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Stock Cal. 22 l.f.B.

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Presented here is the first German Pistol in Cal. 22 l.f.B. ever produced. This Stock pistol was manufactured since autumn 1924 with different barrel length. Shown is the longest barrel version.

It is a very rare item.



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Mine. The story goes that Franz wanted to give Free Pistol shooters the ability fit more practice in so he, seeing the development of semi .22'2 in the US sponsored development in his company.
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Nope, not a one.
Here are the measurements from mine:
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I recently obtained some MC springs for a Stock 7.65 pistol. It seems that the basic size might work for the .22, you just have to cut it a bit.
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You know ... there is a reason why that .22 is rare. Even today we see problems with firearms that have to be fixed before they are serviceable. I suspect that the reason Walther seems to have become dominant in that category has to do with quality.

I am of the opinion that the Franz Stock gun company was a bit of a hobby for old moneybags Franz.

I would suggest using Loc-tite rather than, Thor-like, smashing the pins with a hammer.
Check your PM :)

"Moneybags" does not begin to describe him.
Thanks for the interesting article you sent me!

I probably misunderstood you - your description of the company as a hobby of Franz Stock, I interpreted as a pejorative, fundamental criticism of the quality of Stock pistols. You are obviously not of this opinion, since you describe the 7.65 and 6.35 pistols as "high quality pistols". I agree...😂

But I still don't understand the money bag thing - maybe you can explain it to me...😉

Franz was a board member of Deutsche Telephone, a company headed by his brother. When this company was sold it is not unreasonable to assume that it was a significant payday for Franz. If one looks at his home

One can appreciate that this gentle craftsman was living large, as the expression goes. Further, the firearms sales of the Stock company (average 5500/annum) is not really the volume one would associate with a going concern. Hence the observation that it was a hobby company. A not uncommon occurrence amongst the wealthy.
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Stock pistols are fine. But the Stock Company was really a machine shop that turned out pistols. After 1930 not even that. Sadly, I think the records were in Berlin.
I assume EdD and the Ed D. coauthoring the Unblinking Eye article are somehow related? 😉

I got the McMaster-Carr springs today and tried them out. They do seem very close to the original but unfortunately they merely brought the light strike rate down to a solid 50%. The only other option I can think of before giving up is to have a heavier firing pin made. I have a machinist friend who might be able to do it. The narrowed section in the middle of the pin doesn't appear to serve any purpose that I can tell so excluding that cut when making a new pin would add a decent amount of extra mass to the pin which might make it hit hard enough to fire consistently.
Could be a coinkydink I suppose :)

You know, I would call Walt Wolf of Wolf springs and chat with him. Alternatively, if you have a good gunsmith locally it might be worth a chat with him. The OD cannot exceed the diameter of the spring channel but there is nothing that limits the wire diameter and therefore the ID. And that is how you could increase the strength. I'd probably start with another look at MC.
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