If you are competitive clay target shooter - skeet, trap or sporting clays - or a pigeon shotgun shooter who is looking for personalized custom stock dimensions and professional quality craftsmanship, we think you'll like what you see here. PAUL HILLMER, custom stock maker and gun fitter, has a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge when it comes to working with competitive shooters. He has worked with skeet, trap, sporting clays, and live pigeon shooters for over 30 years. He studied gunsmithing at Trinidad State College in the early 1970s. Starting in 1972, Paul has been to nearly every Grand American Handicap in Vandalia, OH, first apprenticing with famed stock maker R.J. Anton, then on his own in 1983 up to the present day...that's experience making thousands of gunstocks!
The first goal of Paul's is to make A GUN STOCK THAT FITS THE INDIVIDUAL SHOOTER for a particular type of shooting. Stocks can be made to customer's requested dimensions or by personal fitting. Although it is not absolutely necessary to spend the day in the Hillmer's shop just outside of Hudson, Iowa, shooters who make the effort find it educational and well worth the time. Paul believes in clear communication. The areas of shooting style, overcoming particular problems, and achieving specific goals will be discussed in detail with the individual shooter. If you spend the day in the shop, an individually selected piece of wood is shaped and crafted in your presence until every area of fit is to the shooter's liking. Areas of fit that are addressed are:
Comb design Comb height Offset Cast off Length of pull Grip size and turn Palm swell
His second goal is to give PROFESSIONAL QUALITY WORKMANSHIP in the areas of design, craftsmanship, and checkering. Paul works with any type of gun - the list includes Krieghoff, Perazzi, Beretta, Fabbri, Winchester, Seitz, Kolar, Bowen, Browning, Remington, Parker, Rizzinni, H&H, Ithaca, etc. As far as wood choice, Turkish walnut, English walnut, and American black walnut make great stocks. Walnut combines beauty, strength, and workability. Walnut also takes and holds fine-line and sharply-pointed checkering, and it holds clean lines throughout the rest of the stock. There are a wide range of checkering patterns that include elegant point patterns, fleur-di-lis patterns, ribbon patterns and fill in patterns.
His third goalis for you, the shooter, to have COMFORT, CONSISTENCY AND CONFIDENCE, so that you have a great time shooting! These goals can be accomplished with a properly fitted gunstock.