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Old March 21, 2012, 17:32   #1
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M14 custom handguard finished!!! M14 Porn....Big Time!






a while back i posted a teaser pic of the custom handguard that i was having Tony at LAW483 Enterprises do for me. it all started when i had a vision of a tiger striped birch GI stock with an old school wood handguard........but not just any wood handguard..........a birch handguard with matching figure (striping). we all know that this is something that never existed as the early wood handguards were all walnut. therein lied my problem.

now, Tony at LAW483 does beautiful grade A custom M14 stocks and handguards in both the traditional and E2 style platforms......and the wood ranges from laminate to fancy exotic wood like "striped" maple. i presented him with my concept of matching a new custom handguard to an original 40+yr old GI tiger birch.......and he met my challenge with determination and enthusiasm as it seemed to be an auspicious moment for his creativity to try something new and neither of us were 100% how it could be pulled off.

the first hurdle was finding the birch wood with the matching figure and even then.....the wood must then be "finished" to match the original stock. he told me the easiest way to "match" the wood is to strip down the original stock and finish both pieces of wood together. i didnt make his job easier as i told him that i wanted to preserve the original GI stock as it was. my concept being that i wanted to protect the historical integrity of the original stock and create an authentic original "old school" GI look that never was (if you will).

as you can see from the pics, the project did get done and it turned out WAY better than i thought was possible.







the cherry on top will be putting one of Hawk's dummy switch kits on there. most of my stocks have the "button" kit, but i think i should go with the "switch" on this one.
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Old March 21, 2012, 17:57   #2
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She's a beauty. Excellent work
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Old March 21, 2012, 18:05   #3
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Beautiful rifle. Too nice to use and get dinged up. Here's a place that has the dummy selector http://www.sparrowhawkm14.com/id11.html
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Old March 21, 2012, 19:06   #4
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Very Nice!
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Old March 21, 2012, 21:56   #5
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WOW!! Amazing looking rifle and great work matching up the wood and finish.
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Old March 21, 2012, 22:53   #6
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Just like most wimmin; she's too pretty for her own good! However, I know she's never gonna let you down.
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Old March 22, 2012, 08:24   #7
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Wow, that is one nice lookin' raffle! Kudos to you and Tony; very well done. I am totally green with envy.
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Old March 22, 2012, 14:39   #8
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Never been a fan of birch stocks but that one could make me rethink it.
Looks awesome
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Old March 26, 2012, 22:21   #9
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Damn that's some pretty wood; way too nice for field use.
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Old March 26, 2012, 22:41   #10
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Come on, somebody bid on my handguard on gunbroker - its almost that nice.
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=279346462
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Old March 26, 2012, 22:49   #11
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W.E.G. I'll take that bolt for $150...
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Old March 27, 2012, 00:29   #12
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Come on, somebody bid on my handguard on gunbroker - its almost that nice.
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=279346462
Dammit, W.E.G., you made me look!

OP, that's a gorgeous piece of wood! I just found a nice birch stock myself--beautiful striping, but not as nice as yours. I have never liked the plastic handguards, and this really has me wanting to talk to Tony.
That may be the prettiest M14 I've seen.
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Old March 27, 2012, 12:58   #13
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that's very nice
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Old March 31, 2012, 05:28   #14
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Wow...beautiful!
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Old April 07, 2012, 21:15   #15
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Your not kidding'... Those pics gave me "wood"

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Old April 09, 2012, 20:29   #16
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I bought 2 of what Fred calls his selectplus walnut. I striped them and refinished with Tru-Oil finish. I put 2 coats of Tung Oil. Your tiger stripe sure came out well.
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Old April 23, 2012, 03:39   #17
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Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaagum, that ended up absolutely gorgeous!
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Old April 23, 2012, 07:46   #18
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Dayum! That looks great! She a real beauty, but you knew that, right?
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Old April 23, 2012, 08:36   #19
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Nice, very nice!
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Old April 23, 2012, 12:08   #20
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wow... that's a fine looking rifle
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Old April 27, 2012, 08:34   #21
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Just Amazing !!! I want one....
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Old April 27, 2012, 09:27   #22
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thanks for all the kudos guys! here are some more pics:

also, i want to put a fake selector on there. should i go with the "button" or the "switch" on this one? which would look better for this set up? thanks.





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Old May 11, 2012, 19:10   #23
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WW!!! That is gorgeous!! That is absolutely the most beautiful stock on an M14 I have ever seen, and I've seen two or three . . . .

ETA: If ever I saw a rifle that deserved a Happy Switch it's yours-- pity we can't do a real one. Let us know how she shoots!
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Old May 18, 2012, 10:07   #24
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That is about the prettiest M1-M14-M1A stock Ive ever seen. That just makes the birch stand out in all it's glory! I was pissed when I ordered my M1A years ago and it came with a-dang!-ol birch stock. Then I cleaned it up and oiled it.. wow! Almost as nice as yours, if I do brag myself. I have looked at the birch a whole lot different since. BUT, have never gotten the handguard done.. still using the crappy plastic. Lookin at this one, I may have to do something about that. Very, very nice lookin! Say what one will about walnut... that tiger-stripe is stand-out like a slim gal in a well-fitted bikini at a beach party.
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Most beautiful rifle I've ever seen!!!

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Old May 18, 2012, 21:06   #26
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Awesome looking rifle! It almost looks to good to handle.....Key word, ALMOST
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Old May 19, 2012, 08:20   #27
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Whoa man, that sure is purty...I want one too!
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Old May 20, 2012, 16:00   #28
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WOW...nice wood! I'm impressed.
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Old May 23, 2012, 18:57   #29
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I got a hardon !

digginup cash to get back into a M!A. should have never sold my last one.

IMHO the M-14 was the best united states best service rifle

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Old May 24, 2012, 19:28   #30
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What a great Pig hunting gun! don't get any better.
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Old June 06, 2012, 04:09   #32
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Love it!

Great looking firearm!
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Old June 14, 2012, 03:29   #33
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That's fantastic. Nice job bringing your vision to reality.
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Old June 15, 2012, 02:56   #34
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Exceptional M1A

skipbo32, I have two M1A's and a Transferable Winchester M14A1/E2, But man, That is one of the nicest stock finish's that I seen in a long time and I've seen a couple thousand M14's in my day from the Army, But that one is exceptional with the finish.
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Old June 19, 2012, 06:42   #35
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That is something to be proud of. Excellent work!!
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Pretty but how does it SHOOT?
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