Yea, well it's starting to look more like a SAW than a carbine. Or something out of Star Wars. It wasn't my intent. It's an ATI stock and is about a pound heavier than my wooden Choate folder. Add on the strut and the bipod and its about two pounds heavier. I hemmed and hawed over getting it for about six months. I really wanted an adjustable LOP and I also wanted an easy provision for a bipod and a hand guard P-rail. It gave me all of that for about $100 and it really isn't a bad stock for what it is. But it's not something I would want to carry around the woods and fields all day. For "patrol duty" on the farm, I just slap on the Choate folder, or carry my USGI M1 Carbine. At least I can still fix a bayonet on that!
As much as a PITA it is to form the strut around the lug (I don't have a milling machine or access to one either), there are some bennies: I can use the lug as a means of keeping the strut from sliding forward during recoil, so I don't have to dimple my gas block and use securing screws. At least in theory... I will also see if I can forego using red loctite on the barrel.
I want everything to be completely reversible to original, since I've had this gun since 1980 and it was my first firearm.
Would still like to affix a bayonet lug to the front of the strut - perhaps I'll do that with version 3 - if I ever get around to it... I have been looking for "T" metal that I could weld (or have welded) to the front of the strut but it isn't readily available here. Then, just yesterday, I went under the house and found two old garage door openers I put down there years ago and discovered the rail for those is exactly what I've been looking for.
Ideally, I'd have the end of the strut machined to have a lug, but we're starting to talk bucks then and I'm not ready for that. Kind of a personal challenge.
If my desire to fix a bayonet on my GB exceeds my accuracy desires, I can now remove the strut by unscrewing the clamps and off it comes.
Of course, I haven't yet fired it with the strut on so I may be all wrong about how secure it is...Or how it holds up! But it keeps me off the streets...