I've been promising my Aero Precision receiver that I was going to get it a stock ever since I got it sometime ago. The problem is, however, I have no idea as to what I'm doing. This is my first AR and I am a babe in the woods.
For the longest time, I thought I would get something like an MOE. I can get an MOE kit from Palmetto State Armory for $79.95. After spending some time on Bravo Company, I started looking at the Vltor A5 stock. It is $224.15 - a considerable difference. Let us also not forget the Magpul CTR-M & the Vltor EMOD (Isn't there also an IMOD? What's the difference?) that bridges the gap between the MOE & A5. From what little I can tell from what other people say, the CTR is tighter fitting than an MOE and perhaps doesn't rattle as much. I watched a video on the A5 and saw the battery compartments and have read the description about the A5 set-up that left me with the impression that it makes the rifle shoot "better"?
I want to have a competent rifle as an end result of my effort. I'm willing to delay some instant gratification and purchase the most appropriate item, even if it prolongs my build time per limited funds, etc.
What have been your experiences with stocks? Is a stock a stock and therefore a component that doesn't deserve the attention that I have already given this topic? Is the stock an integral component that affects the overall "feel" and therefore, affects the way the rifle handles and perceived quality, etc.?
Can a stock cause a rifle to be a more competent shooter? Are A5 stocks well worth the money or are they a fashion statement?
Thanks for your input,