Posted 02 July 2008 - 12:19 AM
alright people, This stock, no stock thing is just starting to get a teeny bit annoying. Now if you people will bear with the history geek here, I might say a few things.
History stuff with only minor relevence but for some might be interesting to some and if you are looking to flame me please read the part after the history first
First, the use of stocks. In world war one, there were many, many stockless tripod mounted mgs, and very few stocked mgs. In world war two this evened out with the increase in use of the submachine gun and lmgs that did not weigh forty pounds plus ammo at 10 pounds a clip.Right there it was just about even. Then comes korea, where the stockless mounted mg made its comeback, especially with the north koreans, because, I believe, the north koreans were using mainly russiun guns, and the russians in world war two use rifles, rifles, and more rifles, sub machine guns were few and far between. Another reason which mounted were on the rise in korea there were huge open expanses and that was the tripod mounted mgs best spot, nailing the guys coming over the next ridge by the thousand. In vietnam, stocked non-mounted skyrocketed becuase most engagements were close in in the jungle, where mounted weapons were next to useless. Now, in desert storm and iraqi freedom, we are back roughly to world war two levels sincewe have so much middle of the desert, and its the korea situation, except in the city, where, the M249 rules with mobility and versatility.
Second, some examples of stocks in history. One of these is the M2 .50 caliber machine gun. It was invented 70-80 years ago and is still used more then ever. And it does not use a stock. Up until very, very recently, that was the only weapon mounted in the commander position, in World War two, korea, vietnam, the gulf war, and even now in iraqi freedom. A second is theM1919A6 light machine gun in world war two, overall, it was a tripod mounted stockless weapon. Except in a few rare occasions in the pacific. The pacific was jungle fighting, and there fore a tripod mounted weapon was pretty much useless. So a rogue seargent whos name and exact position escapes my invented a variation on it called the stinger. He pretty much total redid the outer shell of the thing. He put a rifle stock on it, changed the angle of the trigger, added new sights, and had a bipod for the rare situation of its original purpose being needed End of history stuff
I guess my point is, there are situations that call for a stock, and there are those that call for a tripod. And besides, if you want a stock, making it yourself will make it fit all your requirements, and will be good practice towards other things. And if you don't want a stock, you don't want a stock, but someone else might. And people, please don't jump all over me, I am just trying to make people understand the other side of the argument, and maybe, just maybe that will make you not questions each others tastes. I am just trying to help people here.
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