The Benefits Of An AR15 Collapsible Stock Rifle

The AR15 is one of the most popular rifles in the world today. You may carry an AR15 when you hunt, or you may use one at the shooting range. You have several models to choose from, but you need to choose a rifle that is comfortable when you fire. You also have a couple of different AR-15 buttstocks to choose from. One is the fixed stock rifles are common, but a collapsible stock rifle helps make shooting much simpler. This article explains the benefits of a collapsible stock when you are shooting an AR15 in the field or at the range.

What Is A Collapsible Stock?

Collapsible stocks fold up when not in use. The butt of a traditional rifle is part of the body of the rifle, and the stock does not move at all. You cannot fold up a fixed stock, but you can fold a collapsible stock when you are not using the rifle.

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Collapsible stock makes your rifle easier to use, and the rifle is easier to store when you are traveling. The long bag used to carry a fixed stock rifle is cumbersome, but the small bag used to haul a collapsible stock rifle is much more convenient. The gun does not even look like a firearm when you are carrying it to your car or in the field.

Why Is Collapsible Stock Helpful?

A collapsible stock is extremely light. The new stocks created for the AR15 are made from carbon fiber or other polymers that are very light. You will not feel as though the rifle is too heavy, and the kickback from the rifle will not be nearly as strong when you fire.

Overmolded AR15 Collapsible Stock

Lighter collapsible stocks help you carry the rifle easily, and the collapsible stock helps you balance the rifle during firing. You cannot take aim effectively when the rifle is too heavy, and you cannot fire safely at a shooting range with a heavy rifle.

Why Is A Collapsible Stock More Convenient?

A collapsible stock rifle folds up in just a moment, and the stock folds out just as quickly. You may have your rifle folded on the floor of your hunting perch, but you can be ready to fire in just a few seconds. You will save space inside your perch as you wait for game to pass by, and you can stash your rifle easily when the stock is folded.


You need to save as much space as possible when you travel, and a collapsible stock conserves space in your vehicle. The tightest AR15 design will fit inside your pack when you camp during a long hunt.

Collapsible Stocks Are Cheaper

A new collapsible stock is cheaper to produce, and you will save money on the rifle when you make a new purchase. The polymers used to make the collapsible stock cost the manufacturer less money, and the savings are passed on to you. You can create a collection of AR15’s with less money, or you can replace your old AR15 without breaking the bank. Purchasing a rifle on a budget is much simpler when you go with the collapsible stock.

You have a few options when you purchase your rifle, but the collapsible stock is by far the best. A Collapsible stock rifle is more comfortable to carry, fire and move. You can save space when you stash the rifle, and you can ready yourself at any time with a flick of the stock. New collapsible stock rifles have been designed for military use, and you get the same advantages when you purchase a new AR15 for hunting or target practice at the range.

Comparison of Mil-Spec and Commercial AR-15 Collapsible Stocks

Mil-Spec Stock Characteristics

Mil-Spec Ar-15 Stock

A Mil-spec stock is required when you have a mil-spec buffer tube. The buffer tube is also called the lower receiver extender. Mil-spec tubes are smaller in diameter and have threads that are larger than the actual tube. The mil-spec tube is ~1.48″ in diameter. Mil-spec tubes also tend to have stronger threads which leads to a better overall gun setup. The tube is made from 7075-T6 alloy which creates 1-3 and 16-16 UN thread rolls. When being manufactured, the threads are first lathed as normal, then the tube is milled down to the military specific standards.

Commercial Stock Characteristics

Commercial AR15 Stock

A commercial collapsible stock will fit on a buffer tube that is ~1.168″. They were created as a cheaper version to reduce costs to those wanting to have a more cost effective setup. They cost less because the extension is manufactured from an extruded tube and the tube has a welded on cap that’s usually made from a lesser metal. The threads match the 1-3 and 16-16 threads of the mil-spec but may not be as durable. The commercial stocks are often slanted at the point of attachment.

