingo!

I will add that if you are going with precision, get an A2.


Or a Magpul PRS
fullautom16  [Team Member]
10/8/2011 3:27:21 PM EST
magpul CTR on all my rifles, ive tried alot of stocks and the CTR feels the best, locks solid and looks good too.
bigdog02  [Member]
10/9/2011 7:06:13 AM EST
I like the Magpul MOE and the Magpul CTR
THe MOE is a budget stock that works great, and the CTR is just a an upgrade to it.
Both have worked great for me and I think are both great values on the market.
YELLOWV  [Member]
10/9/2011 6:41:56 PM EST
I like the CTR for bang for the buck. I like the Sopmod a bit better, but it's not worth the huge difference in price IMO.
afroney  [Member]
10/11/2011 10:33:09 AM EST
My favorite is the Magpul UBR. Durable, no slop, and great cheek weld. Heavy SOB though. I feel like you could use the damn thing to drive in tent stakes.
awall1214  [Member]
10/12/2011 5:28:08 PM EST
I have a Magpul ACS and I really like it. It has the friction lock so it is rock solid. With the angled sides I get a great cheek weld. However, its only drawback is that it is pretty heavy, but it does balance out my 16" govt profile barreled middie well.

And of course pics:





RABIDFOX50  [Team Member]
10/12/2011 6:05:33 PM EST
I can't say what is the best stock but I do own some great ones. Magpul CTR, MOE, ACS. VLTOR Emod. All are great and I would not part with them. If I had to choose only one, I would say the CTR with an enhanced recoil pad but that is just my humble opinion.
TheDuck  [Team Member]
10/13/2011 12:19:56 AM EST
If it wasn't for the compactness of a collapsible when it comes to transport considerations I would always use an A2 stock. As soon as my rifle comes out it gets fully extended, body armor on or not. That's just me. I do have some rifles with CTR and MOE stocks on them so I'll give them a thumb up for being well made.
ColonelPanic  [Member]
10/13/2011 1:11:52 AM EST
Best stock on the Market: Microsoft.

Best stock on the market: LMT sopmod, Magpul ACS, and the Vltor IMOD isn't too shabby.
fullautom16  [Team Member]
10/15/2011 6:46:58 PM EST
Magpul CTR with the enhanced pad is my favorite. They lock up solid and have a nice cheek weld.
phurba  [Life Member]
10/15/2011 6:48:40 PM EST
I like the Magpul ACS and standard A2.
sgwlower  [Team Member]
10/17/2011 9:23:13 AM EST
CTR or ACS IMHO.
jmorrell  [Member]
10/17/2011 11:46:54 AM EST
I have a LMT Gen 2 SOPMOD, which is perfect for me - I love the cheek weld and the quick release swivel mount.
DFW_shooter  [Team Member]
10/17/2011 1:24:03 PM EST
I have CTRs on both of my light ARs and I love them.
USP45Tim  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 3:48:03 AM EST
Kirch  [Team Member]
10/25/2011 9:04:50 AM EST
UBR is the best I have used, it fits my needs and myself perfect. I like the preset most of all, one less thing I have to worry about when deploying the rifle in a dynamic situation. The price tag is the killer but for how much I shoot it was money well spent.
Another-Bill  [Team Member]
10/25/2011 9:08:59 AM EST
Originally Posted By glock24:
An A2 on a precision AR (100-800 meters), and a MagPul ACS on a CQB carbine (0-200 meters)


I can agree with this.




Bill
LaRue556  [Team Member]
10/25/2011 9:32:39 AM EST

Originally Posted By Another-Bill:
Originally Posted By glock24:
An A2 on a precision AR (100-800 meters), and a MagPul ACS on a CQB carbine (0-200 meters)


I can agree with this.




Bill

I agree as well.

While I like any SOPMOD, VLTOR, or ACS stock for the cheek weld. I also like the ACS's battery compartments more than the others.

I can work an A2 on anything though.
Corsair  [Team Member]
10/25/2011 7:36:40 PM EST
CTR
Strongbow  [Team Member]
10/26/2011 9:24:08 AM EST
My favs are the Magpul ACS and the Vltor Emod. I think the ACS has the edge.

This is for a CQB carbine.

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