Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- These AR-15 Stock Kits are not your grandfathers battle rifle furniture. In an era long gone, but hopefully not forgotten, our fathers and grandfathers fought for our freedom in, “the war to end all wars,” the term some used to describe World War One and “the great war,” used by my father to describe the Second World War.
These rifles were manufactured by craftsman and fired powerful ammunition, their actions were steel, their stocks were wood and if you listen even today, they will speak to you.
Today steel, aluminum and polymer play a vital part in tactical firearms construction, especially AR-15 buttstocks. Wood stocks are rarely seen in this area and remains popular with hunting rifles and even those are slowly turning polymer. Stocks of the past were designed to hold tools for cleaning and maintenance the rifle and today’s buttstocks hold fairly true to that tradition.
The stock of my M-16A2 never saw a cleaning rod or tool, but it did hold its fair share of Skittles and the carbs were much appreciated.
Wood furniture for the AR-15 is rare, almost everything is aluminum and polymer, the advantage is they do things the old wooden rifle stocks never dreamed of. Today’s stocks pull double duty holding cleaning gear and tools but also spare batteries, parts even spare a magazine. They are multi positional for LOP (Length Of Pull) and to adjust for armor and gear and some are more highly specialized for sniper rifles.
Some stocks have hand wheels that allow the user to adjust length of pull, cheek rest, eye relief, recoil pad adjustment, and have QD (Quick Detach) sling mounts, impressive huh? They are also built for the harsh conditions of the battlefield and like all things AR the choices come in good, better, best, you must decide how broke you’ll be after it’s all said and done.
Something to also consider when purchasing your new buttstock is the buttstock wrench to do the job right without marring your rifle or buffer tube. If you’re not sure of yourself or not mechanically inclined, Brownell’s has how to videos to help you do the job perfectly.
My choice for Best AR-15 Stock Kits:
- Lucid – AR-15 Wood Rifle Furniture Sets I have a love for beautiful wood furniture and even though it seems out of place on an AR-15, the right combination makes it look fancy and unique. The LUCID – AR-15/M16 WOOD RIFLE FURNITURE SETS are made of brown laminate, camo laminate or AAA-grade American Walnut. They make these kits for your standard 20” or carbine length rifles and they're easy to install.The kits are pricey, but if you want to make your boring black rifle stand out at your next hunt, give these kits a try, I guarantee people will notice.
- Thordsen Customs Stealth Black FRS-15 Buttstock Stock Unfortunately some of you live in heavily restricted states that view ownership of the AR-15 as almost bordering on criminal. There are even AR manufacturers who cater to restricted states like California and New York.For the rest of you who wish to choose your own AR-15 and make it compliant on your own terms, I give you the Thordsen Customs Stealth Black FRS-15 Buttstock Stock.This kit satisfies the letter of the law (know the laws in your states, prison is not fun I hear) while allowing you to keep your original parts for possible re-sale down the road to a non-restricted state via online auctions. The kit is for a carbine and all parts are included and the price runs about what a good quality non-restricted stock would cost. http://tiny.cc/pg4owx
- Brownells AR-15 Carbine Mil-Spec Buttstock Kit Building or modifying your AR-15 carbine and your wallet is not overflowing with spare cash? The Brownells – AR-15 Carbine Mil-Spec Buttstock Kit will help you get your project done and not break your budget.This is a six position USGI M4 type stock that will fit your carbine or standard AR and includes all the parts you will need to install it. The stock is made from extremely tough, fiberglass-reinforced, injection-molded nylon and will stand up to the elements very well. The parts are matched tight so you won’t have and unnecessary movement or rattles.The overall length (OAL) is 8¾” (22.2cm) collapsed and 11¾” (29.9cm) fully extended so you can compensate for arm length and body armor and/or equipment and of course it carries Brownell’s lifetime satisfaction guarantee, so you have no worries.
- Mako Group AR-15 Gl-Mag Survival Buttstock Ammunition is heavy, we all can agree on that, but running away from a firefight because you ran dry is not an option. Wouldn’t it be great if they made a buttstock with an extra 10 round magazine that stores in the stock? Well THE MAKO GROUP – AR-15/M16 GL-MAG SURVIVAL COMMERCIAL BUTTSTOCK has solved the issue of not carrying enough ammo. The GL-MAG comes with and stores a 10 round magazine for those unforeseen emergencies and will also accommodate 20 and 30 round magazines, “They will stick out further of course,” but 10 or 20 spare rounds is better than having your back to the enemy. You can even carry specialty round such as armor piercing, tracers or extra hunting rounds with quick access. The stock features a quick release for the magazine and inverted positioning lever to adjust LOP (Length Of Pull) that blends into the contours of the stock. The GL-MAG fits Mil-Spec and commercial diameter tubes along with integrated ambidextrous QD sling connectors and is finished off with a thick rubber buttpad with positive none-slip texture. The GL-MAG is only the stock portion, you must already have a buffer tube or one mounted for the GL-MAG to work.
- North Eastern Arms – Ar-15 Compact Carbine Stock If you’re an aficionado of the finer things in life and you own or want to own a SBR (Short Barreled Rifle) and you really appreciate the PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) rifle, this is your stock.The North Eastern Arms – Ar-15 Compact Carbine Stock (CCS) is the stock of professional operators, SWAT teams, security forces or those who know and appreciate good engineering. And while it will set you back three bills, the last thing on your mind will be quality issues.
This makes a SBR to become even shorter allowing the overall length of the rifle to be approximately 2-7/8” inches shorter than a traditional M4 stock. The CCS is a two position stock, just pull to extend and it locks in place, retracting requires the manipulation of the locking mechanism. The CCS is constructed from 6061 T6 Aluminum, 4140 steel and has a durable polymer buttplate. The aluminum and steel parts are coated top increase corrosion resistance and durability. The CCS is a complete with stock, stock adapter, buffer tube, spring and modified full auto bolt carrier and is compatible with most mil spec AR-15’s.
If you speak AR-15 then you know what you want, but if you are fairly new or just a rookie, read up and watch some Brownell videos and get yourself in the know. Make sure you read the complete description of the product and get the correct tools to make your conversion effortless. Part of the fun of accessorizing your rifle is making it your own and sometimes it takes a while, but the end result is an AR you're proud to own and prouder to show.
About Norman Gray:
Norman Gray has been involved in the shooting sports for well over 30 years. He has served in both active duty and reserve component of the United States Army as an Infantryman and was honorably discharged at the end of his service. Moving to Arizona, he began assisting his long time friend and mentor Bob Shell, an accomplished writer and author in his own right. Norman is freelance contributor with Handguns Magazine, Canadian Firearms Journal and Manzano Valley Outdoors. He is also a member of (POMA) The Professional Outdoor Media Association, the (NSSF) National Shooting Sports Foundation and a Life Member of the (NRA) National Rifle Association. Visit: http://www.unleaded-ink.blogspot.com/