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SI-guru
02-22-2005, 2:47 PM
This is a cross post from lightfighter.com

I've been thinking about making a custom setup for my SOCOM but being in PRK makes things a little difficult. The goal is to have something that is compact enough that I can throw in the trunk and go plinking in the near by range but still able to go hunting in my friends private ground and shoot some long distant iron also. And one of these days if I go to a tactical carbine class, I hope I won't get laugh at if I take this gun.
Since I am a southpaw, the setup is also is altered a little to fit my strong and weak side.

With the socom scout rail and a smith enterprise mount, I really don't need to get a top rail so I decided to just add side and bottom rails to the stock. I did add tail switch slot for on the stock. Also the left and right switch location is offset to fit my weak hand.

A cheek rest is almost a necessity for any scope use in M1A. And the LOP is shorten to 11.5 inch for a better carbine type use.

Being in PRK, a pistol grip is impossible so I had the stock made as vertical as I can without pissing CA DOJ. This is very similar to McMillan's M3A stock for M1A. Front vertical grip is also a no no so I made the extend mag well grip shamelessly borrowed from LAW483.

The sling hook is tricky to locate to say the least. I want it to be a single point attachment but it cannot interfere the op-rod nor my grip hand. The current location is a good compromise.

Finally, the Horus 1-4x Talon complete the optic side for me.

http://www.hunt101.com/img/254834-big.JPG
http://www.hunt101.com/img/254836-big.JPG
http://www.hunt101.com/img/254835-big.JPG
http://www.hunt101.com/img/254838-big.JPG

.45shooter
02-22-2005, 3:10 PM
VERY NICE!

endings1@aol.com
02-22-2005, 3:27 PM
I concur, so are the McMillian style stocks not considered a pistol grip? Anything in writing?

Richard
02-22-2005, 3:38 PM
this is not considered pistol grip because per DOJ page:

pistol grip description (http://caag.state.ca.us/firearms/regs/pistolgrip.htm)

"Although these firearms are centerfire, semi-automatic rifles capable of accepting detachable magazines, they do not have conspicuously protruding pistol grips because none of the grips allow for a pistol style grasp in which the web of the trigger hand (between the thumb and index finger) can be placed below the top of the exposed portion of the trigger while firing."

SI-guru
02-22-2005, 3:42 PM
I checked with McMillan before on M3A (don't confuse it with the M2A which is no no).
The key is the imaginary line drawn from the top of the trigger. Your thumb webbing cannot drop below that.
As usual, this is not a legal opinion. YMMV, so this is not a writing http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

imported_DULLYJAY
02-22-2005, 5:05 PM
CAKE-N

icormba
02-22-2005, 6:13 PM
I bet if you sent a picture to 2 people at the DOJ, 1 might say yes it's ok & 1 will say NO! & where do you live? http://www.calguns.net/banghead.gif

http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
just kidding.

RRangel
02-22-2005, 8:38 PM
It's very different. Who made the stock?

SI-guru
02-22-2005, 9:33 PM
It's done by a member in Battlerifles.com. He lives in Nor Cal so it is easy for me to really custom made by stock. The grip is made to measured, so are the tape switch slot. The rail and sling location is also tailored my southpaw and my two surefires light. I also have to give credit to LAW483 on the enhance magwell which I shamelessly copied. The overall cost of the stock with everything is $340 shipping included. That's a very good price when compared with any other custom stock you can find in the market.

slipjoint
02-23-2005, 10:13 PM
I like it! Very cool indeed.

SI-guru
02-24-2005, 1:45 PM
1) I like the ergo with vertical type grips, but its a personal subjective preference

2) I wish I could but VFG is an evil feature according to CADOJ http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

SI-guru
02-24-2005, 5:23 PM
If there is a chance to have VFG, I wouldn't copy the extended magwell. It takes up significant space on the shorty 10 rnd mag.

