Hardwood Gunstocks Hi I’m Randy Boyd with Boyds gunstocks.
Watching a kid shoot for the first time is a great example of what happens when a firearm
doesn’t fit you properly. They struggle with balance, their head’s too far back on the stock
and they can’t even find the sighting plain. When they do shoot there is excessive muzzle
jump and recoil. In many cases they’re even unsafe. We did a test with a large group of
adult shooters and found that out of adults 62% didn’t fit the average length of gunstock
provided to them. This is referred to length of pull. Length of pull is the measurement
from the center of the trigger to the center of the recoil pad or buttplate. 62%! Length
of pull is so important when it comes to your shooting. Pointing should just come naturally.
The naked truth is that most guns are manufactured as a one size fits all, so we just learn to
adapt. Do you know how to tell if your stock fits you? I’d like you to try this. Using
your firearm place a piece of tape on the comb. Make a mark on the comb 5 3/4 inches
back from the center of the trigger. This distance on a Boyd design as well as most
other manufactures marks the ideal location for the tip of your nose.
Next you want to be in a proper shooting stance with your shoulders 45 degrees to your target.
To help with this, stand in a corner with your shoulders evenly touching the walls.
Pick a target parallel with the wall and don’t worry about sight acquisition. Place the gun
to your shoulder and just drop your head naturally, don’t stretch your neck. Keep your eyes on
the target, drop your head down on the comb and mark where your nose touches the comb.
If you need help, have someone help you with this and do it several times to ensure consistency.
And again, do what comes naturally. Now you have your 5 3/4 inch mark and where
your nose touched. Now, measure the length of pull on your firearm. Again that’s from
the center of the trigger to the center of the recoil pad or buttplate. In this case
I have 13 3/4 and I have a quarter inch difference between my marks. Now, any distance toward
the trigger, you’ll add it to the 13 3/4. Any distance towards the butt you’ll subtract
it from the 13 3/4. This will give you your length of pull. So shown here on a Boyds length of pull test gage, the further back your nose goes the
shorter your length of pull. The farther ahead it goes, the longer your length of pull. As
I stated previously, 62% of us should be shooting a different length stock. That’s big. A custom
length of pull feature has always been expensive with long waiting periods, putting it out of
reach for most of us. But it’s now affordable from Boyds and built in 5 days or less. I’m
Randy Boyd and that’s The Naked Truth. Thanks for watching.