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Thumbhole Gun Stocks — 5 Comments

  1. Do the thumbhole stocks really help improve shooting? I hear they do but was always taught the less contact with the gun the less chance of pulling shots. A thumbhole means more hands on the firearm. No?

  2. thumbhole stocks are way great for improving accuracey but only if it feels proper in the hand. i have a volquartsen now and am thinking of picking up the laminate because i have the fiberglass in a different style. keep putting them song dogs down.

  3. You should be shooting bullseyes before you go out hunting coyotes so how does a thumbhole stock make it any better of a bullseye.

  4. The thumbhole stock does NOT make it a “better” bullseye, it makes it a quicker, more sure bullseye. That is the tough part of shooting – finding a stable shooting platform quickly and reliably. If you don’t believe me, take a trip to your nearest gun store and ask to see the standard version of a gun and the thumbhole version of the same basic gun. You will be amazed at the feel and sturdiness of the rifle with the thumbhole as compared to the conventional stock.

    Packman is correct, but missing the point. Consistency and stability is the advantage of the thumbhole. Besides, shooting bullseyes is vastly different than shooting coyotes, and anything that will help stabilize you while your heart is racing and your brain is racing faster is worth the extra money and weight.

    Ian – as for contact, and pulling shots, that is somewhat true as well, but the thumbhole allows a more natural angle for your hand, but does not change the amount of contact that greatly. Actually, if you have a solid hold on the butt stock you can simply rest the front in your other hand or better yet on a stump or tree limb, similar to a benchrest shooter – you tell them they are doing it wrong! The thumbhole can completely eliminate the need for a hold on the forearm, which is where the “pull” comes from (other than that caused by jerking the trigger). As well the more vertical grip helps with a jerky trigger finger – that is pure mechanics of the human body.

    Still don’t believe me? Question why the AR platform is so popular and efficient. Military and police services use them because they are inherently comfortable, quick to shoot, and consistent to mount. Many would argue that a semi-automatic is inherently inaccurate, but every AR I own is sub MOA and the one with the palm swell is sub 1/2 MOA. Ask any service man or swat specialist if they often miss or are concerned they can put a bullet where needed whenever they need to do it. The AR handle is basically a crude thumbhole stock, and they are quick to mount, a joy to shoot, and they do it as accurately as any off-the-shelf bolt action.

    Shoot what works for you, but unless you have a very small hand I would highly recommend that you at least consider a thumbhole stock for your next rifle. Even if you have a small hand, most thumbholes can be sanded down to fit, or buy an AR with a small handle – you will be glad you did…