LAW483
02-24-2005, 8:36 PM
Originally posted by LAW483:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by jjc:
If there is a chance to have VFG, I wouldn't copy the extended magwell. It takes up significant space on the shorty 10 rnd mag.
I also have to give credit to LAW483 on the enhance magwell which I shamelessly copied.

jjc,

Your right. I designed the magwell partially as a very natural place to put your support hand. If you look at pictures of our troops overseas with M14s, you will see they put their hand exactly where the magwell is. If you want a VFG don't get the magwell. Also a good point about 10 rnd mags, I designed it with 20s in mind.
Updated 22 may 05
I though some of these pics would also be of interest to those who are viewing this thread. The stock below is finished and ready to ship. It was duplicated and is available in laminated wood at this time. It's my Vertical Grip Off-Hand Stock. This particular one will has a thumbwheel adjustable cheekpiece and buttstock spacer system installed. Although this customer did want the LAW483 Enhanced Mag-Well (TM) He did not want the LAW483 Enhanced Forend with Rails (Shown on the two stocks below)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0703/Law483/LAW483%20Rifle%20Stocks/LAW483%20Vertcal%20Grip%20Off%20Hand%20Stock/DSC01120.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0703/Law483/LAW483%20Rifle%20Stocks/LAW483%20Vertcal%20Grip%20Off%20Hand%20Stock/DSC01140.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0703/Law483/LAW483%20Rifle%20Stocks/LAW483%20Patrol%20Stock/DSC00841.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0703/Law483/LAW483%20Rifle%20Stocks/LAW483%20Patrol%20Stock/LaackRightMagWell3.jpg

Take Care,

Tony </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

SI-guru
02-24-2005, 11:20 PM
Tony,
Great looking stock. Do you mind letting me know how much did it cost for all the mods?

esskay
02-25-2005, 12:13 AM
Cool, Tony. How difficult is it to pop the trigger guard with the grip snugged up like that?

LAW483
02-25-2005, 4:46 AM
Originally posted by jjc:
Tony,
Great looking stock. Do you mind letting me know how much did it cost for all the mods?
jjc,

Thanks for the compliment!

I'll have to get back with you later on that as I have made some changes. I'll have prices posted on my website and place an ad on the buy-sell forum when I have these all set in laminated wood.

Take Care,

Tony

LAW483
02-25-2005, 4:53 AM
Originally posted by esskay:
Cool, Tony. How difficult is it to pop the trigger guard with the grip snugged up like that?

esskay,

It's easy. I made the clearances just right and easy to grip the trigger guard. It's purpose is to index the shooting hand on the grip. It also is visually pleasing as it does fill the gap.

Take Care,

Tony

mdhpper
04-01-2005, 2:00 PM
Good job! That thing looks awesome!

overlord
04-06-2005, 12:45 PM
w o w

Quite the investment.

SI-guru
04-06-2005, 2:21 PM
Not really, it's just a regular SOCOM with a $340 stock. Cheaper than SOCOM II with a lot more custom things I like as a carbine and lighter too.

SI-guru
04-16-2005, 4:12 PM
Yet another update.
I got myself a Sage EBR-Cali and I am still trying to decide to put the SOCOM to it or a full length M1A. Here is a comparison between the stock lengths. The back of the Sage is basically a Remington 870 like tail so Sage choose to use the Speedfeed high comb stock (bottom one). I found the LOP a little too long (~15 inch) and so I experiment with the Youth stock which seems to give a more reasonable LOP with a ITC cheek pad.
I will work with Tony LAW483 to see if there is a better stock end that will be more suitable for the EBR. Another interesting note, with the chopmod EBR being standard from Sage now (shorter front length). The net weight with the youth stock and cheek pad is just 3.5lb !! Almost equal to a standard synthetic M1A stock. No more complain of heavy stock.

http://home.graffiti.net/3par/EBR-compare.JPG

esskay
04-16-2005, 11:46 PM
Originally posted by jjc:
Yet another update.
I got myself a Sage EBR-Cali and I am still trying to decide to put the SOCOM to it or a full length M1A. Here is a comparison between the stock lengths. The back of the Sage is basically a Remington 870 like tail so Sage choose to use the Speedfeed high comb stock (bottom one). I found the LOP a little too long (~15 inch) and so I experiment with the Youth stock which seems to give a more reasonable LOP with a ITC cheek pad.
I will work with Tony LAW483 to see if there is a better stock end that will be more suitable for the EBR. Another interesting note, with the chopmod EBR being standard from Sage now (shorter front length). The net weight with the youth stock and cheek pad is just 3.5lb !! Almost equal to a standard synthetic M1A stock. No more complain of heavy stock.


