I am skeptical.
Granted, I have not received a tour of any Italian factory to see for myself, but my understanding is that they use essentially the same type or pprinciple stock replicating machines as was done in the 19th century just with 20th/21st century improvements moreorless.
Meaning stock carving machines are fancy versions of the home hobby "dupli carvers" likle my old pard Steve Jencso used for his CW stock making business. In simple terms, you put what you want the machine to replicate on on side and the wood stock blanks/planks on the other and trace the original which then like a pantograph a cutter removes the excess blank wood leaving a replicate or duplicate of the original.
So, yes, use a damaged, flawed, or incorrect "master" you get that cloned on your production stocks.
When one can buy an excellent condition to minty condition original firearm for say $2,000-$5000ish, why use a flawed or damaged original? My cynical, jaded, and suspicious answer is that the Italians do not use originals as masters- they need to use mock-ups that match the shape, conour, and dimensions of their locsl, barrels, and furniture which are not copies of originals but rather approximations and parts sized up or down to faciitate production or bow to liabiity or safety concerns lile say bulked up barrels that then require larger stocks, etc.,
But, with this "new generation" the Italians are supposedly, in response to numerous letters, photos, and compaints from "hobbyists" over the years, "looking" to make the repro's "closer" to the originals in many areas if only visually if not substantively.
We shall see when the dust settles.
In gleichem Schritt und Tritt, Curt Schmidt
Not a real Civil War reenactor, I only portray one on boards and fora.
I do not portray a Civil War soldier, I merely interpret one.