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Posted: 8/11/2017 2:20:03 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/11/2017 2:27:05 PM EDT
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I use the SBM4 from SB Tactical and it's my favorite, more expensive tho. A cheaper alternative that works is the KAK shockwave blade, but it isn't as comfortable in my opinion.
Link Posted: 8/11/2017 2:27:24 PM EDT
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IMO, KAK Shockwave.
Link Posted: 8/11/2017 2:32:43 PM EDT
[#3]
Blade with cheek rest.
Link Posted: 8/11/2017 2:34:40 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/11/2017 2:44:27 PM EDT
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Thanks for the quick responses. Why does the sbm4 cost so much more?
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Because it's more like traditional stock, and that's all the rage right now. That's my guess.  No real reason for it to be that expensive.
Link Posted: 8/11/2017 2:50:08 PM EDT
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wasn't Sig doing a clearance on the FDE brace?  Think it was $20 and change.
Link Posted: 8/11/2017 7:14:38 PM EDT
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Thanks for the quick responses. Why does the sbm4 cost so much more?
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Because they are the original, and made from rubber, rather than plastic. But for 5.56mm I love the shockwave. It's cheap, light, looks good, and has a set screw for adjustment.
Link Posted: 8/11/2017 8:08:45 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/11/2017 11:49:31 PM EDT
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I've only had the SBM4 for a few days but I like it much better than the shockwave. Even though it's rubber and flexible, it feels sturdier to me.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 12:41:13 AM EDT
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You should change the title of this thread to more accurately reflect what you want.

Because BEST and CHEAP usually do not go together.  Either you want the BEST, or you want the CHEAPEST.

Best is probably the Maxim Defense Collapsible Brace.

Cheapest is probably the Shockwave Blade.

Link Posted: 8/12/2017 1:26:18 AM EDT
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Thanks. No issues with discomfort during a extended session?
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Because they are the original, and made from rubber, rather than plastic. But for 5.56mm I love the shockwave. It's cheap, light, looks good, and has a set screw for adjustment.
Thanks. No issues with discomfort during a extended session?
5.56mm has no recoil to speak of so no. My 450BM on the other hand I had to go with SB tactical because that is like getting punched in the shoulder every time you fire.

I have the Shockwave on two 300blk pistols and a 5.56mm and it's great, way better than AN Tactical or the Sig brace in all aspects. The only negative is it is hard plastic so if you are shooting 450BM or 458 Socom or 50 Beowulf it won't be enjoyable.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 12:33:35 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/12/2017 12:33:55 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/12/2017 12:50:15 PM EDT
[#14]
I prefer the SBM4 brace, though it is a bit expensive for what you are getting. But even so, there's nothing else in the same price range (or cheaper) that I like better.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 4:05:38 PM EDT
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I'm using a shockwave blade as a placeholder until the stamp comes back. It does it's job as that well.

The way I see it, you're going to spend at least $200 for a really nice brace, so it kind of depends on which direction you want to go, keep it as a pistol with a high end brace, or spend as little as possible with the shockwave (less than $30) and spend the $200 on the stamp.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 5:43:43 PM EDT
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Another vote for the Shockwave Blade here.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 5:56:20 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/12/2017 5:56:26 PM EDT
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Back when we couldn't shoulder the braces without going to prison, I was using shockwaves.  Now that we're allowed to shoulder them. I'm using the sob brace.  Shockwave has no surface area on the back and it's hard plastic.  The sb tactical is soft rubber and has double the surface area against your shoulder.

I guess it depends on what's important to you.  The comfortable brace costs 3x as much.  It was worth it to me to pay the extra.  It's like charging handles and triggers.  Some guys are fine with the basic ones for $15 and some dudes feel like dropping $150 on them.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 11:18:32 PM EDT
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Gear Head Works Tailhook
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 12:28:03 AM EDT
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I really like the tailhook, but it's got a healthy price tag
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 12:50:34 AM EDT
[#21]
My favorite is the Thordsen cheek rest.  Not "brace" like the shockwave or sig brace, but very comfortable and well made.
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 8:29:14 AM EDT
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I'v probably used them all and like the blade the most. Got rid of the other ones.
Link Posted: 8/17/2017 6:02:37 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/17/2017 7:37:26 PM EDT
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Quick question.

I found a knockoff brace on ebay that is quite similar to the KAK blade but half the price. Do they have to come with a letter from the ATF or are all braces considered GTG as long as they meet the atf spec?
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You want to know if a KNOCK OFF  has AUTHENTIC aspects of a brace that is already extremely affordable.

Link Posted: 8/17/2017 8:10:07 PM EDT
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Not trying to be an ass, but Jesus.

Just get the $30.00 KAK instead of a $15.00 God knows what pos from ebay.
Link Posted: 8/17/2017 8:36:31 PM EDT
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Not trying to be an ass, but Jesus.

Just get the $30.00 KAK instead of a $15.00 God knows what pos from ebay.
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+1
Link Posted: 8/17/2017 10:49:44 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/18/2017 4:02:09 PM EDT
[#28]
Shockwaves have been on sale for $30 from time to time so I suppose if you're patient you could find one. I paid $40-$50 each for all mine.

