Hand Carved Gun Stock

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Project by Justin Gordon posted 12-19-2013 11:39 PM 7231 views 9 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a new carving project. It’s an after market gun stock for a WWI Russian Military Mosin Naggant rifle. I asked around to my gun buddies for an old stock to play with and a friend came up with this gem. For an unknown reason, the barrel, bolt, and trigger case were all engraved with an intricate pattern. I matched the carved design with the engraved pattern as best I could to keep the pattern and design consistent throughout the rifle. I came up with some designs and my buddy approved these.

There’s just under 45 hours of work here. Because the mahogany stock was very old it had a nice reddish brown patina. Since oils are a common gun stock finish, I tried a red mahogany Watco oil and it wasn’t even close. I ended up mixing 10 parts red mahogany stain with 4 parts english chestnut stain for a nice reddish brown to go over the carved mahogany and it came out great but it was still a flat matt finish. I thought oil would solve this again but that didn’t work. Turned out a satin polyurethane painted on to get in all the knooks and crannies did the trick. My buddy says I can borrow it so I have a nice portfolio or show piece for gun shows to try and drum up some carving business.

It’s amazing, though. Someone engraves the heck out of this old, inexpensive, military, rifle my friend picked up cheap. Now it has a very expensive carving job done to it. I asked my friend to give me first dibbs if he ever sells it but I’m not sure I can afford it now with the nice carving job done to it. Whooda thunk that would happen.

If anyone comments, sorry I can’t respond. Something’s wrong where I can’t reply to or see comments on this page. If anyone knows how to fix that, I’d appreciate it.

Justin Gordon
Groveland, MA


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#1 posted 12-19-2013 11:52 PM

That is one nice job!

-- Kean - It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

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#2 posted 12-19-2013 11:54 PM

outstanding -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#3 posted 12-19-2013 11:57 PM

Incredibly beautiful work. You’ve got some major talent there.

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#4 posted 12-20-2013 12:23 AM

Very very nice!!!! I can see many more custom gun carvings in your future.

-- Gary,Nebraska

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#5 posted 12-20-2013 12:27 AM

Absolutely beautiful work!

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#6 posted 12-20-2013 12:29 AM

you my friend are an artist

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#7 posted 12-20-2013 12:30 AM


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#8 posted 12-20-2013 01:01 AM

Beautiful work!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 12-20-2013 01:24 AM


-- mesure once. cut twice.. or three times.. then smash it in with a hammer

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#10 posted 12-20-2013 01:47 AM

Amazing carving ,outstanding workmanship.

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#11 posted 12-20-2013 02:25 AM

Simply outstanding craftsmanship and carving skills! Wow—wow—wow !

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#12 posted 12-20-2013 02:51 AM


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#13 posted 12-20-2013 02:53 AM

Stunning carving.


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#14 posted 12-20-2013 03:12 AM

Awesome job. You are a very talented carver.

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#15 posted 12-20-2013 03:36 AM


-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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