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I just picked up a really nice, all-matching 1891 Argentine rifle complete with the crest. After buying it I noticed that the handguard is shorter, like the carbine version, than others I've seen. Is this correct, or did my gun end up with a carbine handguard?

TIA, Husk
 

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The early 1891 long-rifles had the "short" handguard. The later ones had the longer handguard.

Other differences between "early" and "late" are the addition of the magazine locking tab, and beefing-up of the cocking-piece on the later models.
 

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RP & Beanstrung - Thanks guys! I'm pleased to know that it's a variation. Both rifles are matching down to the rod. The one below has the crest.
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Really nice, and all matching too WOW!
 

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The short handguard is correct for the first 50,000 rifles. They should have serial numbers with letter prefix A through E. These also had a slightly different bolt. Beginning around 1899 the bolts were supposedly altered in Argentina with machinery sent from Germany although both of the early M1891s I have examined closely had the unaltered bolt as well as the short handguard.

Joe Puleo
 
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