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MikeS
Posted - 02/19/2006 : 3:11:36 PM
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Wondered if anyone could id or speculate about this item. It is marked on the leather near the buckle, with the same style "***" stamp that appears of the buttstock. It is shown on a 1908 TS, although there is one additional hole in the strap that allows a similar mount on the M91 rifle. The wear pattern shows where it has rubbed against the lower swivel and worn away, so I believe it is correct. However, I wouldn't bet the farm on it!

- Regards! Mike

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DocAV
Posted - 02/20/2006 : 06:15:56 AM
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Rubbing pad for when carbine or TS carried on Bicycle, to prevent wood from being scratched by Bike frame. Bersaglieri were issued with heavy solid frame Bikes in the late 1890s, and used them throughout WW I for fast transit between battle zones. They were still in partial use as late as 1944, for short messenger runs.



MikeS
Posted - 02/20/2006 : 11:00:11 AM
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Many thanks Gentlemen!! I've been trying to figure that out for a number of years now.
- Best Regards! Mike



JPS
Posted - 02/25/2006 : 11:09:51 PM
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Yo Mike, DocAv and Company,

Nice find Mike! Here are a few photos to go with your unusual accouterment. Somewhere I have a photo that show a bicycle with the carbine mounted on it. I may not have it with me. Here's what I've got on my laptop and spare hard drive.

Warmest regards,

JPS

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