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Minimalist Stock vs. Clone

Discussion in 'Gear Talk' started by Neanderthal, Sep 17, 2018.

  1. Neanderthal

    Neanderthal Sharpshooter

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    I happen to have a legit Mission Force Tactical Minimalist stock here along with a clone, so I thought I would take a few pics to show the differences. I'm sure there are other clones of this stock out there, but this is what I have on hand.

    From first appearances, they look strikingly similar.

    MFT.jpg

    First, you will notice that the clone has molding marks from the casting process clearly visible on the right hand side.

    MFT1.jpg
    The original MFT has the same casting marks, but they are on the left hand side.

    mft3.jpg


    Although the logos on the pseudo-MFT stock are nicely done, the logos (on both sides) of the legit MFT stock are much deeper recessed. (Sorry for the crappy pic).

    mft6.jpg

    The rubber butt-pad on the MFT stock has a logo at the top, where the fakerino does not. NOTE: I have seen images of other clones that DO have the logo visible on the butt, but they aren't typically as clearly defined.

    MFT2.jpg

    The molding marks on the bottom of the butt-pad are also different.

    mft4.jpg

    The overall "smoothness" of the polymer is also different. However, unless you have both of them in hand it may be hard to differentiate a fake from a proper MFT stock. This picture does a great job of showing the contrasting differences; moreso than you can see with the naked eye.

    mft5.jpg


    The MFT stock runs around $50, while the clones are available for less than half that price (I picked this one up on E-bay for $20).
     
  2. Jwryan84

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    I have a few of the real ones, but dang those are good. For $20 would be a nice stock
     
  3. Neanderthal

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    I was pleasantly surprised with the clone; it locks up tight, functions well, and I really can't find anything that the original MFT does "better". I can't speak as to the durability of it, but so far it has held up well. I think they're well worth the $20.
     
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    I think a more accurate definition is "counterfeit" in this case! :)

    Thanks for the comparison photos.
     
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    excellent write up. both look like they'd be hell to trek through thick brush with.
     
  6. Neanderthal

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    That's the one main thing that gave me concern too, that "hook". I saw where some pros said that they use them without having issues and I've seen others use paracord like this pic below. I'm not sure which camp I'll fall into yet.

    MFTpara.jpg
     
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    I like that paracord idea.


    “Crying is for babies, little girls, and men who just had their ears ripped off.”
    - Oobedoob Benubi
     
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    My paracord braiding skillz are very lacking. If I do go that route, it will probably look like it was done by Stevie Wonder on crack.
     
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    I have mine done up with paracord, I like the look. It's my Run & gun rifle and has been beat up with no problems.
     
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