Hey jjc,
Where did you get the Cali-Sage stock? Fulton used to have them but I don't see them on their site anymore (they also used to have one with a wood stock, looks like Sage modified it to take Remington shotgun stocks instead?)
Thanks!

Oh, and how about keeping the Socom as is and putting a 18" bush barreled LRB railed receiver in the Sage? http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

SI-guru
04-17-2005, 12:41 AM
www.securityarms.com (http://www.securityarms.com) has the cheapest price. But I choose to use Reed's because they are local and from what I gether installing the EBR is not a trivia task and I want Reeds guys to walk it through with me once. So I use a local shop.

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I sorta want to make the EBR a precision shooting platform other than a carbine door kicker type of rifle. Afterall, those stock tail ends don't lend themselves for those type of use. But the free bedding and semi-floating barrel makes the EBR a good accurizing option. Plus now there is LaRue EER mount which will make the front rails ideal for any scope mounting.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v242/samjham/LTEERSPR.jpg

esskay
04-17-2005, 4:15 AM
Thanks for the info!!

That LaRue mount is interesting... so I presume you're thinking about mounting it backwards on the front rails so the scope would then be hanging over the receiver? Clever...

SI-guru
04-21-2005, 10:37 PM
Ok, after "weighing" in the options (literally http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif) I decided to put the SOCOM in the EBR and get a scout on the custom stock. The combined SOCOM and Sage EBR with the youth stock is only 10 lbs. 1 lb more than a standard SOCOM and 1 lb less than the SOCOM II.
My custom stock with the Smith mount is just slightly heavier so the scout barrle will go to the custom stock.

http://www.hunt101.com/img/277597-big.JPG

Mael
04-30-2005, 11:34 AM
I'm also interested in replacing my SOCOM 16's stock with a sage EBR-Cali stock.

jjc, Can you answer a couple of questions for me?

1) Can you still use the iron sites with the EBR Cali stock?

2) After having the guys at Reed's walk you through the installation of the stock, how hard would it have been to do yourself?

SI-guru
04-30-2005, 12:33 PM
Actually, I ended up putting it in myself one night.

The answers :
1) Yes. But you need the ARMS #22 High to see thru with the scope ring or pop the QD ring out.

2) Warifle has a good thread on lessons learned on installing EBR, read careful especially the advice given by SecurityArms.
100% of people have the most problem in getting the rod guide block out and putting in the EBR rod guide and align it with the stock. Get a good barrel clamp and carefully hammer it out. It is also very important to put the screws in for the op rod guide block while you are hammering it back in. The block in some area is quite thin so if you don't put the screws in as a support, you might bend the area enough you won't be able to put the screw in later.

Keep checking the alignment as you push the rod guide in because you might not be able to twist it back inline after it is fully inserted.

The rest is cake.

Mael
05-22-2005, 1:55 PM
JJC,

Are you still using your SOCOM in the Sage stock or did you switch back to your custom first custom stock? If you did switch back, can you tell me why?

I was curious, how is the weight distribution with the Sage stock? Is the rifle very nose heavy? I'm very close to picking one of these up myself, but the weight distribution thing has me a little nervous. I'm also looking around for a Remington 870 butt stock with an adjustable cheek piece. All I’ve been able to find so far is something like this (http://www.jwstocks.com/Injected_Molded_Adjustable_Sto/injected_molded_adjustable_sto.html), which I really don’t like. What I really want, as far as a butt stock is concerned, is a McMillan M3A type butt stock, but I doubt I can find one that would fit.

