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I trace with a black marker on the side of the foam that will not be visible (goes down into the case). This will be obvious to most but: make sure you figure out which way you want the rifle pointing inside the case, then when you are tracing the rifle on the foam flip it to the wrong direction and trace, when you are done tracing and cutting, put the foam into the case with the marked side down and your rifle should be pointing in the preferred direction.

Then I take my handy Cold Steel Recon 1 and it's like a hot knife through butter. Of course any large razor sharp knife will do the trick. Definitely the slow up and down motions when cutting being careful to stay true to the black line.

Make sure to cut on the inside of the black line, because you can always enlarge some parts but once you cut off too much there is no going back and it's expensive to have to order new foam.

Good luck. This does take some talent (like anything artsy-fartsy) but with practice you will attain the skill.

I know, we all did this in kindergarten but you tend to forget stuff after a few decades... and I went to kindergarten in the soviet union, we didn't have paper, much less foam, so I have an excuse. We did play with broken mercury thermometers, ah, those were the days. Mercury can be a lot of fun if you're only a toddler (or young at heart and like to see little blobs of silvery stuff disappear when you put your finger on it and reappear somewhere else...)
 

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and like to see little blobs of silvery stuff disappear when you put your finger on it and reappear somewhere else...)
Oh Man..I hope your kidding.
Not kidding. Let me just say I've lived through some pretty interesting stuff in my life... on both continents.
 
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