Differences

The differences between the mil-spec collapsible AR15 stock and the commercial collapsible stock are small but very important. The stocks can look almost identical but key differences will determine whether or not you have a successful setup. When deciding between a mil-spec and commercial collapsible stock its important to note that the buffer tube size is the most important consideration.

Mil-Spec vs Commercial Stock

These stocks are not interchangeable so tube size must be considered. If you wish to switch from either mil-spec to commercial or vice versa you can change out the buffer, tube and spring. Mil-spec stocks will often give you more options as far as the type of stock you want. They just tend to be more common and you can find a wide variety of collapsible mil-spec stocks. Also it’s usually found that with mil-spec stocks, the fitting may be more consistent over different brands.

It’s not always true but the following brands normally will use a mil-spec stock: Colt, Bravo, Daniel Defense, Smith & Wesson, Ruger and Spikes Tactical. Sabre, Bushmaster, Rock River, DPMS, and Olympic Arms usually will require a commercial collapsible stock. A commercial stock will go on a mil-spec tube but won’t fit exactly as it should and may leave some play at the connection, whereas a mil-spec stock will not fit on a commercial tube at all. Commercial stocks tend to be slanted at the attachment point where mil-spec stocks will be straight. Mil-spec stocks tend to cost more than commercial stocks because they are costlier to manufacture but you often get a return on your investment based on the higher quality of the mil-spec stocks.

How to Remove an AR-15 Stock

There are a lot of reasons as to why you would need to remove the buttstock on your AR-15 rifle. Some of those reasons may be:

  • To clean your stock
  • To replace your stock with a new one
  • You need to fix it
  • You just like to take apart your guns (me!)

Whatever reason you may have for wanting to take apart your stock, it can sometimes be a pain in the butt to do it. Especially if you are removing it for the very first time.

There are some small tips and tricks that you can use to make the whole process go smoother and quicker. That is what I will be covering today and by the end of this article you should be able to remove you ar15 stock without a problem!

To make your life a lot easier, make sure that you have a wrench tool. This will make taking off the stock a lot easier. Here at Max Blagg we would recommend getting the NC Star Wrench Tool as it will do everything you need and more!

AR-15 Wrench Tool

 

Once you have that tool taking off your buttstock will be a breeze. Since explaining this process is easier with a video, below you will find a couple different videos that will walk you through how to remove you ar15 stock.

The first video is probably the only video that you need to watch. It makes it VERY simple and you will have your stock removed in no time.

This next video will help the people looking to remove a collapsible stock. This video is a tad bit longer (around 10 minutes) but there are some extra things you will need to do with this type of stock. Watch below:

This last video is a basic one but will be useful for those who still have the factory stock installed and you want to replace it with a new custom one.

That is going to wrap up this article on how to remove your AR-15 stock and hopefully you have been able to accomplish it. I know it seems hard at first but with the wrench tool and these video tutorials you should be able to take off your stock no problem.

If for some reason you do have a problem, leave a comment below and we will try to assist you the best we can. Thanks for reading!

AR15 Collapsible Stock vs. Fixed Stock

The AR15 rifle is versatile weapon you can carry anywhere, and you must understand the difference between a rifle with a fixed and collapsible stock. The butt of the weapon helps you steady yourself, but the AR15 comes in multiple versions.

fixed stock vs collapsible stock

You must choose a rifle that you are comfortable carrying, and the rifle must be easy to pack with your gear. This article explores the difference between a fixed and collapsible stock, and you can make your choice between the two as you shop.

What Is A Fixed Stock?

Old military rifles were created with fixed stocks that do not shift while you are on the move. A fixed stock rifle is more reliable in the field, but these rifles are much more difficult to carry. You need a special bag to carry your rifle, and you may not be able to carry the rifle with the rest of your gear.

