In recent years a movement has been afoot within the police sniper community to shorten their sniper rifle to better fit the environment in which they serve. Clearly there is little need for a full length field rifle nor must an officer put up with the extra weight and cumbersome handling of the typical 26” barreled sniper rig. Statistics have proven time and again that most police snipers will face an adversary at an average distance of 75 yards. This of course is the median. He may have to engage targets from as little as 50 feet to as far as 200 yards away. Beyond these distances it becomes not only a matter of not being able to assure an instant incapacitation, but it also can turn into a legal battle. Without going into all the details, let it suffice to say that few police snipers will willingly take a shot beyond these distances and in many cases it would prove irresponsible to do so.
The question begs then, why carry a full length field rifle if you never will need or be allowed to engage a target at 800 yards? The answer is obvious. Don’t! For many years the Remington 700 PSS was the rifle of choice for law enforcement. Localities with a budget to burn may have opted for higher dollar systems, but the PSS was the rifle by which all others were judged. It has served well and still carries on to this day. However, in 1994 Remington updated the rifle with a 26” barrel. Prior to this time, the 700 Police rifle was issued with a 24” hammer forged tube. Even at that length it was really more than was necessary. The new 26” barrel made the rifle less than ideal when used in urban environments and the weight, while not excessive, was more than necessary. To counter this problem, Remington released the excellent LTR, or Light Tactical Rifle in 1997-98. With a short 20” fluted barrel and an HS Precision stock of much reduced weight and redesigned contour, Remington seems to have found the perfect compromise for the police sniper’s needs.
Today’s review examines the stock Remington chose to use on the LTR. The HS Precision Urban Police, model PST59. The stock is a departure from the heavy PSS stock (HS model PST12). Weighing in at only 40 ounces, this stock is equivalent in weight to a loaded handgun. HS precision did away with the palm swell in the pistol grip area, opting for a thinner and more sporting style grip. This grip fills the hand nicely without being overly thin. Sharpshooters will appreciate the shape of the grip. It has a good universal feel to it that will prove comfortable both in prone and in off hand shooting. Unlike the vertical grip stocks currently flooding the market, a standard style grip has ergonomics more suited for overall general use. As any sniper will tell you, prone shooting is not always an option and a grip in a sporting contour is often more usable in most situations.
The Urban Police (bottom) is 4.5 inch shorter than the 700 P stock. It is light and handy with excellent ergonomics
The Urban Police (bottom) is 4.5″ shorter than the 700 P stock.
It is light and handy with excellent ergonomics
Length of pull is standard at about 13.5” and the stock’s overall length is a short 28.25” long, a full 4.5” shorter than the PSS stock. It is perfectly suited to short barreled tactical rifles and is quite handy, balancing out nicely. At 2.25” wide, the bottom of the forearm is as wide as the PSS but HS chose to create a reverse concave midway up the side wall. This effectively saves weight and allows the hand to more naturally fall on the fore grip. The fingers naturally tend to fall into place in this concavity and the feel is quite comfortable. The bottom of the forearm is slightly rounded and proved quite stable over several forms of support. The butt stock is capped off with a thick pliable recoil pad to absorb the extra recoil you can expect to find in a carbine length rifle. The overall package is very pointable and light, the perfect thing for an urban rig.
In typical HS fashion, the CAD/CAM designed and CNC machined aircraft aluminum bedding block is full length, spanning from just aft of the tip all the way back to the pistol grip and slightly beyond. The stock is a true “drop-in” design and will readily take any Remington 700 BDL short action. Construction of the stock surrounding the bedding block is composite mix of woven Kevlar, fiberglass cloth, unidirectional carbon fiber and an epoxy based gel coat and laminating resin. The core of the stock is injection molded with a fiberglass reinforced polyurethane structural foam. This is the same system of construction as used on the Army’s M24 SWS and judging from its record, can be considered proven and quite successful.
The overall construction of the test stock can be considered quite excellent. However, I did find one nit to pick. HS provides two sling swivel studs on the forearm. While this is greatly appreciated on a tactical stock for some reason HS chose to place them too close together in my opinion. Center to center, the studs are 1.75” apart. This makes it quite hard to fit a Harris or other brand bipod to the rifle. The standard Harris goes on fine, but the Swivel model is just about out of room. To use it comfortably I had to remove the second stud. Not a great issue, and one can make the argument that only one stud is needed anyway so HS did you a favor in giving you a choice of where to mount it. Still, I would personally like to see more space between the two studs.
