Kydex cheek rest installed onto an smle no4 mk1
I have been asked how we came about some of the stock items in the shop as they aren't the run of the mill. Basically if we find a product that works and makes life easier we try and stock that item to make it more accessible for others.
In this instance, I modified a standard rifle and the chase began to get it back to a more user friendly combination that worked well and was repeatable without issue. As I'm sure every-one has done at some time, I did a small modification to my stock standard smle no4 mk1 thinking I was doing the right thing and then came across some issues along the way that just snowballed.
It started when I first fitted the non gunsmith scope mount to fit a rifle scope so I could do some load development for the rifle. Looked around and found a good mount, removed the sights and fitted the mount, scope and rings and wallah.......another problem. There was no way of getting a successful cheek weld on the existing stock, but I thought I had it covered by installing a removable cheek rest. Well It lasted for all of 10 shots and then it was back to me trying to adjust it back so it was usable again.......frustrating to say the least.
So I invested in one of the Kydex adjustable Cheek rests (right hand standard) and went about installing it and took some pictures along the way.
Please forgive the hideous blanket but I was more concerned in protecting the rifle from any damage and not making a fashion statement...........we digress
After purchasing the cheek rest I used a spare no4 stock to fit it too so I could always return the rifle back to its original configuration. I also utilised a shotgun recoil pad so I could address the recoil issue as well while we were at it...........I was modifying the stock anyway so why not!! Once I had fitted the recoil pad first I then had to restain it (the wrong colour I know) as I had to shave quite a bit of the thickness off the stock for it to fit.
Once I had the rifle stripped, I refitted the new stock and checked that the bolt wasn't going to hit the cheek rest while cycling a round. I then pushed the cheek rest all of the way down onto the top rib of the butt stock and then marked the top of the hole on both faces.
I then drilled through from both sides with a small (3mm) drill bit until the two holes met. Once through a did the same with a larger (7mm) drill bit allowing just enough play for the bolt thread to push through the hole. I then did a small countersunk impression to remove the burs and to avoid any potential for splintering when the bolts went through.
Once the Kydex adjustable Cheek rest was fitted together it worked just as it should. To say I was impressed is an understatement, It's surprising how easy and flexible it allowed the rifle to be. At the range it was all it should have been and then some. It didn't move, twist or slide around and was solid as a rock. When a friend of mine went to shoot it, we were able to tweak the rest a little which suited his facial structure even better. I can honestly say that the only draw back was that the cheek rest needs to be lowered to remove the bolt, but that's a small inconvenience compared to the benefit provided.
Total cost was under a $80 as I had the spare stock already and the recoil pad and cheek rest were purchased as needed.
I was that please with it that I also fitted one onto my Steyr Pro Hunter (looks sensational) as well as stocking them on the website!! My biggest problem now is not installing them onto all of my rifles