"Laminate" can refer to several different processes used for our products.
1) Laminated, joined layers of clothing fabrics.
2) Laminate "construction" of clothing involving multiple layers.
2) Laminate materials used in products such as knife handles.
3) Laminated wood used for rifle and shotgun stocks and for pistol grips.
Laminating often has the effect of improving on the original product, generally in strength and performance. For wood products, durability, stability and moisture resistance is increased substantially.
Laminate / laminated stocks. Use of Laminate / laminated stocks for rifles remains a key innovation in the last 30 years. Laminate stocks combine the classic look of wood, and improve on the consistent accuracy of composite stocks. It is no coincidence that many target and varmint rifles are bedded on laminate stocks.
The moisture and temperature resistant materials used in the laminating process for wood stocks make them almost invincible to environmental factors that cause other rifles to lose their zero.
A good read on laminated stocks is actually on Wikipedia. Here is an excerpt:
"Laminated wood. Laminated wood consists of two or more layers of wood, impregnated with glue and attached permanently to each other. The combination of the two pieces of wood, if laid out correctly, results in the separate pieces moderating the effects of changes in temperature and humidity. Modern laminates consist of 1/16 inch (1.6 mm) thick sheets of wood, usually birch, which are impregnated with epoxy, laid with alternating grain directions, and cured at high temperatures and pressures. The resulting composite material is far stronger than the original wood, free from internal defects, and nearly immune to warping from heat or moisture. Typically, each layer of the laminate is dyed before laminating, often with alternating colors, which provides a pattern similar to wood grain when cut into shape, and with bright, contrasting colors, the results can be very striking.
"While wood laminates have been available for many years on the custom market (and, in subdued form, in some military rifles), in 1987 Rutland Plywood, a maker of wood laminates, convinced [manufacturers] to add laminate stocks on their rifles in a green, brown and black pattern (often called camo). The response was overwhelming, and that marked the beginning of laminated stocks on production rifles."
To read the entire laminated stocks story on Wikipedia, click here.
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