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Old 01-22-2017, 09:08 PM
dw617 dw617 is offline
 
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Default Minelli 1903 C Stock installed

Finished up fitting a Minelli C stock and USGI hand guard on my 1903A3 this past weekend. Stock was far from drop-in. In addition to the normal areas that needed attention, the entire fore-stock and some of the area behind the middle band were re-profiled using the old USGI stock as a template. The Minelli stock was very fat. Out of the box, the middle band down wouldn't slide down more than halfway. Just waiting on a new windage screw as mine was tweaked a bit, so the rear sight components are missing in the pictures. I opted to finish the stock with RLO and it's pictured with 4 coats applied over ~2 weeks.


http://imgur.com/a/420V4
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Old 01-23-2017, 02:48 AM
S99VG S99VG is online now
 
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Nice stock and nice job. Is the Minnelli more like a Keystone or a pre-war Springfield C-stock? Thanks
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Old 01-23-2017, 06:47 AM
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Nice grain, looks like it was worth the fitting work.
Is it just the picture angle, or is the tang touching wood at the 4 o clock area?
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Old 01-23-2017, 12:16 PM
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Thanks guys. The Minelli is more like a Keystone than a pre-war (based on my understanding of the differences between them)

The tang isn't touching the wood - it's just the angle of the picture. I noticed the same thing when posting the pictures.

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Old 01-23-2017, 05:54 PM
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Nice work. She looks good! Like the front sight blade!
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Old 01-23-2017, 10:19 PM
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I like that front sight too! Just installed one like it sat on my a3! Very nice looking rifle. Better to have to take extra wood off then it be too small . You did a great job!
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Old 01-24-2017, 02:44 PM
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Very nice
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Old 06-04-2018, 05:48 PM
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Default 1903a3 C stock

Other than needing to get the correct hand guard for the a3, is the currently available 1903 stock in the store a fairly easy fit to an a3? Thanks.
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Old 06-04-2018, 06:03 PM
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I don't think the 03 stock is cut for the 03A3 upper hand guard ring . Not that you couldn't do that yourself if you are good at woodwork . Bob
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Old 06-04-2018, 06:18 PM
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Thanks Bob, that's what I thought, doesn't look like a complex modification if you proceed carefully. Anybody with experience doing it or do you think the CMP will get anymore 03a3 stocks in the foreseeable future?
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