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Looking to de-sporterize Russian Contract 1895
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August 22, 2022 - 6:07 pm
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I purchased Russian contract at a gun show, but unfortunately the person who owned it prior had a lot of the parts removed. I’m looking for the following if anyone has any spares or knows a resource:

Front barrel band and front barrel band screw

Full length lower handguard

Upper handguard and upper handguard clips

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It’s going to be a lot cheaper to consider this rifle a wash.  Leave it as it is, and shoot it if desired.  Parts will be difficult to find and costly.  And it never will be original.  Then if you want an unsporterized example, do your homework and purchase a good example of this.

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Sadly, many of the 1895 muskets were sporterized to use for hunting rifles and the parts discarded.  Original parts rarely show up for sale.  Gunville sells a reproduction semi-inlet stock set.  To my knowledge, nobody reproduces the bayonet lug/barrel band.  I’ve seen two of them show up on EBAY in perhaps the past ten years and they sold in the $4-500 range.  BTW, the bayonet lug is different on the Russian musket than on the domestic 1895 US or NRA muskets. Sorry I can’t be of more help, but the parts are scarce and there are a lot of people looking for them.  Best of luck on your search.  Mark

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Cole,

Now I don’t what comes close to the Russian Musket Lug, but If I recall correctly the regular 95 US musket & NRA musket are the same lug. 

I believe a Model 1898 Krag bayonet lug matches up pretty nicely with the 95 Lug, with the major differences being the outside profiles of the lug. You might can use one as a placeholder until you find a legit lug (if ever). 

Years ago someone was selling the top handguards with bands included on Ebay. And I had found a stock maker to make the lower forearm, but he took forever. Which his forearms needed a lot of work and weren’t drop in ready. 

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Maverick

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Maverick said
Cole,

Now I don’t what comes close to the Russian Musket Lug, but If I recall correctly the regular 95 US musket & NRA musket are the same lug. 

Sincerely,

Maverick

  

Yes, all the bayonet lugs for the domestic 1895 muskets (US, NRA, Colorado National Guard, Kentucky National Guard and civilian) are all the same.  Sorry if I wasn’t clear about that.  However, the bayonet lugs for the Russian muskets are slightly different and the bayonets won’t fit properly between the Russian and domestic muskets.  They do look very similar, though.  Unfortunately, the bayonet lugs for the domestic 1895 muskets are no easier to come by than their Russian counterparts.

As Maverick pointed out, the Krag lug is similar enough to use as a place holder and I’ve seen a few used on 1895 muskets.  I think you’d want to do some research before fitting one to your forend to find out if it wouldn’t then fit an 1895 lug properly.  I think I may have an 1895 musket with a Krag lug.  I’ll take a look when I get the chance.  Those Krag lugs are pretty easy to come up with.  Mark

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