A-5 with: J&J 12" with Lapco Shroud or Flatline with Tac Shroud
Lapco offset sight rail
(mounts include tac light, red dot, and/or magnifying scope)
Ag Mag kit , modded
Quick disconnect thumb screws for flatline
Tight, tough, comfortable
A little heavy, high impact plastic or carbon fiber rods would have lightened it up.
This stock is all metal and tough.
I have used a few stocks and tested a few friends markers with other stocks, but generally a stock always makes me feel odd. I mean they look cool, but its hard to tuck your marker in tight with one.
I have tried the feel of the SAW type stocks, and I just don't like them at all. And I personally think thy look goofy.
CAR type adjustable stocks always seem to break on me and they also just have not felt right.
I had pretty much given up on a stock at all, and I really couldn't have cared less. They were like sights and other rail accessories, mere window dressing to make your marker look cool. And then I saw a guy with one of these. (side note on sights. My default stance is that they serve no purpose except for scouting purposes with the magnification some offer.)
I asked to give this guys marker a heft and I found that I liked the feel of the much shorter and more maneuverable stock. And it looked cool.
I am a woodsballer and scenario player, so whatever I can reasonably do to make my marker look less like a marker and more like the real deal, I will do.
Paintball is my hobby and I am not ashamed to admit it. I am an adult with a full time job and I can afford to indulge myself on some toys.
As long as it doesn't add too much weight, hamper maneuverability, or create a large profile, I will pick one up. My basement workbench area is strewn with pieces and parts as a testament to this.
Needless to say I ordered one that night.
It came in and I was taken aback once again at how simple yet excellent it looked.
I still wasn't sold on a stock of any kind, but I didn't hate this one.
I gave it a test that weekend and I must say that I liked the stability that tucking it to my shoulder gave. It is only 8" long so it doesn't make me feel like I can't tuck and duck easily or switch hands while cornering.
I am still not sold on using ANY stock in obstacle heavy games. The major field I go to has several fields that have great stockades and other structures. I still go stockless in these areas because of the frequent cornering and tight play required.
But in straight wooded or longer range scenarios/games I am using this stock and am finding it to be an enjoyable experience. And the looks are not only killer, they are unique. I have only seen two other people with this stock and they both loved them.
It is also just rock solid. No moving parts, just simple durable constructions. While plastic or carbon would be lighter, this stock looks and feels extremely authentic, and unlike lots of other paintball stocks that look like firearm stocks adapted to the A-5, this one feels like it was designed specifically for the A-5.
Edit: Just saw that I said there was no moving parts. My bad, I set and locked the RVA when I got it. So technically, that part moves, just not on mine :) .
9 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, December 21st, 2006 at 11:38 am PST
Lapco big shot
-Solid construction, it is all metal. It can take your abuse.
-It fits well with the A-5 and does not wobbles.
-It has a RVA with a thumb screw for easy adjustments.
-It looks militaristic, if you are into that.
-It is relatively heavy since it is metal. High strength plastic would have been a better choice.
-You can't tuck your head behind it to aim.
-Hex screws can come loose unless you use a thread lock.
-It is a little short for me
It is a decent stock if it fits you and if you can get one for cheap.
Metal construction, allows for quick accurate snap-shots, velocity adjuster, looks
Pressure screws loosen and stock falls off. Does not allow for use of sites.
This is actually the first stock I've owned so I may be a little tough on the product in this review. When I received the product in the mail and attached it to my marker I noticed right away that there was a wobble to it because it was not a tight enough fit. It did, however make bringing the marker up to ready position quick and easy. It allowed me to keep the marker closer to my body than with using a tank as a stock, and was more comfortable. At the end of my first game using this stock, it fell completely apart. The pressure screws must have loosened. This is easily fixed but was still disappointing. The fact that the stock comes apart was actually an aid to my second problem with this stock. I use a JT IZE mask, and with this on it is impossible to make use of the A5's site. I ofen use them for long distance shots. I'm not sure if this is normal with stocks but I think not. Needless to say I took steps to correct this problem. My solution was to use 4 45 degree 1/2 copper plumbing pipe pieces and attach them to the stock via soldering. The effect is that the stock is lowered about 2 inches from normal, enabling me to make use of the site.
If you want a stock that looks good, allows for quick snap-shots and brings a compact feel, than this stock is probably a good enough choice. The rear velocity adjuster comes in very handy. Keep in mind that this stock is only about 8" and if you're on the taller side you may want something larger so your back isn't sore after a day of use. It may be that your product will not wobble or come loose. This was my experience. If you want to try lowering this or another similar product keep in mind that lowering the stock with copper pipe does lengthen it. Mine was lengthened about 12.5" total.
7 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, July 19th, 2007 at 5:26 pm PST
Tippmann 98 custom
Smart Parts 14 inch barrel
Easy to install
Makes it easier to adjust velocity
It's a bit on the short side. only 8 inches.
I bought this stock a week ago, since my cyclone feeder hinders my previous folding stock from folding completely. I also wanted to see if the Rear velocity adjuster would be an improvement.
Please note that this stock is the 98 custom version.
Installation was as easy as can be expected with a 98 custom. It's a snug fit. The first thing I noticed was that it's a bit on the short side. I was able to fix this by replacing the pipes with copper pipes from a hardware store. A coat of black paint and they were good to go. The default stock is very durable and looks able to take a pounding. After replacing the pipes, there is no difference in feel except it's a little longer and lighter. Removing the default pipes was easy. They are held in by two hex screws at the base and the rear of the stock. This is also a cool feature if you want to go without the stock for a game. turn two screws and off it comes, without having to take the marker apart.
Next I decided to put a few rounds through it. I set valve screw to my standard setting (3 turns) and set the RVA to the same depth as the previous stock. The sound of the first shot hitting the board told me that the FPS was too high. so I lowered the RVA to where it sounded closer to what I was used to. I also lowered the valve screw to 2 1/2 turns. The shots sounded better, and I noticed a tighter grouping when shooting ful auto or 3 round bursts. I ended up adjusting the valve screw to just two turns and it seems to be perfect. Now by simply adjusting the RVA I can get some serious FPS and and go easy on my gas. The next time I take it to a game I will find out what the actual FPS is. I'll probably have to turn it down some more.
I am thinking about modding some screws to replace the ones that hold the stock in. that way I can quickly remove it when needed.
This stock would be perfect if it was just a bit longer. The A5 version is also advertised at 8 inches, so it has the same problem if you're used to some length. Over all this is a great stock. The RVA makes a huge difference as it compresses the spring to generate higher FPS. It's price is a bit high costing a total of $75 on ebay, but the performance is worth it.