The Hipshot Compendium - Chapter 5
Charger Pistol Stocks
The Ruger Charger Pistol stock is a good design but leaves ample room for modifications and improvements. The Charger is billed as a pistol, but retains many characteristics of its rifle heritage. I wanted to lean to the pistol side of its personality as much as possible.
The Baby T-Rex
Various RFC members began cutting down rifle stocks to fit the Charger. Member 54914
posted his own ideas for a silhouette Charger stock. Review his post here
. It essentially described a cut down and slightly modified T-Rex stock (hence my name for this stock). It looked like an interesting idea, so I built the stock he described and later sent it to him.
Review his thread Hipshot Charger Masterpiece
The Hipshot Charger Stock
It appeared to me that all the Charger stocks heretofore, including the Ruger factory stock, were all versions of a cut down rifle stock. In rethinking the Charger stock I wanted one that felt and looked more pistol like. I made a short forearm and a longer forearm version to better accommodate various barrel lengths.
Review the thread Rethinking the Charger Stock
The long forearm with a 12-1/2" barrel.
The short forearm with the Ruger factory 10" barrel.
The long forearm with the Ruger factory 10" barrel.
A Pirate Pistol Stock
Dan Hawkins expressed some interest in a "Pirate Pistol" stock design for the Charger and asked me to see what I could come up with. This stock is very much in the image of dueling and pirate pistols of a bygone era. There is no thread for this stock so I have included a few pictures here. I've also thrown in a couple of pictures of my pattern stock for anyone who wants to try one for themselves.
Where better for one of Chaser's skullies than on a pirate pistol?
Dan commissioned the building of a few prototype stocks in walnut. The project never progressed to the production stage.
Some One-off Stocks
Tuck's Varmint Stock
Tuck asked me to make a varmint stock pattern for him and told me pretty much what he wanted. It's a fairly straight forward, though distinct, example of a thumbhole stock. Notice that there is no raised cheekrest and that the comb has a reverse slope. Tuck has made some strikingly beautiful stocks on this pattern. I am the lucky owner of one of them.
Review the thread Tuck's Tiger
to see more pictures of my tiger maple Tuck varmint stock.
..... a couple of shots of the pattern stock.
Tuck's Lefty Thumbhole Savage
Tuck and Old Hickory worked out a deal for me to convert Old Hickory's right hand Savage 93 stock into a lefty thumbhole pattern. Tuck has an old thread
, but the pictures are now MIA. Here
is a link to a post with some comments from Old Hickory.
Here is a shot of the pattern stock.
308Sniper's 77/17 Anschutz Stock
Here is a Ruger 77/17 stock that I modified into an Anschutz style for RFC member 308Sniper. I added a little bling with the metalwork, fingergrooves on the grip and a thumbrest. This was a one-off and shows that just about any stock can be modified into a significantly different configuration.
Review 308Sniper's thread Ruger 77/17
There is no how-to thread. Here are a couple shots of the mod before painting.