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mcisniper
09-28-2011, 9:44 PM
Are all A2 stocks equal? Are there any to avoid? I would prefer a mil-spec buffer tube.

Thanks
Michael

jimmykan
09-28-2011, 9:56 PM
I wonder where the USMC got their A2 stocks from...

donking
09-28-2011, 10:04 PM
I've had no problems with my Colt.

UserM4
09-28-2011, 10:20 PM
I just want a "black" one. :(

smittty
09-28-2011, 10:31 PM
Are all A2 stocks equal? Are there any to avoid? I would prefer a mil-spec buffer tube.

Thanks
Michael


I recently ordered a black A2 stock assembly made by Leapers UTG from opticsplanet. Price was good and so are the reviews and supposedly made in USA. Mine should be here by early next week.

I called Leapers to ask if it was mil spec or commercial spec and they told me the threads are the same. They only offer the one so I figure they must know. I'll find out for sure when I try it!

donking
09-28-2011, 10:41 PM
I would get this
http://www.armalite.com/ItemForm.aspx?item=EL0110&ReturnUrl=Categories.aspx?Category=b5495111-5aab-4084-a694-40e11f081522
or this
http://www.armalite.com/ItemForm.aspx?item=EG0020&ReturnUrl=Categories.aspx?Category=b5495111-5aab-4084-a694-40e11f081522

but these are probably OK too.
http://www.joeboboutfitters.com/Standard_A2_Buttstock_Kit_p/rra-ar0074k.htm
http://www.marksarmory.com/A2_Buttstock_p/a2buttstock.htm

dieselpower
09-29-2011, 5:26 AM
I recently ordered a black A2 stock assembly made by Leapers UTG from opticsplanet. Price was good and so are the reviews and supposedly made in USA. Mine should be here by early next week.

I called Leapers to ask if it was mil spec or commercial spec and they told me the threads are the same. They only offer the one so I figure they must know. I'll find out for sure when I try it!

I am sorry to say you may not be happy with what you receive.

If UTG hasn't changed their ways, this is what you are going to get...

Buffer tube, made from cheap alloy coated with plastic. It feels like its all plastic, thats how light it is and how weak it is too.

Spring, possibly ok for a few hundred rounds, then it will die. The spring steel is cheap and constant compressions and releases destroys it.

The stock is plastic molded two piece with a large glued seam. I have seen several where the two half's are nearly 2mm off at the seam.

The trap door and butt plate are cheap thin plastic.

If you torque the screw into the tube too much it will rip the threads out...becareful.

If you were to hold a real A2 stock and an UTG A2 stock you would never have bought the UTG stock.

My advise is to not even open the package and find out if UTG has changed or not. Either ship it back for a full refund or sell it as a New in Box UTG A2 stock to someone else. Buy a real A2 stock kit from BCM, Armalite, Bushmaster, Stag, Colt or even find a surplus dealer and buy an old Army used one.

shooterdude
09-29-2011, 6:49 AM
I would get this
http://www.armalite.com/ItemForm.aspx?item=EL0110&ReturnUrl=Categories.aspx?Category=b5495111-5aab-4084-a694-40e11f081522
or this
http://www.armalite.com/ItemForm.aspx?item=EG0020&ReturnUrl=Categories.aspx?Category=b5495111-5aab-4084-a694-40e11f081522

but these are probably OK too.
http://www.joeboboutfitters.com/Standard_A2_Buttstock_Kit_p/rra-ar0074k.htm
http://www.marksarmory.com/A2_Buttstock_p/a2buttstock.htm

Other than the fact that the top 2 are sold on Armalite's site and no information is given they are the same price as the one on Opticsplanet (UTG). What is the difference? I'll bet it is the same product.

Its not like there is a ferocious market for these things and lots of companies make them.

Amazon, Midway, etc. all sell the UTG version as well and it has great reviews everywhere.

shooterdude
09-29-2011, 6:50 AM
I just want a "black" one. :(

Stay on topic...we are talking about rifle stocks here.:cool2:

mcisniper
09-29-2011, 7:47 AM
Yeah, I guess toting around an M-16A2 and M4 in the Corps has me spoiled. I would love one off a Gov. issued A2. I just don't want to be the guinea pig in having to buy 5 different stocks to find what I want.

CHS
09-29-2011, 9:14 AM
Are all A2 stocks equal? Are there any to avoid? I would prefer a mil-spec buffer tube.


All A2 tubes are "mil spec".

Mil-spec vs. Commercial only applies to carbine receiver extensions.

And in reality, there's also no such thing as an A2 tube. There's a rifle receiver extension that is used for both A1 and A2 stocks. The A2 stock uses a spacer to adapt the shorter "A1" tube to the A2 stock body.

mcisniper
09-29-2011, 9:57 AM
Thanks CHS, good to know.

Bladewurk
09-29-2011, 11:49 AM
I went thru this awhile back. I wanted a Colt Milspec assembly and they were all overpriced.

I found a deal on lightly used Colt M16a1 Assembly from the late 1970s..
I then added the alum buffer spacer,longer screw,A2 buttplate and the new dull grey nylon shell.

This way I was sure I had a forged Buffer tube and milspec buffer train.

I ended up going to the A1 Stock with the A2 buttplate and metal door from the A1. Best of all for me as I didnt do much prone.

Colt did all the small stuff like full metal door and chrome latch on the buttplate, vented screws and threadlock if you care

rchman
09-29-2011, 12:05 PM
Not all A2 stocks are the same. Of the A2 stocks, the one I ordered from 762sass, which I believe is made by Armalite, was the best. It is a smooth, dark plastic that is the closest to black. Others I have had were porous and gray.

I now have a blemished Colt (I think) that I love (very similar to the Armalite stocks).