Installation a bit tough, hard to field strip, no RVA, Left handed? tough luck.
I haven't played with this thing yet. It JUST arrived in the mail so these are all preliminary observations but I think they'll hold up.
Installation: This was kinda annoying but it's probably for the best. The stock fits very VERY tightly which turns out to be a pro and a con. My old F/X commando stock had a wiggle to it that I was never able to completely eliminate. To combat this, I had my A-5's body screws tightened as far as I dared for fear of stripping them. This was not necessary on the Opsgear stock. It was actually easier to install the opsgear stock with the rear body screws loosened slightly and tightened only after the quick strip pins are in place and the stock is secure. I may actually drill a hole in my grip to make the process easier. On the plus side, the stock, in it's open and locked position has no wiggle whatsoever; it feels like a good fixed stock ought to; which was pleasant - I hadn't counted on it being so sturdy. In it's collapsed position, it wiggles a little bit but doesn't rattle even if you shake the gun. The notch cut in the butt plate to accommodate the cyclone charger doesn't exactly line up but it serves it's purpose.
Weight: The first thing I noticed once the stock was installed was: "this sucker is LIGHT" The stock only has metal in it where it needs it. There's a small piece in the mounting bracket where it connects to the A5, and the rest is in the pin and spring where the stock folds. My old stock was heavier to the point where I the disparity in weight was noticeable.
Quality: The only trouble I noticed with the manufacturing of the product was the presence of some flashings from the injection molding of the plastic. I assume it's best to remove these (from the mounting bracket at least) or risk them getting sucked into your internals. smoothing those flashings out will also aid in the stocks ease of installation.
Action: it's a little more difficult to operate (fold/unfold) than opsgear would have you believe but that may be because there's a breakin period I haven't yet experienced. It's a little tricky to get the stock to unfold without taking you hand from the grip and refolding takes a little muscle. I'm willing to overlook these minor details because the thing is so relentlessly sturdy when locked.
Missing: A rear velocity adjuster. If you're a sucker for consistency, you may want to adjust your front velo adjuster to be flush with the inside of the power tube (or even get a tube sans screw) If you do this, you must find another way to adjust your FPS. The easiest way is with a rear velocity adjuster which this stock will in no way accommodate. Your only other option, in this case, is modding the A-5's stock spring or monitoring your pressure on a regulator. Shed a tear, if you will, snipers, for this shortcoming. While it is minor, it does render the product "not perfect".
Price: Cheaper than a lot of stocks that are... (how can I put this...) NOT AS AWESOME
UPDATE: No major complaints so far. I did have to modify it, it was in the way of my remote and side-mounted stabilizer but it's still rock solid even with a bit of material removed. I sunk some screws into it just to be safe.
A little gun oil on the spring really smooths out the action. It breaks in nicely. Still no wobble.
I put an extra hole in the grip housing so I can get to the other body screw with the grip still in place. It really helps getting the quick-strip pins in and out. Still a pain, especially if you're squeamish about putting holes in your precious stock A-5. Whatever. To mod is human.
A friend of mine pointed out that it's really uncomfortable if you're left handed or switch hands a lot with it in the folded position. I don't play a lot of speed ball so I hadn't really thought about it. I suppose if you're left handed and own an A-5, you prolly still use the stock front grip (I personally can't stand it).
if you don't care about field strip time or the lack of a velo adjuster and want a sweet, solid-as-the-rock-of-gibraltar stock that, as an added bonus, folds like bad hand of poker... Buy this stock without hesitation. Not 10 for 10 on account of the RVA, and it's non-ambidexterous (don't buy if you're a leftie). I'll overlook the field-strip thing.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, January 21st, 2006 at 9:13 pm PST