Cricket Bullpup Modification Ideas

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    zebra
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    This is my other carbon fiber Cricket stock. Not a particularly interesting pic because I made it to look like the original. The only noticeable differences are that the butt-plate is not white and it has aluminum pillars in the screw holes:

    The surface layer is hard-coated with urethane to make it scratch resistant. It saves just under 2lb. Having multiple weight options really makes the Cricket more versatile. It can be a comfortable woods-walker or a stable bench gun.

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    zebra
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    If you don’t have time to make your own, you can usually find a used synthetic Cricket stock for less than $150 in the classifieds if you put a wanted add. I was offered 5 when I bought a second stock for myself. 

    After I was done using it to make a mold (which is why I bought it), I cut it down to reduce the weight and added a custom carbon fiber grip which was made using a mold of my hand. This was a stop-gap while I was making an all cf stock:

    I found that I liked it enough to use it as my main stock for a while. The custom grip was far more comfortable in my hand than the original which is a little too thick imo. 

    The synthetic cricket stock is a particularly solid and heavy piece. As long as you don’t cut the inletting or the thin side walls, you can remove a fair amount of material without making the stock unstable. This particular mod saved around 1lb without changing the balance which was already correct for a bullpup. 

    I wouldn’t recommend cutting into the stock it came with (in case you want to sell it some day) but there is no reason not to experiment with a spare. It’s much quicker to cut a stock than it is to make one from scratch.

    Finishing this mod to make it look pretty is on my (extremely long) to-do list of diy projects I need to finish. I am currently focused on carving a new bullpup stock design for my Cricket based on what I’ve learnt about what I like and don’t like in a stock. Typically, the project that is the most fun usually goes to the front of the line. 

     

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    Erik
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    Lever in normal position:

    Lever in modded position:

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    KitCarrera
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    Zebra I must admire your passion for your Cricket! You keep wanting to improve it and you have the ability to do it yourself, bravo! Keep the ideas coming I just love them!

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    zebra
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    “KitCarrera”Zebra I must admire your passion for your Cricket! You keep wanting to improve it and you have the ability to do it yourself, bravo! Keep the ideas coming I just love them!

    
Everyone has the ability to do it. I have no special skills or equipment. I’m self taught through trial and error (mostly error). I just enjoy making things. The Cricket is just an excuse really. It gives me the opportunity to work with two of my favorite things – carbon fiber and air guns!

    Most carbon fiber shops are small businesses run by self taught guys using teqniques they developed themselves (also through trial and error). It’s exciting to me because it’s new enough that there is still things to discover.

    The guys that carve original stocks from a block of wood, now they have skills and talent (and patience). I wish I had those things…

    If you use firearms then you have tons of choice for aftermarket accessories. You can take your rifle and make it tactical, benchrest, hunter, bullpup, aluminum, wood or composites. We airgun enthusiasts have very little if any choice in most cases, so diy is usually the only option (with the exception of a few custom wood stock makers). It’s a shame really. I love my Cricket but it’s not exactly pretty. It could use a few after-market accessories…

     

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    KitCarrera
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    So I tried the Zonk mod with one of my mags and I’m not sure if I like it or not. Positive – the mag stays in the holder. Negatives – little bit harder to load the mag and the cocking action is not as crisp. I mentioned previously about finding a smaller outside diameter ring and on Amazon the smaller o-ring by 2mm (30mm vs. 32mm) would cost more money and I’m not ready to pay for them yet if ever. Thanks for the idea though because if you don’t try it you’ll never know! 

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    KitCarrera
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    Erik, can you explain the mod with the lever again? Thanks!

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    Erik
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    You file the cocking Plate in a way so when the gun is cocked and the cocking lever out you can lock in Place the Magazine pin. Not much to it and not that useful but also nothing that gets in the way.

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    zebra
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    “Erik”You file the cocking Plate in a way so when the gun is cocked and the cocking lever out you can lock in Place the Magazine pin. Not much to it and not that useful but also nothing that gets in the way.

     

    
If you don’t want to do a permanent mod on the gun, or don’t 100% trust your ability to not ruin it, this mod also works well if cut a new breach  cover from aluminum plate or carbon fiber panels. You just cut around an outline of the old one with a dremel and then finish the edges with a metal file and sand paper. 

    Even if if you plan to use the original, I suggest tracing the outlin onto some cf or aluminum plate first, just in case you need a back-up…

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    It was not an issue for me because my plate was damaged from transport. Something heavy had pressed the cocking lever down and dented the plate, so I got a new one. The filed plate is the damaged one that was hammered out so no longer dented. But I agree with you, although I don’t see how removing a plate and filing it could possible ruin anything.

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    zebra
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    “Erik”It was not an issue for me because my plate was damaged from transport. Something heavy had pressed the cocking lever down and dented the plate, so I got a new one. The filed plate is the damaged one that was hammered out so no longer dented. But I agree with you, although I don’t see how removing a plate and filing it could possible ruin anything.

    
I’ve managed to ruin lots of things while attempting simple mods. This is especially true where power tools are involved. Very easy to make it look a real mess if you cut too far etc.

     

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    JoeWayneRhea
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    . Film dip that sucker !

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    KitCarrera
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    Thanks Erik and Zebra for your input on the lever plate mod! Another mod to consider! 

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    KitCarrera
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    JWR, that stock is stunning! Is it durable though? What’s the process? Please describe. Thanks.

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    Erik
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    He was going to do it in carbon fiber but somehow the salesman managed to convince him that snakeskin would be better. One hell of a salesman if you ask me! :D

    No hard feelings Joe, snakeskin just isn’t my thing ;)

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    KitCarrera
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    It is a matter of personal taste and you have to admit JWR’s stock is very stylish! In a world full of black and wood stocks his stock adds a much needed touch of flair and color, well done!

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    zebra
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    The two easy (ish) ways of adding a custom pattern like that are hydro dipping and adhesive back vinyl. 

    Hydro dipping is probably easier to do without screwing it up. You can buy kits on eBay with options like carbon fiber look, camouflage and a bunch of skulls etc.

    They aren’t my taste but to each his own. To me, fake carbon fiber looks cheap like fake gold or a fake Rolex. 

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