It has been an exciting 2020 for everyone over at Boyds Gunstocks so far and we have not made it out of the month of January yet! It was announced after New Years that Boyds Gunstocks Industries Inc, as of January 2nd, transitioned to the new ownership of Dustin Knutson and Rob Carstensen who have been with Boyds for a combined 24 years. Soon afterwards their most affordable gunstock yet was debuted in the “Spike Camp” which looks to have tremendous potential for the features provided and the price-point at which it is offered.
While TheFirearmBlog was out at SHOT Show 2020 we got to take a closer look at the NEW Boyds Spike Camp gunstock that is meant to be an essentials-only, affordable option for shooters. For people who want to add an attractive and functional upgrade to their firearm in the way of a new gunstock without breaking the bank, this is your stock you should be looking at. The specifications for the Boyds Spike Camp can be read below:
- Large, Ergonomically-Designed Thumbhole
- 2 Sling Studs for Accessories
- Free-Floated Barrel Channel
- Short Monte Carlo Comb
- Weight: 2.5 Lbs
- Available in all 13 of Boyds’ Color Combinations
The full MSRP for the Boyds Spike Camp in any of its 13 different color options is only $99 which is incredibly affordable for a replacement stock. Currently, if anyone is in the market for a replacement stock for their firearm, whether it is a shotgun or rifle, there essentially are no options for stocks under $100. Considering all of the features that the Boyds Spike Camp offers, that makes this a premier option for people hunting around that price-point.
Spike camps in the backcountry are a strategic necessity to tipping the odds in your favor and allowing you to do more with less. The Spike Camp thumbhole stock is a high-quality, extremely comfortable, lightweight, essentials-only stock. The performance of a free-floated barrel, standard sling studs, and a thumbhole grip give you everything you need to achieve success, and all while keeping weight and size down.
While handling and shouldering the stock inside of Boyds’ booth at SHOT Show, I had several lasting impressions. For one, the rear of the stock has a lot more going on than you might initially notice. The buttpad that Boyds uses is pretty substantial. It is not overly large like it will alter your Length-of-Pull, but you definitely will not need to worry about recoil for any firearm you drop this on. Also, the ambidextrous features of the thumbhole pistol grip and curvature of the cheek piece are very comfortable.
I also thought the gunstock was very well balanced. It was not nose heavy, there was not too much weight in the rear, it felt… right. Finally, I liked the flat palm to the forend. Then, if you want to rest it on a wood rail of a tree stand, bags at a gun range, or shoot off-hand you have a more stable platform to support yourself from. So for a gunstock that is under $100 it has quite a bit to offer aside from it likely kicking up the curb appeal of your firearm considerably.
With SHOT Show now behind us, we are likely to see these come into full production and availability in the coming weeks for anyone who might be entertaining upgrading their current firearm’s stock. For anybody shopping around for replacement gunstocks, what do you think? Is this something you would be willing to jump on for only $99? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.