Well, it's taken us quite a few ideas and prototypes, but I think we honestly started in the wrong place trying to figure out how to affix an N-Strike Stock adapter to an LTAR. Previous attempts had focused on utilizing the upper rear portion of the blaster (where the iOS Cradle attaches) as a mounting point for this kind of device. While we are still pursuing ideas like that, I honestly think I've found a much better location suited for a Stock Adapter. The battery door.
It's simple, almost too simple... but it makes a lot of sense, especially considering the trouble we've had with the top-mounted method. When stress is applied to the part, the connections lift up and the adapter separated itself from the blaster. A shoulder stock should be able to withstand that kind of force, so relocating the adapter to the battery door, which is rear-facing, is a solid point to mount. The more force you push into the stock, you're really just strengthening the connection point instead.
LTAR-AR. It took awhile to get the right fitment and positioning of this adapter, and I may make alterations and modifications in the future of this piece based on my experience with it in future games. The design of the N-Strike Stock Attachments means there's about a half inch lower from the adapter needed for the spring-loaded lock and release mechanism, so it's not a flawless matchup when you're holding the blaster. It tends to dig in a little to the part of your hand where your thumb joint begins. It's not very noticeable, but I'm curious if extended use in a game would start to make it irritating. Next week, during our Frozen Fortress game, I'll be using the LTAR-AR equipped with various N-Strike stocks to check for comfort.
The LTAR-AR will be testing it's Version 2 lens adapter, Prototype Stock Adapter, and a Prototype Weaver Rail Adapter for the top portion during the game next weekend. All three are part of our development for accessories on the LTAR. The Version 2 Lens Adapter simply needs some adjustment to ease installation, so we hope to have a finalized version of that available this spring. The other two should hopefully be on-schedule to be finalized before the start of our next Summer Season of outdoor Laser Tag.