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    making the "bumpy face" stock

    Hey guys,
    One thing that, at least to me, is cool about the east German made AK rifles, is the distinctive fixed buttstock with the bubbles that I refer to as the "bumpy face" stock.
    Being that I am pursuing a degree in manufacturing, the first thing that crossed my mind was "how was that made"? Now obviously you dont have a bunch of precision woodworkers custom making every stock. So my assumption is this----the stock is made out of some type of plastic and the distinctive look of it is a result of it being poured into a cast or a mold. Im genuinely curious on any details about how these stocks are made.
    On another note, since east germany hasnt been around for 30 years, these typpe of stocks must be getting a bit hard to find. Hypothetical question; if an american imitation of these stocks went on the market, would it sell?

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    I could see them being made in a mold, aside from the butt plate, screws, and sling swivel. I don't think they would sell particularly well seeing as that anyone putting together an e. german kit would want an original stock... unless yours are that good. You would really have to nail down the look and feel if not the exact composition for people to be really interested. We need need more east german kits anyways.

    There's an example of someone making spot on collapsible stocks for the colt 607 model and was pretty successful, but for some reason or another (couldn't source sling swivels or something??) he kinda stopped doing it, and now even those stocks command a premium. There's a kind of ebb and flow to these things and what will sell at a certain time. Kinda need the right thing at the right time, which would require paying attention to the market. Lots of other cool stuff that needs to be made, but keep in mind: anything you sell to put on a gun, may actually be put on a gun and it's got to work dude.

    If you want to make one, I won't convince you not to. Sounds like a fun project.
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    I have one. It is a molded plastic-y resin kinda thing.

    They're not that expensive. https://www.gunpartscorp.com/products/578350

    Cheaper than many wood stocks.
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    For some reason I thought they were more rare. Damn you OP.

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    Most refer to it as "pebble grain".

    Bumpy McFace stock makes it sound like a scary machine gun.
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    Best way to learn about the parts is to handle them. The pebbled stocks are hollow, molded polyamide.

    Used to be you couldn’t give them away. They are more desired now, but still cheap.








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    Maybe you can make black colour stock sets?

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    Recently Centerfire had partial stock sets with buttstock and grip and upper for like $9.99. They did not have the hardware or inserts. DDR stuff is common., pouches, stocks.

    AK kits not as common.
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    I've never seen one in person, but I suspect the originals were injection molded.

    Pretty large investment to produce new ones.

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    If you're going to make stock sets I think the safe bet would be black polymer. I have no idea how much that would cost to get up and running.

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    Not a very popular stock type. No matching lower handguard. Odd and unique is it's charm. But not sought for good looks vs laminate or hardwood or Black polymer or plum Russian/Bulgarian etc.

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    FYI, I believe the official term is "pleasure nubs"

    Injection molded. Seems like the type of stock you would find on a western themed BB gun from the 60's.

    Not worth reproduction. Easy to find. Maybe in 50 years.

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    Rfhp.
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