XLR Industries Tactical Butt Stock
You’ll do it too. You’ll start with the cheapest thing you can get and move gradually on to more costly options that work much better. You’ll do it because, like me, you are an idiot. Well, you are if you’re going to behave like I do/did/will.
Initially after building my rifles into MDT LSS stocks I was kinda low on dough so I went with MOE stocks I actually had on hand already. All I had to add was 20 bucks in cheek risers to each one. Then my scope rings got taller and those didn’t really fit. Beyond that I started doing more shooting from barricades and wanted more adjustability so the rifle would fit me better and I’d suffer less in the barricade stages.
I considered the MDT skeletonized stock offering and the Magpul PRS offering and oodles of others but when it came down to it another owner of a Mossberg MVP in a LSS chassis had one of the XLR Tactical stocks and I was sold in an instant. It wasn’t the looks alone, which are cool, that sold me. It was the adjustability and construction over the price.
The adjustment in recoil pad cant is awesome. The length of pull and cheek rest adjustments are not something to do in the field but they are still pretty easy to do. The XLR Tactical Stock does come with flush cups which few other offerings did. It’s also aluminum and not plastic which I particularly like since I’m rough with my guns and I break plastic stuff left and right.
So what’s the good the bad and the ugly? Well the good is, everything works as designed. From the taper of the bag rest rail to the location adjustability of the cheek rest versus the length of pull. It’s really quite flexible.
The bad, it’s a bit of a bitch to adjust and you have to loosen all kinds of screws to do it so it’s best if you lay behind the rifle and someone else moves things into position and holds them while a third person snugs down fasteners. Adjusting it yourself involves a little trial and error.
The ugly, it’s not light. My MOE kit weighed almost nothing at maybe 10 ounces including the buffer tube but, the XLR weighs 1.6lbs all in. It doesn’t make a rifle any lighter. My normal match is a hiking course and every ounce hurts. Between my enormously long barrel, aluminum chassis and aluminum butt stock plus the heavy Accu-Tac bipod and the extra weight of the BipodExt my .223 weighs something like 13lbs.
So why is it going In The Pelican now and why is it that it’s the 2nd one to do so? Well, after about a year of using one in matches and for recreation and having to set it up for several users and then myself back and forth, I went and bought a second one because it works too well not to. If I get a second of something it’s usually because it’s just right and I wouldn’t change a thing. In this case, I would change one thing. Add cast-off/cast-on adjustability to the recoil pad and cheek rest. Then it’s a 100% adjustable which it’s not far from now. That little extra is what I need though and nobody does it yet. XLR Industries, are you listening?
At less than $250 shipped (well, it was $225 + 10 shipping for me anyway) you really can’t beat it with a stick and if you do, you’re only going to fuck up the stick. Little adjustment wheels and fancy click detents or whatever might be slicker but they’re not going to be any better when you’re behind the gun. If you don’t have to deal with other shooters of all shapes and sizes using your gun then you won’t even have to deal with the only thing I found even slightly irritating, which was adjusting the thing.
For the guys at XLR: Kick ass job lads. Well done!