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#598610 06/23/21 12:32 PM
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What's the history?

I have several guns with white line spacers.

They are 70's vintage and look correct. I wouldn't think of removing them. Of course, I'd never add one or use a replacement pad that had one unless on the proper vintage piece.

In fact, I recently refinished a 1975 Marlin stock that had a nice piece of walnut under that unfortunate Mar-Shield lacquer. It took some judicious working with fine abrasives to make the edges of the spacers white again. The stock looks great with Varathane 'natural' stain under a wiping poly. It would look wrong without the white trim.

So, who was the trendsetter with the white spacers? Weatherby? 1950's? 1960's?


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The white line recoil pad goes all the way back to 1936. Pachmyar started making them late 1945 or 1946. Mershon was a former partner in pads with white line and sued him for his use of white line in his pads and advertisements. Mershon lost sad to say. In the end everyone who ended up with one of those hideous pads lost as well. I always thought white line pads went best with polyester leisure suits and polyester bell bottom pants.

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an white walled tires, white belts and shoes...hits awl good...


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I thought the white line spacers were an abomination in the 60s and 70s, and they haven't gotten better with age.
They will be the first thing to go from any gun of mine.

You are welcome to choose differently, of course.

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A little black marker goes a long way.


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One of my SC Parker singles has a clear plexiglas spacer under the recoil pad. It will never be removed. It is an example of some owners having no idea of what they have and how to treat it for future owners.

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An un-functional piece of plastic seldom improves anything. But, nobody ever went broke underestimating American taste.


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I'm probably wrong, but years ago I remember reading of a company that produced and marketed white line pads called the White Line Pad Company (or something very close?) When introduced White Line pads were offered as options by period makers to include LC Smith; and Charles Jerred's unfinished Deluxe grade had such a pad. Later, Frank Pachmyar purchased the White Line Pad Co and continued manufacture; but renamed his rubber pad the "Pachmyar White Line Pad", which name was molded into the rubber face.
I personally despise the looks of these pads, but tons were sold back in the day; and unfortunately were mounted onto some fine guns. I've often wondered how many Parkers ordered with skeleton butt plates now wear a White-line pad like the last example I owned, a 16-bore DHE with 32" barrels?
As to the aforementioned Marlin levers, I own a few Model 336 ADL's from the late 50's early 60's (those with high-grade Bishop stocks) and don't care at all for those hideous white spaces.

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I know what you mean about white line spacers. Like black trousers and white socks. Don't get me started on guns with silver receivers and blued barrels! wink

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