Strike Industries Ultra-Short AR Stock, Latchless Charging Handle and 45 Degree Folding BUIS

The rate at which Strike Industries produces genuinely new products is the envy of many of firearm accessory manufacturers. Each year they have many prototype products on display at their SHOT Show booth and this year was no exception. These prototypes are all slated for production this year. In this post I am going to show you their new AR-15 products and I will follow up with a post on their Glock products.

The first prototype we have is an ultra-compact two position spring-loaded stock and buffer tube. The stock can be collapsed for transport or for use with a ballistic vest. To extend it to its full length all that is required is pressing a button and the dual springs (located inside each of the stock rods) take care of the rest.

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The butt plate has aggressive 3D contouring to ensure it does not move around on the user’s shoulder regardless of how it is positioned.

The next product I took a look at was a nifty latch-less charging handle. It is ambidextrous by virtue of the fact that there is no latch on either side. To use it, simply pull back. A spring inside locks it into the AR-15 receiver.

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Last, but not least, we have a ultra low profile 45 degree folding Backup Iron Sights. Not only can these sights be used in the 45 degree position for use alongside a scope, but can also be rotated 90 degrees so you can use them inline with the receiver. As you can see they are very low profile and sit below the top of the picatinny rail.

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Look out for my follow up Strike Industries Glock post next week.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Joshua

    I may try that CH.

    • Ryan

      It’ll be interesting to see how hard you have to pull to overcome the spring latches.

      • Patrick R.

        It isn’t that tough to operate.

        • Bill

          What’s it for?

          • Patrick R.

            Instead of developing an expensive to make ambi charging handle they did away with the latch and used a spring.

          • Slim934

            Did they have a release date for that thing?

    • No Fence

      I WILL try that CH.

      • kregano

        If Strike Industries nails the quality and price, I’ll buy one of those charging handles too.

        • Cymond

          OMG so many good charging handles. I have the Sinterfire latchless handle (discontinued), would like to try the Mega Arms version.
          Also wanna try the Rainier Avalanche, and now this too.

    • Edeco

      Come a’ think of it the I’m not in love with the conventional latch… kind of added on, can wear the aluminum. This is now on my hypothetical ghost-gun* parts list.

      *not entirely fantasy, I have about 25% of the parts by $ value laid in.

  • Dave

    Any word on the price of the stock?
    I’m digging the coverage on SHOT but you guys should know by now the first question any of us is going to ask is what it’s going to cost us.

    • Cal S.

      Only to hear endless grousing about how we’d love to, but can’t afford, to buy all of the things?

      Yeah, I’d still post it.

      As for the stock, I’d say going off MSRPs for similar items, it’s gonna be roughly in the $200-$300 range.

      • David Harmon

        People that really want something can afford it. They simply save up for it.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    I love that so many people think they are interested in these collapsible stocks.

    Needs a special carrier or special buffer or weighs more than a traditional setup or is only 1″ shorter than a traditional setup – doesn’t matter, people seem to be lined up to pay $300-500 for this nonsense.

    An A5 system and a used magpul stock, with the rest of the money put into training is a MUCH better buy than cool-guy kit.

    • thedonn007

      It does not look all that comfortable to use either.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        They aren’t. They suck.

        On the AR there is a bit of difference that your face shouldn’t directly be on the rails like on an MP5 or something, it’s still resting on the buffer tube. So on face isn’t that bad while standing on the line at the range.

        But for actually using the gun, under recoil, on the move, trying to reload while running, they do suck.

        They look COOL in photos tho!

        • Budogunner

          I do have the collapsing stock on my HK licensed MD5 clone by MKE and it is surprisingly comfortable. I can’t really imagine how something like this would work for an AR.

    • Ghost930

      It’s actually closer to almost 5 inches of difference (depending on which company). and with an SBR that you are trying to conceal, or use in a low visibility setting or environment, that is quite a bit of difference for either the carry method, or the concealment system. One inch of difference can matter if it’s going to fit in a daypack, or briefcase/messenger bag type carrier versus something a little larger, and less mobile, or unnoticeable.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        It’s actually closer to almost 5 inches of difference
        No. It’s not. I doubt it’s 5″ from A2 to this thing. You show me a collapsed Magpul stock that is 5″ longer than any collapsible stock. Doesn’t exist. This is a marginally effect solution to a non-problem. It’s very much fantasy camp BS for most people. Yea, you have a “PDW”?… Let’s see how fast you can clean a run-down drill, or your ability to clear shoot house, or hell…. Let’s see how many people clamoring for these can run a 2-mile in under 20 minutes… If you’re a high level shooter and this tiny bit of gear will really make a difference, go for it, but if you’re some firearm “collector” chasing the latest fad… f off.

        SBR that you are trying to conceal,
        I give you there may be 1 out of 10,000 people interested in these that “need to” conceal an SBR. You and no one else posting on the internet about these stocks is one of them. Those people who “need”, don’t post on the internet.

