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easyPoo Tuesday, July 4th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
CAR stock
friend's SAW stock
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5
BSA Red Dot
Raised Sight rail with LAPCO's offset rail hanging from it.

Lots of other stuff that has nothing to do with the stock.
Strengths: Foldable
Sturdy
Adds stability to your shots
Rubber butt plate
Adjustable length
Weaknesses: rubs against my mask
a bit heavy
bad quality control on RVA
Review: I bought my Tippmann A-5 with a CAR stock.

Regular stocks are designed for military or hunting, where people are not wearing masks over their faces. By just copying a firearm stock onto a paintball gun, you might add the "cool factor" but it renders sighting down the sights or a scope useless, since the mask gets in the way and you can not get your head close enough to sight down the gun.

For those people who buy a stock not for cool looks but for functionality with a scope, its a little bit frustrating to say the least.

After putting on the red-dot scope on my marker I had to take off the CAR stock, and was playing without it for some time.

Time passed, I've acquired a number of upgrades for my marker, including the RVA from JCS. Now that RVA was fine, I've played with it for a number of months without any problems.

Then I decided to get a new stock, and JCS is pretty much the only producer of RVA stocks.

I got the combat folding stock in the mail. Once it arrived first thing I noticed on the RVA that came WITH the stock, was that the hole for the nylon screw that is used to lock down the main velocity screw, was unreachable. The hole was placed so close to the two mounting screws of the stock, that the mounting block was in the way. For me to tighten or loosen it, I would have to unscrew the stock from the RVA.

I did just that. Next I tried to unscrew the nylon bolt. No luck. It was tightened so much at the factory, that I completely stripped the groove for the screwdriver without turning the nylon screw even one turn. I don't know what you would think about this, but in my opinion this is poor quality control.

Ok, so no biggie, I had my old JCS RVA that I was using before this stock came in, and I simply mounted the stock onto it. Ahhh, much better, the nylon screw is on the side, so I can access it. It tightens and screws out without any problems, so I'm happy.... Right?

Well, not quite.

Same problem I had with the old CAR stock, it rubs against my mask. Not by much, I can still look through my red-dot, but the knob that is used to control the length of the stock is scratching the lens of my profiler. Not good. I have my Red-dot sitting on the side of my marker on the Lapco's offset rail.

The problem is that the stock is absolutely straight. It runs parallel to the gun, a couple of inches lower and it would have been perfect.

I've used my friend's SAW stock. And its perfect. It runs at a slight angle, and that gives you enough room to put your face in the mask behind the gun and over the stock, to sight down the scope. Its not the case with this stock.

HOWEVER....

A very simple modification has made this stock into exactly what I wanted.

Here is how this stock mounts....

RVA goes into your A-5
Stock's folding mechanism is attached to the bottom of the RVA with two screws.
Stock itself is attached to the folding mechanism with yet another two screws.

What I did, is I removed the bottom screw that holds the stock to the folding mechanism.
Now the stock can swing up and down on one screw.

So now my stock is not parallel to the gun, but it runs at a slight angle downwards. This allows me to clear my mask over it and sight down the scope. A couple of pinches of epoxy to compensate for the one missing screw and its as sturdy as it has been.

I hope this made sense.
Conclusion: CONS:
RVA on this stock slipped through quality control
Stock itself is fine if you are not using any scopes or sights, otherwise it will get in the way.
PRO:
I was able to tweak it and get it to be exactly what I wanted.
OK stock over all, does its basic function just fine.
Rating:
7 out of 10
 

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