“I don’t care what we do when I am here, but the only thing we have to do is go to the gun range and do some shooting.” With that being the only request my grandfather made for his recent week long stay with us, obviously there was no way I could turn him down. Plus, I will use any excuse to go to the shooting range and what better excuse could there be than this?
On range day, Gramps told me that he had a surprise in store for me. He then removed his Stag Arms 4L left handed AR-15 out of its case, which I noticed was complete with a Slide Fire stock. We both instantly looked at each other with two huge mischievous grins. To others, our faces probably would have resembled the faces two little kids who just discovered how much fun it would be to attach firecrackers to our sister’s Barbie dolls and watch them blow up.
I knew about the Slide Fire stock just from being active within the gun community, but I had never seen it up close, held it, nor shot with it. My grandfather informed me that he had purchased this Slide Fire stock just before his trip started and also had not shot with it. With both of us being new to this type of stock, we weren’t sure if we would be able to get it to operate on our first try. My grandpa shot it first, and as you can see in the video, he had quite the smile on his face after shooting with it.
One of the first things that I noticed about the Slide Fire stock was that it aesthetically resembled a modern AR-15 stock. This may not be important to some, but for me, aesthetics are important. Personally, I do not want to look like I am shooting a toy or a paintball gun. Slide Fire also makes what I would classify as a more “futuristic” looking stock which is called the OGR model.
My grandfather is a left handed shooter, so he naturally purchased the left handed version of his Slide Fire SBS. He had no issues operating it; but I, on the other hand (no pun intended), could not operate the left handed Slide Fire as intended when shooting it right handed. Being ambidextrous, when I switched to shooting left handed, I still could not get it to fire more than two shots per burst. However, it should be noted that it might have been due to improper lubrication of the BCG.
There is another feature that the Slide Fire stock offers, but we did not use, and that is the ability to simply turn a knob to lock it into “semi-auto” mode. This just makes the stock stationary, hence not allowing us to “bump-fire”.
A final note I would like to make is that this stock is polymer. You may be thinking to yourself: well, so is every Magpul stock. That is true, but to me, the Slide Fire did have somewhat of a “cheap” feel to it, whereas Magpul stocks that I have used do not. There are other “bump-fire assisting” stocks on the market that are made of metal, for example, Fostech Outdoor’s Bumpski stock for AK variants, or the DefendAR-15 for AR-15 rifles. However, the Bumpski and DefendAR-15 stocks run nearly $100 more costly than their polymer Slide Fire cousins (a standard Slide Fire SSAR-15 OGR costs $370 compared to the Bumpski’s $450). Which do you prefer?
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