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SkyNet2x Friday, February 23rd, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Opsgear G36 folding stock
Marker Setup: BT-4 Combat
F.E. Collapsible CAR stock
LAPCO Bigshot 14" Barrel
Pure Energy deluxe remote line
Strengths: - Comfortable
- sturdy
- beefy looking
- 6 positions
- rubber butt plate
- storage compartment
Weaknesses: - Weak materials
- Weaker materials
- $hitty composite materials
- sling point does not pivot
Review: I have actually never used this stock during a game, but that is the problem.

First, the good.

The BT F.E. stock is a 6-position collapsible carbine stock, and is significantly beefier looking than the PCS or any other type of collapsible stock. It has a rubber pad on the butt plate which is comfortable and prevents slipping, and a small storage compartment that can be used to store batteries/ allen wrenches, etc. The stock is sturdy and does not wobble after installation.

Now the bad.

I bought this stock before BT even had it up on their website, and installed it right away. I was playing with it at my house for about 2 months over the winter, just pulling it out every now and then to look at it and hold it up. I never even shot the gun since the stock was installed.

I was looking at it one day trying to figure out how to put a sling on it. I had the sling from my old gun attached to it, and I was holding it up by the sling when one end slipped off the barrel and the gun dropped.

At this point, the stock SNAPPED OFF when it enters the gun.

Thats right, it SNAPPED off. Clean break, right where the stock enters the butt of the gun. I examined the materials on the inside of the stock and discovered that the composite material it was constructed out of had a striking resemblance to dried-out rubber......

Considering this stock was NEVER USED and SNAPPED hitting a CARPETED, PADDED floor, I'd hate too see how it might stand up to use in the field.

On the other hand, it might just have been a bad one. I'll add an edit once I've tested the replacement BT is sending me.

EDIT: I've yet to test the replacement, but I've reexamined the circumstances under which the stock broke, and it seems the thing might not be QUITE as crappy as I thought. The way the stock struck the ground was very similar to the angle that would happen if I had swung it against a tree..............I think we all agree that any stock would break doing that. I'll edit again once I've tested the replacement in the field. END EDIT
Conclusion: Considering it SNAPPED falling on a carpeted floor, I'd say a low rating of 2 seems fair. Until I try out the replacement BT is sending, I can only assume that this stock would do the same during combat, making it pretty much useless as far as an extreme sports product goes.

EDIT: After looking at the situation again I've decided to bump the rating up to a 5. I won't go any higher until I test the new one, but the stock is not as horribly weak as I though
Rating:
5 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, March 3rd, 2007 at 2:52 pm PST
 

Review Comments
hwyman Tuesday, December 4th, 2007 | 1:37 pm PST
How big is the storage compartment? Specifically, how many 9 volt batteries could it hold if any?
   

outoftowner Friday, November 14th, 2008 | 6:11 pm PST
Ya bt had bad 1st gen buffer tubes, the manufacturer wasnt adding enough fiberglass, thats also why some 1st and 2nd gen powertubes were cracking. And I havent seen the compartment but I think it holds 1 9 volt, maybe 2.
   

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