Why is the AR-15 carbine stock such a popular choice?
Carbine stocks are lighter, shorter, and offer much more adjustment than rifle stocks, allowing you to use your AR-15 in a variety of different positions. Most off the shelf AR-15s come with carbine stocks by default, so you can easily swap it out without having to change the buffer tube to a fixed rifle length version. Just pop off the old stock and throw on your brand-new stock.
There are many popular brands for carbine stocks, but our top sellers are Magpul, Mission First Tactical, and B5 Systems.
Magpul stocks use extremely durable polymer material, and they have a ton of different styles and colors to choose from to fit your build no matter your preferred price point. The Magpul MOE SL-S Carbine stock is great for building a versatile AR-15 without sacrificing durability or functionality. It features reinforced locking levers to keep it locked into the correct position on the buffer tube and a tension spring to eliminate any sort of wobble. This Magpul stock features an enhanced cheek weld with water resistant containers built in for storing batteries or other necessary items and even has QD sling swivel slots.
The MFT Minimalist Carbine AR15 stock does just what the name implies. This AR15 carbine stock has all that you need in a stock to eliminate as much weight as possible. At only 5.8 ounces, this carbine stock is still built to withstand heavy use and can even be mortared without fear of breaking. The toe of this stock is angled to roll into your shoulder pocket faster even while wearing gear.
The B5 Systems Precision AR15 Adjustable Stock comes with all the features of a high-end rifle stock like cheek height adjustment and length of pull adjustment all while securely mounting to a 6-position carbine length buffer tube. It’s more expensive than the other options on this list, but the functionality allows for enhanced precision in your marksmanship.
There are way more AR15 carbine stocks to choose from, and we struggled to narrow it down to just our favorites, but we believe that if you choose to go the carbine stock route, these are great starting points for your AR.