AR-15 Fixed Stock

Hunters who travel into the wilderness with an AR 15 may feel more comfortable with a rifle that requires no setup, and you may be accustomed to firing a fixed stock rifle. Do not change to a collapsible stock unless you are willing to put in the practice on a new weapon.

What Is A Collapsible Stock?

Collapsible stock rifles fold up for easier storage. You will snap the stock into place before firing, and you may break the rifle down at any time. A collapsible stock rifle is easier to store, and you will enjoy versatility when you are using a collapsible stock.

AR-15 Collapsible Stock

You may fold up your stock at any time, and the stock can be snapped back when you need it. Your rifle can be packed with the rest of your gear, and you will not run out of storage space.

Which Stock Is Preferable?

Every marksman has a different preference, and you must practice on the rifle you have chosen. Changing from one stock to another is not a safe proposition, and you need to overcome quite a learning curve when changing styles.

A collapsible stock rifle is lighter than normal, and you will feel the recoil from the rifle differently. A fixed stock rifle could be made from any wood or metal, and the weight of the rifle varies. You cannot fire the rifle safely or accurately without practice, and a sudden change in rifle styles will not help you remain safe.

Storage In The Field

A fixed stock rifle can be propped against a tree or inside a perch, and you can pick up the rifle without making any sound. A collapsible stock rifle will make a clicking noise when you open the stock. Animals in the forest will be alerted to your presence, or you must open the stock slowly. You could miss out on a clean shot, or you will scare every animal that gets near you.

Using a collapsible stock rifle at the shooting range helps you store the rifle in a locker, and you can travel with the rifle more easily. Obscuring a rifle in your vehicle is easier when it folds up, and the a fixed stock rifle is obviously a firearm. You could avoid trouble with other motorists or people in the parking lot when you are carrying a gun that does not look like a gun.

Conclusion

There is no right answer when choosing between fixed and collapsible stock rifles, but you must choose the rifle you have practiced on most. Your level of comfort with the rifle determines your accuracy, and a rifle you are comfortable with is much safer when firing.

The Best AR-15 Upgrades

In this article, we’re going to talk about some of the awesome upgrades you can make to your AR15. Performing these upgrades is a great way to learn the ins and outs of your rifle. Customizing and building it up allows you to connect with it as an extension of yourself. No one rifle is the same and being able to make it your own is a vital part of the respect that you gain for one another. This weapon  is something that can save your life and you want to make it as reliable as possible.

Upper & Lower Receivers

The first upgrade we’re going to talk about is the changing of your upper and lower receivers. The upper and lower receivers are the backbone of your weapon. The upper and lower receivers come in two different versions: forged and billet. Forged receivers are made from a hot block of aluminum being pressed between two dies. Billet receivers are made from a solid block of aluminum that is slowly etched away by a CNC machine.

There are numerous variations you can make to your weapon by choosing different receivers and it can completely change the look. If you’re looking for a new .223 Remington receiver, you can check out the Battle Arms BAD556-LW Lightweight Billet Receiver. Or if you’re looking for a lower receiver that’s complete with a stock, take a look at the Spikes Tactical AR-15 Complete M4 Lower Receiver. To really step things up, consider checking out a new upper receiver such as the Adams Arms AR-15/M16 Tactical Elite Piston Upper Receiver or the Colt Complete Upper Receiver 16”. When purchasing your new receivers, be sure to take into account your specific cartridge size and barrel length to ensure everything matches up with your current parts.

Barrels

Making a decision on the type of barrel to upgrade to depends entirely on the function of your rifle. Choosing a new barrel can come down to complex questions about ballistics, barrel linings, length, and chambering, so be sure to figure out exactly what you want to use it for, and build from there. If you’re looking for a few good .223 options, be sure to check out the Brownells AR-15/M16 223 Remington Barrel or the Colt 16-5/8” Barrel for a classic AR look.

