Who is running a 20" A2 with a collapsible stock?
So my only AR is a 20" A2. The upper is a Colt(Gov't profile, 1/7) and runs great. I love the rifle and never plan on getting rid of it....
...but I'm tired of having a fixed stock. I've spent some time shooting a friends new DD carbine and the collapsible stock is incredibly helpful for all non traditional(i.e. non service rifle) shooting. I "upgraded" to a Cav Arms A1 stock over the old A2 and it helped but its still a bit long.
So who has made the switch? What are the pros/cons? Which stock did you end up using? Which buffer? Would you do it again?
My goal is to extend the life of this upper. Its completely functional and reliable as hell. I don't really want to get a new carbine(yet) and I think spending $100 on a stock could help me put off another build for a while.
Going to a collapsible stock from a A2 fixed stock will change the balance of the rifle. The lighter collapsible will make the front seem heavier due to the shift in weight. If you do go collapsible I wouldn't get a regular m4 or ctr. Go with something a little heavier like a ubr or the vltor models. Just my 2 cents worth for what it counts.
I guess I never cared for a retractable stock on an A2 but it seems like the Canadians like them well enough to have them installed on their C7A2 rifles.
Use a VLTOR A5, which was designed for that application, or a regular tube and an HH buffer.
There are pics of guys in Vietnam using carbine lowers on XM16E1 or M16A1 uppers. I would try an H3 buffer first and if it short stroked move down a buffer until it worked 100%.
I started out with a Del-Ton 16" A2 HBAR with an M4 (6 pos) stock. It was front heavy. Then went to an A1 stock. Better balance, but a little short for a scope. Now it's like the 3 bears, and is "just right" with an A2 stock. Great balance and it's an A2 carbine as it should be. KISS
When i first got my FN upper i used a lower with a collapsible stock and it ran great.. Has since been changed to fixed stock though..
And just because this topic needs a pic: