Mako Tactical SSR-25 Israeli Sniper Stock for AR-15 Style Rifles
Despite the recent proliferation of sniper style stocks for AR-15/AR-10 style rifles, it is often difficult to find a stock with the right balance of features, simplicity, and price. Magpul’s PRS stocks, now available for several weapon systems, are good, solid stocks. Command Arms offers sniper stocks that are overly complicated and spectacularly expensive. Other companies offer improvements on standard A2 stocks.
One stock that stands out from the rest is the SSR-25 stock from The Mako Group. This simple, rugged sniper stock is designed to excel in it’s intended role – providing a soldier-proof , fast-operating stock for Israeli snipers fielding SR-25 rifles.
The first thing you will notice about the SSR-25 stock is that it was definitely not designed to impress civilian gear geeks with space-age looks or overcomplicated controls. It’s clean, spartan design saves weight and bulk. The stock blends with the shape of the rear of the rifle’s receiver and brings that shape back to where it drops down in a comfortable hook for the off-hand to hold. The butt section terminates in a rubber buttpad and a push-button release allows the butt section and a cheekpiece to be raised to the desired height. A second pushbutton releases a spring-loaded monopod hidden in the stock. The monopod drops straight down to the desired height and has course and fine elevation adjustments. If you have never fired a rifle from a bipod and monopod combination, you will be amazed by the potential increase in accuracy.
This stock is build from rugged reinforced polymer composite. This material is ideal for building weapon accessories because it is lightweight and very strong. It is also more comfortable in extreme temperatures than metals.
The SSR-25 Sniper Stock is a drop-in replacement for an A2 style stock. (If the rifle has a collapsible buttstock, then the carbine buffer tube needs to be removed and replaced with a rifle buffer tube. Be sure to replace the carbine buffer and spring with a rifle buffer and spring to prevent damage to the rifle.) To install, simply remove the existing stock from the rifle. Set the old stock and the spacer aside. Loosen a keeper screw (accessed through buttpad of the SSR-25) several turns and slide the buttpad/cheekrest assembly up and off of the back of the SSR-25 stock. Slide the SSR-25 onto the rifle’s buffer tube and slide forward most of the way. Insert monopod spring into well and hold in place while sliding the stock all the way forward on the buffer tube. Insert and tighten buttstock screw and slide the buttpad/cheekpiece assembly back into place. tighten keeper screw and installation is finished. This stock can easily be installed in about three minutes.
Length of pull is about 14.5″ and seems ideal for a scoped AR rifle. Many people are fixed on the idea of a collapsable stock, and I am often asked whether there are collapsible sniper stocks available. While collapsible stocks are great for CQB applications while wearing body armor, most snipers do not use body armor when shooting. Also, adjustable cheekpieces and AR charging handles do not mix well on collapsible stocks. Another consideration is that with sniper optics on an AR, it is often difficult to get enough eye relief. I have found that even with body armor, I have had hard time getting far enough away from the optics with standard collapsible stocks.
Height of the cheekpiece is adjustable from zero to 2 5/16″ – tall enough to use with carry handle mounted scopes. This stock is a great option for anyone who wants to scope an A1 or A2 style rifle. The push button adjustment is much faster than wheel-type adjustments.
The monopod adjusts from zero to 6.25 inches. It’s unique design allows the shooter to take a position, touch a button, and deploy the monopod instantly to the desired height. The elevation can be fine-tuned by turning either the fine or course adjustments. At any time large adjustments can be made instantly with the touch of the button. This design is much faster than others which must be loosened, swung down, tightened, and then spun to the desired height. The long range of adjustment makes this design especially suited to both snipers and varmint hunters, since both often shoot from less than ideal positions.
Price for the SSR-25 is very reasonable, lower than all other sniper stocks I am aware of now, and considerably lower than many. The SSR-25 is available for purchase here.
Although the SSR-25 stock was designed for the SR-25, M16, AR-15, AR-10 or DPMS LR-308 family of rifles, it can be installed on any rifle that is designed for or can be adapted to take an AR-15 buttstock. The Mako Group offers conversion kits to adapt this stock to AK-47/74 style rifles or VZ-58 rifles. Many .50 BMG rifles are designed to use AR style buttstocks, and with its rubber buttpad, the SSR-25 is ideal for harder recoiling rifles such as .50 BMG rifles or .308 AR-1o type rifles. Kits are available from other manufacturers to adapt many other rifles to AR buttstocks.
The SSR-25 Sniper Stock is built in Israel by FAB Defense and available in the US under The Mako Group name. FAB Defense has been manufacturing top quality weapon accessories for military and law enforcement customers in Israel and worldwide, and in the last few years have finally made their products available to civilians in the US through The Mako Group. All FAB accessories were designed and manufactured at the specific request of a military or LE agency and have been proven through actual combat use.
Dealers and distributors in the US should contact The Mako Group for information on selling or distributing these products.