Advanced AR-Style Components + Rifles of VLTOR
By Christopher R. Bartocci
The AR being the most popular rifle in the country, the market is without a doubt a multi-billion dollar industry. Any number of companies have come out of the woodwork producing new/advanced components, rifles and their quality and concepts go from outstanding to absolute garbage. With having so many companies in the game you are bound to come up with some real innovation. Most of this started in the late 1990’s to the early 2000’s. Before the 1994 Assault Weapon Ban the semi-auto market was rather low and unpopular. Primarily Colt was the manufacturer of the AR-platform of rifles. With the ban “sunset” in 2004 the weapon system took off. The lead dog, or should I say horse, Colt was set on military contracts and their commercial rifles went by the wayside, enabling a whole new market for those interested and the rest is history.
In 1994, a former staff writer from Gun World magazine and also a former Knight’s Armament employee by the name of Eric Kincel co-founded Micro-tech knives and lead a small arms division called Unitech Research, Inc. Due to litigations with Knight’s Armament the company was dissolved. Then in 2001 a new company was formed by the name of VLTOR. The company was later bought out by aerospace contractor Abrams Airborne Mfg, Inc (in 2004).
The first true VLTOR product commenced in 2001 and continues as of 2015 to be their most coveted product line, the Modstock. After seeing pictures of the Colt Advanced Combat Rifle, Kincel looked at the triangular shaped stock design. He felt this was a very comfortable stock, much more so than the traditional, thinner Mil-Spec stock. The design of the VLTOR Modstock commenced. The Modstock was widely used for quite a few years until additional improvements were to be made. Now named VLTOR IMOD it has two side panels which each have a waterproof tube which can be used to store batteries (3 CR123 or 2 AA batteries per tube) or anything else that would fit. The butt of the stock has a rubber...
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