I like Shockwaves for my AR pistols, they're light, cheap, and adjustable. I also have an SOB47 on a Draco AK pistol that previously had an SB47. The SOB47 is much better than the SB47 as it's slimmer & about 5" longer, same dimensions as the SM4. Both SOB & Shockwave are comfortable to shoulder & cheek weld. The heavier SOB47 balances the Draco better than a Shockwave.

My only complaint with the SB braces is that over time my SB47 brace started to rotate. It's not hard to fix (glue it, pin it, or use a clamp) but the Shockwave with it's set screw never moves.

IMHO the 'best inexpensive' brace is a Shockwave.
Link Posted: 8/19/2017 4:40:50 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/19/2017 9:06:21 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/19/2017 10:59:10 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/20/2017 8:21:24 PM EDT
[#32]
I used to like the shockwave until mine broke.

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Link Posted: 8/20/2017 8:30:02 PM EDT
[#33]
Original sig brace is best brace
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 8:44:13 PM EDT
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Not IMO. Lots of improvements to the original have come out.

My atm fave is the Maxim Defense PDW brace but all my pistols have the shockwave blade.

Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:08:32 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/20/2017 11:02:26 PM EDT
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Thats a sweet looking stock BRACE but I'm guessing its spendy.
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FIFY

And yes... it is a spendy Pistol Brace.  But I love it and won't pick anything else, regardless of price.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 1:55:29 AM EDT
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Best isn't always the most expensive either.
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You should change the title of this thread to more accurately reflect what you want.

Because BEST and CHEAP usually do not go together.  Either you want the BEST, or you want the CHEAPEST.

Best is probably the Maxim Defense Collapsible Brace.

Cheapest is probably the Shockwave Blade.

Best isn't always the most expensive either.
But in this case it is.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 2:54:44 AM EDT
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I used to like the shockwave until mine broke.

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Did you contact shockwave? I had a KAK tube I bought that was out of spec (when KAK first started production) It cracked my brace. I contacted shockwave and they sent me a new tube, and brace free of charge didn't even have to pay for shipping. Just emailed them a picture of the brace and the measurements of the tube.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 8:20:54 AM EDT
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Did you contact shockwave? I had a KAK tube I bought that was out of spec (when KAK first started production) It cracked my brace. I contacted shockwave and they sent me a new tube, and brace free of charge didn't even have to pay for shipping. Just emailed them a picture of the brace and the measurements of the tube.
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I used to like the shockwave until mine broke.

https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/147459/IMG_0072__1_-285723.JPG
Did you contact shockwave? I had a KAK tube I bought that was out of spec (when KAK first started production) It cracked my brace. I contacted shockwave and they sent me a new tube, and brace free of charge didn't even have to pay for shipping. Just emailed them a picture of the brace and the measurements of the tube.
I too cracked one from being a bit over zealous when I tighten it down.  Cracked top of brace from the front almost to the where the screw applies it pressure underneath, I fixed it with a two part epoxy type of glue that resembles the plastic itself.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 3:10:55 PM EDT
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Did you contact shockwave? I had a KAK tube I bought that was out of spec (when KAK first started production) It cracked my brace. I contacted shockwave and they sent me a new tube, and brace free of charge didn't even have to pay for shipping. Just emailed them a picture of the brace and the measurements of the tube.
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Yes I did, They where more worried about my invoice number from a year ago then their product failing.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 5:44:07 PM EDT
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Double post.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 8:20:47 PM EDT
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Yes I did, They where more worried about my invoice number from a year ago then their product failing.
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I made the mistake of contacting KAK, They brushed me off. I should have contacted Shockwave Tech, They took care of me an sent a new one out.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 12:58:20 PM EDT
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I got my Shockwave in yesterday and installed it "good n tight" where I want it on my pistol buffer. Have you guys run into problems with the set screw working loose? Should I put some blue Locktite on it?
Thanks.



I didn't want to start a new thread and wasn't sure which of the many brace threads to post this, so I just asked here. Sorry for the hi jack.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 2:58:27 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/24/2017 9:49:48 PM EDT
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I got my Shockwave in yesterday and installed it "good n tight" where I want it on my pistol buffer. Have you guys run into problems with the set screw working loose? Should I put some blue Locktite on it?
Thanks.



I didn't want to start a new thread and wasn't sure which of the many brace threads to post this, so I just asked here. Sorry for the hi jack.
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I did, just a bit of blue threadlocker on the threads of the set screw. I have the Kak dimpled tube and found the brace would get a little loose/wobbly after a while.

It's been months since using threadlocker on it and it hasn't loosened at all.
Link Posted: 8/25/2017 2:54:16 AM EDT
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I did, just a bit of blue threadlocker on the threads of the set screw. I have the Kak dimpled tube and found the brace would get a little loose/wobbly after a while.

It's been months since using threadlocker on it and it hasn't loosened at all.
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Awesome, thanks.
Link Posted: 8/28/2017 11:42:44 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/29/2017 9:29:40 PM EDT
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I like the sb pdw and the tailhook.  Both are not the cheapest though....
Link Posted: 8/30/2017 1:22:38 AM EDT
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The shockwave blade sucks. Very uncomfortable. The lower point of the blade punches your shoulder.
Link Posted: 8/30/2017 10:04:09 AM EDT
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