        One inch of difference can matter if it’s going to fit in a daypack, or
        briefcase/messenger bag type carrier versus something a little larger,
        and less mobile, or unnoticeable.

        Stop it. That’s beyond nonsense.

        • Ghost930

          Well let’s see, on the last ISSUE rifle that I used, which had the Troy PDW stock, it measures exactly 4.2 inches difference when folded down, compared to the M4 SOPMOD 10 1/2 inch I had previously. Fortunately, or unfortunately, I actually am one of those 1/10000 people sport. We aren’t as few as you or apparently your ego thinks.
          And yes, one inch makes a difference. In case your mind hasn’t noticed, manufacturers tend to build things in standard sizes. So one inch means it goes into the industry standard brief case size of an “off the shelf” product, and looks like everyone else’s, or it doesn’t. Which can be problematical in some places.
          Oh, and I run pretty consistent eight minute miles, at least for the first five or so. Which other than your ego I guess has nothing at all to do with the subject of folding stocks, and their value. So f off yourself dp sht.

          • Cal S.

            How was the recoil? With the model I held, I was pretty sure it was going to be nasty on the cheek slap…

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Nope, I don’t believe you.

            one inch makes a difference

          • All the Raindrops

            What does your mediocre mile time have to do with any of this? 😉

        • aka_mythos

          So what if it’s targeted at a niche market. The whole gun market is one where almost a third of our population doesn’t see a need. So if you don’t see a need it’s obviously not for you, it doesn’t mean you need to hate on it.

          Some people approach guns as a hobby and that means they like building different things just to build them, shoot them, and move on. Practical stand point I know a couple people who prefer carrying a shorty AR as a backup when they’re hog hunting. Over the next year or two they probably only need to sell a couple thousand to justify the effort, and they certainly will.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            I has nothing to do with ‘need’ or even ‘want’

            It’s that this is 2008 piston mania all over again.

        • MIke H

          In a country of 300,000,000 people and growing, 1 in 10,000 is still 30,000 people. 30,000 x $300 (assuming that’s what it costs) is potentially $9,000,000 in sales.

          And not everyone who “needs” one is a tier one tacticool operator operating operationally. This seems like a great idea for an SBR being use as a ranch rifle/truck gun, or for someone who backpacks frequently. I’ll assume those type of people do post on the internet. Heck, if I was a cop, I think I’d want one of these for my duty rifle… and there are well over 30,000 cops in the US, and most of them post on the internet.

          • Bill

            I don’t know if most of us cop post on the Interweb, the best means of dispensing disinformation, pops and static ever developed, but I’m not certain I’d want one on my duty rifle. The first requirement of a fighting rifle is shootability, for lack of a better term, and I seriously doubt that this functions as a stock as, well, a stock. If I was doing executive protection or shooting from inside a vehicle on a regular basis, maybe.

            Backpackers? Seriously? I’m in the woods frequently, and never without a handgun, or a long gun if I’m working. If you need a SBR when you’re backpacking, stop hiking the Pot Garden Trail or the Juarez to Tijuana border stroll. Or do you mean “backpacking” like the military does in the tribal provinces of Pakistan?

          • Cymond

            Backpackers would probably care more about weight than length, and metal stocks aren’t light.

        • Cal S.

          I was gonna reply and say that I’m one of those people that needs to conceal an SBR.

          But now I’m not going to.

          • iksnilol

            I know the feeling, bruh.

            Seriously, if I want concelable I am not going for an AR by virtue of the buffer tube (unless I am breaking it down, then it kinda is unpractical).

            Just get an AK pistol, put on it a triangle folder and a red dot and you’re done. If you need comfort, put a cheek piece and soft buttpad on it.

          • Cal S.

            Or you could play fast and loose with the ATF and get a flip-to-side mount and a Sig Brace. You could even do that with an AR pistol (except you’d have to fold it out if you wanted to fire more than one shot).

          • iksnilol

            I dunno, I like the capability to fire folded. Kinda like a handbrake on a car, rarely used but when I need it it is very useful.

            ATF doesn’t apply to me.

          • Cal S.

            That’s true, lol.

          • iksnilol

            Besides, you can get decent accuracy using a SAS hold and a red dot at 100 meters.

            Self defense is at like 20 meters… Did I find a practical justification for those stockless AR and AK pistols? I am good.

          • Cal S.

            Yeah, I know. If just rather have both, you know? Irks me to know end that the US has the Second Amendment, but had more restrictions on more things than some countries without it.

    • Cal S.

      I held one once at a gun store. With my length of pull, my cheek bone was going to get smacked by the nice, flat edge of the buffer cylinder every. Single. Shot. Not in a pleasant, “Hurts so gud” way, either.

      • JumpIf NotZero


        You don’t know what you want until you have it.

