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bruce 11-10-2021 02:10 PM

Krag Rifle Forearm?
 
Oh the joy of the hunt! Over the last several months have found two ... both beyond my money! One went for a little over $300 and ...yesterday evening ... someone went all the way up to $485 for a cracked 1902 hand guard.

So ... I got myself an idea. If I could find a drawing or some good pictures / photographs ... maybe even dimensions ... possibly I could take my time and make a hand guard. Given the difficulty of finding a specimen and given the price when found, making one looks to be a very workable solution. It would allow a placeholder until the genuine article could be located/purchased.

What do you all think? Pipe dream? Anyone know of a source for such information?

Sitting here on the coast of Georgia ... with my Krag rifle ... and just needing that little bit of pretty wood!

Sincerely. bruce.

JimF 11-10-2021 02:44 PM

Your title says “forearm” . . .your text says “handguard” . . . .

Which are you needing?

If handguard, you’ll need the clip for attachment as well.

captaincalc 11-10-2021 09:04 PM

Good source of "real" wood might be an old drill rifle stock of maybe a real beat up other 03 stock or a beat up broken Krag stock. Right wood right age etc. And you could make a number of them from one stock.

bruce 11-10-2021 10:31 PM

I apologize. I have been running like a chicken with his head cut off. We have a 125th Anniversary at the church Sunday morning and there are a lot of moving parts that have to be coordinated.

I made a mistake. I wrote "forend." What I need is the hand guard.

The rifle is fitted with the 1902 rear sight, i.e., the one that has the little peep sight that pivots up and down on the rear sight blade.

I apologize for my error. Hopefully I will be better at writing, etc. tomorrow morning.

Sincerely.

Bruce

John Beard 11-10-2021 11:00 PM

I'm not intimately familiar with Krag handguards. But for starters, I would investigate the feasibility of chopping up or modifying an M1903 or M'03-A3 handguard into a Krag handguard.

Just a thought.

J.B.

OrderlySgt 11-10-2021 11:38 PM

Used to be a company at Statesboro, GA that made them.

jason60chev 11-11-2021 02:40 AM

Decide which rear sight you are going to use. The hand guards are different for each model of rear sights.

https://imgur.com/a/HDExAOx

navyrifleman 11-11-2021 10:04 AM

I recently purchased ten cracked/damaged 03A3 handguards from SARCO. About half of them required only epoxy to fix. The rest would require more extensive work.

If you had the dimensions for the handguard you seek, perhaps you could modify a different handguard to fit your rifle.

Sounds like an interesting and challenging project. Best of luck with it.

Mark1 11-11-2021 05:41 PM

If you want reproduction check out this site


www.partsforantiqueguns.com

bruce 11-11-2021 06:09 PM

Viewing the excellent picture of Krag handguards, I need the one in the middle, which fits a 1902 rear sight. Sincerely. bruce.

Mark1 11-11-2021 06:48 PM

The 1902 and 1898 sights used the same hand guard design.

olBEAR 11-13-2021 12:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by John Beard (Post 2091200)
I'm not intimately familiar with Krag handguards. But for starters, I would investigate the feasibility of chopping up or modifying an M1903 or M'03-A3 handguard into a Krag handguard.

Just a thought.

J.B.

Is this a viable option? I have an 1899 carbine that's missing an upper handguard. Since COVID, all the repro sites have dried up and they aren't making them at present (even the site listed above). I am willing to work a 1903 handguard into a quasi 1899 handguard..... but is it possible?

olBEAR

navyrifleman 11-14-2021 02:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by olBEAR (Post 2091820)
Is this a viable option? I have an 1899 carbine that's missing an upper handguard. Since COVID, all the repro sites have dried up and they aren't making them at present (even the site listed above). I am willing to work a 1903 handguard into a quasi 1899 handguard..... but is it possible?

olBEAR

I have never modified an 03A3 or 1903 handguard to fit a Krag. However, It seems a feasible project to me.

If you have the outside dimensions of your Krag stock, such as width forward of the receiver and the width just forward of the stock band/forward swivel, you could trim an 03A3 handguard to fit.

From the look of the photos posted, you would also have to make a cut-out in the handguard to accomodate the rear sight.

This would certainly be an easier job than trying to completely machine cut one from solid wood. The 03A3 handguard is rather thin, and already has the over-all contour and shape of what you would need.

USMA-1982 11-14-2021 09:05 PM

There are blanks available on eBay right now. I have no experience with these but seems like a lot easier to start with than a 1903. No affiliation with the seller, just a Krag fan.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/14419502981...MAAOSwDYdhO4mV

olBEAR 11-15-2021 11:10 AM

navyrifleman and USMA-1982'
Thank you for your replies. Definitely food for thought.

olBEAR

JimF 11-15-2021 06:14 PM

One could also do as my uncle did . . . .

From Gun Parts Inc., in West Hurley, NY, he purchased the biggest, crappiest, “piece-o’-crap”, Krag handguard they had . . . .

All he wanted was the metal clip . . .and the rivets . . .

His woodworking skills came to light, as he made a new guard . . .using the clip AND EVEN THE RIVETS!! . . .to fashion a 1892-version (complete with the fillet on the rearend).

This guard now sits on my “carbine” that has a receiver sight . . . .so the handguard has NO HOLE as was there for the rear, barrel sight!

Makes for a good-looking carbine, but, of course, NOT ORIGINAL in any way!

Only the stock, buttplate, and action is truly an Armory product! (Douglas barrel, early Redfield receiver sight)

Aflyer111 11-18-2021 07:00 AM

I have an almost finished 1898 that has been sitting topless for over a year now. The guy in Georgia won't tell me when or if he is starting up again. There was some without the clips on ebay. That doesn't help most people. I asked a company in Canada I've bought from that is starting Krag stock production to make them with clips but so far it's just been 1896's without metal. I think they are called Prestigious Wood Stocks.

bruce 11-21-2021 10:10 PM

Will wonders never cease!!! Was contacted via PM by a fellow CMP'er graciously made available a 1902 hand guard that was surplus to his needs. He offered it to me and of course I took him up on his most kind offer. The hand guard arrived on Friday. By noon, I was out of the office. By 2 PM I had gotten home. Just before supper on Friday afternoon ... finished the Krag! It really is a pretty thing. Have some pictures on my phone. Now ... how to get them posted. Sincerely. bruce.

navyrifleman 11-22-2021 10:01 AM

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Originally Posted by bruce (Post 2094289)
Will wonders never cease!!! Was contacted via PM by a fellow CMP'er graciously made available a 1902 hand guard that was surplus to his needs. He offered it to me and of course I took him up on his most kind offer. The hand guard arrived on Friday. By noon, I was out of the office. By 2 PM I had gotten home. Just before supper on Friday afternoon ... finished the Krag! It really is a pretty thing. Have some pictures on my phone. Now ... how to get them posted. Sincerely. bruce.

Look forward to seeing the photos. It is always nice to see a properly restored historical firearm!


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