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DanHowitzer
05-26-2009, 1:12 PM
I was wondering how common this problem is and why it happened:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v297/cooldudes/brokenstock.jpg

Bought this Century WASR-10 with a beautiful looking handmade purple heart wood set from the guy that used to run www.gripsnstocks.com (no longer exists). Fired a few hundred rounds through it over the course of three trips to the shooting range. My wife noticed a hairline crack near the tang on the stock and said I should probably stop shooting it until I make a repair. Of course being as bright as I am I didn't listen and as I fired it a chunk of the stock flew off into the gravel around us nowhere to be found.

Now I'm noticing a few more hairline cracks in the stock and the lower hand grip. All I can assume is that purple heart is too soft a wood to be making gun furniture out of? Should I wait until I replace the stock to shoot it again? Oh well, I was planning on getting black polymer furniture at some point anyways. I'm just regretting not pulling the furniture the second I received it and selling it :mad:

marxdspot
05-26-2009, 1:44 PM
I suggest that you should maybe tape up that area near the tang along with other places that have cracks with masking tape to prevent further damage if you're going to shoot it again, while waiting for a replacement stock. You might get splinters especially near the tang because you're cheak should be resting there while you shoot.

Yeah, Mr. Murphy from grips n stocks did great work and unfortunately, he wants out of the gun biz now, I think. I've dealt with him alot in the past as well, mainly chit chatting and buying one or two of some of his exotic toys. I can offer to help you refinish Romanian stocks sets if you have any or if you're interested. I think I can fit some time if you have a set. Here's a sample:

From this (EXAMPLE Photo taken from the web)
http://howtobuildanaktyperifle.com/index_2.jpg

To this
http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w316/marxdspot/Items%20of%20Sale/IMG_6291.jpg

Palm swells were added to the lower HG and thin ply added to the upper HG. The furniture was then stripped, stained, and poly'd. I also reshape the HG's to resemble original AKM HG's. Shoot me a pm if you're interested.

hawk1547
05-26-2009, 6:43 PM
I suggest that you should maybe tape up that area near the tang along with other places that have cracks with masking tape to prevent further damage if you're going to shoot it again, while waiting for a replacement stock. You might get splinters especially near the tang because you're cheak should be resting there while you shoot.

Yeah, Mr. Murphy from grips n stocks did great work and unfortunately, he wants out of the gun biz now, I think. I've dealt with him alot in the past as well, mainly chit chatting and buying one or two of some of his exotic toys. I can offer to help you refinish Romanian stocks sets if you have any or if you're interested. I think I can fit some time if you have a set. Here's a sample:

From this (EXAMPLE Photo taken from the web)
http://howtobuildanaktyperifle.com/index_2.jpg

To this
http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w316/marxdspot/Items%20of%20Sale/IMG_6291.jpg

Palm swells were added to the lower HG and thin ply added to the upper HG. The furniture was then stripped, stained, and poly'd. I also reshape the HG's to resemble original AKM HG's. Shoot me a pm if you're interested.

Pretty nice job!

tophatjones
05-26-2009, 7:01 PM
Sorry to hear about your stock. Purpleheart generally is quite a strong wood. There are bokken (Japanese wooden practice swords) made from Purpleheart, and must withstand many practice sessions of sword to sword contact. It's impact strength is about the same as Japanese white oak, which is the traditional wood used for bokken.

DanHowitzer
05-27-2009, 12:31 AM
I agree, that is a VERY nice job. I'm still dead set on a black polymer set though. If purple heart is supposed to be a strong wood, then this is extra strange, especially because I'm also seeing other hairline cracks on the stock and the lower hand grip....

Stanze
05-27-2009, 12:36 AM
I'd rather have a busted stock over a bent barrel or unreliable gun.

I'd glue/clamp it and keep shooting it. Has character now.;)

ETA: Ahh, the broken piece got lost. Eh, replace it then. Stuff happens.