Stocks

Choosing the right stock is vital for both comfort and reliability. Stocks come in two kinds: fixed and collapsible. While fixed stocks generally offer more in the way of accuracy and consistency, upgrades made to collapsible stocks make them a viable choice for their functionality, while also maintaining integrity when it comes to accuracy and consistency.

When choosing a stock, be sure to choose a replacement that fits your buffer tube. Also, be sure to take into consideration how heavy your barrel, upper receiver, and any other attachments you have mounted to the front of your gun are. If your weapon tends to be front heavy, be sure to get a stock that will help balance out the overall weight of the gun, while still allowing it to be as maneuverable and functional as possible.  Be sure to check out the Tapco AR-15 T6 Collapsible Stock and the Command Arms AR-15/M16 Sniper Stock.

Triggers

Finding the right trigger can be as tricky a task as any. It all comes down to each shooter’s personal preference. Finding the one that works right for you can be a long, but ultimately rewarding process. Do you want it to feel like a quick snap, or do you want to apply a lot of pressure? Prior to the latest advancements in drop in trigger assemblies, a new trigger meant a trip to the gunsmith. Well, fortunately for us, not any longer! Whether it be single stage, two-stage, 3-gun, match, adjustable, non-adjustable, straight or curved bow, cassette or combat, there are a number of high quality drop in triggers available for ARs that you can install yourself. A couple of good examples include the Rock River Arms National Match 2-Stage Trigger and the Timney Drop-In Trigger Module.

Sights & Optics

Sights and optics are some of the most vital parts of your weapon. Having high quality and reliable sights could be the difference in you making a clean shot or missing completely. Whether you intend to use your rifle for personal protection, hunting, or sport, there’s an optic for every use. Some people prefer the classic old school iron sights. Many feel that younger shooters these days don’t know the fine art of shooting with iron sights, with no help from any fancy technology. The other side of the coin is that new holographic and red dot optics gives the shooter a bit of an advantage when it comes to acquiring targets faster from longer distances. Regardless of your personal preference, there is a wide variety of optics out there for every shooter’s personal tastes. If you’re looking for more of an old school feel, be sure you look into the Yankee Hill Gas Block Front Flip Sight with a Matech AR-15/M16/M4 USGI Backup Iron Sight. Perhaps you’re looking for more advanced optics? If so, check out the Eotech 552.A65 Holographic Weapon Sight or the Aimpoint Micro T-1 Red Dot Sight.

Charging Handles

The next upgrade we’re going to talk about is updating your charging handle. This unique adaptation was made early on in the life of the AR-15 and has proven to be a reliable way to arm your weapon. Many people prefer to update their charging handles due to the fact than many mil-spec handles are smaller and harder to operate with gloves, or for people who shoot left-handed. Upgrading your charging handle can be a great way to add that special, unique touch to your weapon, while also making it more efficient. A couple of great handles to check out include the AXTS AR-15/M16 Raptor Charging Handle and the Bravo Company AR-15/M16 Ambidextrous BCM Gunfighter Charging Handle.

Grips

The grip is an important upgrade to consider and should never be overlooked. Standard AR grips can be uncomfortable and can cause unwanted rubbing or pressure on certain areas of your hand. Some people that are left-handed or that have larger hands might also find that typical grips offer a low profile and awkward feel that doesn’t work well with their hands. If you’ve been using your standard grip for a long time, you’ve more than likely noticed the negative effects on your hand, so changing it is probably one of the first things you’ll want to consider. For a few good ideas, check out the Hogue AR-15 Pistol Grip or the Ergo AR-15/M16 Rigid Ergo Grip.

Muzzle Devices

Another great way to add some flare to your AR is to add a muzzle device. Muzzle devices are used for a variety of different purposes including taming recoil, suppressing sound, and reducing flash.  Flash hiders reduce the visibility of gases as they exit the barrel. Muzzle breaks reduce recoil by expanding gases and bleeding them off through various drilled holes. Suppressors reduce the overall decibel level of firing by capturing the energy of gases and passing them off through chambers. If you’re looking for a flash hider, check out the Bravo Company AR-15/M16 Extended A2 Style Flash Hider. If you’re in the market for a muzzle break, check out the Lantac Dragon Muzzle Brake. Finally, if you’re looking for a suppressor, be sure to check out the Gemtech G5 5.56 Suppressor.

