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    Very cool Bob. Didn't remember that one.. So that's 2 and enough for a trend. To think they would spend the time to shim the HG just to keep it snug.

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    If you look closely the serial number is on the bottom of the stock, it's just light. I will take better pictures soon, including the front of the stock.

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    Here are some better pictures of the front of the stock. Also there is a piece of wood added to the front of the handguard to improve fit as well. A lot of work went into thus little handguard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnieDavis View Post
    One question, has anyone seen anything like the sheet metal addition to the rear of the handguard?
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    Like Bob, I have seen it before. I actually have several of these in my parts box from old handguards, and have several reworks with this modification- one of them has points that push into the handguard to keep it in place, but I'd go crazy trying to find that rifle as I didn't write down which one it was. I'm betting it was some type of armorers repair that was shared to other armorers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnieDavis View Post
    Here are some better pictures of the front of the stock. Also there is a piece of wood added to the front of the handguard to improve fit as well. A lot of work went into thus little handguard.

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    sorry to say the pictures are no help. I know how frustrating it is getting good photos. I was introduced to the I-phone and it takes amazing photos.
    The white paint on the railing is making the photos blurry maybe ? or its my eyes. I cant tell it the stock was shortened or not.. I guess it really doesn't matter. Keep that stock nice and dry its a great looking piece of wood. I have seen other roughed out like that.

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    Apologize for the picture quality, only had a limited amount of time to take them. Just for curiosities sake, how can I tell if it has been cut down?

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    If it was cut down you would be able to see evidence on the left side of the band spring hole, I see nothing that indicates that.


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    Another clue for a cut down stock could be the internal cuts in the cleaning rod channel. Nearly all German gewehr-length stocks (martial and commercial) had routed areas in the forend.

    The practice of shimming is prevalent in several militaries that I can think of off-hand. I've seen US, Finnish, Swiss, and Swedish rifles that had shimming done either to the hand guard or under the action. Almost always done to enhance accuracy, though sometimes to prevent rattle.

    The Finns and the Swiss went so far as to include sliding aluminum sleeves at the forward stock/handguard/barrel area on some of their rifles.

    Some cool spare/armorer parts on the subject rifle. Esoteric question, is the ejector/bolt stop marked in any other way than the serial? I have seen several with armorer markings. All were marked '237' or 'S/42' on the front leading edge.

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    Thank you all for the help I've recieved. It's going to clean up nicely. Now for the ever popular question. For my own records and knowledge, what's something like this worth?

    Thank you.

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