With each stock HS provides new action screws in the form of heavy duty Allen head bolts. These screws may prove slightly long and in need of trimming. HS does this to allow for variations in action thickness. The screws provided with the PST59 were just about right. The rear screw could have used a hit with a grinder to knock off a 1000th, but it did not obstruct the manipulation of the bolt so I left it as is. HS Precision recommends installing the action screws with a torque wrench, set for 65 inch pounds. You may wish to experiment with lower settings but for a quick installation 65 inch pounds works and will retain zero if and when you need to remove the action from the stock. For the test I installed the PST59 on my 700 PSS action, which is a little long in the barrel for this stock. I have however, handled the PST59 when mounted on shorter barreled actions and found it to balance naturally with just a bit of welcomed nose heaviness with a medium 20” tube. The barrel channel is contoured for the Remington standard varmint weight barrel contour as found on the LTR, PSS, and P-DM. By the way, the Urban Police stock is also offered for the P-DM in the form of the PST-51. The barrel channel leaves approximately 5/32s of side material in the stock if you wish to open the channel up for a straighter taper barrel. By way of the TLAR method (That Looks About Right), I would guess you could go with a barrel contour 1/8” wider before worrying about the strength of the side wall.
Range time proved the HS method of bedding. My PSS, in its current form, will shoot 175 grain Federal Gold Medal into an average of .6 moa. Groups usually consist of three or four shots cutting one almost single caliber hole with the remaining rounds going wider and opening up the average. These groups are generally concentric and typically shows lobes falling out of the shot center in a nice clover leaf. Installing the PST59 on the PSS barreled action and torqueing to the recommend 65 inch pounds proved that HS is pretty consistent in their CNC machining method. The rifle showed no unusual traits and grouped pretty much as expected. Zero shift between one stock and the other was minimal, although I could have fine tuned it a very small bit if I had a mind to. Testing was shot from a Hart rest and I had to remove the sling swivel studs to facilitate smooth recoil. Average group size remained in the .6 moa region with no stringing or flyers. In all an excellent showing! I found myself looking at that long 26” barrel and contemplating taking a cutter to it, but thankfully common sense won the day. After all, if I really want a handy short barrel tactical rifle, I have an old 700 hunting rifle I could rebarrel…hmmm… it would make an excellent deer rifle with a short tube and this stock… ”Honey, where’s the Check book?”
So what does it all mean? If you have the need for a short barreled tactical rig and have been looking for a way to stock it, look no further than the Urban Police. Its simple design, excellent ergonomics and moderate price points to one undeniable fact: reality and function often override perception. The perception for years was that a police sniper was limited to gear better suited to a long range field sniper. With the new trend toward 20” barrels, one now finds that you are no longer limited to heavy, ungainly tactical rifles. Best of all, accuracy testing of these shorter rifles has shown that out to 500 yards and beyond you do not even suffer a performance penalty. The day of the handy sniper rifle has arrived.
The McMillan A-5
I was one of the fortunate ones who were chosen to test and evaluate the new McMillan A-5 tactical stock. This stock design is the result of input of tactical rifle shooters who frequent the Sniper’s Hide website. That Kelly McMillan sought out this input BEFORE designing a new stock, is a credit to him and his company. As we all know, in too many cases, the creation of a new design comes from the top and the ultimate users are left with the choice of “take it or leave it”.
The choice of which rifle of mine to put the new stock on was a “no-brainer”; my FN SPR. This was the 1st model SPR that came with the H-S Precision stock and the detachable magazine. The H-S Precision stock is an OK stock, but since I have a McMillan stock on another tactical rifle, I know the difference between OK and great. The other thing that I wanted to change on the FN was the detachable magazine. While the detachable magazine works (something that Remington could never say about their DM Model 700 PSS), I just like a floorplate better.
My A-5 arrived after everyone else’s, due to the rather circuitous route it took. Upon completion by Kelly McMillan, it made a trip to Matt Williams of Williams Firearms Company. The Williams Firearms Company uses state of the art CNC equipment to manufacture some of the finest bottom metal for tactical shooting, as well as providing trigger guards and floorplates for US Repeating Arms Corporation (Winchester).
