I am clearly a mid-level builder and shooter... but I have top notch fun all the same.
Just thought I'd share this 80% scale Stanley I made for April's Build Contest on SSF from scrap 1/4" T6061 aluminium and cherry cut in 1919... I had to disassemble another old project that I was less than happy with. Now I have a comfy shooter that matches my chishikunbos ( Okinawan net puller/fist loads).
Target side scale is intentionally twice as thick as shoort side scale to make a foregrip to compensate for my hand not closing completely. I used a small brass brush to make the finish on the aluminium. I do not enjoy shiny or polished finishes of forks.
I used my Harbor Freight drill press to shaping and use hole cutiing bit for the lanyard bead. Lemon oil and beeswax finish. Steel Chicago screws for the tabs and an old utility sheathe for the tabs. Lemon oiled the tabs, but kept them stiff for ease of reloading. 1632 SimpleShot tubes and leather boot string for the ammo mag. 1/4" brass tube for the lanyard hole.
PS- Over time as I oil this and use it, the wood will get the same shine as the other little pieces in the pic.