Pistolgrip size: McHale vs A3 /A5

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Brown Dog, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. Brown Dog

    Brown Dog Writers Guild

    Sep 26, 2003
    Popped into a Scottish riflebuilder a week or so ago and had my first ever opportunity to handle McMillan A-3 and A-5 stocks.....always liked the look of them in pictures.

    ...so, I was extremely surprised to find how small (vertically) the pistolgrip was on both models...almost not enough there for your little finger to grab ...in contrast, the McHale grip felt about right.

    (..I also thought the short A-3 & A-5 pistol grips weren't helped by being too fat)

    ..I know that A-3 and A-5 users can't all be tiny-handed; why are the pistolgrips so short?
    I notice the McMillan website describes the A-5 as sharing the A-3's "trim" pistolgrip /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif I would have described them as "short and fat" /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    Are the A-2 or A-4 grips very different?