LAW483
05-22-2005, 2:24 PM
Mael,

I'm working on what you described. It's basically a Semi-Vertical Ambidextrous Grip version of this:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0703/Law483/LAW483%20Rifle%20Stocks/LAW483%20Vertcal%20Grip%20Off%20Hand%20Stock/DSC01144.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0703/Law483/LAW483%20Rifle%20Stocks/LAW483%20Vertcal%20Grip%20Off%20Hand%20Stock/DSC01123.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0703/Law483/LAW483%20Rifle%20Stocks/LAW483%20Vertcal%20Grip%20Off%20Hand%20Stock/DSC01136.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0703/Law483/LAW483%20Rifle%20Stocks/LAW483%20Vertcal%20Grip%20Off%20Hand%20Stock/DSC01139.jpg

I can offer this for those who don't whish to wait. (11.5" LOP)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0703/Law483/LAW483%20Rifle%20Stocks/LAW483%20LHR115%20Sage%20Buttstock/DSC01062.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0703/Law483/LAW483%20Rifle%20Stocks/LAW483%20LHR115%20Sage%20Buttstock/DSC01063.jpg

Take Care,

Tony

SI-guru
05-22-2005, 2:41 PM
Originally posted by Mael:
JJC,

Are you still using your SOCOM in the Sage stock or did you switch back to your custom first custom stock? If you did switch back, can you tell me why?

I was curious, how is the weight distribution with the Sage stock? Is the rifle very nose heavy? I'm very close to picking one of these up myself, but the weight distribution thing has me a little nervous. I'm also looking around for a Remington 870 butt stock with an adjustable cheek piece. All I’ve been able to find so far is something like this (http://www.jwstocks.com/Injected_Molded_Adjustable_Sto/injected_molded_adjustable_sto.html), which I really don’t like. What I really want, as far as a butt stock is concerned, is a McMillan M3A type butt stock, but I doubt I can find one that would fit.

The problem with any Remington stock on the Sage is the LOP. If you are using it with a long barrel M1A, that should be fine (it's about 14-15 inch LOP). For carbine type stock, I really like it to be ~12 inch LOP. You can shorten it a little with the youth stock but you need a high cheekpad like this to work.

http://www.blackhawkindustries.com/uploads/product_images/90CP00OD_1.jpg

The Sage is front heavy but the now standard chop mod makes it better.

The reason why I switch my SOCOM to the Sage is I am saving up the CQB stock for an 18 inch crazy horse type build with the LBR M25 receiver next year. From what little I know the Sage just won't go with the SEI medium heavy barrel without mod so the CQB stock will be a nice fit.

Tony,
You stocks are awesome, as usual. http://www.calguns.net/bow.gif

Mael
05-23-2005, 10:01 AM
Tony,

That butt stock looks very interesting. Does that black thingie on the end allow you to adjust the LOP? Please IM me when you have the final version available.

JJC,

Thanks for the information. I expected the SAGE to be a little front heavy, hopefully it won't be too annoying. Did you notice any improvement in accuracy at ranges of 100 yards and out after you installed the SAGE?

LAW483
05-23-2005, 1:35 PM
Originally posted by Mael:
Tony,

That butt stock looks very interesting. Does that black thingie on the end allow you to adjust the LOP? Please IM me when you have the final version available.

Mael,

That is 2ea 1" spacers to make the LOP adjustable from 12.5" to 14.5" per the customer's request. The recoil pad is a Pachmayr D-550.

Take Care,

Tony

SI-guru
05-23-2005, 4:23 PM
Originally posted by Mael:
JJC,

Thanks for the information. I expected the SAGE to be a little front heavy, hopefully it won't be too annoying. Did you notice any improvement in accuracy at ranges of 100 yards and out after you installed the SAGE?

With my shooting skills and feeding only surplus aussie ammos, no I can't tell any differences http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif.

donger
05-31-2005, 8:57 PM
xxx

SI-guru
05-31-2005, 11:05 PM
Like I said before, this is a shameless copy of Tony Law483's stock with a few mod for my own personal need. I am sure Tony can set you up with something similar if you contact him. My own stock is a one time favor from a local stock maker who doesn't want to get into large production.

LAW483
06-01-2005, 1:46 PM
Originally posted by donger:
jjc,

I've seen your pics on battlerifles and couldn't help lusting over it. In fact I have a socom 16 on the way and wanted to know if you could pm the info so that I could get the a similar setup as yours. Thanks

donger,

I have more stocks in the works. They will be offered first in laminated wood and months later in fiberglass; new stocks not reworked USGI stocks.

