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.