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#505230 02/16/18 04:47 PM
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One of the students at the gunsmith school I teach at wants to build a try gun for his final project. Any pictures, diagrams, or ideas you can post will be MKII.

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One of the best modern versions of a "try stock" was conceived and created by Fred Wenig formerly head of the company bearing his name.....They are really rather interesting, they were conceived so he could provide competitive shooters (primarily Trapshooters then) a platform to better ensure a satisfactory product....

Oddly enough they were wildly popular in their "try Stock" mode as primary competition stock with the Trap crowd....Several ALL-Americans of the era used them on their regular competition guns.

A famous NJ HOF member used one and seeks to buy all he can find (they are relatively scarce as you can imagine) for use by his clinic students....

I have two of them, one in Perazzi mode, one in K80 mode.....

I would be happy to forward one on loan to your student if it it would further his educational progress....

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The "knuckle" is truly not a necessary complication of a try gun design. A.P. Curtis designed a try stock while he was employed at a gun company, probably L.C. Smith. It was used by Parker, Ithaca, L.C. Smith, Lefever and probably others. It did not utilize the complicated knuckle yet was adjustable in all directions. My Curtis try gun was made in 1915 if I remember correctly, and it still in use today.

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Current anatomical stocks for competition guns are nothing more than rugged, refined try-stocks. The Ergosign Evocomp, the TSK, the Precision Fit Stock, and several similar others. I have a TSK and an Evocomp - both quality items, both lack the optional recoil reducer thingie. I had a PFS for a short time and it was OK as well but I didn't care for the recoil thingie it has as a standard feature and flipped it.
Pix and specs for all of those are easily available on the 'net.


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The links that Gary provided are not the Curtis designs that A.P. Curtis built while at Hunter Arms as plant supervisor. Curtis' designs eliminate the knuckle and are the ones most often found in the collector market today, seldom as that is. My Parker Curtis try gun has been in private collections since 1915. Parker made try guns have been offered in auctions many times in the past few years, indicating that collectors do not value them as collectors items but only as profit makers. I have never seen a Lefever, Parker or Smith Curtis try gun offered at auction.

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Jack Fanning and the A.P. Curtis try gun
Recreation, December 1914, "Your Shotgun Affinity"
https://books.google.com/books?id=DYA7AQAAMAAJ&pg=RA1-PA323&lpg
https://books.google.com/books?id=DYA7AQAAMAAJ&pg=RA1-PA347&lpg

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