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bones138
07-07-2007, 11:44 PM
This may be dumb but I was wondering if anyone has ever seen an AR type rifle with wooden handguards and buttstock. Its probably not practical but Im surprised that with so many variations out there I have never heard of one. I googled it 10 different ways and found squat. Are there any technical reasons its not done or is it just the durability and weight issue?:confused:

Technical Ted
07-07-2007, 11:53 PM
Ironwood Designs in San Jose was supposed to start producing wood furniture.

Main problem is that the design of the AR action (buffer tube) doesn't lend itself to a buttstock design that's strong enough to take much abuse.

Morales
07-07-2007, 11:58 PM
I've seen wood furnitured AR15's, on the net, but its rare. I personally like the old pictures of the AR10 with wood stocks, its an intersting mix of the pre war style with the post war style. Early AR15's didn't have wood stocks, so the ones that I saw that did, were custom made or aftermarket parts. The thing is, today, wood stocks don't look tactical and sexy. You don't see wood stocked weapons in the Matrix movies or in S.W.A.T. I personally prefer wood stocks on just about any rifle. Try the ARfiles, or somewhere like Ebay or gunbroker for wood AR stocks.

bones138
07-08-2007, 12:01 AM
Cool, Im on a mission now, I have a lower that needs to be built and this seems like a fun project to try. Thanks

Lateralus
07-08-2007, 12:02 AM
been discussed before, this thread has the info and pix

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=55442&highlight=wood+furniture

toolman9000
07-08-2007, 9:18 AM
Walnut A2 buttstock...

http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/6065/calguns1sw9.jpg

http://img486.imageshack.us/img486/5950/calguns2jw1.jpg

Here is the scoop my wooden stock:
I got it here:
http://www.alscustom.com/shop/?shop=1&cat=89

it's about halfway down on the page.

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When I got it I chemically stripped it and re-stained it a little darker and applied three coats of tung oil and applied two coats of floor wax.

The finish that comes on it is very nice, just the wood grain doesn't pop at all.

I also found it cheaper to buy a complete A2 buttstock kit for the buffertube, buffer, spring, extension, screw and buttplate for around sixty bucks to complete the $110 buttstock making it a $170 project.


Hope that helps,
toolman9000

toolman9000
07-08-2007, 9:21 AM
Oh another thing, to make my rifle complete I want some wooden rail covers... I think that will tie it together nicely.

-toolman9000

50ae
07-08-2007, 9:29 AM
I think the wood looks awesome. Now, I'd like the strength of the plastic with the beauty of wood so maybe some sort of composite wood set would be nice. I'm not all about my AR looking tacticle so this would work perfect for me. I've been kicking myself for years for ordering my M1A1 in plastic so I'll not be making that mistake again.

tiger222
07-08-2007, 10:03 AM
wood is cool on a 50's mbr - just doesn't float my boat on an AR15 (no offense) then again what get me now is shiney black plastic on AR's....

bones138
07-09-2007, 11:55 AM
I found a maker of A1 as well as A2 Handguards that are regular or car length. Handguards, Buttstocks and Grips are sold in sets for $245 + shipping through www.IronwoodDesigns.comwhich is located in San Jose, CA. BTW these are all shipped unfinished. The website is not updated with these pics but he assures me he does have them, just email him.
unfinished
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1166/763214566_ff44363679.jpg
finished
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1047/763214582_564c54cb5e.jpg

RudyN
07-09-2007, 7:30 PM
I don't know if you are interested in one, but the U-15 stock is made of wood.

bigkahuna04
07-09-2007, 7:48 PM
I believe DPMS offers wood buttstocks, and also Brownells.

Res
07-10-2007, 10:07 AM
I believe this is from a member here

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v652/ResDogDM/AxonGap_Solid_Ver3b.jpg

SemiAutoSam
07-10-2007, 10:44 AM
Care to link to an item that your describing ?

http://www.brownells.com/

I believe DPMS offers wood butt stocks, and also Brownells.

Technical Ted
07-10-2007, 12:21 PM
Here you go!
http://www.berlinwallpaper.com/dcfix/Woodgrain.htm

SemiAutoSam
07-10-2007, 12:25 PM
Ted
you should know me better by now that I'm not into cheap crap like that.

Please SiR point me into the direction of some quality oak furniture for one of my AR's.




Here you go!
http://www.berlinwallpaper.com/dcfix/Woodgrain.htm

Technical Ted
07-10-2007, 12:29 PM
Ted
you should know me better by now that I'm not into cheap crap like that.

Please SiR point me into the direction of some quality oak furniture for one of my AR's.
I wasn't replying to you specifically Sam.

However, I think your best bet is to contact Ironwood Designs as previously suggested.

xrMike
07-10-2007, 12:46 PM
Hehehe, guess I wasn't the only one thinking along those lines... I was going to suggest some self-adhesive wood veneer. We used to use that stuff on our cheapo line of furniture when I worked in a wood/furniture shop in collidge.

SemiAutoSam
07-10-2007, 1:25 PM
OOPS sorry ok.

I found it.
Thanks

I wasn't replying to you specifically Sam.

However, I think your best bet is to contact Ironwood Designs as previously suggested.

hybridatsun350
07-10-2007, 2:06 PM
finished
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1047/763214582_564c54cb5e.jpg

Beautiful! The wood makes the AR look almost vintage. I like it!:)

SunriseF150
07-10-2007, 4:01 PM
That looks great. I think I'll build one up with wood furniture like that.

HK_Fan
07-10-2007, 5:58 PM
Beautiful! The wood makes the AR look almost vintage. I like it!:)


THAT Ar is most definatly vintage!


Rob