The back fell off.
A friend sent me these last night. Some one told me that the parts that failed are made by the Internet’s favorite AR maker but I have not confirmed that yet. It sure wouldn’t surprise me if it is. My other guess would be Stag Arms. Their amazing charging handles have really impressed lately and I have seen dozens of stag guns over the years fail in various ways.
The back of the receiver extension or, “buffer tube” to use common parlance , let go under recoil and the rear movement of the BCG forced the spring out the back and breaking the MOE stock. Which also makes one wonder about the quality of those.
A Colt employee commented to me after being shown the picture that the standard milspec M4 stock will stand up to this if the buffer tube fails. The stock will allow the gun to continue to function assuming the break is covered by the stock. He mentioned the MOE stock being one of the stocks the military will not use on rifles/carbines. Not strong enough.
I been trying to track down the owner of the rifle because I am dying to know how it felt when he fired a shot and that spring came out like that. It looks like it had the potential for injuring the shooter.
I was talking to Brent from The Colt AR15 Resource last night about this and offered up a p half joking prediction. Because of the massive amounts of cheap AR15s and products on the market now, in 10 or 15 years , younger Gen Z will think of the AR15 the same way the guys who used the M16 early in Vietnam thought about them. They will joke about what a piece of crap it is. It will be like listening to guys who were in the Army in the 80s complain about how bad the 1911 is because every one they handled was worn out. They won’t know any better because most of their experience around them will be around utter garbage like the one posted above. I could see that happening. Maybe on a longer timeline but I can see it.