But......as Remington M91's left the factory with a hand guard it would be historically correct to refit one surely?.If I sold them, then I would be looking for handguards for my seven Remington rifles. 😳
Now. Let's go back to the period pictures which often show the rifles in service without handguards (bayonets, slings), and remember that it is not always historically correct to add a handguard.
Out of curiosity if it came out of the crate with the rear sight or the magazine floorplate/follower assembly missing would you leave it without those parts, as that's how it came out of the crate, or would you fit replacement parts?.Martin brings up a good point. I have a Finn'd 1907 Izhevsk M91 that has no handguard. This rifle was part of a large group of milsurps that spent 25+ years in the basement of a retired FFL before being sold to a local shop after his death. These rifles were all still sealed in shipping boxes from Springfield Sporters and C.A.I. with shipping dates in the late 80's to early 90's so I find it highly likely that it left Finland without a handguard. Despite having a couple spares I've resisted the urge to put one on it due to this. View attachment 3751583
That would depend on what the rifle was and how much it cost but I normally avoid project rifles unless they are rare. In that case I was buying a dozen Finnish rifles all at once for a rather low price so I didn't care. These rifles all came directly from U.S. importer companies so they weren't missing any parts, many of those companies would later sell incomplete "u fix them" specials but these are from the earliest milsurp's imported into the U.S. after imports resumed in 1986. The situation with your N.E.W. was quite a bit different as I recall since you found it forgotten in a old shop with no sign it had been used by anyone once it reached the UK during WW1. Such rifles are quite uncommon here in the U.S. and I'd imagine even more so in the UK so I can totally understand you putting it back into firing condition, I would have likely done the same.Out of curiosity if it came out of the crate with the rear sight or the magazine floorplate/follower assembly missing would you leave it without those parts, as that's how it came out of the crate, or would you fit replacement parts?.
My N.E.W came to me with broken barrel band screws, no cleaning rod and most of the bolt parts missing (only had a bolt head and connector bar).......should I have left it with those parts broken and missing?.
On this rifle the barrel which would be under the hand guard looks to be in much better condition than other exposed parts of the rifle. Additionally, although the barrel bands are not Remington those bands have the notch for the tabs to fit into the bands. This leads me to think that it did have a handguard at one time.Rule of thumb:
When the exposed top of the barrel exhibits the same amount of metal wear as the muzzle end or the receiver, then it probably lived a long life without a handguard.
Ron, did you have a chance to look for that dark wood 91 handguard? Let me know what you do find.I went over to storage to get some other gun parts and while I was there I looked for my box(s) of spare M-N hand guards. I could not find them. I will look again next when I have more time.
sorry I can not help this time.