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Any information on M14 stocks produced by FAJEN ? This would have been at least 20 years ago - saw one up for sale on fleabay. The seller is asking a ridiculous price - doesn't look any better than a Boyds walnut stock .
 

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Fajen Stocks

Fajen produced M14 stocks either at the same time as Bishop stocks or after buying out Bishop years ago.

Fajen produced three stock styles. Style I was a duplicate of the GI "skinny" contour, Style II was a medium weight stock similar to that being made by Boyds' today. Both required the use of a stock liner.
The Fajen Style III stock was a heavy match stock similar to the M1A Super Match style.

All were available in three laminated color choices, camo, nutmeg, pepper, and custom combinations, as well as plain walnut. Fajen also offered their walnut stocks in higher grades.

Fajen stocks exhibited the best inletting and overall finish of any M1A/M14 commercial stocks I have installed. I understand that Boyds' stocks purchased Fajen's inletting machinery when Fajen went out of business and that made a major improvement in Boyds' stocks.

Fajen stocks were a quality product and I was sorry to see them go out of business.
 

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From the canon,

"Reinhart Fajen began making wood gun stocks in the 1950s at his facility in Warsaw, MO (1963 address Box 338 Warsaw, MO). His craftsmanship earned a well-deserved reputation among hunters. Later on, Reinhart Fajen, Inc. purchased Bishop Stocks and grew rapidly. Reinhart Fajen produced factory issue stocks for rifle manufacturers such as Sturm, Ruger & Co. and Savage Arms Company. Reinhart Fajen Acquisition, Inc. made USGI M14 stocks in 1988 and 1990 for two U. S. Army contracts. It made three styles of M14 stocks in two materials, walnut and laminated wood. Style I was the USGI standard contour and Style III was the oversized National Match stock (USGI part number 9352638). Later-manufacture oversized National Match stocks do not have stock liners. They were made to be bedded and have been routed for the rear lug. The M14 stocks supplied by Fajen to the U. S. government for the First Gulf War were shipped to Rock Island Arsenal for cutting the selector cutout, preserving and packing before stocking in the DOD supply system.

Unfortunately, Mr. Fajen passed away in 1998 and the company struggled thereafter. Reinhart Fajen, Inc. was then acquired by the Potterfield Group. The Potterfield family made a valiant but unsuccessful attempt to turn a profit from the plant which had moved earlier to Route 1 Box 214A Lincoln, MO 65338. Manufacturing operations were suspended in Lincoln, MO by the fall of 1998. Production of stocks for other rifles was then contracted out to several companies around the United States using proprietary CNC software programs. The equipment and inventory was sold off. Boyds' bought the stock inletting equipment from Reinhart Fajen, Inc. Springfield Armory, Inc. bought half of the remaining inventory of M14 stocks and Midway USA purchased the remainder. All of the stocks, including the M14 models, quickly sold out once it was known that the Lincoln, MO plant had ceased operating. Springfield Armory, Inc. installed stocks made by Reinhart Fajen, Inc. on M1A rifles until at least January 1999."
 

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Thanks to both you gentlemen - I'll be taking a second look at that stock now ......
 

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You want to be on the lookout for cracks. If no cracks, Fajens were real good stocks, as others have indicated.
 

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So that is what happened to Fajen! I remember buying a Monte Carlo med sported stock pepper laminate for my 10/22 when I was a teenager for like $70 new then two weeks later they were about $130 and no one knew what happened, all the sellers were freaking out because it was like Fajen went out of business over night and no one knew why. I have been curious all these years. I love that stock and would never trade it. They made good stuff.
 

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So that is what happened to Fajen! I remember buying a Monte Carlo med sported stock pepper laminate for my 10/22 when I was a teenager for like $70 new then two weeks later they were about $130 and no one knew what happened, all the sellers were freaking out because it was like Fajen went out of business over night and no one knew why. I have been curious all these years. I love that stock and would never trade it. They made good stuff.
 

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Reincarnating an old thread. I've mentioned elsewhere that I bought a parts lot with my first M1A purchase a couple months ago, and I think I ended up with one of these stocks. I'll post pictures when I get home if I think of it. I'm planning on building a match rifle with it and a bunch of the other parts I got in my lot. All I'll need is a rear lug receiver, a barrel, and small odds and ends to complete the parts list. I have a scout squad build in the works first, but will be starting this one at some point when funding allows for it.
 

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treeline.com
 

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got m14?

Placed an order a few weeks back for some of the small odds and ends for my scout squad build.

i ordered a part incorrectly and they accepted a return. good folks, i agree!


Larry,

If your not familiar with Treelinem14, great company for parts and stocks.
 

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^^^ Fajen built both a Walnut and a grey/black laminated version of the rare Springfield M1A SportMaster [287 were built]
I have the laminated version, it is not oversized
 
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gunbroker has one
 

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LarryM,

If you are going to shoot in the Service Rifle class, be advised of the following. Some of the Fajen and Bishops stocks were vastly oversized and were declared illegal by NRA/CMP regs. Check your stock dimensions with the rule book. Seen here on page 8.

https://rulebooks.nra.org/documents/pdf/compete/RuleBooks/HPR/hpr-book.pdf
They put mine in "The Stock Box" at Camp Perry when I was there 10 years ago. Supermatch w/ Fajen from the factory. It just barely shut (a passing result). If I had one additional coat of tung oil on it, it probably wouldn't have shut.
 
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