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Finned m91 home made hand guard

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Finned m91 home made hand guard

#1 Post by nothernug » Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:50 pm

Like many, I acquired an M1891 that was missing it's hand guard. Everybody knows original replacements are scarce and ridiculously expensive when/if one is found. After many years of good intentions, I finally got around to making a replacement.
Actually, I did this some time ago but, it seems so much has dropped off this forum, I'd trot it out again.

I had a couple original brass insert (both for same side unfortunately) and made copies from brass sheet. I found some round bar the right size to form the brass too shape and the original pieces gave me the hole locations. Mine were the larger pieces. I just scaled down for the smaller. I just measured a number of places on the barrel for the barrel channel. It isn't a perfect fit by any means. The o.d. I got from a combination of eyeballing it and applying dimensions provided for the ends by people who have rifles with the original h-guards. I made it from a mystery hard wood scrounged from a pallet. I did some random burning and staining it to 'match' the guard to the stock's appearance.

Anyway, here it is...
a Finned Mosin M91 007.JPG
as I got it, w/out hand guard (sling & bayo added later)
Finn M91 Mosin w & wo h-guard.jpg
Finn M91 Mosin w & w/o h-guard.
above & below- w/ new hand guard installed
M1891 w- new h-guard 2.JPG
M1891 new h-guard.JPG
The new hand guard close up
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#2 Post by Rapidrob » Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:40 pm

You deserve a Bravo Zulu for that work! Almost looks original to the rifle.
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#3 Post by Calfed » Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:26 pm

You nailed that. Great job!

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#4 Post by vandle » Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:42 am

Love your work.

Looks like it has been on the rifle since the factory
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#5 Post by Hammy » Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:56 pm

Very nice work!
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#6 Post by nothernug » Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:12 pm

Thanks for all the gracious comments. :greetings-wavingyellow: I did my part in making it but, was blessed with much luck in the final result. :handgestures-thumbsup:
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Re: Finned m91 home made hand guard

#7 Post by ffuries » Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:03 pm

nothernug wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:12 pm
Thanks for all the gracious comments. :greetings-wavingyellow: I did my part in making it but, was blessed with much luck in the final result. :handgestures-thumbsup:
Damn, wish I had your skills. My M24 with the stepped barrel is missing the handguard. Have thought about trying to make one, but I get discouraged pretty damn quick. My thought was to take round wood stock roughly the same diameter and cut it length wise then contour the inside channel.

I have a 1927 Tikkakoski step barrel, that I could use as a pattern. Could also use the brass inserts as patterns and make a cardstock template from them. Then cut them out from brass sheet.

How did you do the rivets?
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Re: Finned m91 home made hand guard

#8 Post by nothernug » Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:26 pm

How did you do the rivets?
Frankly... I cheated! I was very concerned that if I tried to hammer down some rivets, I'd bust the handguard all to bits. I have some tinners rivets that I put in the vice and hammered the heads for visual effect. I glued those in just to keep them temporarily in place, turned the thing over and soldered the ends inside. :roll:
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Re: Finned m91 home made hand guard

#9 Post by ffuries » Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:28 pm

nothernug wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:26 pm
How did you do the rivets?
Frankly... I cheated! I was very concerned that if I tried to hammer down some rivets, I'd bust the handguard all to bits. I have some tinners rivets that I put in the vice and hammered the heads for visual effect. I glued those in just to keep them temporarily in place, turned the thing over and soldered the ends inside. :roll:
LOL, if it works it works. I'm scared that I would break it also, hence why I asked.
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