When you decide to build your rifle or shotgun with the beauty of wood there are quite a few choices to make. For the veteran firearm connoisseur the stock creation process will be second nature, for those individuals that have not been through the custom firearms manufacturing process we will guide you every step of the way. While the options and choices are vast, there are some tried and true methods that we utilize to make sure that your finished stock is exactly what you want. Now let's delve into the choices that will ultimately create your Sturtevant Arms Company stock.
The most primary of these decisions is what stock blank we will start with. You may have a piece of wood already picked out and in your hands, but if not we have an extensive selection of hardwoods for you to choose from. Our hardwood blanks all have been naturally drying and curing for decades and each has a moisture content below seven percent. We have several varieties of walnut: English (or French), Turkish, Claro, Bastogne, and Black and several other hardwood species including: maple, myrtle, mesquite, and cherry. Once a species of wood is chosen then we need to select the grade and individual blank. If you are able to visit our facility we will have a selection of the species and grade that you are looking for ready for your inspection. If you will not be traveling to our plant for the selection process we will email you digital photos of a selection of blanks and you can select the piece of wood that best suits your heart's desires. Next if we are adding stock embellishments like grip caps, fore end tips, butt caps, or wood inlays we have a list hardwoods for you to choose from. We also use some very exotic wood for stock embellishments like Bloodwood, Bubinga, Cocobolo, Ebony (in several varieties), Gonca Alves, Lacewood, Mahogany, Purpleheart, Rosewood, and Zebrawood. We also use other exotic materials like ivory and abalone shell and we can use any other material that you see fit to create that personal touch that you only get from a truly custom firearm.
Once you have the materials for each portion of your stock selected, you need to decide the style of the stock. First select the general style of the stock you would like to have built: a classic sporter, featherweight, varminter, silhouette, thumbhole etc. Then from the basic style you can select from this list of the typical styling choices that need to be made.
- Western (American)
- High Silhouette
- With or Without Shadow Lines
- Straight Grip
- Full Pistol Grip
- Semi Pistol Grip (Rounded Pistol Grip)
- Palm Swell
- Finger Grooves
- Dual Position Thumbhole
- Classic Rounded
- Flat Bottomed Beavertail
After all your options have been made then we need to fit the stock to your body. We measure each part of your body that contacts the firearm and we take over 25 measurements into account when building your stock. We take things into account that many other makers do not such as: your cheekbone height, ring/finger size, shoulder pocket position, neck length, and relative eye position. We strongly encourage you to visit our plant so that we can personally fit you, but if you are not able to be fitted here we can send our stock fitting sheet to a qualified gunsmith that is near you. We are only able to guarantee a perfect fit to your body if we did the fitting, but if we are working from measurements we will guarantee the stock will meet the measurement sheet specifications exactly.
When you want the beauty and warmth of wood on your rifle, Sturtevant Arms Company will build you the perfect stock to fit your body, personality, and taste. Feel free to contact us with any question you have about the stock selection, fitting or building process.