Normally I favor no tacks, but traded in for a trade gun flintlock that someNo tacks. Brings up an interesting question though. How did the whole tack thing get started in the first place. Seems like maybe they were like wampum that got traded along with the rifle. Or maybe the thought was to add some "armor" to the wood to help protect it in rough field conditions. Yahoo hade cut the stock off kinda short. I made a button that fit really well, and put tacks around the joint to hide the repair. It actually looks kinda nice. But I don't think I will do that to my other flinters. And the only two cap rifles I would look really bad I think.