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Pp800 Custom Stock - Mk 2

Discussion in 'Air Pistols' started by Nubble, Nov 26, 2019.

  1. Nubble

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    Nubble's PP800 Custom Pistol Stock - Mark 2

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    After my last attempt at improving on the original PP800 stock and making one of my own there were a couple of little things I wasn't quite happy with. Even before Mark 1 was finished I had already started on Mark 2.....:rolleyes:



    For the purposes of continuity and ease of viewing for the reader I would like to point out I shall be using the same tree stump for nearly all of the images. :p


    I already had the wood, I marked and cut out 3 'blanks'
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    The finish was taken off the surfaces to be bonded and any high spots removed before being glued and clamped. There's a stock in there somewhere...

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    First off was to drill out the recess for the action and cut the top of the stock.

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    I then turn my attention to the web, testing for fit width-ways and particularly the line of thumb and forefinger.

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    I proceed slowly, constantly checking the fit around the thumb/forefinger/palm/heel etc and bit by bit reducing the width to get a nice comfortable fit. I'm determined to take my time a little more with this one. It amazes me how many times you think you are getting somewhere near to a finished shape only to shave just a tad off somewhere, and then somewhere else, then a bit more, a bit more, so on and so on and so on..................

    As I slowly shape away I note an 'interesting' spot slowly appearing in the rear of the grip. "That looks interesting" I think and shave away blissfully unaware that the nice interesting spot suddenly gives way to a nice dead, knotty section that disappears into the depths of the stock, well by about 10mm anyway. After some minor cussing and calling myself a few choice names I decide on a plan. I hasten a repair with similar colour wood dust, PVA, a slice of luck, a sprinkle of magic unicorn dust and 3 percent skill and keep my fingers crossed.

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    After what seems like an age I finally decide that I am happy with the shape and fit. Actually I thought I had already finished but the more I kept holding and gripping it the more I needed to 'fine tune' the shape. This ended up being quite dramatic in removing around half an inch of material from the front of the grip. This of course took a long time. I also test fitted the feel of the grip with the action fitted to see how the weight affected the feel of the grip.


    Once I was finally happy I actually left it for a month before I came back to it. The first time I picked it up it fitted like a glove so I set about sanding it to a smooth, even finish.

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    Once sanded it was treated to 8 coats of Nath's Gunstock Oil. Once happy with the grain and colour I decided to wax it with Nath's wax.

    Action fitted it now looks like this...

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    From beginning to end, including a few pauses, it took around 4 months. Most of that is occasional evenings sitting in the garage, coating everything with an ultra fine layer of dust, shaping, testing, shaping, testing etc

    Like I say I took my time and overall I am a lot happier with it than the mark 1. The colours are a lot nicer than the photos gives 'em credit for, they are really deep, lush oranges and rich browns that glow, ripple and fade depending on the light.

    I purposely chose a dark section for the middle section and I think this shows well on the trigger guard, also the dark end cap on the forestock adds a nice little touch too. I was looking at including a fine 3mm black bone section in the base of the grip but kinda like the way this one turned out.

    Everything I had already so it has only cost me time but if you were to buy the materials you are looking at 10-20 quid (assuming you have the tools already).

    I like the way it fits. If I grip it tight I can feel it really squeezing into every contour of my hand, if I apply a looser grip the weight and balance is still forcing the stock into my hand nicely. The right side of the trigger guard comes not quite level with the front of the trigger meaning my trigger finger has something to guide/rest on and also means I have very minimal distance to move the trigger before the shot is taken.

    Nubble

    Nov '19.
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    Mark 2 (fitted) - Mark 1 (below) - Original (below right)

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    Images should now be showing....... :oops:
     
  4. Leadashtray

    Leadashtray Mogul up the lane

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    Really nice :thumb:
     
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    Much appreciated.
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    Very nice work!! If you ever fancy making a laminate one I'd definitely be buying!
     
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    Thanks for the comments. Funny you should say that! I'm just starting an 'experimental' laminate stock for either the CP1 or PP800. I'm curious about how it would look so gonna have a go. I originally thought about building up alternative orange/black individual dyed plys but that's shelved for the moment, I going with 22mm sandwiched between 12mm on either side.
    Usually there is far too much time put into them to make it viable to offer them for sale but a nice thought.


    Cheers
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  8. phil.m

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    Very nice @Nubble ! I think you've done a great job here, it looks amazing!

    I've just stumbled across this while researching the 800, you've done some great write ups. Thanks very much.

    What was the wood? Apologies if I've missed it in the posts.
     
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    Hello Phil.
    Thanks for the comments and kind words. Much appreciated.
    The wood I used on both MK1 and MK2 was Acacia.
    As you can see I didn't have a piece thick enough so I thought I would just glue 3 pieces together and I think it worked out ok. Much prefer the MK2 especially the contrasting trigger guard and cap on the fore-stock. Looks much nicer in real life than in the photos too. It just fits my hand so well too, it's a pleasure to pick up.

    I'm making a laminate one at the moment just for fun but think that is destined for the CP2. ;)

    Cheers
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    It must look really really good then, it's brilliant in the pictures.
    Looking forward to seeing the laminate results :thumb:
     
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    Reevo17 Group therapy

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    I missed this post - cracking craftsmanship! Love the grip!
     
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    mikeyhall1 Amazing Poster

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    How did I miss this?!

    Amazing work nubs
     
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    as always your work is first class and an inspiration too all budding pistol fettlers. what all that means is well done mate:)
     
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    Cheers Reevo.
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    Thank you indeed Mikey.
    Such a gent.
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    Thank you kindy @billy.whizz
    Hopefully inspire a few out there to have a go.
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    ...actually I am quite fond of it too.
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    Early days yet.... but, oh go on, just a quick look then.
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    Its going to be a beauty!
     
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    Nice grip. looking for my PP800, I don't like stock grip
     
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