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 Post subject: SOF Folding stocks.
PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:41 am 
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Afternoon all,

Does anyone have anything to offer on the quality of the folding stock kits supplied by SOF..??

Are they any good, do they look ok when fitted to the weapon parts, are they "user friendly" and easy enough to assemble..??

Most importantly, do they represent value for money..?? £150 seems a sharp ask for them..!!

Has anyone bought one of these and can they vouch for their standard of quality / integrity..??

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Hi fella,

I bought one of these from SOF about six years ago at about £110 (plus P&P), and IF they're still being made to the same standard by the same company then they're very good; mechanically, in overall fiinish and accuracy. Mine is still going fine.

I was told it was an Itallian company making them for fitting to ACTUAL full stock M1 carbines (mainly for the US target shooting market - wherein the carbine is a much favourite weapon as it's considered just a sweet little mover).

The woodwork on mine is some really quality hardwood like Beech. It has very finely routed hollows and spacings for the carbine to fit into. And the metal work is very good quality, springs on the butt plate good and firm too. I did find the wire stock spring release/catch mechanism on the base of the pistol grip temperamental though. I think I solved it by taking the spring or something out and just liviing with the wire stock being more mobile than it should have been. But this may well have been due to my lack of fixing the base plate right.

As for fitting, basically mine came complete. Technically all you should have to do is dissasemble you own M1 carbine, take it out of the full stock furniture and slide it down into the M1A1 furniture, replace the foregrips and their reatainign ring and you're away. BUT it depends on just what you're putting into the M1A1 furniture. I was putting in a musuem replica that, although reasonably well made, was not a real M1 carbine, so I had to do quite a bit of cutting and sanding to make a neat fit. But the charcater and care of the original routing made me think that if I'd been putting in a real M1 carbine it would have taken it properly without much if any reworking. Soemthing like a BB carbine or a hand made blank-firer - and you may have to do some very careful woodwork, like I had to.

Having said all this, SOF is farming out much of its production to Far East companies and the quality has gone way down. This may apply to these stocks now. As you say, £150 is a sharp ask.

By the way, the one part you don't get is the fore grip enclosing ring although you do get the sprung bar that holds that ring in place to keep the upper and lower foregrips together.

Hope this helps.

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I bought one about 5 years ago

The wife (dragon gun) put a blank firing M1 carbine into it and it is great

No splits, as a repro good.

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Gents,

Thank you for your responses.
It helps a lot.

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Being a complete dunderhead when it comes to this sort of thing...

I've just got a new-spec M1 Carbine, would there be any issues fitting it with the SOF M1A1 woodwork? I'm in no rush to do it mind, just something I'm thinking about for the future.

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Nope.......slides straight in Shivers...you should have no issues with fitting your new spec.

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Cracking, thanks Lloyd!

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Just curious, but do these have the cutout/flat piece on the left side of the stock for the cheekpiece? Am I right in saying that most repro stocks do not have this feature?

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Bazooka Joe wrote:
Doesn't anyone know?


Yes.

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GlenM wrote:
Bazooka Joe wrote:
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Yes.

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Thanks Glen, that was helpful.

Am I correct in my assumption that these do not have the cut out?

Am I also correct that most repros do not have this feature?

The reason I ask is that I've spotted one at a half decent price that I'm thinking of buying.

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Bazooka Joe wrote:
Am I right in saying that most repro stocks do not have this feature?


And my answer was "Yes", as in you are correct that most repro stocks do not have this feature.... :wink:

There was a really good version of the repro stock, with proper cut-out, full markings, good rivets and high-wood, but I have no idea who made these and only ever saw these for sale in mainland Europe a couple of years ago.

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