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 Rifle VS. Carbine stock??
RobertLx  [Member]
1/10/2009 1:59:26 PM EST
Whats the difference? I dont get why almost every collapsible stock I look at is for a carbine. I have a 20" upper coming in the mail and I have a carbine stock on my lower. The stock almost seems too short for me. Im a tall guy with long arms. Will a longer stock work better, or do I need to bend my elbows more?

If you cant tell Im new to the AR scene.
Im just starting to figure out the difference between an M4, and M16.

My real question is this. Are there collapsible stocks available for full size rifles?
Im having a hard enough time finding a quad rail for a full size, but a stock seems harder.
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RonPaulSupporter  [Member]
1/10/2009 2:02:09 PM EST
You can use ANY collapsible stock for a rifle length AR, you just need the correct spring and buffer to do it.
Your 20" upper should run fine with a M4 style stock.
JoeBud  [Team Member]
1/10/2009 2:10:09 PM EST
The shorter barrel on the carbine gives you a more compact weapon, so you typically see them with adjustable stocks. A 20" barrel doesn't lend itself to compactness, so you typically see them with fixed stocks. You can use whichever stock you wish with whichever upper you wish.
fritzy1911  [Team Member]
1/11/2009 3:31:01 PM EST
It's like Burger King you can have It your way. I have an A2 stock on my 16"mid length. I get a better cheek weld using my scope than with a M4 stock. It also feels more solid and I think It looks better IMO.
glazer1972  [Life Member]
1/11/2009 3:55:39 PM EST
Collapsible stock on everything here including a 20" AR10.
rick458  [Member]
1/12/2009 5:03:27 AM EST
The A2 stock was made for the M16A2 HBAR, it has a longer length of pull which makes it better for Target shooting BUT makes it a tad too long for close quarters Combat with a vest and gear all over you.

If you are hunting or target practicing go with the A2, if you are serving High risk warrants go with the collapsible.

I am building a 18-20" target/ Hunting gun I will be using a A2
When I build my 16" Carbine I will use a Collapsible stock
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