An article was released yesterday where I had the opportunity to shoot a Hi-Point Carbine chambered in 9mm and .45 ACP outfitted with the High Tower Armory MBS-95 Conversion stock. In that review, I pretty extensively discussed the features and benefits of the new conversion stock as well as some pros and cons. One thought I purposefully did not go into greater detail to more appropriately address it here are the spring recoil pads. Where did they go? Does the spring recoil pad on factory Hi-Point Carbines even serve a purpose? What is going on here?!
While shooting the Hi-Point Carbines outfitted with an MBS-95 Conversion stock, both rifles had a nearly identical recoil impulse which was very light. I also observed that these new conversion stocks did not have the iconic ‘springy recoil pad’ that Hi-Point stocks have. To explain this, I needed the owner of High Tower Armory to elaborate what was going on to me.
He stated that the original Hi-Point Carbines have the springy recoil pad (my made up technical term) because that safeguards or protects the internal structures and mechanisms of the firearm. Kinetic energy of the rifle firing and the movement of the slide are traditionally transferred into the spring recoil pad.
Some consumers complained that they did not like the look of the original stocks, the spring movement occurring or their cheek weld to the stock sliding back and forth. In any case, High Tower Armory has alleviated that issue.
With their new MBS-95 Conversion Stocks, they have deployed a soft polyurethane buffer into the rear of the stock. This effectively achieves the same end result as the spring recoil pad of eating up kinetic energy and acting as a counter weight. Additional benefits are… sexier stock, better cheek weld to the firearm and no felt “spring” movement.
The MBS-95 Conversion Stock loosely reduces the felt recoil on the .45 ACP by 30% and in the 9mm by 40% as a result of the internal buffer. The owner of High Tower Armory comes across as a physicist with a firearms fetish (rock on, dude) so his math is probably correct. It is still important to note that these are estimates.
So be sure to check out TFB’s review of the new High Tower Armory MBS-95 Conversion Stock and hopefully this was informational as well. If you want to get one of these new stocks the best thing to do is hit up High Tower Armory’s website, and join their newsletter.