U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)-I love my Remington 700 long action rifle. It is my primary long-range shooter. The gun is chambered in .300WM, and it has an MDT Tactical LSS-XL Gen 2 Chassis. I went with an A*B Arms stock. It is perfect for me with one exception.
That one exception is that I have to remove the stock on my 700 to remove the bolt. This inconvenience makes cleaning my Remington a real pain in my butt. Not only that but every time I have to clean my gun I have to spend valuable time on the range to adjust my stock back to my preferred position.
I have been looking for a solution to my “stock” issue. Luckily for me, MDT Tactical released folding stock adapters. These adapters let the user fold their stock to the side of their rifle similar to a side folding AK. When I saw the new accessories, I was very intrigued.
The stock on my rifle connects to the MDT chassis by using a standard AR-15 carbine buffer tube. The using of AR-15 buffer tubes on precision rifles chassis isn’t unique to the MDT Tactical variety. In fact, most of the top chassis makers use this design to attach stocks to the rifles.
MDT Tactical offered to send me two of their folding stock adapters of try out. The first was one-way locking adapter and the second was a two-way locking adapter. I decided to try both out to see which one (if either) would work for my set up.
Both MDT adapters are available in fixed-to-fixed, fixed-to-carbine, carbine-to-carbine, and carbine-to-fixed designs. The wide range of choices increases the number of people that can use the adapters. The adapter that will work for you will depend on your stock and rifle chassis.
MDT made both of their folding stock adapters out of solid airplane-grade anodized aluminum. It feels heavy and expensive. The finish of the adapters was flawless. They made these adapters to be able to be used in the field so they can take a real beating.
Another advantage of the MDT chassis folding stock adapters is that it makes the rifle easier transport. With this adapter on my gun, it reminds me of the Ritter & Stark rifle I tested out shortly before Christmas. I now think that all precision rifles should include a folding stock.
The first folding stock adapter I tried was the one-way locking folding adapter. I attached the adapter to the chassis and then inserted the setscrew. It was a real challenge screwing the screw down, but I was able to get it in place finally.
I screwed in the carbine buffer tube and attached the stock. It looked great with the MDT chassis. The one-way locking adapter locks into place when in the shooting position. When the operator secures the adapter in place, it is rock solid. There is absolutely zero movement in the stock.
When the user folds the stock to the side of the rifle with the adapter, it holds pretty steadily in place. There is a little bit of movement, but considering it doesn’t lock into place on the side of the rifle it is acceptable. I do like a little bit more of a solid feel.
I took my rifle out to shoot it for a bit with the MDT one-way locking adapter installed. What I wanted to see is if it would become loose after a day of shooting. There was no change in the feel of the adapter in either position. MDT did a great job on the one-way locking adapter.
It was time to check out the two-way locking adapter. With this one, it locks in to place when the stock is straight or folded to the side of the rifle. Before I could test it out, I had to remove the one-way locking adapter.
It was a pain removing the screw the held the adapter in place. I had to get a mallet and bang on the Allen wrench a few times before it would come off. I was able to remove the one-way locking adapter finally, but it did take awhile.
I decided to start the setscrew in the MDT adapter a little before attaching it to the chassis. For me, this way was far easier than connecting the adapter to the chassis and then using the setscrew.
The MDT two-folding adapter held stable when folded out just like the one-way locking adapter. It was far stiffer when folding the stock to the side of the rifle than the other adapter. This stiffness gave it a more robust feel over the one-way locking adapter.
I spent the better part of the night watching movies while folding the stock in and out to see if the stiffness in the adapter would disappear. It didn’t disappear which is good for me because I liked the stiffness.
The two-way adapter locks into place quickly when folded to the side of the long gun. There is no play in this position either. I don’t have to worry about the stock moving around on me. I prefer this set up to the one-way locking stock adapter.
It was time to take my Remington 700 out shooting again with the two-way stock adapter installed. The results were the same as with the other MDT adapter. Both adapters worked flawlessly.
To a lot of people, the drawback of either MDT folding stock adapters is the price. The one-way folding stock adapter sells for $149.99. MDT sells the two-way stock adapter for $199.99. These prices may seem high, but the target market is the long-range precision shooting crowd. Things tend to get a little pricey in this field, but you get what you pay for when it comes to things like these.
It is worth noting that these folding stock adapters will not work with the AR platform. MDT made these specifically for precision rifle chassis. MDT does not yet sell a folding stock adapter for the AR platform.
In the end, I think these adapters are great. I am glad MDT came out with them. MDT is known for making high-end items, and these are no exception.
Readers can find MDT Tactical at https://mdttac.com/
About John Crump
John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%’ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on leftist deplatforming methods and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at www.crumpy.com.