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View Poll Results: do you like wood on an AR
No, give me normal furniture 36 37.89%
I like the idea but don't want one 18 18.95%
I'm indifferent or haven't seen wood and AR together 4 4.21%
I like it but wouldn't pay for it 20 21.05%
I like it and would prefer it to the stock sets normally seen 17 17.89%
Voters: 95. You may not vote on this poll

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Old March 15, 2015, 01:32 AM   #1
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Wood furniture AR. Who likes them?

I saw 2 different Wyndham ARs today with wood stocks which would absolutely be considered a premium stock on any other platform. On the AR though I hear mixed opinions. What's your take? Here's a couple links for your viewing pleasure or displeasure scroll to the bottom of the page on the Wyndham site for the two I fondled today.http://www.windhamweaponry.com/conte...#axzz3UQfLxrnv
http://ironwooddesigns.com/IWDAR15.html
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Old March 15, 2015, 01:35 AM   #2
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it really depends on the wood furniture used.. while i prefer the look of wood on most rifles, it just doesnt seem to look right on the ARs, at least not with the design of the wood furniture i've seen so far
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Old March 15, 2015, 01:44 AM   #3
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That's kinda my reaction today, but I truly did like the look and feel of the brown stock had it not been paired to an oddly colored reciever in a copper - brown paint. The brown would look great with a standard reciever. The pepper colored stock looked ok but would have been well served to be on a reciever to allow it to stand out a bit. Honestly I think the brown and black would look somewhat like a wood and blued levergun. It certainly didn't look like we hat the general public sees as a menacing military gun.
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Old March 15, 2015, 01:45 AM   #4
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If the wood is as light and durable as polymer? Sure. If not, then no thanks. I've got "pretty" rifles, my AR doesnt need to be one of them, it just needs to work.
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Old March 15, 2015, 01:47 AM   #5
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This one wasn't bad.

2010 NSSF charity auction rifle.



This is nice too!
http://www.turnbullmfg.com/gun/turnbull-tar-15-rifle/

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Old March 15, 2015, 01:55 AM   #6
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Most just seem to be trying too little to fit in. rc, that one I would happily own.
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Old March 15, 2015, 02:12 AM   #7
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You missed one. Like wood over plastic anyday, everyday. I am going to build my own.

Thats how I would have voted.

And yes I am going to build some furniture.

RC. That is some nice burl.
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Old March 15, 2015, 02:22 AM   #8
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I think they look horrible. It's just not a platform that lends itself well to looking good with wood IMO
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Old March 15, 2015, 05:39 AM   #9
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I like it but would not buy one.
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Old March 15, 2015, 06:32 AM   #10
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Not me, thank you!

(Looks much too, 'saintly'; and, besides, wooden furniture won't stand up well to the abuse of regular use in the field.)
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Old March 15, 2015, 08:03 AM   #11
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To me, not every gun needs to be shiny metal blueing with wood just like they don't all need to be plastic and dull or stainless.
When I see a man whose gun case is full of only one or the other I feel sorry for them.
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Old March 15, 2015, 08:22 AM   #12
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I'm not an AR fan, but that Turnbull model is certainly thought provoking. As a public service though they should mention one should have a heart specialist close by when you inquire about the price.

http://www.turnbullmfg.com/gun/turnbull-tar-15-rifle/
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Old March 15, 2015, 08:26 AM   #13
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The one RC shown looks to be more of a wood photo dip over original synthetic stock.
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Old March 15, 2015, 09:25 AM   #14
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I've shot one. The spring in the buffer tube was ridiculously loud. Think how an acoustic guitar body amplifies the strings vibration.
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Old March 15, 2015, 09:27 AM   #15
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I'm not an AR fan, but that Turnbull model is certainly thought provoking. As a public service though they should mention one should have a heart specialist close by when you inquire about the price.

