Thanks for the suggestion, but no shopping trips are in my immediate future. I am well fixed for modern and historical firearms and I understand the value of both. I am sure that there is some 16 year old Ninja wannabe, walking through your local mall, that would love to own a tacticool Mosin-Nagant.
Just because you can paint, there is no value in putting a mustache on the Mona Lisa.
You can continue to preserve history while I make my own. I prefer to challenge myself with new projects
MachineHead: I guess I'm thinking 3/4" round bar about an inch long with a taper on top and bottom with the top tapering down to a half inch. Some groves or knurling would be nice. I'll see if I can find some graph paper and draw it out but I think you probably get the idea.