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 Post subject: Changing an older 556 from a folding stock to a fixed stock
PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:42 pm 

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Hello gents, I've just returned from an Iraq deployment and haven't been following all of the changes in the world of the 556. I have an older 556 'Commando' that I got about two years ago that came with the factory folding tube with a MagPul stock. I'd like to keep the stock, but either upgrade the tube with something more sturdy (I broke one of the positions on the tube when I dropped the rifle some time ago) or change it out to a non-folding tube. As its an older lower, what choices do I have? Can anyone recommend anything to me? Thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: Changing an older 556 from a folding stock to a fixed st
PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 6:20 am 
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If you want to go with a non folding stock just buy a buffer tube, castle nut and the retainer plate and you are good to go. If you want to keep it a folder then I suggest buying an ACE folding kit.

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 Post subject: Re: Changing an older 556 from a folding stock to a fixed st
PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:15 am 
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I've got a CTR folder on one of my 556's just like that and it is a great setup.

One my other 556, I had the straight OEM SIG adjustable stock on it but I replaced it with an ACE folder and I really like that too! The ACE folder is a great setup. Here are some pics of them:

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The ACE folder is a high quality heavy duty rig, light but not adjustable for length, but you order the length you want and can also put a smaller or larger rubber butt cap on it too.

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 Post subject: Re: Changing an older 556 from a folding stock to a fixed st
PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 5:14 pm 

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Reno wrote:
If you want to go with a non folding stock just buy a buffer tube, castle nut and the retainer plate and you are good to go. If you want to keep it a folder then I suggest buying an ACE folding kit.


Awesome, but can you direct me where to find all of this stuff? Will any buffer tube work? What/who do you recommend? Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Changing an older 556 from a folding stock to a fixed st
PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 4:43 pm 
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See if this is what you want:

http://store.a51tactical.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=66_208_166&products_id=872&zenid=69s5v5559og4d7jo9tid8fcqj5

or here:

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/cid=625/k=/t=P/mfg=/Products/Stocks

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 Post subject: Re: Changing an older 556 from a folding stock to a fixed st
PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 10:38 pm 
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Sorry for the hijack, but Skypup, what kind of mag is that in your middle photo? Looks like it holds about a thousand rounds (LOL).


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 Post subject: Re: Changing an older 556 from a folding stock to a fixed st
PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:21 am 
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It is a Lancer 48 round competition mag:

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=27420/Product/L5_COMPETITION_48_ROUND_MAGAZINE

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 Post subject: Re: Changing an older 556 from a folding stock to a fixed st
PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:44 am 

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Thank you very much, SkyPup.


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 Post subject: Re: Changing an older 556 from a folding stock to a fixed st
PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:22 pm 
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Thanks Skypup.


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 Post subject: Re: Changing an older 556 from a folding stock to a fixed st
PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:29 pm 
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It works flawlessly in getting the barrel very hot! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Changing an older 556 from a folding stock to a fixed st
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Wubbman, we you able to figure out what stock setup would work for you?

It is a simple replacement to take off the folding stock and tube and put on a straight one if that is the way you want to roll.

BTW - i forgot to mention, thank you so much for your service overseas...glad to see that you are taking time to work on your 556 in your spare time! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Changing an older 556 from a folding stock to a fixed st
PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 4:51 pm 

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Skypup, I'm going to go with basically what you have in your second pic, only with my Magpul stock. Is there a place that sells just the tube and ancillary hardware? I looked around and could only find complete kits (ala, with a stock and hardware). So yes, I'm going to just put a straight tube on there and roll like that.


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 Post subject: Re: Changing an older 556 from a folding stock to a fixed st
PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:47 pm 
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Here ya go, check this out....

https://www.cogunsales.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=227&category_id=11&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1

might want to give them a call if all you need is the commerical buffer tube and attachment hardware.

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 Post subject: Re: Changing an older 556 from a folding stock to a fixed st
PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:40 pm 

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Thanks, but isn't that a polymer tube? I could be wrong. I think I will call them here soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Changing an older 556 from a folding stock to a fixed st
PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:30 pm 

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A CAV Arms A1 stock and G.I. butt plate work well.

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Almost forgot. You can get them in O.D.


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 Post subject: Re: Changing an older 556 from a folding stock to a fixed st
PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:32 am 

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Are you interested in parting with the folding stock?


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