Forcing Cone Removal
Recoil Pad Installation
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Bags and Packs
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Cerakote is a ceramic based finish that can be applied to metals, plastics, polymers and wood. The unique formulation used for Cerakote ceramic coating enhances a number of physical performance properties including abrasion/wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, impact strength, and hardness. Each of these properties is rigorously tested to guarantee that Cerakote products remain at the forefront of the ceramic coatings market. Cerakote ceramic coatings outperform competitive coatings in both laboratory settings and real world applications.
Knife Sharpening and Repair
We stock numerous production knives and welcome special orders for any knives that are not in stock. We have ties to the custom knife community and personal relationships with several custom makers such as Sniper Bladeworks, Doc Schiffer, Robert Carter, D.J. Urbanovsky, Ramon Chavez…etc. We can facilitate custom orders from these makers and many more. We utilize the “Wicked Edge” sharpening system here in the shop for all of our knife sharpening. This system is designed to sharpen a knife to any edge angle desired. We utilize diamond and ceramic stones followed by leather strophes.We also repair knives in house.
Stock Repair / Refinishing
We refinish and repair wood and synthetic gun stocks. We re-cut checkering and remove oil from saturated stocks. We will repair cracks and broken stocks utilizing a method which lends strength to the weakened area. We offer polyurethane and oil finishes from satin to high gloss. We fit recoil pads, shorten and lengthen stocks. We install Gracoil recoil reduction systems. We fit firearms to new stocks by inletting and also free float barrels.
Remove Old Finish— Finishes on gunstocks vary. Removal time and technique varies by chemical nature of the finish. Polyurethane seems to be the most common and can be the slowest to remove, depending on the manufacturer, removal is upwards of 3-4 hours.
Wood Preparation — Steam is used to raise surface scratches and dents. The stock is sanded to give the wood a uniform surface. Gouges, deep scratches, chips out of the wood, and cracked wood are issues which need to be addressed separately.
Gun oil stains in wood: Many can be removed completely, but not always. The severity and depth of the stain, type of oil that created it and how long it’s been there are crucial factors. Some oil stain residue simply can’t be completely removed. Gun oil woodstock stains need to be discussed before work can begin.
Applying the new oil-blend finish is labor intensive. The number of coats of oil is dependent on the finish you require and the wood itself. Some finishes require as few as 10 to 15 coats, where as others may require more than 50 coats of oil Drying time between coats is at least one day. Drying times also vary, depending on humidity. Once all finishing coats have been applied, curing of the finish is required for maximum hardness and final luster creation.
Curing — The longer you can leave the stock with me, the more time I can allow for curing (an internal hardening of the finish) which, on most stocks, has to do with my achieving the final luster. Final finishing can’t be done until the cure is at least to a certain point. You can easily handle a finished stock a day or so after the last coat is applied, but we need at least one week after that before final creation of the deep luster can be accomplished.
Re-point the Checkering (only if requested) — Over time dirt, grease, and hand-wear can dull checkering detail. Re-checkering is labor intensive and expensive, but carefully re–pointing the checkering diamonds does provide a crisp & ‘new’ look and feel to your gunstock.Choosing the Wood’s finish:Two (2) wood surface texture finishes are offered: unfilled (Hunter) grain texture finish and filled grain texture finish.
If the grain is allowed to remain mostly unfilled, the finished surface, though beautiful, has a rough texture that can be easily felt by the hand and seen by the eye. This is by far the inexpensive way to get a completely refinished gunstock with hand-rubbed oil finish, but without a very smooth surface texture. It is less expensive because not nearly as much labor and material are required. If pores are filled, the wood surface will be smooth and slick as “piano top” or glass. You will need to decide which finish you prefer: Both the above results (unfilled and filled textures) are attractive and desirable. Both are achieved through fine oil mixtures and hand rubbing application, but the filled texture is much more time intensive. Both finishes are waterproof and durable. It simply depends on which effect you prefer. Surface Sheen— Gloss vs. Satin
Texture and sheen of a finished wood surface are two different things.
- Texture has been described above, and in gunstock refinishing refers to a feel that is either very smooth (filled wood pores), or more textured to the touch (unfilled pores).
- Sheen, defined as the degree of gloss, only has to do with a visual property, not touch — glossy sheen is really shiny; satin has a glowing shine to it, is softer in appearance, and possesses a lustrous patina.
- Surface sheen is highly interpretive: what’s satin to one is, to another, considered glossy. And vice versa. Sheen, therefore, is something to be discussed prior to refinishing your woodstock.