Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Dressing Up How-To

Greetings Me Droogs N Droogettes!
As y'all know, I can't leave well enough alone.  I -have- to play with my new toys.  It annoys the hell out of Wifey, as when I get a new piece, I tend to keep it at arms length for a goodly time.  I call it 'familiarization', she calls it obsession.  Meh.  Either way I like to get a handle on how to maneuver around the Casa with the long guns, and wearing the pistol in a shoulder rig or on my waistband gets me set for the inevitable day that that becomes S.O.P....

Just like in Iraq.  You never went anywhere without your piece.  Shower?  Bed?  Chow?
That thing had better be right there, right then, and you sure as hell better have a mag.

So, as I warned y'all I worked on the M1A
I didn't do the top cover yet.
That being said, I think it came out decently.
Now.  To get that pattern, I did the following:
I first field stripped ALL the pieces parts off.  Anything that could be removed, was.  Buttplate/pad, sling swivels, all weapons pieces parts.  the only part that didn't come off was the front band on the stock, which is pinned in place.  That's the piece that locks the stock tot he barrel mount at the front by the gas tube.
I then taped the one part, and painted the whole thing in Olive Drab.
Once it dried, I had picked up a $1 bunch of fake ferns from the Dollar Store.  I then started getting them ready:
Now, keep in mind, You need wire snips to do this.  The center of the fern 'leaves' have a thin wire running through them.  Cut them with the snips, and use scissors (if needed) on the fabric part of the fern if you want a clean cut.
Then, I took my double sided tape:
(Upside down here because of course..)
And then started bending the wires and taping down the ferns to the stock:
This was then hit with the flat-khaki.  
And this's the results:
Now, unfortunately, when I start doing a project like this, you guys know it's like "Buck Fever"
I get all excited and forget to keep taking pictures
That being said, you can tell just the how/where/what I did to get the final product.
The other finishing thing I do is I hit the stock after the final camo application with 3 coats of Matte Clear Coat.
It gives a really nice smooth finish, and helps to keep the dings and scrapes out of the newly-painted stock.  It also dries nicely.  I like it a lot.
Now, the question is, is do I take off the upper black cover and tag tthat as well?  The stock I wasn't worried about, as a factory new replacement in Black is $70 if I were to sell it, putting it back to factory original.  The top cover though is more expensive, and harder to come by.  Gonna have to thunk on that 'un.
Right now though, she's all dressed up and ready for this weekend's break in.
I'll let y'all know as we go.
More Later I Remain The Intrepid Reporter
Big Country


  1. I like that paint job.

    " the front by the gas tube." Perchance you meant gas cylinder? Not trying to pick nits, just assuming new folks reading that might be genuinely confused.

    Speaking of stocks, again for the new folks, the standard issue hinged butt plate was intended for full auto fire in the M-14. If desired, it is a pretty simple job to replace it with an M-1 Garand butt plate.

  2. I would never do that, I am so awful at that sort of thing I am sure I would screw it up.

    1. Why camo? To blend, yes? Go look at nature, a forest floor, desert, etc. Nature is not tidy. You could say its all messed up. Therefore, if you did 'screw up', it would be the best camo job because nature is not clean. In fact, the more clean your job, the less camo-y it looks.

  3. You going to put a scope on ? On a rail high enough to still use the iron sights uno just in case of failure of the scope. Nice job on the paint . Have fun.

  4. If I could PM you I have a Sadlak mount and cheek riser I could part with cheap.

  5. A buddy has the SOCOM 16 M1A. He painted up all but the metal too. Looks good that way.
    Another buddy painted his AR lock, stock, and barrel. Also looks good.
    IDK. I'm on the fence with the krylon. Whatchallthink?

  6. Gotta have the cheak riser with the scope mount. Have a wooden stock on mine, gonna leave it as is. Originally bought it as a hog iradicator.

  7. Which brand of Clear Coat do you use?

  8. I like it...a lot, wish I could do it to mine but it has a weird, shiny, black crinkly finish. To repaint it I would have to sand that off. If it is used as God intended, it will get a beat up patina anyway.

  9. John Lovell at warrior poet and Garand Thumb have vidjos on rattle can on long guns. The short on that is if it's a moving part, tape it off. Personally speaking, I'd just paint a light coat on the upper if I so chose. That's a fine rifle, BC. Ohio Guy

  10. If you decide to put a scope on it this mount and cheek riser have worked well for me.

  11. Nice job, and fun to do. But, why worry about resale? Myself, I've painted my AR's. I use a simple spray can method, and use real live hemlock branches. Looks pretty sweet. Lean it against a tree and it disappears. I'd do the whole firearm and the mags.