Stippling

The final upgrade we’re going to cover is called stippling. Purely a cosmetic upgrade, stippling can be a great way to add character to your rifle as well as adding extra grip to your magazines. Stippling is the process of burning tiny holes into the surface of polymer magazines or grips with the tip of a soldering iron.

It can be done in any pattern you see fit, but most are done in rows of rectangles in order to add a textured surface that’s easier to hold on to. If doing this upgrade is something that interests you, be sure to do some research on the parts you plan to alter(good tutorial here). For instance, making changes to the structure of your magazine could be considered weakening the structure and could potentially void any factory warranty.

Conclusion

If you’ve already completed a lot of these upgrades and you’re looking for a few other unique ideas to really step up your AR-15, feel free to check out these other upgrades: Ambidextrous Safety Selectors, Anti-Rotational Pins, Free Floating Hand Guards, and Slings. Regardless of your skill level or whether you want to do one or all of these upgrades, get in there and have some fun making your weapon your own. It will truly feel like an extension of yourself and it will be something you can take great pride in! Have fun, and as always, shoot safe!

AR-15 Flashlights – The Best Rated and Reviewed

Taking a stock gun and customizing it to be exactly the way you want, is like taking an old muscle car and restoring it to its heyday. There are a number of modifications you can make to your gun. Whether it’s changing your barrel to different lengths, adding high end sights or a scope, or adding other attachments, customizing your gun can be a fun and great way to learn the ins and outs of your weapon. When it comes to personal defense, you want to guarantee that your weapon works the first time, every time.

In this article we’re going to talk about flashlights for AR-15s. Guns and flashlights have been a common match for years. With the emergence of LED lighting, you can get a bright light in a small, lightweight package. With this emergence, many gun makers have begun to manufacture their rifles with options for easily mounting them as well.

Handheld vs Mounted AR15 Flashlights

An important question to consider is if you want a handheld light, or something that mounts to your rifle. This is an important question because with every accessory you add to your AR, the more it weighs.

With more weight comes different handling, and that’s something to account for should you decide to equip your rifle with a flashlight. Be sure to take it to the range and become comfortable with the changes in how it handles.

Some people may say, “I don’t want the handling to change, why can’t I just carry the flashlight”? Although that’s a perfectly reasonable option, when it comes down to your safety, do you want to have to awkwardly carry a light, or do you want it mounted to your weapon so your hands are free for more important tasks?

Why do you need a Flashlight?

There are many different uses for flashlights. If you’re out hunting late and need to be able to see on your way back to camp, having a flashlight mounted to your weapon makes it convenient to see where you’re going. In a personal defense situation, having a light can help you see as you’re moving around and help you get the upper hand.

In a completely dark environment, turning your light on toward your enemy may temporarily catch them off guard and blind them; although I wouldn’t count on that to always help you.

It’s all about tactical advantage, and having a flashlight increases your chances by giving you the ability to see in the dark and identify a potential threat.

What makes a good AR15 Flashlight?

So what makes a good flashlight? Well, it depends on what qualities are important to you. If you choose to get a flashlight that mounts to your AR, you want to be sure that you get the most compact, lightweight light you can find.

As I mentioned before, it will certainly change how your weapon handles, but the lighter the weight of the flashlight, the less of an effect it will have. Another reason to keep it as compact as possible is so that it doesn’t impede your line of sight. One more important thing to determine is how bright your light needs to be.

Most recommendations are between 100 and 400 lumens. However, keep in mind that not all manufacturers measure lumens in the same way. The best thing you can do is to try a few out and see which one works best for you.

