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kweihs Tuesday, July 8th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
3 months2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Unknown manufacturer folding stock
Marker Setup: Tippmann custom 98
14" Smart Parts Teardrop
12" Lapco Bigshot
DOP pro-style drop
Air Tipps CAR stock with RVA
NC Star Red Dot Sight
Lapco Shark Gill Sight Rail
DOP double trigger
Strengths: Easy installation, easily adjustable, looks very intimidating, good stability when taking time to target
Weaknesses: Stock rattles, no documentation, doesn't work well with mask unless you have sight rail
Review: General - Bought the stock to give me more stability while sniping in woodsball, but also wanted to be able to adjust it so it wouldn't get in the way for sup. air or speedball. The carbine look gives a real militant feel and appearance to the weapon that isn't lost on my opponents. Good intimidation factor :-)

Construction - The stock has two major parts. The front which mounts on the end of the c98 and holds the RVA and the butt which slides (adjusts) over the front. The front mounts firmly into the back of the c98 very well. The metal housing is a tad heavy, but this enhances the durability and I can live with that. It does rotate easily and can lead to the stock sitting at an odd angle if you are moving it around a lot. The RVA is easy to use and stays locked down well. The rear portion of the stock is hard plastic. It fulfills its role in being stable and adjustable. My only quibble is that it sits loosely on the metal front half and has a tendancy to rattle when the marker is jostled around. My only other concern is that being hard plastic I'm worried it will crack or shatter easy, but so far this hasn't happened in three months of fairly rough play.

Stability - Despite the looseness of the butt section, the stock does provide good support for shooting. While the stock can rotate in the round receiver housing it is fairly easy to move back to its proper position. Not a real problem. The adjustable positions are great for supporting different styles of play. When its fully collapsed the stock is out of the way enough that it doesn't get in the way during speedball. Fully extended it makes a great support for sniping.

Looks - this is why we really get this thing no matter how much you admit you want more stability. A c98 is not a real eye catcher normally. There are so many of them out there that you really have to doctor one up to make people raise their eyebrows when they see one. This stock is one of those things that will make people look at your marker. I have actually had people get freaked when they see me with it on the field because it makes the c98 look more intimidating. The intimidation factor disappears in speedball, though. Most people quickly realize that that stock is more of a hindrance than a help there. It's easy enough to install/un-install, though, that I will quickly field strip the marker and take it off if I am going to be playing a lot of speedball or sup air.

Problems - Once again, the rattle is annoying, but it seems to be a problem that all of the CAR stocks are having. I have yet to have it betray a position or get me in trouble, though. Stocks in general suffer from an aiming problem. Masks and stocks need to be in the same place at the same time and this obviously can't happen. You end up having to keep your head elevated enough away from the sights that you can't use them to target. This can be alleviated by getting a sight rail, but it represents an added expense. If you are buying the stock to use for sniping I strongly recommend that you invest in a sight rail. It also adds a small but significant amount of weight to your marker. I'd suggest moving to a remote line set up if you plan on playing all day with this set up. I am fine early in the day, but by the end of the day the c98 becomes very heavy and the stock doesn't help matters.
Conclusion: If you are looking for added shooting stability and/or good looking add ons to your c98 I highly recommend this. The added feature of the RVA makes this stock a better investment than the other stocks out there which are just dead weight. The few quibbles I have with this product are minor and I would not consider them deal breakers, but if you don't want to invest in the extra sight rail or if you play a lot of close in type play (speedball) this is probably not worth the $$$ to pick up. Because it does what it's supposed to I give it an 8.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

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