Dove Hunter wrote
I want to install a flat 1/4" spacer on my 1187. From what I'm seeing spacers seem pretty generic and after they're measured or outlined will need to be sanded or ground to fit and the edges polished.
What's the degree of difficulty? Can a decent job be done by an amateur or does it have to be taken to a gunsmith or stock expert? I've got a fair home workshop and access to a better one.
If someone's got the time to explain how to do this right and recommend the best spacer for the job I'd appreciate it. Thanks.
I have added spacers to my personnal firearms WITH OUT CHANGING THE PAD, this ends up mostly at the toe leaving a step, where the pad was fit to the wood, the spacer has to be cut in a straight profile to match the pad with out having gaps or odd angles or points.
So to me install a new pad with the spacer, it will look better in the long run.
If you are working only the spacer, put the spacer between the stock and pad tighten everything up tight and trace/scribe the outline of the stock onto the spacer.
Then using belt sander with a table carefully cut the spacer to fit. ONCE CLOSE, Frequent checking of the spacer to the stock will help with the final fit.