Here’s another thing to consider: Will you get a flashlight that stays on indefinitely once you turn it on, or will it have a pressure switch that you control? Personally, my flashlight for my AR has a pressure switch. “Why?” you might be asking. Well, here’s my reasoning. If you’re moving through a dark environment and you need to see, it’s better to flash your light on temporarily, just for a second or two, to guide you as you move, instead of it constantly being on and allowing your enemy to see the light, and in turn, know exactly where you are and where you’re heading.

Now you might be saying, “Well, I can still turn my flashlight on and off without a pressure switch”. Yes, that’s very true, but again, it’s all about tactical advantage. Do you want to have to reach forward to the front of your rifle and fidget around trying to find the on/off switch? Or do you want to keep your hands in a constant position on the grip and your finger by the trigger as it should be? When I considered that, it was an easy choice for me.

The 3 Best AR-15 Flashlights

Now that you’ve taken it upon yourself to do some research and educate yourself on the benefits of having a flashlight, the uses for one, and the important things to consider when choosing one, let’s take a look at a few and see what they have to offer!

#1. Ultimate Arms LED Tactical Flashlight

This flashlight features an aircraft grade aluminum housing that is waterproof and weatherproof. It installs onto any Weaver or Picatinny rail straight out of the box with the mount included. The LED light emits 130 lumens and has a strobe feature.

It weighs 8oz (batteries installed), is 6” long, and only utilizes 1.75” of rail space when installed. The light also features a push button tail cap to choose between solid light or strobe mode and comes with a pressure sensor cord.

Pros: Versatile mount that requires no gunsmithing. Impact resistant, durable, and waterproof. Includes constant on and strobe feature. Comes with pressure sensor switch for easy operation without moving hands away from grip and trigger.

Cons: Lowest light output on our list at 130 lumens. Heaviest light coming in at 8oz.

#2. PolyTac LED Flashlight

The PolyTac flashlight features C4 LED technology that utilizes a parabolic reflector that outputs 275 lumens. Its nylon polymer case makes it super durable and impact resistant. It features 3 different modes. The first mode, High, outputs the brightest light with a beam distance of 195m and a 3 hour battery life.

The second mode, Low, is used in situations where less light is needed in exchange for a higher battery life of 14 hours. The final mode, Strobe, is used for signaling or disorienting. The run time for strobe is approximately 5.5 hours. It comes in on the weight chart at 4.2oz (batteries installed) and a length of 5.34 inches.

Pros: Extremely durable. Lightweight. Variable modes for different situations. Works with standard rails (when purchased with optional mount).

Cons: Short battery life when used on High or Strobe mode. No pressure switch.

#3. Orion H40-W LED Tactical Flashlight

The H40-W tactical flashlight is made of high strength aluminum for extreme durability. It features a Cree XM-L U2 (cool white) LED that outputs an incredibly high 500 lumens at 175 yards. This LED is recoil proof due to its indestructible LED emitter.

It’s ready to be mounted to standard Picatinny rails with the mount designed for it. Featuring a constant on switch, as well as a pressure switch, this light is very versatile. Coming it at 3.4oz (without batteries) and 5.2in long, this flashlight is both compact and waterproof.

Pros: Highest output at 500 lumens. On/off switch as well as a pressure switch. Lightweight. Recoil proof. Works with standard rails.

Cons: Short battery life due to high lumen output (75 minutes).

Conclusion

All of these flashlights are versatile, well designed, and well suited for a variety of situations. My personal pick would be the Orion H40-W. Its 500 lumen output at 175 yards is truly impressive. The only downside is the relatively short run time of 75 minutes.

However, with its durable, recoil proof design, its pressure switch, and its compact footprint, I believe it’s a truly solid flashlight that is well worth the investment.

Now that it’s time to make your decision, be sure to do a little research when deciding on where to buy the light. Not every website offers these lights with the pressure switch, batteries, and mount included; so be sure to order those accessories along with the light, or find an all-inclusive package!