In the past few months we have talked about the AR-15 market and its saturation, the latest trend we are seeing to bolster that stagnant market is companies are ramping up their production and design of new accessories. One company that caught our attention is California-based Aeon Tac and their newest offering the LWB stock (Light Weight Billet). The stock’s main body is milled out of a single block of 6061 aircraft grade T6 aluminum. It tips the scales at just over 7 oz in weight and is only 1.36 inches wide, making it onto f the smallest and lightest stocks on the market. That by itself is impressive but the fact that Aeon Tac makes this stock user configurable so that it acts like a fixed style stock instead of a collapsible for shooters in unfriendly states is equally as impressive.
- 1.36 ” Wide
- Weighs 7 oz
- Milled out of 6061 T6 Aluminum
- Collapsed length: 6.5″
- Extended Length: 9.5″
- Uses Mil-Spec buffer tube
- Stock has six available positions
- Cerakote Finish
- Can be locked to function as a fixed stock
The stock isn’t cheap compared to the original polymer variety of AR-15 stocks with a retail price of $149.99 but I think there will be a place for it in today’s AR-15 accessory market. The fact that when collapsed it is barely longer than a standard mil-spec buffer tube will make some users take a good hard look at it. It would appear to us that AEON Tac had it’s sights set squarely on attracting professional who need want their stocks built small and tough. The possible close quarters battle applications for the AEON Tac LWB stock makes it a natural selection for Short barrel rifle users. We in fact reached out the AEON Tac to see if they would be willing to let us perform a test and evaluation on the stock, but as to date haven’t heard anything back from the company.
I have used several models of collapsible skeletonized stocks and in general have found them to be more trouble than they were worth, but at first glance the AEON Tac LWB appears to be built more robustly than the stocks I’ve tried. Ive mentioned it before in this article but the idea that the company designed a stock that they could use in California with its bizarre gun laws yet export that same stock to us in free states and have it act as an adjustable stock is a stroke of marketing genius. The only thing that the company seems to have over looked is the a sling mounting point, but who knows maybe if the stocks sells well as it is, a version 2.0 with a sling mounting point will appear.
We hope you liked this quick look at the AEON Tac LWB stock, We’re curious to hear what our readers think of this new entry into the AR-15 market. Would you get a stock milled out of one piece of aluminum ? Does the lack of a recoil pad or sling mount stop you from being interested in it ?