Some may ask , what is a duffle cut or why is it called a duffle cut. During WWII many guns were brought home from the war. Back then you didn’t have to fill out paperwork to bring or send a gun home. G.I.’s and Marines would just bring them home in their Duffle bags, most often. The problem was that most rifles were to long to fit into a Duffle bag so, they would take the barreled action out of the stock and cut the stock at the rear barrel band. This way the stock and barreled action would fit in the bag. Many of these rifles were put back together without making repairs to the stocks. Some were repaired good and some not so good. The problem with repairing Duffle cut stocks is making sure that everything fits when the repairs art done. The main issue I’d the missing wood from the saw cut. I have repaired some that were missing as much as 1/4 inch of wood. Some repairs require that you replace the missing wood and some you don’t have to. In this topic I’ll show two repairs where one will have the wood added and the other not. Here’s the first victim is an Italian M41 Infantry rifle. This is one that will need the missing wood replaced because there is a band spring that holds the rear barrel band in place. The hard part is figuring out how thick you will need to make the replacement piece. It’s best to cut it a little thicker and then trim it to fit. I cut several slices of wood from an old stock and got one that was very close. I then used epoxy to attach the piece to the stock. I sat a weight on top of the piece while the epoxy cured. After the epoxy cured, I trimmed the piece so that the barrel band would fit and cut the slot for the band spring. The next part can get a little tricky. This is figuring out where to drill your dowel holes. O this stock I had to avoid the cleaning rod channel and the band spring slot. I marked the stock and drilled two 1/4 inch holes for the dowels. I then inserted marking studs to mark where I would drill the holes on the front half. Getting these holes just right can be a challenge, even when you have the barreled action. This is simply to over come by drilling your holes just a little over sized. Here you see one hole drilled and if you look close, you can see the mark for the other hole.