So, you hopefully read my last post and maybe gone out and bought yourself a new foregrip, and if you did I hope that the info I wrote helped. If you didnt go and buy one thats ok I still hope my blog was informative.
As with my last post I think Ill start with a definition: A stock, also known as a buttstock or shoulder stock, is a part of a rifle or other firearm, to which the barrel and firing mechanism are attached, that is held against one's shoulder when firing the gun. Stocks are also found on crossbows though a crossbow stock is more properly referred to as a tiller. The stock provides a means for the shooter to firmly support the device and easily aim it. The stock also transmits recoil into the shooter's body.
Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stock_(firearms)
Stocks come in all different shapes and sizes from collapse-able, to a folding style to a fixed. When choosing a stock as with any other attachment or addon it all depends on your play style. Are you going to be the up front man close quarters battle (CQB), you going to play sniper, you going to be support? Your stock will help or hinder this.
Lets start with an assault CQB player a person that plays sniper might use this kind of stock as well, a stock that an assault player generally will use is a collapse-able stock or folding stock, the benefits of these stocks is that when you are far away you can pull it out to get a bit of a longer gun and help stabilize your marker and get your sight on your target that much better that is suitable for someone that plays sniper, or when you get closer you can collapse it all the way or fold it in to get the smallest gun possible. This will enable you to bring the gun right up tight to your shoulder making it easier for maneuvering around corners or breaching buildings. A very versatile stock for any player of any style really.
Fixed non movable stocks will be seen on support guns like the M249 saw and other various guns. They are generally cheaper then you other fancy stocks as stated above but not always they do serve a purpose on real fire arms. Less moving parts = less maintenance which in turn makes for a gun lasting longer and a soldier staying in the field longer.
The same is true for a stock on your marker, you will have springs break, adjusting handles snap off or hinges break. But with that said you also get what you paid for, now I'm not saying go out and buy the most expensive stock you cant possibly find although it would be nice not all of use budget balers can afford it, all I'm saying is that if you look for the cheapest stock out there its most likely going to break on you, do some research and see if the company you plan on buying from makes a good product, ask people you play with or if your buying from a shop ask the guy behind the counter ( after all that's what hes there for) see if he has one on another gun and test it out see what fits you best and will go with what ever marker your trying to build.
What ever style of stock you decide to go with it will effect your game a great deal, so choose carefully and hopefully you will find a stock that I right for you and at a fair price too.
As always support your local field and don't be afraid to bring a friend out once and a while show him/her the ropes of paintball.
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