I have a crusty old Saginaw carbine that I'd like to doll up for my wife to plink with. I was considering getting one of these snazzy colorful laminated stocks to make it look a little more feminine for her, but they don't seem to be available for the carbine. I was wondering if there is a technical reason for this. I know the stock is a little thin around the receiver and perhaps the laminates aren't strong enough there. Can someone shed a little light on this? Are there, in fact, laminate stocks available that I just haven't seen yet?
During WWII they experimented with laminated stocks. They didn't hold up well. In fact, when they changed the carbine over to full auto (M2) they even had to beef up the foreend to prevent that from coming apart even with the solid beech wood. I suspect that today, the stocks could be made strong enough, but I just don't think there is a real demand.
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