    • cons2p8ted

      agreed…can’t see why people just don’t pony up half a Benjamin for a Magpul MOE SL-K or $100ish for a LWRC short stock kit! Both saves about and inch also, weighs less, and cost $300 (or more) less!

    • nova3930

      I bought a Troy pdw to put on my 8″ 300 BO. It makes it easier to stash in a readily available position in the truck if I happen to see hogs on my place. Pull it out, shoot a couple times, put it back. I sure as crap wouldn’t want to put 500 rounds through it in a sitting though. And I did replace an A5 w BCM gunfighter stock on that particular rifle.

      Cost wise, there’s a difference but not that big a one, when you consider the PDW comes with it’s own BCG. A good BCG runs $150, A5 is $100ish and a gunfighter is $55. I got the PDW on sale for $399…..

    • Squirreltakular

      Why the hell do you care so much about what someone else puts on their rifle?

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I really dig the look of those stocks and have been on the cusp of buying one but not for 300 – 500.
    Would look very cool and compact on my SBR though. Plus im worried about how their buffer and BCG will affect suppressed full auto.

  • Jwedel1231

    I love Strike Industries.

  • Bill

    The sights are nice, and would be nicer if they had the same apertures as the standard sights, and would be even nicer if they had the option of a express- or notch-style rear sight for close range and high speeds.

  • anon

    so with a 7″ barrel, what would the OAL collapsed end up as?

    • dmz

      I’m no expert, but IIRC the Troy M7 PDW also has a 7″ barrel and a stock/tube setup like this. It’s about 21″ collapsed.

  • TechnoTriticale

    So do those stock rods adequately clear lower group controls, or can it only be collapsed with the selector on safe? The dummy lower has no controls, so hard to tell.

  • hydepark

    Can any of these PDW stocks be used with the quarter circle 10 or similar 9mm PCC’s?

    • Cymond

      Most of them require proprietary bolt carriers, so no.
      However, there is at least one that uses a standard carrier, and should be compatible with a 9mm bolt. I’ll get back to you when I find it again.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    I read your post history. You’re full of crap. Which is fine, just don’t get all high and mighty when in other threads your calling people “Hollywood Marines” then questioning if they were actually mil. All esp when you claim to be … Air Force.

    Or, I’m sure there are a lot of Desert Storm vets still in the field being ISSUED Troy PDW stocks.

    • Ghost930

      Yep. I was in the Air Force, never claimed otherwise sport. I was a 1C291 (go look it up) E-8 when I retired. Which has nothing to do with the statement I maid about the rifle. I own my own company, which presently has a contract with DOS WPPS IV High Threat Diplomatic Security (again, go look it up) program overseas. Due to where we are working, open display of rifles isn’t allowed, but the threat level requires us to have them available. Hence the Troy modified rifles which are a DOS mandate, and issue item.
      You are pretty typical of a good portion of the people who post on these comment sections, again why I don’t often do it. You made a claim, I knew it to be false, and commented on it in a mature polite manner. But because you were a Marine (still doubtful) and apparently God’s gift to rifle knowledge, you answered in a derogatory and jack ass manner, because gosh somebody knew something you didn’t. Like I said, easy way to solve it, and the adult way, go measure the rifles. Or, hey, try reading the published specs on the rifle.
      Guess what, all branches of the service have combat arms MOS/AFSC, not just the Marines. A lot of us actually know a fair bit about firearms, and enjoy discussing them in a polite intelligent manner, something which has apparently eluded you.
      I’ve served with quite a few Marines over the years, and have a couple working for me. Pretty much they have been good folks, with a lot of professionalism and respect, again something that seems to have eluded you. Here’s a little advice as I leave you to your apparent gun God self, being a jackass isn’t a virtue, and pretty annoying to the rest of the population. You have yourself a nice day.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        You know how I can tell you’re full of it?


        Not a single person who was in Desert Storm is still bumping a rifle late enough to have a PDW stock on it.

        No ones knees are 20 year of actual use good. I’m not saying you weren’t mil, but you are very likely taking great strides with the truth.

  • iksnilol

    Oh come on, there’s two of you now?

    I mean for us mere mortals JumpIfNotZero and Ghost930 are almost like clones of one another.

  • Slim934

    So what’s the release date/price on that charging handle?

  • Jeffrey

    I’m just here for the comments. I’m a gun guy and gun guys crack me up. 🙂 stay safe out there.

  • All the Raindrops

    Sweet manners bro

  • AD

    It looks like that stock will make you shoulder the rifle higher than you might with a regular stock? Which would seem to defeat the purpose of a “tube gun”, as the higher bore axis would lead to more muzzle flip?

    Of course a lot of people seem to shoulder ARs higher up than I would expect them to, so it probably won’t make any difference for them since the lower edge of this buttpad is probably in the same position as a standard model.