Gets in the way of mask like 99% of stocks on the market
My first stock was a SpecOps Mp5 styled stock. It had a cut-out to allow for mask clearance but still knocked into my mask a lot. My second stock was a Tapco SAW Stock which gave a little more mask room but still got in the way. Both were set-up as air-thrus but my remote line combined with slide check sticking straight down, caused the line to jab into the ground while crawling. After changing to a bottom-line remote set-up, the full stocks still got in the way when trying to low crawl, shoot prone, or maneuver in tight spaces. This stock solves that problem.
Installation is easy, just pull out the two receiver pins, insert the stock in marker, and replace the pins. The fit is tight which is a good thing. No wobbles of any kind. The o-ring that buffers the hammer needs to be removed or the marker will not re-cock.
The stock is easy to fold and locks securely in place when both extended and folded. When folded, it doesn't interfere with the R/T hoses or my front grip. If you want to use the sights you'll need a raised or offset sight rail though it doesn't interfere with my mask as much as the Saw or MP5 style stocks do since it's design is narrower. I don't really feel the need for a sight anyway, since the marker rolls right onto target from my shoulder. This is the lightest stock I've used but it's still very solid.
I have found that the A5, with it's heavy hammer bouncing back and forth, shakes substantially enough to open up my shot pattern at high rof's. When fully braced against my shoulder, my shot pattern is a little tighter than when shooting with the stock folded.
Operating the stock is easy but it requires quite a bit of force. Just practice while watching TV and it will break in nicely as you figure out the best technique that works for you. I also recommend lightly sanding down the sharp edges and molding marks as they might poke and jab at your hand.
Edit: I've noticed that I keep the stock folded about 75% of the time during firefights. I pretty much only extend it when providing suppression fire and patrolling.
This is the last stock I will ever buy for my A5. It gives me the versatility I've been looking for and with the stock folded my marker fits nicely in my gear bag. If you want a stock, this is the one to buy.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, May 15th, 2006 at 9:39 pm PST