Again, having another rifle with Williams’ high quality bottom metal made the choice of their product an easy one. Since the bottom metal was going on a tactical rifle, Matt Williams suggested their Combat-Latch System. This Combat-Latch System incorporates a second button on the trigger guard which must be depressed before the front catch can be released to drop the floorplate. This is the ultimate system for keeping your shells where they belong under the most extreme tactical situations.
After Matt installed his bottom metal, I had him send everything on to George Gardner at GA Precision to have him pillar bed the stock and install a Badger Tactical bolt knob. I think most of us have heard of George and the quality of his ‘smithing work, and I can only say that everything we have heard is true.
When I received the FN SPR in the new A-5 stock, it was everything that I had hoped it would be. Something that I always worry about when designing a tactical rifle using various aftermarket components is the balance. A properly balanced rifle should have the balance point at or near the front end of the floorplate. With the spacer system buttplate I had specified for this stock adding needed weight at the backend of the rifle, I was very happy to see the rifle was perfectly balanced.
The fit and finish of the stock is everything that we have come to expect from McMillan. Particular attention was paid to inletting and installing the flushmount swivels which were installed on the bottom and left side of the stock.
So how does the A-5 differ from the others in the A Series of stocks? Well, it retains the vertical grip of the A-2 thru A-4 stocks, but from there on, it is a completely new animal. What really sets the A-5 aside from all the other tactical stocks is the forearm. It has a relatively shallow forearm, flat on the bottom, but nicely rounded on the sides in the style of the Winchester Marksman stock. This combination of features allows it to ride nicely in a benchrest, while at the same time allowing for a good feel for offhand shooting. The buttstock is also a unique design for this rifle. While it has a butt hook like the A-4, its more forward location and more shallow design makes it easier to shoot off a bag, to say nothing about it not being anywhere near as butt ugly as the A-4 design is.
OK, so with all this fawning over the A-5, what don’t I like about it? My only beef is not with the design itself, which I consider the absolute finest tactical stock bar none. My only complaint is with the adjustable saddle type cheekpiece that is available as an option on most McMillan tactical stocks (which is not really needed when using scopes with objectives less than 50mm). The problem is, when using a stock with this saddle type cheekpiece, the bolt cannot be removed or inserted without either removing the cheekpiece or, in some cases, adjusting the cheekpiece all the way up. In my mind, this is simply unacceptable in a tactical rifle. I ran into this problem with another tactical rifle that I put an A-2 stock on, and I had a gunsmith cut out a section of the cheekpiece to allow for removal and insertion of the bolt no matter what position the cheekpiece is in. The material used in the cheekpiece is very strong, and by cutting a section off the front of the cheekpiece with a radius on the corners, it makes for a much more practical stock, without being totally unattractive. In any case, I’ll take practical over pretty any day. I don’t know if Kelly will make this alteration on his cheekpiece if requested, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.
So how does the SPR shoot in the new stock? Better than I can. I was finally able to get it out this April, with temperatures in the low 40’s and a 15 – 20 mph wind coming out of the west. We kept our ear muffs on even when we weren’t shooting – to keep our ears warm. After I got the rifle sighted in, I had two really nice 5 shot groups, both of which were blown by a single flyer (loose nut behind the trigger). Discounting the flyer in each group, one group was .63MOA and the other was .26MOA. Considering that the rifle was shooting commercial ammo, has less than 30 rounds through it, and was being shot by someone who will never be seen on the firing line at Camp Perry, I am very happy with it. To summarize this article, I believe the McMillan A-5 is the best tactical stock on the market at this time, and I would not consider any other stock for this purpose at this time.
Choate Ultimate Sniper Stock
Since its introduction several years ago, the Choate Ultimate Sniper Stock (U.S.S.) designed by Maj. John Plaster has stirred up quite a bit of interest among shooting enthusiasts. The U.S.S. seems to evoke really strong opinions from shooters who have seen, used or handled it. The people I’ve talked to either really like it or positively hate it.
When I first became aware of this stock I was skeptical and perhaps a little insulted that Choate had the gall to market any of its products as the “ultimate”. I figured the stock’s name to be a rather lame marketing ploy to capitalize on the successful book and video series by Plaster several years before.
Please, don’t get me wrong. I have no gripes against Choate products. I’ve used some of their products before and have been satisfied with their performance. However, I wouldn’t put Choate on the top of my list for companies who build the best gear in the marketplace.
