Mission First Tactical, or, “MFT” has sent us over one of their BATTLELINK Minimalist Stock, or “BMS”, units to review. Their goal with the BATTLELINK Minimalist Stock was to reduce the weight as much as possible while providing a stable area of contact between the rifle and the shooter. In fact, the company touts the BMS as “the lightest stock on the market”. The BMS comes in both commercial and MilSpec buffer tube diameters. Because airsoft guns usually mirror their real world counterparts in terms of size, I selected one of their MilSpec versions to take a look at. It was a good choice and my hunch was correct as the BMS was a perfect fit for the AEX Warfighter DMR airsoft rifle I tried it out on.
Official BMS Features and Functions
- Slide-on replacement for original collapsible butt stock.
- Angled non-slip rubberized buttpad allows faster presentation, even with body armor.
- Quick Detach Sling mounting point is positioned for optimum usage including ambidextrous shooters
- Upper section provides enhanced cheek weld
- Patent Pending
- Made in the USA
Installing the BMS onto my airsoft rifle’s stock tube was pretty straight forward. It has a much tighter fit on the tube than the crane style stock I had on it previously. At first, I thought it might not fit but, trust me, it does. Like I said, it’s just a bit tighter than you are probably used to. What’s great about it is that this tighter fit virtually eliminates any stock rattle and that is a nice little bit of added stability when you have your cheek pressed up against it. Going more into how my cheek weld was with the BATTLELINK Minimalist Stock – in short: Excellent. Using a stock so thin in comparison to more traditional models, this was a concern prior to my actually using it. What I didn’t take into account was that, while thin and lightweight, the BMS has flared-out sides which give your cheek a great surface to rest on – even while wearing lower face protection. It features a rubber buttpad, which helps with regards to comfort while shouldering as well as “grip”. By grip, you will notice this while leaning your airsoft rifle up against a wall or in a gun stand as the stock will hold very tight to what it is sat on top of.
Now, just by looking at this stock, it is pretty easy to tell it does not work very well for airsoft rifles that keep their batteries in the stock. This stock is definitely for handguard or PEQ box battery airsoft rifles only. That being said, the BATTLELINK Minimalist Stock has a great feel to it when shouldered and adds a nice, “tacticool” aesthetic to your airsoft rifle. Another cool feature of the BMS is that its underside is littered with slots that can be used to wrap para-cord or even attach a sling. As far as slings go, I would liked to have seen MFT include a QD sling point to the stock, but that’s more of a personal preference and really the only thing I can see which I would like changed on it.
For the color conscious shooters and airsoft players out there, MFT manufactures the BATTLELINK Minimalist Stock in a variety of colors: Black, Flat Dark Earth, Foliage Green, Grey, and Scorched Dark Earth. So, chances are one of these colors will work for your rifle platforms overall style.
Overall, Mission First Tactical’s BATTLELINK Minimalist Stock is probably the most lightweight and stable stock you will ever have the privilege of using – whether it’s on your airsoft or real steel AR/M4 platform. It is also retails for an MSRP $59.99, a very reasonable price for a quality stock – especially one so light and capable.