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zippysrifle
12-03-2010, 08:41 AM
How do the CMP walnut stocks look? Color, grain, fit, etc. And what about the ones with the new metal. How do the metal parts look?

kevin08
12-03-2010, 11:09 AM
This is my neighbor's CMP Special, this is how the wood looks out of the box. IT runs a little fat; some minor sanding would do it good. Also could use some BLO or PTO but it's my neighbor's rifle so I'm not going to go messing with it. The metal parking is nice a gray and looks..well, new.

http://i602.photobucket.com/albums/tt103/kevinv6/g1-1.jpg?t=1291395687
http://i602.photobucket.com/albums/tt103/kevinv6/g2-1.jpg?t=1291395955

Here it is (bottom) compared to a Beech, USGI Walnut, and CMP Birch stock. The Birch is by far the worst shaped of the group and I hope I'm not so unlucky to end up with one in a future mail-order. :|

http://i602.photobucket.com/albums/tt103/kevinv6/test1-1.jpg?t=1291395726

PanzerOfDoom
12-03-2010, 11:09 AM
They are very nice. I hit mine with some 400 sandpaper and put a couple of coats of tung oil on it. Not sure about the metal. If you don't have the tool to install the rear handguard clip get the stock set with the metal installed.

Has some nice grain texture and not as dark as I thought it would be. Very pleased, perfect to class up my RG SA.

Rogervm
12-03-2010, 11:46 AM
My CMP special just arrived this week. The wood finish was the only thing about it that disappointed me. Having 20 years of hobbyist woodworking background may have something to do with this however. (Some might say obsessive hobbyist)

As received:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v462/rogervm/M1%20Garand/M1CMPspecial-01.jpg?t=1291397557

The wood as shipped looked like it had been stained with something that had lots of black pigment to it. The front hand guard was much darker than the rear HG and stock. The wood was also very dry feeling like it had only one quick coat of oil and it screamed for more. When running your hand over the wood you could feel ripples that come from poor sanding technique and there was one fairly substantial dip near the butt one one side of the stock that took quite a bit of work to remove. I would guess these are sanded at the factory with some type of inflatable drum or flap sander, get a quick splash of BLO and are assembled.

I stripped off all the metal I could and block sanded starting with 220 grit. I could have started with a coarser but I didn't want to get too aggressive. After about 45 minutes I had all the ripples and dips smoothed out and then I hit it with 320 and 400 grit. This went quickly. The color of the three pieces is now much closer. I've started multiple coats of BLO applied with 400 grit sandpaper to fill the pores. The color looks a bit plain to me. I may add some stain with some red to it to get it to look more like the older stocks. My plan is to finish up with some satin varnish and rub it out to a "close to the wood" type of feel but still have the protection offered by a film building finish. I haven't yet decided what product I'll use.

Overall I couldn't be more thrilled with this rifle and the value it represents.

Roger

rome5982
12-03-2010, 09:25 PM
Is the sling shown with your neighbor's special the one from CMP or a different one?

grasshopper
12-03-2010, 10:18 PM
I liked my stock nice color and grain fit was a little tight but nothing a little sand paper could take care of.

kevin08
12-03-2010, 11:12 PM
Is the sling shown with your neighbor's special the one from CMP or a different one?

It's the CMP sling, came with the rifle. Probably just a turner sling with a CMP stamp on it.

Elkoholic24
12-04-2010, 07:02 AM
Interesting....My special had normal web sling.

Color of my "special".... turd brown. It definitely needs some work.
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