In my opinion, by referring to its stock as the “ultimate” Choate set itself up for a lot of criticism if not outright failure. Effectively this stock’s name implied a standard that Choate couldn’t possibly expect to achieve or live up to.
Having said all this, the U.S.S. does have some merit. It offers some features and options that cannot be found on other manufacturers’ stocks for the same price.
For example, the U.S.S. comes equipped with not one but two interchangeable cheek pieces. One is for standard and medium height mounted scopes. The second one, which is 5/16″ taller, is meant for higher mounted scopes.
Both cheek pieces are held in place by a single recessed screw that threads down into the stock. They can also be adjusted in three different positions, either one inch forward or backwards of the center mounting position.
As well, the butt pad can be adjusted for length of pull (lop) with available 1/4″ spacers and also has no less than five different height adjustment positions. The lop feature is especially useful for those who will be shooting in various weather conditions as it allows the shooter to adjust for clothing changes.
Choate is to be commended on these very well thought out features. Its obvious that they have attempted to make this stock ergonomic for the many different shooters who will be looking to purchase this stock. Even if you don’t like much anything else about this stock, these features alone make up for a lot of this stock’s other shortcomings. As far as I’m concerned, these are the features that sold me on the stock to begin with. To get these in any other manufacturer’s stock I would have had to spend much more than the $160 I spent on this stock.
When properly set up to fit the individual shooter’s preferences, the U.S.S. is very comfortable to shoot from the prone position.
The U.S.S.’s aluminum bedding block is of the “V” type design (see photo #1). My Remington 700 long action fit the block fairly well without any bedding compound required. That is not to say that everyone’s experience may be the same. One should always look for evidence of adequate contact between the action and the bedding block and add compound when necessary to ensure proper mating of the two surfaces. At some point in the future I may even add a little compound to mine to see if it makes any difference at all.
It is interesting to note that several of my best groups from my rifle came while mounted in this stock. My Sendero’s parent stock is the high quality varmint type stock produced by H.S. Precision. I attribute the better groupings to being more comfortable in the prone position over the standard issue stock.
The U.S.S.’s barrel channel is very generous in size and will accommodate bull barrels up to 1.25″ in diameter. Some slight trimming may be required around the chamber area. I had to trim back a very small amount of stock material to prevent barrel contact.
The U.S.S. also has two horizontal slots in the forearm to aid in barrel cooling and to be used for tying down camouflage material. I have no personal use for the tie-down feature, though the added cooling could be of some benefit.
The U.S.S. has a unique side-mounted swing swivel stud arrangement that is meant to be more comfortable than the standard under the stock mounting location. There are provisions on both sides of the stock to accommodate right and left-handed shooters. This arrangement allows the rifle to lay flat against the shooter’s back and keeps the weapon in a more secure position.
Another convenient feature is the storage area found in the pistol grip. It can hold extra rounds or anything else you may wish to put there. The only drawback is that the storage cover is held in position by two small screws, making quick access to the area almost impossible in cases of dire emergency. It also means that you’ll need to carry one more piece of gear (screwdriver) with you in the field if you plan to use the storage area.
Every screw used in the stock is of the cross-slotted Phillips type. A more convenient and practical flat blade type would have been a better choice. I know this sounds like nitpicking on my part, but let us be honest, we’ve all used other items to loosen screws of the flat blade type when we didn’t have a screwdriver with us. That’s why I think they would have been a better choice during field usage of this stock. In other words, one wouldn’t have to be so dependent on having a screwdriver if one wasn’t available. (Editor’s note: A hinged compartment would have been even better.)
While the U.S.S. does have its good points, there are some features and items that are inappropriate, useless or downright dangerous on a stock that is touted to be used for the application of sniping.
One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard people mention is regarding the weight of the stock. I didn’t realize the validity of this point until I had a chance to use the stock. There is no doubt in my mind that this thing is overly heavy. Whether this is a problem or not depends on how the rifle is to be deployed in the field.
Like all of the other gear one uses, there should be some thought to the selection of a rifle stock that best suits the demands that will be placed on the weapon in the field. Selecting the wrong weapon for the job could lead to less than desired results. Selecting a rifle stock in many ways is no different.
If a shooter is going to be in a static shooting position with little or no movement, either to or from the firing position, the weight of the stock is of little consequence. The added weight may even have a positive benefit of helping reduce the amount of felt recoil, possibly allowing the shooter to make quicker follow-up shots due to a decrease in the amount of time to target re-acquisition.
