Black Rain Ordnance’s Minimalist Take on Rifle Stocks

Black Rain MAXIM-CQB-2

Forget artwork that costs too much and doesn’t make any sense.  Minimalism moves into the concrete world of tactical rifles with the BRO-MXM CQB from Black Rain Ordnance.

Despite its near-nothing appearance, Black Rain Ordnance packs all 18 ounces of this stock with performance oriented features.  Most noteworthy is the built to order version of the JP Silent Captured Spring system.  Designed to reduce noise and friction over standard AR buffer springs, the JP spring system also allows for custom tuning.

The Black Rain stock transitions nicely between close quarters duty and longer assignments.  Fully closed the BRO-MXM CQB stock measures just 5.5 inches, but then extends to standard carbine length with a total of four positions to choose from.

Compatible with select fire rifles, the BRO-MXM CQB plays well with most rifles from both the gas impingement and gas piston families. MSRP: $395.00

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  • John

    …and it’s not on their website.

    • Steven Smith

      I looked for it, too!

  • ostiariusalpha

    Costs too much and doesn’t make any practical sense… yeah, that stock is Minimalist.

    • mig1nc

      It minimizes your wallet…

  • Tyler McCommon

    So for $400 you get a stock that is maybe an inch shorter when collapsed and that actually weighs an ounce more than standard setup?

    Ummm no.

    • aka_mythos

      It comes with a JP Captured silent spring… So that’s at least $140 of the cost. Troy and other companies are selling these sorts of stocks for closer to $500, so this is a bit more economical and doesn’t seem to require a proprietary bolt carrier group.

      • Sianmink

        Well the others come with said proprietary bolt, so there’s that.

        • aka_mythos

          A number of gas piston systems already require proprietary bolts so until now you had to choose between those and a PDW stock. Now you don’t.

          • mig1nc

            The JPSCS doesn’t work with PWS pistons, so, not universally a solution though.

          • Anonymoose

            Adams still sells gas key replacements even though everyone (except Colt) has moved to one-piece MONOLITHIC!!!!(TM) carriers, so you could wrench out the standard (staked) gas key on a Troy PDW bolt and replace it if you’re really into pistons.

          • Jwedel1231

            Or I could save an hour’s work and spend hundreds of dollars going with another option… Wait, that sounds horrible.

  • Cal.Bar

    Solution looking for a problem (and $400.00)

  • Mr_X

    … *sigh* any time a new product is released a veritable legion of whiners shows up to complain about the price or how it’s “a problem looking for a solution.”

    It’s a wonder companies bother to try to develop anything these days with the almost guaranteed tepid response any new product roll out is going to receive. Then again, I suspect the whiners aren’t actually buying anything to begin with; rather they are happy perusing their Tapco catalogs and nerfing down Wal-Mart brand corn chips (because Doritos are soooo expensive.)

    • AJ187

      Yep, I agree. Lot of whiny, cheapskates that act like they’re being held at gunpoint to buy these products. Get’s old quick.

      • Nicks87

        Glad you have money to piss away on pointless crap. The rest of us peasants will just have to settle with magpul gear. Black rain makes overpriced crap that sits on the shelves because intelligent people know better.

      • DIR911911 .

        you can almost buy a whole ar15 for the price of this stock. I’d rather have a whole new gun than “the newest thing”.

    • Bill

      I see your point, market forces, better mousetraps, tried and true, and all that. I also appreciate companies that dare something new and bold, Tesla and private space programs being examples. I also see a lot of stuff that’s just variations on a theme, or different for the sake of being different. Companies need feedback from the market. There also the fanboys who will buy anything shiny and chrome that you put in front of them, without any critical thinking about it’s actual value and worth, just because they have to have the latest and supposedly greatest.

      I don’t eat generic ice cream, but set aside a $1.25 each week so once a month I can get a unit dose of the high end good stuff.

  • andrey kireev

    If they came out with one in $200 category, they would have a lot more customers and make a lot more money as a result = .

    • mig1nc

      I agree, but keeping in mind this comes with a >$100 JP Silent Capture Spring and actual retail price might put this closer to that than you think. Excluding the value of the JPSCS I mean. Meaning, $395 MSRP, maybe $350 street price, gives you about $250 of stock and buffer tube with a $100 JPSCS. If that makes sense.

  • Steven Calvaresi

    Can someone explain the benefits of these kinds of stocks? I’ve shouldered a couple and found them kinda stupid. Cheek weld is nearly non-existent, and the length of pull is nearly unusable. The only one that seems possibly useful would the CMT one, but even then what’s better about it than a normal collapsible stock?

    • RICH

      Personally I think the only benefit is for the retailers making more $$$$ by selling their wares to the guys that like to play with all of the ‘new stuff’ ! jmho…..

    • Jwedel1231

      If you are looking to cut inches off an AR, this is a good way to do it. They aren’t meant to be fired from the collapsed position but are able to do so if needed. Some people just want a super short gun and others don’t. I don’t mind a normal sized AR, but I can see the appeal.

    • Bill

      It *might* make the gun slightly more compact to conceal in something like an executive protection role, but that’s a really small *might* and a highly specialized role that can be addressed by different means of concealment or a different section of gun, task dependent.

      I agree about the cheek weld and usability issue. Ultimately, anything that makes the weapon less usable is not something I need.

  • Sianmink

    How long is this collapsed, compared to the other PDW stocks?

  • RICH

    I wonder how their recoil spring & buffer works if you’re using a suppressor ? ?

  • cgray

    So, this product actually exists, as opposed to the imaginary Sccy CPX-3? Fascinating.

  • Bill

    I didn’t know I needed a silent buffer spring. I thought the gunshot was loud enough.