As much as I love the simplicity of the M4’s adjustable stock, there is still a lot of wiggling and rattling to it. With basic aftermarket AR stocks, your AR will shoulder the same way every time without any noise or play. And we all know that consistency and repeatability in shooting fundamentals translates to smaller, more accurate groups downrange.
Do yourself a favor and fit your AR to your body size and specific needs—long-range precision, hunting, competition, etc.
And if you have an AR pistol, why not get one of the many braces hitting the market to add a little stability to your shooting?
Plenty of options abound.
Scroll through our entire list of aftermarket AR stocks and braces below. For more information, please visit the links to the manufacturers’ websites.
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- Adaptive Tactical EX Performance M4-Style Stock
- Aim Sports Micro Battle Stock
- B5 Systems Enhanced SOPMOD
- BlackHawk Knoxx Axiom A-Frame Carbine Stock
- DoubleStar Strongarm
- FAB Defense GL-CORE
- Hogue Fixed Buttstock
- Luth-AR MBA-4
- Odin Works Zulu 2.0
- Phase 5 Carbine Mini Stock Assembly
- SB Tactical SBA3
- SB Tactical SB-MINI
- Seekins Precision ProComp 10x
Adaptive Tactical EX Performance M4-Style Stock
The EX Performance M4-Style Stock from Adaptive Tactical features a lever that allows you to quick adjust the length of pull. This stock is also outfitted with an integrated quick-detach (QD) sling swivel attachment point as well as a standard molded-in standard sling swivel attachment. It’s made in the U.S. of rugged polymer with a vented, non-slip rubber recoil pad and an oversized adjustment pin. Finally, the stock is available in black, Flat Dark Earth and less-lethal orange. (adaptivetactical.com)
Aim Sports Micro Battle Stock
The Micro Battle Stock (MBS) was designed for operators who want a compact, lightweight stock to keep their streamlined ARs on their shoulders. This all-business stock is completely machined from 6061-T6 aluminum and uses steel mounting hardware. It can be fixed in one of two positions for an ultra-short overall length and plenty of maneuverability in cramped environments. (aimsportsinc.com)
B5 Systems Enhanced SOPMOD
The Enhanced SOPMOD stock is a battle-proven design that has been used by U.S. operators. With no rattle or play, this polymer stock offers an ergonomic cheekweld; a cushioned, non-slip buttpad; an overmolded steel, anti-rotational QD sling mount; fixed sling mounts; and dual storage compartments. The steel hardware is color-matched to the stock’s finish: black, foliage green, olive drab, Flat Dark Earth, coyote brown or wolf gray. This model fits all mil-spec AR-15 receiver extensions. (b5systems.com)
BlackHawk Knoxx Axiom A-Frame Carbine Stock
The Knoxx Axiom A-Frame Carbine Stock from BlackHawk features a length-of-pull adjustment cam for a custom fit, an integrated set-screw to remove the play between the stock and receiver extension, a ventilated recoil pad and multiple integrated QD sling mounts. This stock is currently available in matte black with a proprietary ventilated buttpad to help reduce felt recoil. (blackhawk.com)
DoubleStar’s Strongarm pistol brace was designed to provide maximum control when firing an AR-platform pistol. Machined from a billet of aluminum, the Strongarm features a rock-solid plate that fits securely on most AR-style pistol buffer tubes with two clamp screws. For added control while shooting one-handed, a Velcro strap that secures the pistol to your forearm is included. (star15.com)
FAB Defense GL-CORE
Think clean and simple. The GL-CORE buttstock from FAB Defense features an integrated cheekrest, an ergonomic buttpad and an interchangeable adapter that provides a tight fit on mil-spec and commercial buffer tubes. The rubberized buttpad is ergonomically shaped for quick shouldering and easy maneuvering. Available in matte black, olive drab and Flat Dark Earth, the GL-CORE features two integrated QD rear sling swivels. (themakogroup.com)
Hogue Fixed Buttstock
A hybrid design made of polymer and OverMolded rubber, Hogue’s Fixed Buttstock uses the company’s patented OverMolded technology to create a beard-safe cheekrest that is comfortable to the touch. The stock’s buttpad cushions the shoulder from recoil while the polymer cap provides snag-free shouldering, and multiple sling mounting positions are included for a variety of carry options. This stock fits A2-sized buffer tubes and can replace your existing stock in seconds. (hogueinc.com)
The MBA-4 carbine buttstock from Luth-AR could best be described as lightweight and skeletonized. Weighing in at 9.5 ounces and 7.5 inches long, this stock is made of super-strong glass-filled nylon and fits all .223 and most .308 carbine-style ARs. Available in matte black or Flat Dark Earth, the MBA-4 uses four out of your buffer tube’s six positions and features a bottom Picatinny rail and an anti-rattle setscrew. (luth-ar.com)
Odin Works Zulu 2.0
A streamlined design from Odin Works, the Zulu 2.0 adjustable stock kit is machined from 6061-T6 aluminum with ergonomics and functioning in mind. When combined with the Odin Works padded intermediate buffer tube, this setup creates a complete stock suitable for rifle or carbine builds. The Zulu 2.0 is an ambidextrous and adjustable stock with a reversible QD adapter included so you can set it up to your shooting needs. (odinworks.com)
Phase 5 Carbine Mini Stock Assembly
The Carbine Mini Stock Assembly (CMSA) from Phase 5 Weapon Systems is a combo kit featuring the company’s Universal Mini Stock (UMS) mounted on its HexOne buffer tube. This setup offers a compact fixed-stock solution for SBRs and any other weapon you need to tuck close to your body. The UMS and HexOne components are machined from U.S.-sourced 6061-T6 and 7075-T6 aluminum, respectively. (phase5wsi.com)
SB Tactical SBA3
Think of this AR pistol brace as a minimalist design. The SBA3 is a five-position-adjustable brace designed with an integral, ambidextrous QD sling socket. The kit also includes an adjustable nylon strap and a mil-spec carbine receiver extension made from 7075-T6 aluminum. (sb-tactical.com)
SB Tactical SB-MINI
The SB-MINI is even lighter than the SBA3, so when weight and profile are a consideration, consider this particular model for your next AR pistol build. ATF compliant, veteran designed and made in the U.S. like the SBA3, the SB-MINI comes with an adjustable nylon strap and weighs just 4 ounces. It’s only 3.4 inches long, too. (sb-tactical.com)
Seekins Precision ProComp 10x
Need a rock-steady precision stock for your AR? The ProComp 10x stock has the features shooter’s demand, like an adjustable cheekrest and recoil pad. A dual push-button clamping system securely locks the cheekpiece to the desired height. The recoil pad is adjustable using a spacer system. Designed and manufactured from a proprietary high-impact composite material, the ProComp 10x mounts to rifle-length receiver extensions and weighs only 19.8 ounces. (seekinsprecision.com)