Let's face it, your buffer tube deserves to be outfitted with a stock of greater stature than a wiggly, old, generic, six-position, collapsible stock. Obviously, the term 'generic ' has no business being associated with a tricked-out AR-15. More importantly, correctly pairing the right stock with the specific configuration of each individual rifle will result in a well-balanced and ultimately more effective platform.
AR-15 stocks come in two major styles — fixed and collapsible. Fixed stocks are naturally sturdy and offer an advantage for precision shooting. However, many modern, collapsible stocks have a solid fit while maintaining accuracy, adaptability and adjustability. When replacing your stock, be sure to choose the correct replacement to fit the size of your buffer tube — whether mil-spec or commercial size.
Although it's popular these days, the Magpul MOE stock
isn't far from generic. The CTR's
positive-locking feature is a huge improvement over the loose-rattling MOE. It's generally better suited for lighter carbines and SBRs, since its 8.8-ounce weight fails to adequately balance out front-heavy uppers with longer barrels, quad rails and forward-mounted attachments. The robust 23.4-ounce UBR
is better suited for uppers with 16- to 18-inch barrels and rifle-length gas systems. UBR stocks have a solid fit with minimal play"http://store.magpul.com/product/MAG331/34" target="_blank">UBR is also adaptable with an aluminum strike plate for close quarters maneuvers.
Outside Magpul's cult following exist several other high-quality collapsible stocks worthy of attachment to the finest AR's out there. Notably, the 13.5-ounce LMT SOPMOD
and 13.75-ounce LaRue RAT
balance well with most 14.5- to 16-inch carbines. SOPMOD stocks are also suited for precision-AR builds when equipped with the Stock Attachment Precision Rifle (S.A.P.R.) cheek piece from Battleline Industries
. Adding a S.A.P.R. tailors the balance of a rifle by adding 17.5 ounces to the buttplate of the SOPMOD, while providing an elevated, adjustable cheek pad for proper eye height and relief when using scoped optics.
Also developed for the specifications of elite tactical operators are the 14-ounce EMod
and 9.4-ounce IMod stocks
. Both of which are rugged, solid-fitting options with waterproof storage compartments and pronounced cheek welds. The lighter IMod stock also comes in a hybrid, clubfoot variation which better supports prone or rested shooting positions.
For those looking to shoot rapid-fire strings through an AR-15, check out the Slide Fire SSAR-15 OGR
. Slide Fire stocks enable the shooter to trip the trigger faster
— also known as bump-firing — which is a whole lot of fun at the range, or when hoardes of zombies come knocking at your door. The SSAR-15 OGR stock also has a lockout feature to disable the bump-firing function, resulting in normal semi-automatic operation. Completely legal, each stock comes with a BATF approval letter.