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I figured I'd post a picture of a side by side comparison of the 2 stock options. Particularly for the high price, the Hera Arms stock feels like cheap plastic. The butt pad wobbles around and the pistol grip isn't a perfect fit for the groove/trench of the lower, so that wobbles around as well when you're supporting the weight of the gun on the pistol grip while reloading. I got the non-folding model since I live in a state where that's required. Unlike the rest of it, the pin/epoxy job on the folding part was actually very good.

The tbostic modified stock on the other hand has the benefits of the softer rubber on the cheek weld area and butt pad. It also has the horizontally straight cheek area angle which I find sets you up better for viewing the iron sights than the up-angled one on the Hera. The butt pad is much thicker and far larger vertically than the Hera, adding more support. Although the Hera has the look of a more authentic UMP stock, for actual usability and feel, the tbostic modified stock wins in every way for me.

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Thanks, Lohe.
I have not seen a Hera so I didn't know which one is Hera and which is tbostic's. That's too bad for Hera because it costs around $560 a piece.
 

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Thanks, Lohe.
I have not seen a Hera so I didn't know which one is Hera and which is tbostic's. That's too bad for Hera because it costs around $560 a piece.
Yep, you'd think for that price, Hera would include the plastic buffer as well. When you swap these, you have to pry out the buffer from the original and move it from one to the other. The whole thing is a bad deal.
 

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Thanks, Lohe.
I have not seen a Hera so I didn't know which one is Hera and which is tbostic's. That's too bad for Hera because it costs around $560 a piece.
Np; what Tbostic does is cut the stock off of the bottom of the grip and plastic weld it to the back end of the block, with a lot of trimming and stress relieving and all that thrown in for good measure! You don't end up with a folding stock, but it also probably doesn't cost anywhere near $560! I could see the attraction of the Hera stuff especially if you couldn't get hold of a UMP lower and wanted a folding stock.
 

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I too have a non folding version of the Hera stock. Before I purchased it, I was debating between Hera vs Tbostic. One reason I decided on Hera was that the fronstrap of the pistol grip is slightly
rounded and provides a more comfortable grip than the original USC stock which has a more flatter front strap that the Tbostic conversion still retains. The quality of the plastic on the Hera is not quite on par with the original USC stock, but I still think it matches the rest of the rifle quite well. The buttstock pad is loose, however an application of epoxy, and it is no longer an issue.
I do wish the pistol grip portion of the stock would fit more snuggly onto the trigger group. It was molded just slightly too wide. If you try to torque the grip left or right with your hand, it will
move and make creaking noises. I notice it mostly when I'm picking up the rifle. Inspite of all this, I think the Hera stock was still the right choice for me. I wanted to do a UMP a conversion, however I live in California. To spend all that money only to end up blocking to the 25 round mag back to 10 rounds, pinning the folding stock to non-folding, and no opportunity to SBR, just
did not make sense to me. The Hera stock is very expensive for what you're getting, but it is still far less than a UMP conversion. I think it makes sense for Californians who want the look of the
UMP. FYI, I heard from Lan World that production of the Hera USC stock is being discontinued and that a new version is being planned. Perhaps this is something to hope/wait for.
 

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Tom can also make you one similar to the Hera. All you have to do is buy an UMP stock and attach it. I think the total cost is cheaper than the Hera and it looks more like an UMP. If you live in CA like me, you can pin the stock so it does not fold.
 
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