HOW TO MAKE CARBON ACT AS WALNUT

VO45 IN THE MAKING

Absorbingly smooth yet robust, the rifle stocks are a significant factor in the global reputation of VO Vapen. As they craft a modern weapon for a new generation, how can these qualities be seamlessly transformed from centuries-old trees to an artificial contemporary material?

When VO Vapen creates their stocks, they seek the finest walnut roots worldwide. Meticulously air-dried, the roots are then washed, and the bark is shaved off. Finally cut, the wood is carefully stored for another three to five years, and the moisture is gradually drawn out. This creates a stock that is truly unique, famous for its resilience.

”Since the beginning, building the stock has been the benchmark for everything else that goes into a rifle from VO Vapen. This is where our craftsmanship, perseverance, and experience are put to the test,” says Ulf Olsson, who was in charge of the development of VO 45.

As the VO team decided to create a rifle in a brand new price range, they knew that a carbon fiber stock was the only viable option; otherwise, this project would be impossible. The significant amount of time invested in each stock leaving VO Faktori is a fact hard to comprehend for someone who has not witnessed the process. Master Gunsmith Viggo himself puts an endless amount of time into every detail, just as it is when a bespoke rifle comes to life. 

They also knew that no one in their part of the world had ever managed such an endeavor with these grand ambitions before. VO Vapen had to create the tools to make the stock and also be in charge of the 'baking' that turns the carbon fiber into a finished stock – a stock with characteristics familiar to all VO Vapen owners out there. The research also made it clear that hollow stocks result in strong recoil, the hunter's worst enemy, sometimes so heavy that cheekbones and ears could be damaged. Naturally, this wasn’t even considered as an alternative.

”First, we create a model of the stock using a soft, sound, and recoil-absorbing material. Next, we apply a layer of delicate, hot carbon fiber fabric, and the entire assembly is placed into our tool, where it undergoes baking in an autoclave for 24 hours. Very detailed manual labor indeed,” Ulf continues.

Finally, they had a prototype that actually resembled the original stock from VO Vapen in its characteristics. But they were not content; they needed something extra to make it truly unique: a traditional cheekpiece, as found on their bespoke rifles. Something unheard of in the world of carbon fiber rifles..."

To be continued…


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