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Old 04-26-2005, 12:16 PM   #1
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The Clifton Stock...

About a decade ago, there was a very well made rifle stock made by Clifton (I think it was Brent, but I cant be sure). It was of fiberglass construction and featured a very clever integral bipod.

Clifton was also a builder of "Scout" rifles when they weren't all that well known. I had a chance to see his work on a Ruger M-77 in .308 and it was a first class rifle. But the stock was cooler than the rifle.

A few years later, I heard that Clifton was out of business. Does anyone know what the scoop was on this company, and is this innovative stock completely lost?

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Old 04-27-2005, 12:53 PM   #2
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I was hoping someone might know more... I remember the stock but have no idea where it went. My suspicion is that- just like many other good ideas- not enough people thought so. You might also try Googling and see what turns up.
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Old 04-27-2005, 01:09 PM   #3
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CP,

Great idea...Although I haven't yet found anything on what has happened to Clifton, I did find mention in the May 1994 Shooting Industry magazine by a certain formerly famous gunwriter.

"Brent Clifton, long associated with the Cooper-era of Gunsite, runs a custom rifle shop which produces one of the great long-gun innovations of the last half-century, a lightweight, durable synthetic stock with an integral, retractable bipod which recesses into the forend. The Medina, Texas, specialty manufacturer offers a catalog of services and products which is as informative and entertaining as many firearms publications available today."

Other than this, I've managed to catch a few picture of rifles lucky enough to wear the Clifton stock, but nothing else.

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Old 05-01-2005, 05:49 AM   #4
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Good firend who wrote for Peterson's while in Grad school was on speaking terms with Brent. Bill also purchased at least two of Brent's stocks. Those were nifty - hidden folding bipod worked like a charm. I've shot both rifles and also admire the stocks.

Brent was making stocks and scouts as a hobby at first - went full time and decided the profit margin wasn't what he wanted. He got married and apparently quit the business.

Finn Agard was a fan. Brent married Finn's daughter.
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