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Old March 21st, 2013, 09:14 PM   #1
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SAI stock plastic or fiberglass how to tell with photo's

first i would like to thank m14brian and theshooter for photo's.
ok SAI sells syn. and fiberglass stocks. both sometimes come
with a rubber butt pad.

so first we have theshooter's photo of syn plastic stock.
notice there is no cut out on the stock like a GI type stock
stock plastic .jpg
then we have m14brian's camo SAI fiberglass stock.
is a painted and fun switch plugged GI stock from SAI.
notice the cut out in front of the op rod handle, when forward.
m14brian0013.jpg
then we have my fiberglass painted black stock. notice the cut out.
stock 5.jpg
then a better photo of just the stock and the cut out.
stock2.jpg

ok we can see that the syn stocks do not have the cut out.
but the fiberglass stocks do. so that is how you tell the difference
between a syn and a fiberglass stock from SAI.
thank you m14brian for teaching me.
could use a few more photo's of a syn. stock if any one has one.
mod's could you please sticky this. for years i did not know.
thank you all
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That cutout is the quickest/easiest way for me to ID a USGI fiberglass stock in the absence of the selector cutout. There are also discernable differences in the mag well area internally, the receiver area internally, as well as the inner part of the fore end and butt, which you can tell with the action and buttplate removed. The area in the magwell you can ID one with just the magazine removed, they look much different than the SAI plastic stocks.
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Thanks for posting. This clears up the questions on the stocks.

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More photos, inside the receiver channel, magazine well, inside of forearm. USGI fiberglass stock is in front, SAI plastic in rear in every photo. Note, this one has both full auto selector cutout and disconnector cutout filled in. I got it at a gunshow, they did a pretty good job.
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Now I know I have a USGI stock on my Scout.

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So this explains a lot.
I bought my Springfield Loaded Stainless Barrel black stock in '02.
The rifle has seen very little use, knew basically what was buying.
Bought it for sentimental/nostalgic/prepper reasons, I carried an M-14 twice a week in the 7th grade while attending Wentworth Military Academy, Lexington, Mo. Been in love with the platform 42 years or so.
The price was right NIB @ the gunshow in Asheville, N.C.
So yesterday I get the bright idea to remove the ugly green had applied to the stock to discover a drab brown color beginning to appear and now see that yes my stock has the notch/cutout, and is very rough compared to a Springfield Armory synthetic pictured.
Wood is beautiful however I choose to live in humid climates where during certain times of the year the temps fluctuate dramatically.
Stainless and fiberglass work good.
Maybe one day I'll score some nice piece of walnut from Fred.
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