http://www.turnbullmfg.com/gun/turnbull-tar-15-rifle/
I'll have to admit. The rear 2/3 of that gun is attractive. With walnut and not wood grain plastic of course. What I don't understand is the front. Should be a midlenght for more wood goodness. A good looking custom gas block, not one looks like a shave FSB. And no M4 barrel. It's another half thought out product.
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Old March 15, 2015, 09:34 AM   #16
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I certainly like the look of wood and it would probably be OK on an AR bench rifle, but I wouldn't want wooden AR furniture on a field-carry piece.
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Old March 15, 2015, 03:47 PM   #17
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I've shot one. The spring in the buffer tube was ridiculously loud. Think how an acoustic guitar body amplifies the strings vibration.
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Was the stock hollow???? I've not held a wood furniture AR stock.. My assumption was, that is was SOLID wood, like a regular rifle stock? That's how I plan on building mine, start with a 2x6" chunk of wood, bore a 1.16" diameter hole to accept the buffer tube and then shape into a stock looking piece.
Are you sure it wasn't that you set your ear muffs against the stock while shooting that one? Cause a solid piece of wood is a LOT different than a hollow body like a acoustic guitar. Think electric guitar unplugged.. very very quiet.
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Old March 15, 2015, 04:35 PM   #18
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and, besides, wooden furniture won't stand up well to the abuse of regular use in the field.)
I don't know about that. Lots of muskets, trap doors, Krags, Springfields, Garands, M1 Carbines, and M14's have served our country well for the last 250+ years in some of the nastiest field conditions possible. Just looking at the last century, if wood really didn't stand up well to regular use in the field, I think we would have heard about it in the trenches of WW1, in the frozen forests of Bastogne (and the numerous frozen areas of N. Korea), and in the jungles of Vietnam where we still had some wood-stocked rifles and shotguns in service.
Without getting into the whole wood vs. polymer argument, which has been hashed out over and over again, I think it's pretty established that properly finished wood can withstand field conditions.
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Old March 16, 2015, 12:11 AM   #19
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The Wyndham certainly seemed to have a solid stock. I would expect the noise to be reduced. It was certainly not light, but it did feel very very nice.
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Old March 16, 2015, 12:20 AM   #20
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Quote:and, besides, wooden furniture won't stand up well to the abuse of regular use in the field.)
Seriously???

See post #18 above.

The early M-16 was the first service rifle in modern history to suffer broken stocks and bent barrels due to general GI abuse & bayonet training!!!

Let's hit each other in the face with a wood stock army rifle like an M1 or M14, and you hit me with an M-16/AR15.

(But I get to hit you first, just in case my wood stock breaks and I go to prison for finishing you off with the jagged sharp end!)

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Old March 16, 2015, 12:47 AM   #21
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I had one I put Boyd's stock kit on trying to make it feel less like an AR, but it didn't work the gun still felt like an AR. So I sold it, sorry I'm not the AR fan.
I will say it did add some rear weight to it, not much, but enough to notice the balance went toward the rear. Then again I've never been one to care about rifle weight anyway that's another one of thoes things I don't understand in the AR world.
It did look good though, but maybe not in this crappy pic.
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Old March 16, 2015, 05:25 AM   #22
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Heads up- Turnbulll uses "wood grain plastic". I'm guessing it's for durability, because it's certainly not to get to a lower price point or cut corners.
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Old March 16, 2015, 06:42 AM   #23
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Have to say I kind of like the look of the wood stocks but just don't see the need to put them on an AR15.
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Was the stock hollow???? I've not held a wood furniture AR stock.. My assumption was, that is was SOLID wood, like a regular rifle stock? That's how I plan on building mine, start with a 2x6" chunk of wood, bore a 1.16" diameter hole to accept the buffer tube and then shape into a stock looking piece.
Are you sure it wasn't that you set your ear muffs against the stock while shooting that one? Cause a solid piece of wood is a LOT different than a hollow body like a acoustic guitar. Think electric guitar unplugged.. very very quiet.
I don't know, but it wasn't much heavier than a standard A1/A2. The "sproing" sound was the loudest I've heard shooting any other AR, all with the same muffs.
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Old March 16, 2015, 08:09 AM   #25
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I'd like to see a wooden stock like you see on some FALs. Still very military looking with metal parts. I don't care for the fancy ones. Save those for a nice SxS, OxU, or bolt gun I think.
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