The weight of the stock will be a problem for those who have to either move long distances or stalk to the firing position. The thought of humping this stock through the brush on my belly for 10 miles doesn’t leave me with a warm and fuzzy feeling. A more conventional lighter weight made by (insert your manufacturer of choice here) would be a better choice in this particular instance.
For sure, if weight is an important consideration in the selection of a rifle stock, there are plenty other quality made stocks which to choose from. For this reason I can say that the U.S.S. should be considered for basically fixed or prone shooting positions.
The size of the U.S.S. is also another area of complaint among shooters. There as well, I have to concur. This stock is relatively large and no doubt contributes to the stock’s unusually heavy weight. For many shooters this stock is rather bulky feeling and is rather unwieldy. For larger shooters this stock may be the answer to their dreams. They can finally have a stock that is more comfortable to them because of their physical stature.
The pistol-grip area of the stock is really too large and would probably be of benefit only to those who have very large hands. Luckily there is a lot of material in the grip area, so sanding or grinding down the grip area to individual preferences shouldn’t be a problem. I personally find the stippling in the grip and forearm areas to be too aggressive and very abrasive against the skin. On one occasion my rifle accidentally slipped from my hands and fell against my leg. I was wearing shorts at the time, and the stippling left a rather annoying abrasion on my leg that began to bleed. Once again, the shooter can sand this area down to his/her own preferences. I know I plan to do so in very short order!
The basic finish of the U.S.S. is what you would expect from a relatively inexpensive stock such as this. The finish is rough with evidence of the injection molding process used to form the stock. It is my opinion that the quality of manufacture is consistent with the rest of the stocks made by Choate and other low cost manufacturers.
Since most users will likely customize their stock to individual preferences by painting and other such modifications, I don’t really see these aspects as necessarily negative. The Rained material the stock is made from is easily sanded and paints well. An acquaintance of mine recently painted his matte black and said only two light coats were all that were necessary.
The fine elevation adjustment knob located on the bottom of the butt stock sounds like a good idea on paper, however, it is basically useless and doesn’t work well at all. Especially when a sandbag or similar rest supports the butt stock. Even on hard surfaces there isn’t enough adjustment travel in the device to make it remotely useful. (Editor’s note: To be fully functional, this monopod would need to be at least twice as long if not longer.)
Perhaps the most tasteless aspect of the U.S.S. is the logo on the left side of the stock that says, “Ultimate Sniper Stock designed by Maj. John Plaster”. Without going back into the name choice issue again I personally think doing this was in bad form.
I have respect for the dedication and professionalism that police and duty slotted snipers exhibit on a daily basis. I thought John Plaster did as well. In my opinion by flaunting and shamelessly marketing this stock in this manner for his own personal gain, Plaster is trying to glamorize a profession that by its very nature is not glamorous.
In a way I think this belittles the seriousness of the use of snipers and the equipment used to fulfill the sniper’s mission. Passing this stock off as legitimate for the use of sniping is like saying that Formula 1 racing inspired the design of your Honda Civic. It’s damn dear libelous. Perhaps it was Choate’s and not Plaster’s idea to do this. I have no idea. However, Plaster must have had some input regarding this before the stock went to market. That’s why I feel this way.
If I were in charge of Choate I never would have let this stock go to market the way it was designed. My biggest personal complaint of the whole stock lies in the design of the stock’s forearm. There are several issues that I will address here.
First of all, I believe Choate honestly tried to make this stock be too many things to too many different people. If you go to their web site they advertise this stock to “Sniper/Target” use. I believe this is the design philosophy that inspired them to design this aspect (forearm) of the stock. They have tried to combine several target and bench rest shooting features that work well individually, although combined neither work well nor even compliment each other.
For example, the forearm is 2.5″ in width and squared off at the bottom similar to what a bench rest stock would resemble. The forearm is flat for only 1.5″ and then angles abruptly upwards. While the width and design of the forearm is adequate for a bench rest rifle it is not adequate for a rifle that is being marketed as a sniper stock. It simply adds to the legitimate complaint that the stock is too cumbersome for the marketed usage. Keeping the width of the forearm at 2″ or less would be preferable for a sniper stock.
