So, I know it’s been awhile since I’ve done a product review, and I do apologize. Things have been super-busy and I just haven’t had a helluva lot of time. I promise, I’ll try to do better!
Let’s start with the BattleLink Utility Stock (BUS) from a company called Mission First Tactical (MFT).
MFT is a newer company that specializes in high quality AR-15 and AK-47 accessories, including grips, stocks, mounts, and rails. Although they haven’t been around that long, they’re growing like gangbusters and are turning out very high quality and innovative products.
The BUS is their flagship AR-15 butt stock and comes in multiple colors, including black, flat dark earth, scorched dark earth (similar to Magpul’s FDE), foliage green, and grey in both mil-spec and commercial versions. The one I’m testing is a black milspec stock. Some of the features include:
- 2 quick detach sling points
- Angled non-slip buttpad
- Rear access storage compartment
- Made in the USA
- MSRP $129.99
I’ve been running the BUS (running, not driving) for about a month now, and it has quickly become my favorite stock (sorry, VLTOR!). Although a tad on the heavy side at a hair over 9oz, it’s not obscene by any means and feels like it costs twice as much. The build quality is outstanding, made of a polymer of which MFT describes it as, “super tough polyamide from DuPont’s Military Plastic Division.” Not sure what that means, but it sure as hell sounds cool!
My favorite part of this stock is the speed in which I can bring it up to my shoulder, acquire a target, then fire. Because of the angle of the buttpad, it fits nice a deep in the shoulder and rolls nicely when bring it up to target.
As stated earlier, you get two quick-detach sling points and three sling slots. You also get a large internal storage compartment for things such as spare batteries. The internal compartment also includes built in foam that you can customize so whatever you’re storing doesn’t rattle. I thought that was a helluva good idea.
The BUS will also accept some of MFT’s accessories, such as an adjustable cheek piece and even a Garmin 401 GPS.
The only thing I don’t like is the way it fits on my buffer tube. It’s really a pain in the ass to collapse and extend this thing. According to MFT’s installation instructions, it’s supposed to be like that, and will loosen up after you extend and collapse it numerous times. I’ve done for a couple of weeks now with no luck, so I’m hoping it happens soon. I’ll keep everyone updated!
Overall, this is a FANTASTIC AR stock, on par with offerings from VLTOR and Magpul, and it’s replaced the VLTOR on my Smith & Wesson. That should be validation enough, right?