Why you should consider upgrading your rifle’s chassis

John T. lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His property is good sized and includes outbuildings with a large storage unit.

One morning, around 4:30 a.m., John was awakened by a person trying to break into the storage unit on his property.

John armed himself and went outside to investigate.

Outside, the trespasser was making his way towards the door of the house when John confronted him.

During the confrontation, John shot him.

When police arrived, they found the suspect in the yard suffering from a gunshot wound.

Despite receiving medical attention, the suspect died at the hospital.

At the time of the shooting, the intruder was on probation and had warrants out for his arrest.

According to police, John was extremely cooperative with the investigation, and no charges were filed against him.

Police didn’t reveal the type of firearm John used to defend himself.

But based on the size of John’s property, with its multiple buildings, a rifle would be an ideal choice in this type of situation.

While an AR-15 with a 30-round magazine would give you enough ammo to stop multiple threats…

When it comes to home defense rifles, especially for long range applications, some folks prefer a standard bolt action rifle.

And in recent years, there has been a rise in the preference to customize these types of rifles with a metal chassis.

So, if you have ever considered upgrading to a new chassis, here are a few things to keep in mind:

What is a rifle chassis?:

If you own a rifle that you purchased from a retailer it likely has a wood or plastic stock. The stock holds the barrel and action together.

A rifle chassis is similar to a stock but is made from different materials and offers more options such as aluminum.

In addition, a chassis allows people to customize the rifle touch points such as slings and bipods.

Rifles that are used for hunting, competitions, or law enforcement are often upgraded to a chassis.

Better accuracy:

The number one reason to upgrade to a chassis is to improve accuracy.

Chassis are usually made from metal instead of wood, polymer, or carbon fiber. The metal won’t flex during recoil like the other materials can.

A metal chassis will also prevent the rifle parts from moving during shooting.

In addition, a chassis has better bedding.

This means there is metal-to-metal contact in the rifle’s action, while a traditional rifle stock might not have any metal-to-metal contact.


A chassis system is one of the best ways to customize a rifle.

First, a chassis offers multiple attachment points for accessories such as a sling.

Also, depending on the chassis, the shooter can adjust the length of the pull and adjust the butt pad height, providing a perfect custom fit for the shoulder.

Plus, the chassis can have multiple M-LOK slots.

You have near endless possibilities to customize a rifle chassis.

Barrels and magazines:

Another benefit of a chassis is that they often work better if you like to switch out barrels.

A chassis will have more room in the barrel channel. It makes it easier to unscrew the barrel and replace it.

In addition, a chassis can make it simpler to use aftermarket magazines with your rifle.

Many stock rifles are finicky if you use anything other than a stock magazine.

But a chassis is more compatible with different magazines, which can allow the use of higher capacity magazines and more magazine options.

In the past, most shooters didn’t give much thought to upgrading to a chassis. It was mostly seen in competitions and tactical scenarios.

But, like any firearm customization, chassis have come a long way and are more realistic for the general shooter.

If you have thought about upgrading to a chassis, consider those by companies such as Magpul and Cadex Defense.

Bottom line: a custom rifle chassis can be a game changer for a rifle, whether you’re using it for hunting or using it for property defense.

In addition to having proper home defense firearms, you should also have a plan, and measures in place, for defending every square inch of your property.

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