Thanks for asking this, I've been curious as well. Does a collapsible stock work similar to a folding stock, so you can shoot with the stock totally out of the way (and thus turn it into a large pistol)?Dethlokk said:What are some of the advantages that collapsible stocks have over regular stocks on a rifle or shotgun, aside from allowing the stock to be adjusted to fit the shooter? What would be better in a combat situation?
I'm especially interested in hearing the opinions of those of you servicemen, both active and retired.
With that face?!?! Never.............. Geez! I did it again.............. LOLZulu7 said:I hope I haven't lost any of you.
Doug Wilson said:If you need a maneuverable weapon for close range, you're better off with a sidearm - .45ACP or .44Magnum.
My opinion of collapsible stocks is low. Hard to use them to bash an assailant's brains out.
So, I vote for a full stock, even on such wimpy weapons as M16s and AK variants.
They can however, serve the purpose of making a guy feel like a John Wayne.
Mike Barham said:I agree completely with the other soldiers. Collapsible is absolutely the way to go. Ever see the pics of the contortions guys in body armor have to go through to shoot an M16A2 or A4, with the fixed stock? On the modern battlefield, all of us wear armor. The fixed stocks work for crap with armor, whereas the collapsible stock on the M4 makes shooting in armor a cinch.
Most fixed stocks are also too long to properly use in a modern, squared up fighting stance. This is not a conventional rifleman's stance at all, which has the torso bladed away from the target. Rather, the modern stance squares the shoulders to the target, necessitating a shorter length of pull. The collapsible stock allows this; the standard fixed does not.
When I am in armor, I completely collapse my M4's stock. When unarmored, I use the first "notch" in the four-position stock because I use the modern fighting stance.
The collapsible stock also has major advantages in maneuverability in buildings and vehicles, as already noted.
Folding stocks only make the gun easier to store. They do nothing to enhance shootability, while a collapsible enhances it quite a lot.