Take Care,

Tony

CHALCEDON
06-02-2005, 9:55 AM
Does anyone here know of a company that manufactures one of these types of stocks for the Robinson M96 California Recon rifle?

It seems like it would be rather easy to make. A stock like this for the M96 would make the rifle WAY easier and nicer to shoot.

Could someone here please photoshop a prototype of this potential configuration?

Thanks

C.G.
06-02-2005, 10:12 AM
Does anyone here know of a company that manufactures one of these types of stocks for the Robinson M96 California Recon rifle?

It seems like it would be rather easy to make. A stock like this for the M96 would make the rifle WAY easier and nicer to shoot.
From what I remember looking at the M96 the trigger would still be too far from the stock and below the line.

esskay
06-03-2005, 12:16 AM
Originally posted by cg:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Does anyone here know of a company that manufactures one of these types of stocks for the Robinson M96 California Recon rifle?

It seems like it would be rather easy to make. A stock like this for the M96 would make the rifle WAY easier and nicer to shoot.
From what I remember looking at the M96 the trigger would still be too far from the stock and below the line. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yeah, you'd need really long fingers:
http://www.robarm.com/images/M96%20CA%20700.jpg

Stevil
06-04-2005, 12:00 AM
I've heard of M96 owners in the PRK securely sowing a modified AR type pistol grip into the palm of a glove -- simply slip it onto the post when firing -- technically it isn't permanently attached! http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

bu-bye
06-04-2005, 3:09 AM
Originally posted by Stevil:
I've heard of M96 owners in the PRK securely sowing a modified AR type pistol grip into the palm of a glove -- simply slip it onto the post when firing -- technically it isn't permanently attached! http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

LOL I can just see the next ban now on shooting gloves. Though it sounds like a good idea I wounder how it is to shoot. I'm sure the grip would slip out on recoil.

I wonder if you made a grip that locked on to the post when you squeezed it. Something that looked like the HK P798 or use the webbing of your hand like a 1911's lock:
http://www.hecklerkoch-usa.com/images/media/productimages/p7m8.jpg

So you slip the grip on and when you squeeze it locks it in but only under pressure. It should have a spring that release the grip from the post.

bu-bye
06-04-2005, 3:19 AM
just had another thought. I bet it would not be to hard to move the trigger on the m96. cut the trigger guard off and weld it back on behind the post. Relocate the trigger inside the guard Then fab a push/pull rod to the action where the trigger was. Grind down the welds and re-blue and it would shoot fine. I bet I could make that in a day too.

SI-guru
06-04-2005, 12:14 PM
This thread is drifting off top here. So in an effort to put it back on topic, I give you the big brother of the SOCOM, the LRB/SEI M14SA.

It starts its life as a LRB ARMS receiver. Smith Enterprise built the semi-match grade package with medium heavy barrel, unitized gas system and a trigger job. It belongs to Lou of LRB Arms and he decided to part with it so I snatch it up.

The stock is a custom made model after the McMillan A-4 with a vertical grip, adjustible cheek rest and recoil pad and a flatter front lower for better bench rest.

http://www.hunt101.com/img/292595-big.JPG

http://www.hunt101.com/img/292604-big.JPG

http://www.hunt101.com/img/292602.JPG

http://www.hunt101.com/img/292599-big.JPG

bu-bye
06-04-2005, 4:37 PM
Sexy http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

I love gun porn

esskay
06-04-2005, 9:45 PM
JJC, you have nice taste! Did your same buddy make this stock too?

SI-guru
06-04-2005, 11:37 PM
Originally posted by esskay:
JJC, you have nice taste! Did your same buddy make this stock too?

Yes indeed.

LongBch_SigP226
06-06-2005, 8:56 PM
jjc, very nice! she's a beauty.

Yute
06-07-2005, 12:24 AM
Ooh Purdey... what stock material is that?

SI-guru
06-07-2005, 9:58 AM
Originally posted by Yute85:
Ooh Purdey... what stock material is that?

It starts its life as a GI synthetic stock.