LaRue Tactical RAT Stock

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LaRue has developed a nifty looking AR-15 stock called the RAT Stock. It has a trigger mechanism, rather than a lever, to adjust the length of pull.

With simplicity in mind, the new LaRue RAT™ Stock was designed to be the ideal complement to the LaRue Tactical AR15 family of rifles. The unique 2-stage trigger mechanism allows shooters to adjust the pull length of the stock while in a variety of shooting positions. The CNC-machined internals allow for smooth operation as trigger mechanism is pulled to the rear and released. The internals provide positive lockup on Mil-Spec receiver extension positions. The internal cavity is designed for a snug fit without the need for an additional locking mechanism.

Ambidextrous 1/4” swivel sockets, and 1” slots provide ideal anchor points for two-point slings. A locking rear butt-plate slides open to expose compartments that hold cleaning kit components.

They are selling the stock for $115.

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  • http://www.fightlinker.com Reverend Clint

    … ok dont see the benefit over a lever

    • gak_pdx

      The “benefit” is that it gives La Rue a differentiated product in a now *highly* saturated market.

      How many collapsable stocks are now available? 25-30?

      Once Magpul proved that polymer accessories were not junk, everyone in the industry crunched the numbers and saw the 1000% COGS to Retail price profit margin polymer stuff offers. Once you make the mold (and prices to do that are going way down), the per-unit cost to make that stock is likely around $5. Add in another $3-$5 for the metal bits, assembly and packaging. If you’ve got a strong brand like La Rue does, and you already have a solid distribution channel, it is basically impossible to *NOT* want a piece of the polymer action.

    • FormerSFMedic

      Obviously you’ve never fired your AR while unintentionally depressing the lever. It’s not a pleasant experience to have an 8lbs gun come screaming back at you when you touch off a round. Lol!

      • Geodkyt

        Yeah, but that’s because the standard stock lever is unguarded. You get something under the toe of your stock, and there it sits, waiting to be pressed.

        The cheap Magpul stocks (among others) have a guard. The slightly more expensive Magpull stocks (still cheaper than this), add a dual lever system that locks up the stock for more rigidity. (Not sure I’m entirely sold on the “rigidity” argument in regards to carbines, but it sure doesn’t hurt, and it does make it slightly harder to inadvertently release the stock catch.)

        I’m not saying this is a bad idea — just another way of accomplishing something that another company has already figured a solution for, cheaper. Not saying Magpul has a better solution — but it is at least equally as good.

        If other features of the LaRue make it worth $115 to you, buy it for that. (For example, how big is that compartment — looks bigger than what’s on Magpul stocks, which might be a selling point for me, ’cause I want a whole cleaning kit, including solvent/lube, IN the gun. That way, if I have the gun, I can maintain it, just like my old M16. I had to really fiddle to get what I wanted for cleaning gear to fit in a Magpul ACS. Especially the CLP bottle — an oiler with a couple of drops in a Samson grip insert just ain’t good enough.)

  • HCS

    I saw this a while back and was really lookin forward to it cuz it just seemed cool to me, but for more than a bill, meh…

  • http://www.primaryarms.com Rugrash

    Looks like a tactical cigar cutter…pass…

    • Kyle

      “Introducing the LaRue Tactical Cigar Cutter. For when you’re downrange during operational operations that you’re operating in and you need that smooth, bold flavor of your favorite cigar after tactically operating through the hardest of days, the LaRue Tactical Cigar Cutter incorporates yet ANOTHER innovative and amazing tool into the buttstock of your weapon. Never again will you be in theatre with your cigar uncut because you simply lack the correct tools.”

  • Esh325

    An answer to a question nobody ever asked.

    • DougE

      Or: The wrong answer to the question no one asked.

  • JD

    Good to have more options, but kind of ugly.

  • peter

    This comment is not related to the tread, but I would really appreciate som help from you readers. I live in Sweden and will be travelling to Florida for two weeks over Christmas and new years. I hunt and have a number of rifles, including a 10/22 and a Mossberg 500. I would like to purchase some hunting related stuff such as scopes and also som accessories for the 10/22 and the Mossberg (Nordic components kit, shell holders, stock etc) but I worry if it in some way illegal to take such things back to Sweden, under US law? Sorry for hi-jacking the thread but I just haven’t been able to find an answer on the web!

    • FormerSFMedic

      Peter, some accessories may be Illegal to export back to your home country. Things like night vision are definitely illegal for export but the rest is a toss up. What I would suggest is to go to the companies website and look for that particular products information. It should tell you if it’s ITAR restricted. I know that’s a pretty vague answer but it’s the quickest way to check. If you are not sure, you may try customer service at that company and ask them or find their Facebook page and ask the question there. There are a lot of other shooters on Facebook probably some from your home country that could answer your questions on specific products. Hope that helps.

      • peter

        Great, thanks for the advice!

    • Jimmy

      Peter,

      Go to reddit.com/r/guns and make an account. Tell those people what you just told us. Somebody will most likely pop right up and volunteer to take you around shopping in Florida.

      Americans love sharing our gun culture. We especially love going on gun shopping trips with a friend.

  • Lal

    That’s innovation! …. No, not really.

  • Schizuki

    Call me hyper-nervous, but I’m not comfortable with a trigger mechanism on anything but the actual bang switch. Stress, muscle memory and all that.

  • gunslinger

    i don’t know if i like the “trigger” operation compared to lever.

  • RickH

    Looks harder to use with real heavy gloves, even though that’s probably not a big deal.

  • Hking

    What does this really accomplish that any other collapsible stock doesn’t already do? I guess other than allowing Larue to sell a $120 stock to thousands of people who will buy anything with their logo on it.

    • JDub

      Isn’t that what free enterprise is all about?

    • W

      dont buy it then. im so glad people like you arent in charge of innovating technologies and/or small arms development.

  • Brandon

    A trigger is intuitive to a gun owner, you’ve already got the muscle memory to making quick adjustments should be quick and easy.
    Not saying everyone needs to run out and buy one, but if you were in the market for a new LaRue rifle or building an AR, why not?

  • Ian

    I often find myself needing to adjust my stock when my hand is present inside of my shoulder. I am grateful that LaRue has seen to people with my condition’s needs.

  • Mike Knox

    Already I can see problems about that offset pull-ring..

  • Jason

    Maybe I missed it, but there doesn’t seem to be an explanation for the 2-stage trigger mechanism. Locked and unlocked? First stage allows LOP adjustment and the second allows stock removal? Something else?

    • Ian

      More than likely this is precisely what it does. As the cross pin for the buttstock detent doesn’t appear to protrude out of the sides very much (like a Magpul CTR, for instance) that the only way to remove the stock is to pull harder/further on the ring.

      The cam path in the ring-pull mechanism probably has an angle in it to create extra resistance (or at least a stop/bump) too giving it a “two stage” feel. I would assume that the stock can’t be pulled off the gun accidentally unless one is pulling incredibly forcefully to the rear in the first place though.

  • D

    Is it often the case that the stock needs to be adjusted quickly “on the fly”? I mean, i’d think that if anything doing that would be likely to reduce effectiveness, because you’d have to get used to the new stock position.

  • Sean

    Total Gimmick, seems like every week someone reinvents the wheel on M4 Parts for that “Totally Boss Kewl Rad” item that only costs $60 to $100 bucks to replace something that works. Never had my stock collapse on patrols

  • Pink Lover

    Nothing wrong with pink. Pink is most guy’s favorite color :)