I'll get that sorted out before I shoot it. I bought the stock and handguard as a set off eBay about 18 months ago for $125 (no idea who made it). My gunsmith charged $500 for everything (removing the old barrel, installing & headspacing the new one, installing the takedown disc, and fitting the wood). It would've probably been cheaper if he hadn't been forced to machine the barrel out of the receiver to remove it (it was frozen in place after 80 years).
I'd have to agree....OK, the new barrel killed collectability, but you could have at least kept it more correct looking.
As it is now:
- The stock looks like a bleached/sanded slab.
- The cheap ebay takedown disk just looks like a washer stuck in there.
- No idea why you replaced the upped band, but it's wrong for a dou 42
- The new trigger guard is wrong for a k98k
Sorry. I'm all for projects and restorations, but this could have gone better.
As far as the barrel goes, it was either replace it, or have the gun as a wall-hanger. I don't buy any firearm that I don't intend to shoot at least 1 time. As for the other things: the stock is a reproduction, not an original (the one that came on the gun was in very poor condition). I couldn't find an original takedown disk that was the correct size for the replacement stock. And I didn't know that the trigger guard was incorrect for a K98k. Anybody happen to have one that's either numbered "4065" or is unnumbered?