Furthermore, the flat un-angled area of the forearm is just too small, in my opinion, to ensure that the stock will remain steady while using sandbags for example. There simply isn’t enough surface area here to adequately support the heavy weight of the weapon while using the rifle in this manner. This is not only inadequate but may also be a safety concern as well.
The angled portion of the forearm is designed so that when a bipod is used with the U.S.S.’s accessory Anschutz type T-rail, the legs of the biped can swing forward in towards the stock for a more compact position under the barrel. This is assuming that you position the T-rail back far enough so that the biped’s legs can remain folded up underneath the barrel. Beware that the position of the T-rail in the manner may not be the most comfortable or suitable position based on the shooter’s needs.
This mounting rail is held in position underneath by a wing nut and stud arrangement that tightens into place against the rail’s mating surface. A stud at the end of the rail can be used to mount accessories such as a bipod. While this all sounds good on paper, it is in no way suitable for the rigorous demands placed on equipment that a true sniper rifle is subjected to.
In my experience, this arrangement is prone to coming loose at regular intervals and must be constantly re-tightened if it is to stay in place. Frequent re-tightening will gaul the rail’s mating surface.
This system is very seriously flawed and in no way should have ever been even considered on a sniper rifle stock. This is totally unacceptable and is downright dangerous. I’m amazed how Choate could market this type of mount on a stock for an application (sniping) that demands 100% reliability of equipment.
To clearly illustrate my point, place yourself in the position of a police sniper with this stock in a hostile hostage situation.
The SWAT commander gives his sniper the “green light” to take out the hostage taker holding a gun to his captive’s chest. The first shot wounds the perpetrator and a follow up shot is necessary.
However, when the first shot is fired, the T-rail becomes loose and the recoil of the shot throws the weapon hopelessly out of position. The sniper cannot regain control of his weapon and re-acquire a sight picture fast enough. The perp then kills his hostage with a single gunshot to the chest. This is definitely not the position I would want to be in as either a sniper or a hostage. Having said this, the user can modify the existing arrangement to make it more suitable and less prone to loosening.
First, mount the bipod in the most desired position in the rail system. Then mark that location off. Then remove the wing nut and stud fastener and mark the position that it left. Proceed to modify the mount by drilling one extra hole through the rail so that another provision for a fastener can be made.
Once this has been achieved, continue to drill the two holes of the rail through the mating surface of the rail system and up through the stock itself.
Take (2) machine screws, (2) flat washers and (2) lock washers, (2) nuts and some Loctite and proceed to secure the rail in its new position.
Be careful not to have too long machine screws as to interfere with the rifle’s barrel, while making sure that there is adequate threading for the nuts to fasten on.
In my humble opinion, this simple, yet necessary, modification should have been used by Choate to properly secure its rail mounting system. Simple directions such as these could have been supplied to the customer to make the mounting position as secure as possible.
Even if I seem highly critical of this stock, the blame clearly lies not with the stock but with the people who designed it. Choate and Plaster really made this stock more complicated than it had to be. By trying to squeeze so many features into one package and a grossly constructed marketing strategy, the Ultimate Sniper Stock comes across as being amateurish in design and function.
If you are a civilian looking for a stock that you can build a recreational sniper type rifle on for the purposes of target shooting or competition, then I would have no qualms in recommending this stock providing that the buyer was aware that some customizing was going to be necessary in order to make the stock a truly functional piece of equipment and that they could not afford to buy something better. I’m satisfied with my stock even though I had to learn about its shortcomings the hard way.
For the law enforcement agency, I would recommend the stock but under the same conditions as above and providing that the stock fit the requirements, met the demands of the mission it was employed on, and the agency clearly without doubt, understood the limitations of this product. If an agency’s budget would not permit the purchase of a more expensive and higher quality stock, the Choate Ultimate Sniper Stock may be a low cost alternative for that agency.
Also, if the agency could accept the public relations nightmare and probable civil suit that would surely follow an incident should the press, civil libertarians and lawyers find out that you shot a perpetrator with such a killer sounding piece of equipment as the, Ultimate Sniper Stock. From a civilian’s point of view this thing has unreasonable use of force written all over it. Hey! That McMillan A3 or A4 doesn’t sound so expensive after all!
If the required funds were available, I would suggest that the agency buy the best high quality durable equipment that it could reasonably afford and stay away from this stock.
As for the military, hell they can have anything they want so why would they bother with this stock?