Which Stock for my AR Build

Which Stock for my AR Build

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    Which Stock for my AR Build

    I am thinking of going with a Magpul MOE milspec stock, but this is my first AR build, and would like to get some opinions from some of you that are more experienced with ARs.


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    I have the MOE stock, and think that it is definately a step up from the standard M-4 stock. Although a B5 Sopmod Bravo stock will most likely be my next stock, as I feel there is a better stock weld with it.
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    Had both the standard M4 and Magpul MOE stocks. The Magpul is still only AR. It looks a lot better, comes with a built in rubber recoil pad and has the shrouded lever which is very hard to accidentally bump. Did I mention is looks great? :)


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    What do you want it for and what is the gas length?

    Those answers are needed before you decide.

    I have a general purpose rifle with a mid length gas system with an A2 stock


    I have a carbine gas and a mid length gas that have standard collapsable stocks with Magpul CTRs on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chorizo View Post
    What do you want it for and what is the gas length?

    Those answers are needed before you decide.

    I have a general purpose rifle with a mid length gas system with an A2 stock


    I have a carbine gas and a mid length gas that have standard collapsable stocks with Magpul CTRs on them.

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    Why do you say gas length is important? I'm asking out if curiosity cause I think I know where you're going with that. I wouldn't put an adjustable stock on a rifle length AR, and probably not on anything with longer than an 18" bbl. I'd use a fixed stock in those cases.


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    Rifle length gas systems don't work well with carbine buffers and carbine length buffer tubes.

    Carbine length gas systems can be unreliable with rifle length buffer tubes.

    Mid-length works well fine with both generally.

    Here is some good info. Jonconsiglio can provide more info.

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    By the way, the B5 Sopmod is an excellent stock, as is Magpul's STR. They both provide amazing cheek weld. I'd probably only use those stocks on a rifle where the perfect cheek weld is absolutely necessary, and I'd go with something slimmer otherwise such as Magpul's CTR or MOE.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chorizo View Post
    Rifle length gas systems don't work well with carbine buffers and carbine length buffer tubes.

    Carbine length gas systems can be unreliable with rifle length buffer tubes.

    Mid-length works well fine with both generally.

    Here is some good info. Jonconsiglio can provide more info.

    Buffers & Springs

    This helps too:

    http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread....ll-the-trigger
    Ahhh of course. I didn't even think about that.

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    No problem.......I had to learn about the M4 carbine myself. Lots of reading and learning to be done over at M4 Carbine forum.

    Jonconsiglio and Munch post over there and I am sure they has some great info also.

    I just sent a Magpul STR to a buddy for the very reason it had too much "cheek" for a carbine for me.

    I have heard great things about the B5 Sopmod, but have avoided it for the same reason as I got rid of the STR.

    CTR or A2 for me.
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    I know a good bit about the AR platform, but there are always things I fail to consider concerning part-to-part relationships.

    For what it's worth, OP, I love the standard A2 stock for rifle length systems.


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    I knew quite a bit about the A2 rifle...the M4 carbine has some different quirks and all of the mid-length and SBR guns are really new to me.
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    I like the slimmer profile of the CTR for the carbine as well. If I had something like a dedicated mid-range hunting AR, with an 18" bbl, bipod, etc., the cheek weld of the B5 or STR would be perfect.


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    The B5 Sopmod Bravo is more on the same price point with the MOE, and is slimmer than the original Sopmod, while still offering a better cheekweld than the MOE.

    If you guys like fixed stocks, give the Magpul one a try. It has a lot going for it IMHO, I just built up a lower with one for a full size build. It has a lot of advantages over the A2 style stock, the length is better, the storage compartment is better, multiple sling attachment points, lightweight, good cheek weld.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chorizo View Post
    I knew quite a bit about the A2 rifle...the M4 carbine has some different quirks.
    Sure. Definitely. I "grew up" on the A2/4 and I am more familiar with it as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye .45 View Post
    The B5 Sopmod Bravo is more on the same price point with the MOE, and is slimmer than the original Sopmod, while still offering a better cheekweld than the MOE.

    If you guys like fixed stocks, give the Magpul one a try. It has a lot going for it IMHO, I just built up a lower with one for a full size build. It has a lot of advantages over the A2 style stock, the length is better, the storage compartment is better, multiple sling attachment points, lightweight, good cheek weld.
    It's also more expensive from what I remember!

    I like the classic look of the A2, and that's currently a bit of its purpose on my rifle.


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