If I do a quick image search for “Army M4” I get results that look like this:
With the exception of the Marine in the last photo, all the other shooters only have the toe of the stock in the shoulder. One of the awesome aspects of the AR15 and the 5.56×45 round is the low recoil and great control-ability. It allows you to get away with these less than optimum shooting positions.
Around 2007ish, someone came up with an answer for the question no one asked. They came up with a stock that would work well with this style of shooting. Here came the Duostock.
Duostock made the worst mistake that an accessory can make. That is, it was (and still is) considered to look stupid.
Some people called it the lima bean stock. I don’t really see the resemblance, but I do find that funny.
Yet there are people out there using this stock and liking it. I’ve read comments from a handful of people who actually use it, and like it.
I’ve never fired a rifle with a Duostock installed, but I have handled one. It does what it is suppose to do, but I’d just assume run a standard stock.
A couple of years ago a picture showed up of a SEAL using a Duostock. Some wondered if that would be enough of an impetuous to drive up popularity for it. Didn’t seem to garner any real attention.
It does seem like it is a decent product that does what it is suppose to do. But it is ugly and people don’t like how it looks.
The companies website doesn’t seem to exist any more. But many distributors seem to still have them in stock. I’m surprised we never saw a gen 2 Duostock that would be a little more subdued design with a rubber buttpad.
I’d guess that the lesson of the story is that if you are going to sell a “tactical” product, make sure it looks cool.